Well, I did it.
I turned 33.
Wasn't too tricky, and other than coming down with some unfortunate respiratory illness (cough, cough cough) my aging has been celebrated excellently. Last night I was treated to a steak dinner and lemon meringue pie prepared by my parents who were celebrating their 33rd anniversary of becoming parents. I do what I can to help a party out.
Did you know that the male seahorses are the ones that have the babies? Yep. The aquarium is a fountain of information.
Also a fountain of information? Me. But only when I'm answering your questions that you so amazingly asked of me. Otherwise, I have no idea what I'm talking about. I decided that I can't possibly answer all the questions in one post, so I'll spend this week filling in details. It's better that way anyway, since Jules is so TWO, and I really need to be writing about things other than how exasperated--and also completed tickled--I am with her. So, thanks for providing a diversion of sorts.
Very deep. TiVo and DVR's do not exist. Two shows are on the same time same night. You can only choose one. Lost: In this episode they reveal everything. Including the black smoke and who Kate really loves: Jack or Sawyer. OR The Office: In this episode Pam and Jim get married. Michael adopts a Chinese baby with flash forwards of Jim and Pam's babies.
What do you choose?
Oh man. I'm assuming our VCR is also out of the scenario? This question sparked some intense debate over dinner last week, because my gut response was to choose "The Office" because it relies on physical comedy, which would mean I could read about "Lost" and get all the info I need. But then Jason said that "The Office" is only funny when it's dealing with office politics, and then he said that it doesn't matter who Kate really loves. I might have thrown a spoon at him, or maybe I just thought about it in my television fury. And then Thursday's episode came on, and I was torn. Because Kate and Sawyer...seriously.
It's tough, but I'm going to go with..."The Office." Unless Charlie is in the "Lost" episode, and then...oh, I don't know. That changes everything.
Next is Tamara, whom I was blessed to meet once when I was visiting churches, and just like that, we hit it off. Very cool. She asks:
How did you get your name, Stephanie? Is it a family name - who picked it? What does it mean? Does it suit you? Do you like it? What is your middle name? Is there meaning with your middle name?
What is your favorite era? Do you think you missed the generation that most moves you?
I got my name from my dad Stephen, and I love it. I don't meet very many Stephanie's, oddly enough. I was going to be "Tyler" until I was born, and they discovered that I was a girl. Woohoo! They still liked the name Tyler, so they gave it to my brother when he was born 14 months later.
Stephanie means "Crowned One," and I think it suits me most of the time. I have some pretty strong leadership tendencies, particularly when I'm teaching or leading a group of some kind. My personality has subdued quite a bit over the years, so I'm not quite so Queenly around people when I'm not in charge. I think that's a good thing.
My middle name is Kay, which is my mom's middle name. Sydney also has the middle name Kay, which is after me, my mom, and my mother-in-law (her middle name is Kay too).
Favorite dessert is creme brulee, or black and white mousse torte if it's made by a restaurant here in town (three cheers for Konditerai!). Although, in all fairness, I really just love dessert. I was totally craving lemon meringue pie yesterday and my mom pulled through with flying colors. I like pie a lot.
I have a hard time picking out favorite eras. Favorite era to read from? The Victorian Era (late 19th century). Favorite era of architecture? Bungalow Era (mostly 1920's). Favorite era to live in? I would say modern day. Even though there are lots of things I love about other eras, I think they would all be pretty difficult to live in. I have no desire to wash my clothes by hand, or work in the kitchen all day, or not be allowed to vote, or be expected to allow a governess to raise my children. The trouble with having a history teacher as a spouse is that I don't romanticize any era. They all have some pretty serious shortcomings.
Next up is Heather's question, which I could answer briefly, but the longer version is something I've been wanting to write about, so it needs its own post. Stay tuned :)