Relationship meme, found via Linda.
What are your middle names?
Camille and William. I’ll let you guess who is who.
How long have you been together?
Almost ten years: started dating in the summer of 1999, and got married in 2002.
How long did you know each other before you started dating?
This is kind of a complicated question. We met in April of 1999 when I arrived at his workplace for a job interview. I accepted the job, but didn’t start until June. Ten days later, he asked me to go for a drink on a Thursday night. Is that a date? It was about six weeks (and three dates) before I’d say we were actually “dating.”
Who asked whom out?
He asked me out. I later found out he totally had to psych himself up to make the call. I find that adorable.
How old are each of you?
Dave is 34. I am 32.
Whose siblings do you see the most?
Dave’s: my brother lives in CA, my sister in PA. I do have some step-siblings in IL. But we definitely see Dave’s sister most.
Which situation is the hardest on you as a couple?
Did you go to the same school?
No. Dave went to Eastern Illinois. I went to Illinois.
Are you from the same home town?
No, Dave is from tiny-Olney, Illinois and I am from Aurora – almost opposite ends of the state (north and south).
Who is smarter?
Smarter is relative. I got high ACT scores and Dave graduated with honors from EIU. He has street-smarts, I have people-smarts.
Who is the most sensitive?
I am 100 percent more sensitive. I cry at television commercials and Alzheimer’s documentaries.
Where do you eat out most as a couple?
Just the two of us? Gee… we like to try new places all the time. But we do like this Italian place called Mama Carrolla’s. But I don’t know that we’ve ever been there just the two of us.
Where is the furthest you two have traveled together as a couple?
Italy. It seems like that is one of the last things we did just the two of us. Maybe because that’s where he knocked me up, and I was pretty much throwing up until R was born 38 weeks later.
Who has the craziest exes?
ME. WITHOUT QUESTION.
Who has the worst temper?
Who does the cooking?
Who is the neat-freak?
David is ultra-neat. It drives me crazy. I feel like I am constantly failing his expectations re: housecleaning. But I just don’t care as much as he does. Sue me.
Who is more stubborn?
We are a stubborn bunch in our house. Which is odd, because I am very flexible in the workplace. I like to tell Dave that I am just more comfortable with him and therefore feel safe enough to be my totally rigid and unyielding self at home. He should be glad about that, right?
Who hogs the bed?
He does, though he would deny it. I’ve often threatened to get a camera in the middle of the night and take a picture to show him just how much of the bed he really does consume. I’ve also threatened to audio record his snoring, though now that his cold had finally passed I think that might be taken care of.
Who wakes up earlier?
Where was your first date?
We went to the Fox and the Hound in Evansville, Indiana and drank 23 ounce beers on a Thursday night. I tried to keep up with him and ended up having to drunkenly ask him to take me home after three. We discovered a mutual affinity for the Beastie Boys and Miller Light.
Who is more jealous?
Him. He still refers to a good friend of mine as “I Love You Mike” because Mike confessed his feelings for me about a month after Dave and I started dating. It’s been ten years, man. Let it go.
How long did it take to get serious?
I knew within six months that we would get married. It took him a little longer.
Who eats more?
He does. Unless he has a stomach bug.
Who does the laundry?
I would say I do 70 percent of it, 100 percent of the putting-clothes-away. He will occasionally wash and dry a load or two and almost always helps with the folding if he’s around. But I am incredibly anal about sorting. And he seems incapable of putting clothes away. Sometimes I go on strike and will just leave his clothes on his pillow or something.
Who’s better with the computer?
He is way better on the computer. Though I am learning because of my job.
Who drives when you are together?
He always drives. I’m not a good driver in most situations, though I kick ass at big city driving, when aggression is pretty much a requirement. I also have such terrible road rage that it’s generally better for my blood pressure to not be behind the wheel unless necessary.