And a meme, ganked from Ty and Pyra and like 2/3 of my f'list after that:
You know how sometimes people on your friendslist post about stuff going on in their life, and all of a sudden you think "Wait a minute? Since when were they working THERE? Since when were they dating HIM/HER? Since when???" And then you wonder how you could have missed all that seemingly pretty standard information, but somehow you feel too ashamed to ask for clarification because it seems like info you should already know? It happens to all of us sometimes.
Please copy the topics below, erase my answers and put yours in their place, and then post it in your journal! Please elaborate on the questions that would benefit from elaboration. One-Word-Answers seldom help anyone out. (:
1. FIRST NAME
Sarah. It's a family name, from the other side of the family than my last name, which leads to frequent misspellings. (My last name would be more likely found with "Sara" on average.)
Thirty. It hit me pretty hard last year -- my self-conception and what I think thirtysomethings are don't line up. By this age my parents had me and their lives were very different.
Medford, MA. We've lived here for four years now, and been in the greater Boston area for 9.
Software engineer. Previously in aerospace, but I don't like working on military tech (even non-weapons stuff) and research wasn't my thing, so when an opportunity to switch fields came, I jumped, and am very glad I did. I'm an odd software engineer in that I've never taken a single class in CS.
Yep. D---- and I have been together since spring of '97, give or take some college-era breakups and reunions when we were young and dramallamalicious. We met while both engineering undergrads at Swarthmore College, through mutual friends setting us up. We didn't get together then -- we became friends and then started dating like 5 months later.
None as of now; we're considering the idea. I feel like a bad person in saying that I was one of those adamantly childfree people as a kid/teenager and now I have changed my mind, since CFers get so much crap. But, well, I did. I only really want one kid. D---- would like two, I think, but is okay with just one. (Which is good, as modern science has not managed to detach the process of child-forming from the uterus.) I am still not sure (and stressing) about how I'll handle a career and a kid; I don't want to sacrifice the former for the latter, but I'm also not really comfortable warehousing a kid in daycare for what feels like selfishness. Will cross that bridge when I come to it, I guess.
One sister, ten (almost 11, really) years my junior. Which means psychologically I spec out as an only child, but I'm not.
2 cats, named Salem and Tigger. Both girls (and sisters) -- we did not name them. They came from the MIT reuse list, and we've had them for six years now.
9. 3-5 THINGS GOING ON IN MY LIFE
2. Just finished renovating the basement; now we just have to clean all the dust left over, argh.
3. Planning a wedding, which is way more of a hassle than I could ever have imagined. (The lady at the hair salon while I was booking that part said something about bringing her ideas I'd seen in "my magazines" to which I went buh? I'm supposed to have magazines? I'm hiring you to deal with my hair and makeup because I don't have a fucking clue I just want it to be appropriate and you did a great job on two separate occasions when I was a bridesmaid and got it done there.)
For anyone who does do the girly thing, I'm commissioning my dress from Chrissy Wai-Ching because they were the first thing I saw that I didn't cringe at -- I wanted some color and I didn't want strapless, and vegetarian materials if possible (no-kill silk), and that combination is apparently rare despite not being terribly specific.
...okay, stopping now. I could whine about this stuff all day, but the only thing more boring than stressing about wedding crap is listening to someone else do so, so yeah.
Alive and well and living in Cleveland OH. (My sister's there too.) I'm a great deal like my father -- geeky and a bit of a loner and an engineer/programmer.
11. CLOSEST FRIENDS
The idea of turning friendship into a popularity contest sucks and I'm just not answering this one. Especially not after having to prune a wedding invitation list into shape because we can't afford (or fit in the space) to invite everyone we'd like. And let one person know that it's going to be a small wedding party and that while I'd love her to be a part of the ceremony, I wasn't going to ask her to be a bridesmaid.
I do have a best friend I miss terribly at times -- she and I grew up on the same street but no longer live anywhere near each other, and don't share many online haunts. And are both lousy correspondents. Which means we rarely talk, which makes me sad. Hopefully I'll see her at Christmas -- but even if I don't, she's effectively my other sister, and we will never lose touch entirely.