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18th-Dec-2010 08:51 pm
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Once again, beloved community, I need some data for speculation in a future post. The first two questions sprang from watching too many rom-coms and trying to determine the ideal situation when it comes to meeting people with children and why. The second two are just because it's cold and it's becoming a regular drink. (I realize now the grammar is off since I changed the answers and forgot to change the question. Go with it.)

I know that we are dedicated to pointing out reasons we cannot answer one of the creatively worded options, so let me head off some of you with "not married =/= anonymous sperm donor dad." I am asking you to assume there was a previous significant relationship, however long you imagine it to be, since that is usually the case (if you'd prefer to imagine that the hypothetical SO is an adoptive parent or has been granted legal guardianship, fine; answer based on their last relationship). That said, feel free to explain your choice, because I've got a secret hypothesis to prove. FINALLY, if you choose option A in question 1, do not answer question 2 as you'd really only have one option to pick and it'll skew my numbers.



The person you're seeing has a kid. Of the following possibilities, you'd rather your SO be:

A widow/widower
14(28.0%)
Divorced
12(24.0%)
Never married
16(32.0%)
I hereby acknowledge that by not choosing one of the above, my answer data is irrelevant.
8(16.0%)

If you picked one of the latter two, you'd prefer the other parent be...

Not in the picture at all
9(27.3%)
In contact, but not frequently involved (lives far, etc)
9(27.3%)
A regular part of the child's life
11(33.3%)
I cannot interpret the above definitions enough to pick one
4(12.1%)

What liquid do you use for hot chocolate/hot cocoa?

With milk
23(46.9%)
With water
18(36.7%)
Something...else?
8(16.3%)

Marshmallows?

Yes
29(56.9%)
No
22(43.1%)




Comments 
19th-Dec-2010 02:04 am (UTC)
I'm good for milk or water in my cocoa.
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19th-Dec-2010 03:02 am (UTC)
Hm, I've never considered that -- I always thought it would just taste like watery milk or oddly thick water. Does heating it make that much of a difference?
19th-Dec-2010 02:41 am (UTC)
I hate "hot" hot chocolate so I usually use a combination of hot water and the coldest creamer/half and half/milk I can find. Give me lukewarm chocolate any day.
19th-Dec-2010 02:50 am (UTC)
if i liked children, i'd probably prefer that the SO never be married. but i don't, so it doesn't matter.
19th-Dec-2010 04:21 am (UTC)
I'm allergic to chocolate, and so I could not answer the last two questions. However, I think I would be one of those people who put whipped cream in their hot chocolate.
19th-Dec-2010 04:38 am (UTC)
Milk, but not cow's milk. Rice milk : D And I've not been able to get hold of vegan marshmallows, so none yet. I might try it, though : D

I think I'd rather the person never be married, because then the kids (and the parents) wouldn't have to go through the trauma of divorce, but I think it would be healthy for the kid to get to see the other parent if that's possible.
19th-Dec-2010 05:21 am (UTC)
Kids are a deal breaker for me, making the status of the other parent irrelevant.

I think you meant the former two choices, not the latter, for the second question.
19th-Dec-2010 05:30 am (UTC)
For me I'd rather the person be a widower, but for their child I'd rather it be an amicable divorce or never married situation where both parents are very involved with the child.
19th-Dec-2010 08:37 am (UTC)
Oh man, these are all so dependent on the person and their former SO.
19th-Dec-2010 11:11 am (UTC)
I use hot water for my hot chocolate mix, then once it's all mixed, I add a little half-and-half or evaporated milk to thicken it up and make it milkier. Plus, it cools it down enough to drink, usually.
19th-Dec-2010 01:11 pm (UTC)
Water if I'm making hot chocolate at work (which is a frequent happenstance) or milk if I'm making it from scratch at home (so easy!). Okay, now I want hot chocolate.
19th-Dec-2010 03:58 pm (UTC)
I use hot water to make hot chocolate, but then I put a bunch of cream in to cool it down and make it tastier.
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19th-Dec-2010 05:52 pm (UTC)
I have no real preference for the first two questions.

As for the hot cocoa (assuming it's coming from a packet), I use a little less hot water than called for, then add cold milk/cream/creamer after the cocoa is added. I do like marshmallows, too.
20th-Dec-2010 12:00 am (UTC)
It wasn't until I was staring at question #1 that I realized that I really couldn't care less. As a 34 year old recent divorcee, you'd think I would have thought about it before, but no.
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