I picked this up over at ClumberKim’s place. It’s standing me in good stead since I’m still in the woods.
What are your middle names?
My middle name, which used to be Marie, is now my “maiden” name. (I hate that term, maiden.) I tend to use it professionally. His middle name is Reed, after his maternal great-grandfather.
How long have you been together?
Our first date was October 1, 1999. We got married September 1, 2001. Coming up on 10 years!
How long did you know each other before you started dating?
We were acquaintances from college, so we probably first met in 1990 or so? We never really hung out, but we knew each other to say hi or have little conversations.
Who asked whom out?
DearDR asked me to have dinner with him. I had to email him about a month later to see if he meant it, though. I didn’t actually give him my phone number the night he asked me — I told him I was in the book. Unfortunately, DearDR didn’t have a current phone book at the time.
How old are each of you?
DearDR is 40; I am 38.
Whose siblings do you see the most?
We see his sister a little more often than my brother, even though we all live in and around Pittsburgh. My sister we usually only see two-three times a year. We live next door to my in-laws. It’s actually pretty even, though, between holidays, birthdays, and random family events.
Which situation is hardest on you as a couple?
Our biggest source of conflict is the household duties. I feel that he doesn’t help out enough; he feels that since he works such long hours (and he does) and makes most of the money, that the household should be my duty. Unfortunately, since I also work and take on the majority of the kid stuff, the state of our house suffers. We both hate it, but until I can hire someone to help me out, it’s the way it’s going to be. It causes a lot of friction, because when he complains, I get very defensive.
Did you go to the same school?
We both went to Duquesne University. Technically speaking, I finished before he did, because I graduated in 1992 (is that right??) with a bachelor’s degree, and he didn’t earn his Ph.D. until 2004, when I was pregnant with Monkey.
Are you from the same home towns?
No. I grew up in Erie and he grew up in Coraopolis.
Who is smarter?
Well, now, that depends. Book smart? School smart? He is, no doubt. But I have more common sense, and a lot more pop culture savvy.
Who is the most sensitive?
He is, hands down. I am clueless.
Where do you eat out most as a couple?
Most often when we’re on our own, we really enjoy Bocktown Beer & Grill.
Where is the furthest the two of you have traveled as a couple?
We went to Italy on our honeymoon — landed in Rome on Sept. 10, 2001.
Who has the craziest exes?
I’m going to go with him. Because, let’s face it, he dated women, and women are crazier.
Who has the worst temper?
He says he does. I asked. I think I get angry more often, but when he gets angry, he gets angrier.
Who does the cooking?
Me, me, me. Unless it’s pancakes and eggs on Sunday.
Who is the neat freak?
Sigh. We both want our house to be much, much neater. I clean more, but he cleans better (when he cleans).
Who is more stubborn?
Who hogs the bed?
Neither of us. I do hog the covers, though. When a kid ends up in bed with us, she hogs the bed.
Who wakes up earlier?
Me. Every single day.
Where was your first date?
Kaya in the Strip District. The next night, we went to a Pens game together. The day after that, we ran into each other at a Steelers’ tailgate party. You can see we were meant to be together.
Who is more jealous?
He is. And why shouldn’t he be? I’m hot (hahahahahaha!).
How long did it take to get serious?
I knew in the first month of dating him that we were going to get married. It panicked me a little bit, but I rode it out. Eleven months later, we got engaged. Since my dad reads this blog, I think that’s all I’ll say about that.
Who eats more?
He does. I eat better.
Who does the laundry?
All me, again.
Who’s better with the computer?
Hmm. That’s an interesting question. We each know how to do different things on our respective computers — he’s a PC and I’m a Mac — but all-in-all, he is probably a little more tech savvy.
Who drives when you are together?
Usually he does. This is fine with me. I drive enough as it is. Besides, we’re usually running late, so I can do my makeup in the car.