Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Are You Ready to Party? - Meet Brandi

I'm ready for spring and always in the mood for a good party. The Thoughts of Spring Blog Party is just what the doctor ordered for my cabin fever.

I'm Brandi, a wife, mother and doula. I have three super busy kids who keep me on my toes. I like to refer to myself as a "home-insteader", preferring home church, home school, home birth, home office, etc to the alternatives. I'm creative and like to sew, make my own jewelry, doodle and other 'artsy fartsy' crafts. I have an odd sense of humor and lean heavily on the sarcasm [reader beware!]. Let's jump in and have some fun!

"Be brave - tell us something very random and weird about yourself."

I love dreadlocks. I want some. I want some badly, but I think that my family would disown me if I turned my head into a mass of twisted felted hair. I also like Reggae music. That's as far as I go into the Rasta culture though. Not into the hemp, only to braid it for jewelry or the seed ground up in my smoothies!

"Strange talent?"

I can turn my tongue completely over, upside down, bottoms up. And as you can see from the photo, my daughter takes after me.

"What are your favorite types of reading material?"

Being a certified doula, I spend my fair share of time behind birth oriented books, but when I'm not keeping abreast of current research I do like a good Jane Austen book, and I don't mind reading them twice. I also like Jeanette Oake and any book set in Amish country. I currently am enamored with Hebrew culture and history centered around old testament times. It really makes the Scripture come to life for me! History & Astronomy also rank high on my list. I just wish I had more time to actually read books instead of just collecting them!

"Movies - what are your favorite genres?"

My taste in movies parallels that of my book choices! I have the complete set of BBC classics-Jane Austen. All of the "Love Comes Softly" series. Gone with the Wind. The Quiet Man. Chariots of Fire. Since we don't have cable tv we rely on netflix. It is so easy to pick out family friendly movies from netflix!

"If you could live anywhere at all, where would you live?"

I would love to spend a couple of years in Alaska but anywhere in the mountains would be good for me. There is just something majestic about mountains. I feel protected, at peace, completely at home in the mountains.

Thanks for partying with me! Come back and visit frequently, I love company! Many thanks to Lynnette for hosting this blog party too!


  1. that tongue trick is impressive!

    And I agree, there really is something majestic about the mountains!

  2. Dreadlocks. And you were questioning my standing on the furniture habit. :)

    I just got the BBC collection Wives and Daughters, Crandell and North and South on DVD for my bday - last November. I have no idea when I'm EVER going to get to watch them with the babykins.

  3. (Sorry to delete...I had more to add..lol)

    So nice to meet you!! You're the only other birth worker I have seen at the party (so far)! :)

    We have quite a bit in common! Our family also attends home church, my last two were born at home, we homeschool, and my dh works from home.

  4. Oh I have several things in common with you too! Jane Austen books/movies, first and foremost. Stories set in Amish Country. I'm actually reading a book right now, entitled Eyes at the Window. It is a historical novel, set in the 1800's and follows a very close knit community of Amish pioneers. It spans several decades and is an unsolved mystery. Very interesting so far, sounds like you may like it. I love The Quiet Man. John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara are delightful in it. What a love story; and you can't beat Ireland! Last thing, I promise, my husband and I have always wanted to live in Alaska or at least visit there sometime. I love documentaries on Alaska, the pictures of America's last frontier are breathtakingly beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing. It's been fun. This blog party is great. I'm meeting so many wonderful ladies and realizing we all have several things in common!

  5. @Joy, why thank you ma'am!
    @MJ, well, what can I say? It's a deep dark secret that I feel better for getting off of my chest!
    @Heather, thanks for stopping by! It's great to find a common thread isn't it? What do you do in the birthing community?
    @Michelle, that book does sound good, I'll have to look it up at the library! Thanks for sharing! I agree with you, John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara are such a good pair. In my mind on par with Clark Gable and Vivian Leigh.

  6. Stopping by from Lynnette's party! I love that picture of you and your daughter. Adorable!

  7. I'm with you on the living by mountain's thing, Brandi.

  8. I love history too. I love learning about biblical times and how everything fits in context. Any thing by Dr. Scott Hahn is good for that.

  9. The new BBC "Emma" is my favorite!

  10. @Tiffany, thank you! My SIL is our family photographer!
    @Naomi, perhaps we can be neighbors? ;)
    @Amy, there is so much more significance when viewed in cultural context. The Feasts and new moons fascinate me.
    @Christina, I haven't seen it yet, we just recently watched Persuasion, I'll have to que that one up next!

  11. Hi Brandi!
    Another woman who likes DREADS! You rock (did my 42 year old self just say "rocks"? :) Yeah, I guess I did. I loooove dreads and honestly, if I was a little younger, I might just go for it - or if I moved to an island somewhere... then I'd do it regardless. ( My hair is sort of dread like anyway - very strange texture when I let it go.) I also like Reggae music, but don't listen to it much (why? I better fix that). Sort of puts ya right there on the island with the people wearing dreads. ha!

    I'm a BBC junkie! My life would not be the same without BBC. I'm watching Downton Abbey with my family right now (my daughter and I already saw it online and then I bought it). I love Our Mutual Friend, Bleak House, Little Dorrit, Wives and Daughters, Daniel Deronda, Bright Star... oh gosh I could go on forever.

    Well, this comment got a little out of hand. Sorry. lol

    Have a nice afternoon.
    Thanks for joining the party!

  12. @Lynnette, Thanks for stopping by to visit! I had just published my post when I noticed that you were also a fan of the dreads! It brought a smile to my face! I've never heard of "Our Mutual Friend" for a moment there I thought you were talking about Amy @ Raising Arrows! lol Silly trails my rabbit mind runs down!
    Thanks again for hosting, this is great fun!

  13. Dreads and tongue twisits!☺ And what an adorable photo of the two of you!