Monday, March 5, 2012

Little bit about me

There's been a number of "trivia" style posts going around lately, but the one from Lora at Hope Delayed found me while I'm waiting oh so patiently for Wednesday.  Here goes:
1. What's your favorite chick flick?
Thelma and Louise. I still love idea of breaking free from it all and hitting the road. Lately the breaking free would be me leaving behind infertility. That or shooting it in the ass.

2. Your favorite song from high school?
Candlebox: Far Behind. Memories of sitting in a car on a summer evening with this song playing over and over. Enough said.

3. Do you still live in the same area you were born in?
No. In fact, this was one of my biggest fears growing up. I remember being in high school and having a panic attack (though I didn't know what it was at the time) at the thought of never leaving the midwest. Attending college at a school 2 1/2 hours from home was a step in the right direction, but it wasn't until 2001 when I broke expectations and moved out to the Pacific NW with a small amount of savings and the mindset that "things were either going to work out or I'd have a fantastic story to tell" that the adventure really began. 

4. Tell me about how you met your husband?
Grey and I met where most science-minded geeks meet: in the lab. He was a first-year graduate student rotating through the lab I was working as a technician in. Initially, we didn't get along. He thought I was pushy and rude (I was mad because I had spent all this time rearranging space and then he didn't show up for a week. I later learned he was out sick with the flu). I thought he was a frat boy because of rumors of the company he kept. What changed all of that was attending a show together; all my lab mates ditched us at the last minute, which left the two of us alone for the night, drinking, talking and dancing. Lucky for me, he had already picked another lab to do his graduate work in. We were married 1 year and 1 month later.

5. What was the color theme in your wedding?
Summer outdoor wedding in WA state. My bridesmaids wore sundresses, each with their color of choice. After the gloom of the winter, I was so happy just to see some color again. But being that WA is the Evergreen state, green and ivory became the unofficial colors of the ceremony. 

6. Who's your celebrity crush?
Richard Armitage. The first performance I saw him in was the BBC miniseries "North & South" as John Thorton. The last scene where John kisses Margaret Hale melted my heart. Add in the fact that he joined the circus in Budapest to get his Equity Card, and it's hard not to crush on this guy. Current project to watch for is his role as Thorin in "The Hobbit." 

7. What's your favorite hobby?
Oh. This is a hard one. I don't really have one hobby nor do I have anything I'm exceptionally good at. I knit, am learning to sew, love to hike, ski and climb, bake when the mode strikes. Grey's the chef, but he's insisting I learn more, as he fully intends to die before I do. So basically, I'm a dabbler.

8. Barefoot or flip-flops?
Barefoot. If given the opportunity (and if the streets were cleaner), I'd never wear shoes.  

9. Beach vacation or sightseeing?
This is also a hard one. I always love going to the beach, finding peace in the roll of the ocean. But, given the opportunity to travel, I'd love to see Europe, China, Southeast Asia. All the history and the variety of cultures. Can't I do both?

10. What have you gained from blogging about IF?
In the short time I've been blogging, more than I ever expected. I've found community hear, learned it's okay to voice my opinions, the importance of reaching out to support and be supported. But most importantly, I've found my voice. For the first time in many years, I'm not afraid to speak what's on my mind, no matter how unpopular it may be. This has brought so much peace.

11. What have you learned from your battle with IF?
Seriously, there's not enough room here to tell you what I've learned from this journey. So I'll make it brief. I've learned the best laid plans rarely work out the way we want. That there is no "perfect" time. That I am stronger than I ever believed myself to be. That family is not defined by blood. That you always have a choice. That marrying Grey was the best decision I ever made. I've walked through hell with this man, living with "the worse." And I can't imagine doing it with anyone else.

Now my questions for these lovely ladies

Warrior Woman at Endometriosis
TracySue at Journey to Somewhere
Chanel at Just Waiting for My Turn
Chickenpig at Better Full Than Empty

1. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
2. Name one individual who's made an impact on your life?
3. Wine or beer?
4. What was the craziest thing you've ever done?
5. What's your favorite color?
6. What's your favorite board game?
7. If you were stranded on a deserted island with only one book, what would it be?
8. Pirate or ninja?
9. Favorite Girl Scout cookie?
10. If you had a million dollars, what would you do?
11. What lesson from IF will you pass on to your children?


  1. Cristy I love this! Reading about how you and Grey met, a little about how you ended up in WA... fun stuff to learn about our friends!

    I love your answer to the last question... in a few words you beautifully relayed the strength that is this community. The strength that is our marriages.

  2. I love learning more about you.

  3. I too was married in an summer outdoor wedding in Seattle. It was on a lavender farm. In the middle of a thunderstorm. Without a tent. I still think it is the most memorable wedding any of my friends have been to.

    And I think that last scene in North & South is perhaps one of the greatest kisses in cinematic history. I won't even admit to how many times I've rewatched it. I'm such a sap.

  4. Great answers! And your wedding sounds lovely. :) Thanks for the tag, those are some tough questions.


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