Well, FAQs of our life. Here's just a few little bitty tidbits that should help you understand us better. Really, I'm not that optimistic that understand is the right word. Maybe "gain insight" or "something extra for you to read at work". Those might do better. Believe it or not, I get a reasonable amount of questions about our life. I know. I'm shocked too. Here are the most asked and some semblance of an answer.
So you don't mind talking about infertility now?
I don't mind anymore. It's therapeutic for me to talk about it now (I wrote another post about it here), and my hope is that we can be support for others going through similar struggles. I knew three people who had gone through infertility struggles and I clung to them because they knew. They knew exactly what I was feeling. I would love to be that person for others as a way to pay it forward. Email me. I'm here.
But now you aren't so infertile are you?
Well, kind of? Our medical miracle, accidental, and free baby Kate will be joining us in January 2015. We have no idea how she came to be - you know what I mean - but we will take her! Announcing that pregnancy was one of the most fun posts to write.
What do you "do"?
Chuck was an airline pilot, and then the recession came and the layoffs came with it. We weren't upset. Chuck wasn't loving the gone 5 days, home 2 kind of lifestyle. We're independent people, but even we have a limit. I wrote about the airline lifestyle here and how we hated it. Now he works at a real job in flight standards, which keeps him in the airplane business. He's a big fan of coming home each night.
I was a teacher and I loved my job. I will always feel like a teacher. Then I had Sam and made a Susie-shaped hole in my classroom door as I ran for the stay-at-home hills. I love it. I was meant for this.
What's the deal with Jack?
Jack is our angel cat. When you don't have kids, you turn into a certain kind of people. We became cat people. We did not set out to be cat people. This happened on accident. We're a little mortified at being those people.
But we are what we are. We've had Jack for 7 glorious years. I still get lost in his green eyes and tuna breath. We've taught him to fetch and walk on a leash. We've built him an 8 foot scratching post. We paid $1,700 for emergency surgery when he swallowed a toy. It was one of my first posts here. We are those people. We are cat people.
Ugh, I guess I should say - were those people. We lost our baby cat suddenly in the summer of 2014. It was awful and we are still not over it. Obviously I wrote him a eulogy/obit.
Lucy is my favorite niece. She's also my only niece. She belongs to my sister Shelley. Lucy is a big part of our life even though she lives in California. She was our first "baby". She now has a little brother named Ben.
What kind of camera do you have?
My cameras are my life, which is a little sad. My first is a Pentax K200D. I shoot with either a standard 3.5-5.6f 18-55mm lens or a fixed 1.4f 50mm. I also have a really annoying mounted flash. Oh, I am obnoxious. I also have a Nikon D5000 and a D7000. I shoot with a standard 3.5-5.6f 18-55mm lens, a fixed 1.8f 30mm, or a telephoto 4-5.6f 200mm lens. The camera thing is getting out of control.