I'm a newlywed who moved from the bustling Bay Area to Albuquerque. I have a degree in Psychology from the University of New Mexico and work in the front office for a pediatric dentist (really putting my degree to use, right?) I keep a messy house, cook questionable meals, and can't keep a plant alive (sorry, Chia Herb Garden.)
I'm working on improving all these things though, so read LambAround and let me know how I'm doing!
Derek (aka Sexy Nerd)
Isn't he just the cutest??
Derek grew up in the tiny town of Buena Vista, Colorado. Before moving there, he lived in an even tinier town - Johnson, Kansas! I love to poke fun at him and his naive, small town ways (with love, of course!) He's a mechanical engineer with a Master's Degree in mechatronics (something I'd never even heard of before we met) and he's one smart cookie. He even has a second "just for fun" Master's Degree in progress He cooks, he cleans, he builds things for our house (entirely new rooms included) and he even trims Pica's nails and brews beer. What more could a girl ask for? If only he weren't hopelessly addicted to all things racing!
Nascar sucks! ;)
The Happy Couple
We loves our ice cream!
We met on Match.com (really!) and had our first date on January 10th, 2004. Keeping our relationship together was tricky because I was living in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Derek was attending school in Flint, Michigan (such a dangerous place!) The first time Derek came back from school, I had my doubts about him, especially as he had invited himself to live in my apartment. Derek decided to take a trip up to Colorado to visit his family. While he was away, I continued to think that us being together was a bad idea (I really liked having my apartment all to myself!) As fate would have it, he returned from Colorado with his hands all cut up - he went so that he could use his dad's tools to build me a wire candleholder tree, just like one I'd pointed out in a store. Isn't he just the sweetest guy ever? To this day, we joke that this action was just like when the goofy little boy made the wooden pickle in Bad Santa.
Derek's proposal after only a year of dating was a little soon for me - I had a panic attack, hysterically laughing while trying to decide what to tell him. It wasn't anything against him. It's just that, come on, we'd only been together a year. I'd had bad high school relationships that lasted for more than a year! A long engagement later, we got married in Hawaii on our 4 year anniversary. The ceremony was performed by a man in a skirt, Captain Howie from Above Heaven's Gate Weddings, who was high as a kite and talked about "midget leprechauns" in front of all our friends and family. It was wonderful and unlike any other wedding...though I would not recommend Captain Howie under any circumstance!
Oh, and a chicken wandered over unexpectedly during our vows. We named her Chicklet.
Growing up, I loved the stuffed lamb that is featured on my blog header. One day, my mom insisted on washing it. Convinced that my lamb would drown and come out of the washing machine completely ruined, I begged my mom to spare my lamb's life. She ignored my pleas and threw it into the wash.
My lamb came out missing an ear!!!
I'm sure that was one of those "oh crap" parenthood moments.
My original plan for this blog was to take a photo of my stuffed lamb in different locations, hence the name LambAround. Easy peasy considering the stuffed lamb is keychain-size and I've traveled all over (Seychelles, Paris, and Australia included). Well, it turns out that is boring! So, I decided to just blog about whatever interests me. Really, what would be the point in writing a blog you don't like?
Why Is There A Pig In The Kitchen??
Why not have a pig in the kitchen? Kitchen Pig was purchased at a little shop inside the Coronado Mall in Albuquerque. Although it was love at first sight, I nearly didn't get him because he was more than I wanted to spend. Luckily, Sexy Nerd was able to convince me that $4 probably wasn't going to push us into bankruptcy.
Disclaimer (added by Sexy Nerd): The Kitchen Pig logo is trademarked by Kitchen Pig Brewery.