Meet Columbus Parent Melissa Carpenter

What is the most played song on your iPod right now? iPod? If I'm completely honest, I am way behind the times. I don't own an iPod, but if I did, it would almost certainly be something by Ohio-born and raised Joshua Radin. His music is so calming and relaxing, especially at the end of a long day of work. If you HAD to be on a reality-TV show, which one would it be? Hands down, "The Amazing Race!" I love to travel and see new places and cultures. Plus I also love the thrill of all of the adventure-based challenges like rappelling, rock climbing, etc. With every new season that airs, I always wish I had the ability to take a month off of work so I could enter to be a contestant.
Which super-hero power would you like to have? It's probably a tie between flying or being invisible. I can imagine that flying would have to be the most liberating feeling in the world, but I also love to "people watch." Being invisible would sure make doing that a lot easier and definitely a lot less creepy. Favorite thing to do for cheap family fun in Central Ohio: This past summer we enjoyed the fountains and outdoor family movies at the new Bicentennial Park, as well as the carousel and various kids' activities at Columbus Commons downtown. Favorite movie that you went to see with the kids: We haven't braved the theater yet since my daughter is still so young, but at home we enjoy watching "Veggie Tales" and Curious George movies on Netflix. Favorite way to spend a Saturday afternoon: Catching up on my sleep while my daughter takes her afternoon nap.
Best advice you ever received as a parent: "Sleep when baby sleeps"….still use it regularly and before my daughter decides she no longer wants to take a nap during the day! What have you learned as a parent that you wish someone had told you before you had that first kid? That camping trips in a compact car with kids and all their gear don't make for a good combination. Your life's motto: "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent" - Eleanor Roosevelt