Neighborhood: East Side of Providence
Kidoinfo Interviewer: Katy Killilea
Kidoinfo: Where were you born?
Kidoinfo: How long have you been in Rhode Island?
CSB: I’ve been in Rhode Island since eighth grade (scary), except for being an undergrad in upstate NY, and doing grad school in NYC.
Kidoinfo: What is your current state of mind?
CSB: Slightly spazzy. I’m trying to focus on NOT multitasking; just doing one thing at a time and seeing it through to completion.
Kidoinfo: Who’s in your family?
CSB: My hilarious husband, Eric, and our cheeky kids, Alice and Leo.
Kidoinfo: What trait do you most admire about your family?
CSB: We laugh and laugh and laugh.
Kidoinfo: What is your favorite thing to do?
CSB: Travel (but ask me the last time I went anywhere exciting!).
Kidoinfo: Where is your favorite place to hang out?
CSB: A neighborhood bar with draft beer and buffalo wings, watching the Red Sox or Pats with my husband and friends OR the same scene, but with red wine and a handful of tipsy girlfriends.
Kidoinfo: Where would you most like to live?
CSB: Florence. No, Paris. Maybe Berlin. Nova Scotia? OK, I’d settle for Prudence Island if they could ‘off’ the deer ticks.
Kidoinfo: What do you like to do when you are not with your kids?
CSB: Work in my studio, which is lovely with them, but lovelier without!
Kidoinfo: What is the most overrated thing about parenthood?
CSB: Having new, clean, gender-appropriate clothes for them.
Kidoinfo: What is your most treasured possession?
CSB: This is a tough one . . . there isn’t much ”stuff” I treasure. It would have to be the three rings I wear together–my wedding band and the baby rings I had made with the kids’ birthstones.
Kidoinfo: What superpower would you most like to have?
CSB: Ability to travel through time!!!
Kidoinfo: Who is your favorite fictional mother or father?
CSB: I’m coming up empty . . . there is no mom in The Botany of Desire! How about an inspirational woman, if not a mom? That would be Beryl Markham from West with the Night.
Kidoinfo: What do you do when you are not with your kids?
CSB: When I’m not with the kids, I teach spinning at the East Side YMCA four times a week, volunteer on the board of the RI Diaper Bank, work part-time as a bookkeeper and part-time as a beekeeper with Eric, make costumes for theater and dance, and (most importantly) do my sculpture work in my studio in Pawtucket. You know—just a couple of extra things because having two kids under five isn’t so hard, right? (See Cristin’s sculpture work online at www.cadetompkins.com.)
Kidoinfo: What are you going to do now that you have answered these questions?
CSB: Second-guess my answers.
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