December 27th, 2012
I’m Bethany, actually. (I’m not Beth or Stephanie.) Yes, actually, I do use the word “actually” a lot. One of my favorite movies is Love Actually. Did you know that if you say the word “actually” quickly, it sort of sounds like you’re saying the name Ashley? And that if you live in a dorm with an Ashley and you say the word “actually” a lot, that Ashley will tend to stick her head out of her room a lot and ask, “Were you talking to me?”
For my 100th post, I wrote the traditional list of 100 things about me. I don’t expect you to read that, really. But it was fun to write.
I get lots of the same questions emailed to me over and over, so I created an FAQ. You might find the answer to your question there.
I am 37 years old. I’ve been married to Troy, a Navy officer, for 16 years, and a stay-at-home mom since my older daughter Annalie was born in May 2004. Our younger daughter Elliora was born November 2010. When I do have a paying job, it’s usually something to do with kids or education.
I crochet and take lots of photos and paint pottery. I read every day. I love to sit around bookstores and read and drink coffee, but I don’t get to do that as much as I used to, which is probably a good thing because those coffees are expensive. I love to cook, but I also love to eat out. I used to see about 100 movies a year, before I was a parent. I am pickier about the movies I go see nowadays and I end up seeing lots more kids’ movies, but I still love movies in general. I consider myself a geek. My favorite TV shows include but are not limited to Moonlighting, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Quantum Leap, Firefly, Scrubs, Chuck, White Collar, Castle, Veronica Mars, Farscape, Doctor Who, and Stargate SG-1.
I like writing with green ink (.38 Uniball Signo DX pens preferred) and am partial to prime numbers. I used to be a runner, and keep meaning to get back to that someday. I have the bad habit of interrupting people when they’re talking. If you offer me a choice between chocolate cake and lemon cake, I will probably choose lemon.
I first created a homepage in 1997 using the free webspace our ISP provided, mainly for fun and to teach myself HTML. It morphed into a way for Troy to keep friends and family up-to-date during his first Navy deployment in 1998 (and his second and third deployments in 2001 and 2003), and a catch-all means of staying in touch with people as we moved around. I maintained the site for seven years, updating it about once a month with news and photos, moving it to new webspace each time the Navy sent us to a new city, often redesigning the site in the process.
Then Annalie was born. I kept it going till she was 5 months old, when it became clear to me that I wasn’t going to be able to keep the site up the way I wanted to. So I closed up shop. I always intended to have a website again one day, so three years later, I let myself be talked into starting this here blog. I expect it will be a constant work in progress. Wish me luck!