Monday, February 9, 2009

Defined by "D"

The lovely hokgardner, whose days are extremely full working as a freelance writer, raising four kids, writing two blogs, knitting and running, did the meme “Brought to you by the letter.” I wanted to play along, so she assigned me the letter “D.” Here are 10 things in my life that start with D.
1. D ______. My Italian maiden name was a huge part of my identity growing up. At one international fair day in grade school, I paired up with my friend, whom is German. I wasn’t cheating—I’m a quarter German. But when people came up to our booth, they would say, “What are you doing here? You’re supposed to be in Italy.” Then I got married, took my husband’s easily pronounceable English last name, and no one knows I’m half-Italian, which makes me a little sad.
2. Denver. I was born and raised just outside of this city. I moved to Chicago for college because I wanted to live in a more intense urban environment—more shops, restaurants and museums. I got that, along with dirty, smelly subway rides and, at times, impossible traffic and crowds. The worst part, though, was worrying if you'd get assaulted when you left your apartment alone at night. I had to travel 1,000 miles and back to realize that suburban Denver is just right for me.
3. Doughnuts. Growing up, no Sunday morning was complete without eating a doughnut. It was a great pick-me-up after sitting through sleep-inducing 7 am mass every week.
4. Montrose and Damen. My husband and I lived off of this Chicago intersection for six years. I loved this part of town—it had quiet neighborhood feel even though we were in walking distance from great restaurants and shops. Plus, there was a big park we could stroll through when we needed a “nature fix.”

5. My dog, Lola. Our family’s basset hound wasn’t a perky, “let’s play catch” kind of dog. She’d rather nap in a sunny yard for hours. That lazy quality made her a great companion when we were home sick.
6. Dirt. I’ve grown to love gardening thanks to my farm-boy husband. As soon as we moved to the suburbs, we put in raised beds and started a vegetable garden. I get a strange satisfaction out of weeding.
7. John Donne. This 17th century womanizer-turned-vicar is one of the few poets I remember from my British Lit class in college. One of my favorite poems is “The Flea.”
8. Dumb bells. I started lifting when in college while I was on the cross-country team. I don’t run much anymore, but I still love going to the gym and lifting weights.
9. Dinosaurs. These prehistoric animals are a major part of my life thanks to Ethan’s obsession with them. He loves the beady eyes and razor-sharp talons and teeth of "meat-eaters." His desk is covered with plastic dinosaurs he uses to re-enact bloody encounters.

10. Depression. This isn’t something I love, but something that I’ve grown to accept. I was on anti-depressants all through my 20’s, and it helped somewhat. But when my husband and I wanted to start a family, I was worried about taking them during my pregnancy. I consulted a psychologist, and he recommended that I go off of them. When I asked him why, he said, “You’ve dealt with depression since childhood, and you have yet to go off the deep end.” I found his blunt statement oddly comforting. Ever since then, instead of fighting this part of myself, I’ve become more accepting of it, which helped me more than any pill.

Let me know if you’d like a letter!


hokgardner said...

Great list! Thanks for doing it. And thank you for the nice comments in the intro.

jennie said...

I like you letter D! I still have your dish...sorry

Casdok said...

I had fogotton The Flea poem! Thanks for the reminder.

Quirky Mom said...

It's interesting to read your list and learn a little more about you.

I'd love to pick your brain about Denver. Hubby and I are both job-hunting, and we're thinking about other places we might like to live if we found jobs there. Denver came up...

And I'd like a letter, please. :)

janny226 said...

I like your D's! I didn't realize until now that I should have asked you for a letter, I asked hokgardner and she gave me P. Didn't mean to skip you! Now, to think of things I love that start with P... hmm.

Cookie said...

D is a great letter! THat's the first letter of my name, Dawn :)
Ahem, but I noticed that I didn't make your list ;)

mouse (aka kimy) said...

always a pleasure to read people's lists.... I never read ode to the flea before.... a special thanks for that!

well damn, I've already played.... (I don't really mean damn, I just felt compelled to write some word that started with d)

I played with k.....

Kathleen said...

I Liked the quote in #10 i so agree, it's not always about popping pills, a lot of the time it is about self attitude.

You know me always up for a challenge, I'd love a letter, just e-mail it to me when you have time.

Anonymous said...

I'll take a letter! :)