All that I have, All that I am*

It started on Facebook, then Dooce did it and now it’s the thing to do.  Since I can’t gather my thoughts enough to write a real post, here are some random facts about me and Mark G. Davis.

What are your middle names?
Allison and Glynn

How long have you been together?
We met and started dating in the fall of 1998, so about 10 ½ years.  The first time I met him I thought he was an asshole (to be fair he was very drunk).  We got married in July of 2000.

How long did you know each other before you started dating?
About 2 weeks after the meeting noted above, our paths crossed again and that’s all she wrote.  We’ve been together ever since.

Who asked whom out?
I was in college and he worked with a friend so we did a lot of “hanging out” with our mutual friends before we had a proper date.  But I was the one to kiss him first.

How old are each of you?
I am 31 and Mark is OLD almost 37.

Whose siblings do you see the most?
Mine

Which situation is the hardest on you as a couple?
I think parenthood is both the hardest and the most gratifying at the same time.  It’s just so, so hard to carve out time for us and our interests as a couple that don’t revolve around a toddler.  That and finances…that’s a close second.

Did you go to the same school?
Nope – we actually went to rival schools.  I went to BGSU and he to the University of Toledo.

Are you from the same home town?
Amazingly, yes although we didn’t meet until we both moved away.  We are both from Mansfield but went to different school systems (and with the age difference, it’s not surprising we never met while we lived there).  I moved to Lima the summer before my freshman year in high school and by that time Mark was in the Army then on to live in Toledo. But its fun to compare memories from our old childhood haunts.

Who is smarter?
My automatic answer is that I am because I am a fount of useless knowledge (and since Google was invented I can be a royal pain in the ass when it comes to trivial things).  But, I think we are actually pretty evenly matched and with our different interests and affinities we each teach each other a lot.

Who is the most sensitive?
Mark. 

Where do you eat out most as a couple?
This is really hard because we are still exploring all the fantastic places to eat in Cleveland so we don’t often make return trips to a single place. But I’d have to say we’ve been to Bar Cento the most in the last year.

Where is the furthest you two have traveled together as a couple?
Salt Spring Island, BC where we went when I graduated college, returned the following year to get married and then visited again on our 5th anniversary. It’s almost time for another visit.

Who has the craziest exes?
Mark, but there hasn’t been any ex-drama since right after we started dating.

Who has the worst temper?
We both are pretty bad, but while I am quick to flare and then pretty quick to cool-off Mark will get angry and smolder for a long time. 

Who does the cooking?
We are pretty equal on the cooking front although our repertoire is pretty limited to heat-up-and-eat meals from Trader Joe’s and a choice few simple recipes.  However, I am the Sunday Morning Pancake Queen.   

Who is the neat-freak?
We are both pretty much anti-neat-freak which can be a bad thing.  We do an okay job at keeping the general filth to a livable level but neither one of us particularly cares.  Once in a while one of us will go on a de-clutter and scrub phase, but it’s pretty rare.

Who is more stubborn?
Me.  I am always right so you just better live with it.  And it’s really hard for me to agree to disagree because if you don’t agree with me you are WRONG and I will continue to try to convince you of my superiority.  Yeah, I’m fun at parties.

That said, Mark is pretty darn stubborn, too. And our child?- just watch out world.

Who hogs the bed?
Mark, but mostly because he likes to cuddle while I am of the notion of you get 10 minutes to cuddle then get the heck away from me.  I can’t sleep unless I have my space. Remember the scene in Dirty Dancing “This is my dance space. This is your dance space. I don’t go into yours, you don’t go into mine.”?  That’s me in a bed.

Who wakes up earlier?
Mark.  I would sleep until 10 every damn day if allowed.

Where was your first date?
The sad thing is neither one of us can remember what we did for our first date.  We think maybe we went to $1 draft/$0.10 wings night at Fricker’s.  What we do remember is that I fell flat on my fact upon walking out the door.

Who is more jealous?
Depends on the situation, but we’ve both had our share of jealousy.

How long did it take to get serious?
About 2 seconds.  Pretty much after our second meeting we were together all the time.  We moved in together a year later (after me practically living at his place for a year) and got married a year after that.

Who eats more?
I think we are pretty equal on this front.

Who does the laundry?
Me.  Mark does it once in awhile but I have RULES about the laundry that need to be followed (see stubborn question above) and get annoyed when they are not.

Who’s better with the computer?
Have you met Mark?  It’s him, definitely

Who drives when you are together?
Pretty much always Mark. Although he won’t admit it out loud he isn’t a big fan of my driving.  Plus, I like to sleep in the car so if we are on the road for more then and hour I prefer for him to drive.

Now it’s your turn…answer a few of these in the comments or post your own and leave the link in comments.  Come on, you know you want to.  All the cool kids are doing it!

*”All that I have, All that I am” were part of our wedding vows and I started giggling when Mark said them because we were so broke at the time.  Mark was crying a bit during the ceremony so me laughing made me look like a total ass…something he will never let me forget.

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One thought on “All that I have, All that I am*

  1. JMH says:

    Since I haven’t been to work all week, I have time to play! So, here it is 🙂

    What are your middle names?
    Marie and Bob’s middle name starts with an “S” (he would KILL me if I posted it!)

    How long have you been together?
    13 1/2 years. Married for 10 (Our wedding was in October of 1998)

    How long did you know each other before you started dating?
    We were set up on a blind date. However, before the “date”, we talked on the phone, every day, for 2 weeks

    Who asked whom out?
    His friends set us up on a blind date. So I guess he gets the credit 🙂

    How old are each of you?
    I am 37 and he is 38.

    Whose siblings do you see the most?
    Mine

    Which situation is the hardest on you as a couple?
    definately parenthood. Especially since our childhoods were completely different. Even though we are out of the “baby” stages, it is still hard helping our kids navigate through school, activities and friendships.

    Did you go to the same school?
    Nope. I went to BGSU and Bob attended Ohio University

    Are you from the same home town?
    No. However, we now live very close to the town where Bob graduated from high school

    Who is smarter?
    I think I am “smarter” in an academic sense, but Bob is brilliant with finances and has much better spatial awareness than I have. I think together we are unstoppable!

    Who is the most sensitive?
    Depends, but ususally it is me

    Where do you eat out most as a couple?
    This is hard since we have 2 young kids. However, as a couple, we usually like seafood restuarants.

    Where is the furthest you two have traveled together as a couple?
    It is a tie between the Caribbean (honeymoon) and Salt Spring Island, BC for Kate and Mark’s wedding

    Who has the craziest exes?
    Bob (hands down!!)

    Who has the worst temper?
    We both have short fuses, but we also know how to handle each other when we blow up.

    Who does the cooking?
    Me. Bob knows how to make 3 things: Mac and Cheese (from a box), sandwiches and he can grill well.

    Who is the neat-freak?
    Bob likes things neat (no clutter) but apparently filth doesn’t bother him. I hate dirt, dust etc., but I have clutter everywhere. So I guess neither of us is a “neat-freak”

    Who is more stubborn?
    Depends on the situation /issue. However, our son is the most stubborn of all 🙂

    Who hogs the bed?
    Bob. Drives. Me. CRAZY.

    Who wakes up earlier?
    Me. Even if I get the opportunity to sleep in, I just can’t sleep past 8:00 am anymore. Ugh!

    Where was your first date?
    A restuarant called High Marks in Piqua, Oh. It is a restaurant with a “school” theme. Bob took me there since I was a teacher. He also brought a gift for me (my birthday was 2 days before our date) After dinner, we went to a movie. It was a great date-no weird akwardness at all. However, when he brought me home, he kissed me on the forehead! I was all WTF??!! But, he asked me out again, so it all worked out.

    Who is more jealous?
    Depends on the situation, but we’ve both had our share of jealousy.

    How long did it take to get serious?
    We were serious right away. We even took a vacation together during the first year we dated. However, he waited for 3 years to propose.

    Who eats more?
    I think we are pretty equal on this front.

    Who does the laundry?
    Both of us. But Bob thinks he is the laundry God.

    Who’s better with the computer?
    Me, by far.

    Who drives when you are together?
    It is always Bob. (See the stubborness question above)

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