CoMo Tech: Kerry Mullin

Kerry Mullin is a contributor to The COMO Collective. You can read her posts here.

Who are you?

I am the middle-age mother of two high-energy toddlers. Our family was built both the traditional way and through adoption. We moved here when my husband took a job with MU in May, 2010. Although we both grew up in the mid-west, we spent almost 20 years in the Pacific Northwest.

What do you do for money?

I keep my kids alive and make sure my husband always has a clean undershirt.

What do you do for fun?

If I designed the ideal vacation it would include snowboarding, lots of reading, playing Ultimate Frisbee and game-nights with friends. As for real life, there is reading and Ladies Night Out with my Mommy friends. Things that make me happy – but aren’t neccessarily fun – a great, second-hand bargain, clean kitchen counters and hearing my kids play peacefully together or listening to them talk to their dad.

And participating in XCX!

I would characterize my relationship with technology as:

Love-Hate. I appreciate all it has to offer but I often feel at war with my lack of knowledge and the devices in my life.

Smart or dumb phone? What kind? If smart, what are the three apps you use most?

I have an iPhone. I use it mostly for email/FaceBook, weather and the maps and GPS technology. I love to read with my iPhone in hand. It makes is super easy to look up words and other references I am unfamiliar with. And I particularly like to use the maps feature to better understand exactly where the characters in my book are located.

Mac or PC or Other?

In our house there is a Linux desktop, a PC desktop, a Mac laptop, a pc laptop and two iPhones. I stick with the pcs and iPhones.

I use Twitter for:

Guilt. I feel guilty because I don’t use Twitter and yet I am afraid to open that Pandora’s Box. I already ignore my kids more than I should.

I use Facebook for:

Facebook is strictly social for me. Having recently moved to Columbia, most of our friends are still on the west coast. Our family is all over the country. Facebook keeps me from feeling isolated.

Do you write a blog? What’s it about?

I do have a blog that is primarily about trans-racial adoption, adoption ethics and our family’s life. I write it under a pseudonym because I include pictures of my children and I also want to reserve the ability to be perfectly honest about the people in my life. I am still very unsure how to manage the fine line between privacy and weird secrecy. In my real-life I am an open book.

Do you read any blogs? What are three of your favorites?

I read lots of blogs, but they are almost all of the mommy variety. In fact, pathetically, they are almost all about adoptive, trans-racial parenting. The internet is such a big world and I have successfully narrowed it down to one very small category. On the other hand, it is surprising what can be learned about the real state of racism, our insane judicial system and both love and loss through these blogs. My current favorites are:

Go-to menu item and restaurant in CoMo?

With two young toddlers I rarely go out. But I recently tried Room 38 and loved every single thing I tried especially the Spicy Ahi Tuna Ceviche.

What is your favorite beverage?

Diet Coke – from a fountain, not a bottle and never, never a can – until 2 pm. Water from 2 until 7. Beer from 7 until bed. I like traditional Pale Ales, not too bitter, not too watery. I am also partial to a nice glass of zinfandel or a small taste of anejo tequila. I take my beverages very seriously.

Friends are visiting from out-of-town. You’re for-sure taking them to:

Campus. I love living in college towns. The energy, multi-culturalism, and beautiful architecture of a large university is something special and should not be taken for granted.

My favorite city/town/hamlet/state/country/province in the world (after CoMo, of course) is:

Since we still own a house in Corvallis, Oregon I should go with that. But the minute we have a little savings, I am going back to Ethiopia. Still, I really love Sayulita, Mexico and I love to be in the mountains.

Thanks Kerry!

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