Born and raised in Colombia 30+ years ago, I now find myself enjoying our new, new home-
Vermont Indiana. I studied Modern Dance and Drama at a (then) small liberal arts university in Northern California. I have also taken a handful of Masters classes (Spanish Literature and Education) that have amounted to more learning but no degree yet.
I traveled a bit after graduation; heading to Ensenada, Mexico for a couple of weeks and then to Queensland, Australia for 4 or so months. I came back to the U.S. for my sister’s wedding and found myself in need of a job. I considered going back to Oz but decided to get a job in my field. I ended up getting a job in Portland, OR as a puppeteer for Tears of Joy Puppet Theatre. I worked with them for a couple of years as a touring performer. After meeting my husband, and finishing the season with TOJ, I got a job at the Miracle Theatre/Teatro Milagro. It was both trying and exhilarating. I got to start a theatre company under Milagro called Teatro Espanol (confusing, since we didn’t just do plays from Spain, but hey). The entire repertoire was of plays in Spanish. I had a blast. I met all kinds of people, laughed and learned a lot.
We got married (Baha’i wedding) in 2002 in my in-laws living room and shortly after moved to Chicago. I started working in an elementary school library and teaching acting classes through Emerald City. I got less involved in that and more involved with the Baha’i activities in our home. We made some really great friends and talked and laughed a ton!
Fast forward to December 2006 when I gave birth to my daughter (I’ll fill in details as time goes by). In July 2007, we moved from Chicago, IL to Vermont. It’s not perfect but nothing is. So, now, here we are hanging out in Vermont, waiting for the cold weather to hit and the snow to come and give us a winter wonderland to play in.
Now, to update a bit more. I found out I was pregnant and expecting our second child in September 2008. We had another home birth. I laughed a lot during my labor, speeding it up quite a bit. It was about 4 hours long, though I did think I was going into labor a bunch of times- which also prepped me, I suppose. Our little boy was born August 30th and is teaching me a lot about how different children born to the same two people can be. My kids are teaching me a lot about being human, about patience and love.
In June 2009, I started making and selling Podeagi’s out of my home. I love these baby carriers. They are absolutely everything I like about every carrier all put in one. I also started doing alterations and repairs for people in town and I get enough work to keep me interested and still spend lots of time with my kids.
Update 2010: We moved from Vermont to Indianapolis, IN for a job. It’s different, but it’s bound to be with young children. I’ve met some amazing moms and we’re slowly, but surely, getting acclimated.
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