Friday, October 16, 2009

Your burning questions answered, part 1

Because inquiring minds want to know...part 1 of your questions answered!

From alimis:

You have mentioned that you job is not your ideal job, so I am curious, what is your job and what would you rather be doing every day instead?

My current job is in an academic library.   When Elizabeth got accepted to grad school, I needed to find a job quickly to support us both.  I had library experience and this job was available.  I’ve stuck with it because the benefits are good.

I’m not really sure what my ideal job is.  I didn’t have much direction in college, so I always worry that I don’t have the right background to get a better job.  At the moment, I think it would be really cool to do one of the edible schoolyard projects or maybe something with urban agriculture.  The only problem is that I have no experience in agriculture or education, so that's not an option unless I go back to school. 


From Metalstork:

How did you meet your partner?

We met in college.  She was a sophomore transfer student and I was a senior.  I would see her in the living room or the dining hall of our dorm and thought she was cute.  I tried to get any information I could about her from mutual acquaintences.  Everything I heard about Elizabeth made her seem like someone I’d really like.  Suddenly I turned into a shy middle-schooler.  I made a blabbermouth mutual friend of ours tell her that there was someone who was interested in her just to gage if she was interested in being in a relationship.  We had a coffee date a day or two later.  I was smitten, but I didn’t know how she felt.  It was the week of Valentine’s Day.  On Valentine’s Day eve, Elizabeth and I were studying in the living room of our dorm with about 6 other people.  After Elizabeth went to bed, I put a bouquet of flowers and a card outside her door letting her know that I really liked her.  I thought she’d find it in the morning, but she found it later that night and came running back down the stairs to the living room.  I wasn’t ready to deal with rejection in the event that she wasn’t interested in me, so I pretended to be asleep on the couch.  She shook me “awake” to make plans for a second date.


From Adventures in BabyMaking:

What did you both want to be when you grew up? How many siblings do you have?

I wanted to be a writer.  My favorite subjects in elementary school were reading and creative writing.  I thought that because I wrote really long stories, it meant they were very good.  Elizabeth wanted to be a singing hairdresser.  I’m not sure how she thought that would work out.  Elizabeth can NOT sing.  I'm not kidding.  Even when she tries to hum a tune, I can't tell what it is.

I have 1 brother who I grew up with.  We’re a year apart.  We fought all the time as kids, but get along pretty well now.  My father had an affair when I was about 5, and got another woman pregnant.  (my mom promptly kicked him out) So I also have a half sister who is 6 years younger than I am.  She lived with her mom and my father about ½ hour away from us until my sister was 4.  Then my sister and her mother moved from Connecticut to Indiana.  I used to see her about 1 or 2 times a year, but then it became clear what a jerk my father is and he would only pay to have her fly out about every other year.  I have trouble staying in touch with my sister because she moves around a lot and doesn’t always give me updated contact information.  She’s struggling a lot, because she has never had a strong adult in her life.  Her mother is very unstable.  The whole situation makes me very sad.  

1 comment:

thebao said...

Your getting together story is so sweet. Awww....
Sorry about your sis--that must be really tough.