What are your middle names?
Mine is Elizabeth, because I was born in the 80's and all baby girls in the 80's had that middle name. Jon's middle name is Paul, just like his two other brothers. Creative parents, huh?
How long have you been together?
We've been together ummm, 8 years last week. Got married about 2 years ago.
How long did you know each other before you started dating?
We got to know each other BY dating. Before that I only stalked him.
Who asked whom out?
I, very creepily, followed him around school and would show up conveniently in the same room wherever he was, and then wait for him to talk to me. That got boring so I made all my friends follow him around and ask him if he would date me. In his senior yearbook I show up in all the "club" pictures of the clubs he was in. And I was in none of them. Pretty embarrassing but I was what like, 17? I was a moron.
How old are each of you?
I'm 24, Jon is 26. If you were here at my office you would say that I'm 10, because apparently people here really think that.
Whose siblings do you see the most?
I have no siblings, so Jon wins by default but really we haven't been seeing any of his brothers or sister regularly lately. We used to spend A LOT of time with his sister, brother-in-law and their boys, but things have changed. And I wish we could spend more time with his other sister and her husband in Pittsburgh, but life is busy. Did I mention he has 8 brothers and sisters whose names all start with J? Yeah. Really.
Which situation is the hardest on you as a couple?
I'm not sure where to go with this one. We had a few hard years in college. I was/am not a great roommate probably due to being an only child so it was quite and adjustment for me to live with other people. He on the other hand is awesome and helpful to live with. Plus at one point we were living with two other people and slept in a hallway. That makes for some awkward times.
Did you go to the same school?
We went to the same high school, but different colleges in the same city. He went to DAAP, which I could never do because it eats my soul, and I went to the Art Academy, where meat is art.
Are you from the same home town?
Yes, both from Indianapolis. The weirdest part was when we figured out that our Dads grew up on the same street and went to the same high school and knew each other.
Who is smarter?
Jon knows more random facts than any other person I've ever met, and he likes to learn things. I like Xbox.
Who is the most sensitive?
Me. He has a heart of stone. Well not really, he just doesn't get all up-in-arms about things like I do.
Where do you eat out most as a couple?
Depends by month. I have some weird obsessive food problems I've discussed here and mostly, Jon rolls with it.
Where is the furthest you two have traveled together as a couple?
We drove to Alaska, alone. It was awesome. My Dad said that if we could do that and survive then we would never need marriage counseling.
Who has the craziest exes?
Probably me, though that was a long time ago. Considering that I've had creepy ex's track me down on myspace (which is why I deleted my account) I think I win.
Who has the worst temper?
Jon. When I get mad I just refuse to talk and do the really annoying woman thing. " No. Nothing's wrong. Everything's FINE." When Jon gets mad it means he is really mad, and then probably yelling.
Who does the cooking?
Jon. He was a restaurant manager. He cooks like a god. I try to take care of most of the dishes in return because he likes to call my cooking "super bland." I'm sorry I like plain pasta, ok? But if there's baking to do, I'm on it.
Who is the neat-freak?
Visual clutter bothers me, but not enough to get up and clean. I'd say we're pretty even. I've learned to accept 50,000 soda cans all over the coffee table and socks and shoes all over the living room floor and those tiny hairs from beard trimming day. In return, I like to think that he doesn't want me to clean because when I put things away I like to make them "safe" which means hide them and never find them again. Damn you 12 packets of Koolaid.
Who is more stubborn?
Pretty even. I hold grudges and he doesn't though. Again, big family versus tiny family.
Who hogs the bed?
We do pretty ok on that front, but I do steal all the blankets. Unless Nico is sleeping with us, then he hogs the bed and we are both sad. Rottweilers the size of people make for a very cramped bed.
Who wakes up earlier?
During the week, Jon. Because he has to go to work much earlier than I do. I schlep out of bed and walk the dogs.
Where was your first date?
Lulu's Electric Cafe off 86th. I ate cake. I was supposed to be writing a paper about the holocaust. I didn't write it until 1am. Somehow I got an A.
Who is more jealous?
Ummmmm, me? I guess.
How long did it take to get serious?
I don't know, we were just best friends then were never not best friends. We didn't have the typical- "Oh well now we're serious" talk or anything. It just fit.
Who eats more?
Him. When I try to compete I get fat.
Who does the laundry?
It's pretty even, especially lately.
Who's better with the computer?
Me. ME. DON'T TOUCH THE COMPUTER JON YOU'RE GOING TO BREAK IT AGAIN.
Who drives when you are together?
Mostly me. We only have one car and I drive it to work and Jon take the bus. But we trade off. Lately that has been hard since apparently being pregnant makes me a very bossy passenger.