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November 30th, 2009
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A Little Bit About Me
(meme most recently gacked from jer_. I think I've done it before but it's been a while, and some of my answers have changed.)

You know how sometimes people on your friends list post about stuff going on in their life, and all of a sudden you think “Wait a minute? Since when were they working THERE? Since when were they dating HIM/HER? Since when???” And then you wonder how you could have missed all that seemingly pretty standard information, but somehow you feel too ashamed to ask for clarification because it seems like info you should already know? It happens to all of us sometimes.

Please copy the topics below, erase my answers and put yours in their place, and then post it in your journal! Please elaborate on the questions that would benefit from elaboration. One-Word-Answers seldom help anyone out.

First Name: Anne (I don't cringe at Anna but never, ever call me Annie and please spell it Anne with an "e". It matters.)
Age: Turning 35 this week (December 4).
Location: I'm renting a house in Yellow Springs, OH, which is a village NorthEast of Dayton. I'm only in it about 40% of the time, however. The rest of the time I am up in Ann Arbor or traveling for work or to conventions. So my location could be listed as a pretty variable distribution.
Occupation: I work as a human factors engineer in the cognitive systems engineering group of Klein Associates, a division of Applied Research Associates. Most of what I do is to interview people about how they do the work they do, or observe recordings or live exercizes of people doing the work they do, and then analyze the results in order to extract details about what cognitive work they do - how they collaborate, what decisions they need to make, what information they need in order to make those decisions, where or whom they get that info from and how they pursue it, how this proceeds in real time, and how they are applying their expertise in order to make sense of it all - in order to capture that into requirements for systems design and technology development, user guides, or training. Most of my work is for the military right now.
Partner?: my fiance Brian, whom I met thanks to Scott and Lucy (Lucy's birthday is also this week!), who brought Brian to a Monkey Rampant show I was performing in in the Fall of 2007. Brian is a PhD student at the U of Michigan in Ann Arbor, which is most of why I'm up there a lot.
Kids: We have none at the moment, but we are scheming. Might get married, first. ;)
Brothers/Sisters: I have two brothers and one sister, all older than me. We all seem much more similar now that we are older.
Pets: Nope. Plants are the best I can do with my travel schedule.
List the 3-5 biggest things going on in your life:
Contemplating Future Change and uncertainty - Brian is due to finish his degree next year, but we don't know when, exactly, and we really have NO idea what comes after that, or where we will end up. I'm a planning sort of person, so this is weird. But I know I want to be together, because this long distance relationhip thing is hard, and we know we want to have kids.
Brian - Though it is a challenge because of distance, my relationship with Brian is wonderful and still growing and one of the most positive things in my life.
Writing - I'm wanting to write more for work, as a historian, and in general. I'm working on some white papers at work, editing and writing for fanzines more (and creating one of my own, Wellspring, which will be out in December) and also looking for professional outlets for the kind of writing I tend to do in wikipedia.
Pondering the structure of society, and fandom, vis-a-vis class, culture, globalism, racism, feminism, communal projects, and values in general, and thinking about what to do about it. Some of this is figuring things out, period, and some is figuring out where my particular passions lie.
Parents: My mom and dad both live in Michigan and are traveling more now that dad is retired. He was a biomedical design engineer. Both parents cook, sing and dance and dad plays instruments, paints and does photography and mom gardens and reads like crazy and always used to run the local volunteer and political organizations and events and I owe them both a great deal for who I am.
Who are some of your closest friends?: I don't have as many close friends as I would like. I have a lot of dear friends whom I love but not as many close ones who know what's going on with me and to whom I turn in times of trouble. :) This is largely my fault, since I don't open up as much as I could. Plus people know I have lots of friends and tend to assume that means lots of close friends, but it just doesn't.

So after whining about it...

I guess my closest friends are probably Brian, Andrea, Sken, Blade, John, Cheryl, Alex, Janann, Doselle, and Rikhei.

Not sure exactly how that's a question of interest to people, but anyway there you have it - some basic info about me.

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Date:November 30th, 2009 08:57 pm (UTC)

Getting to know you

I have never claimed to know you all that well, but it is very good to get the details now. I am terrible at anything resembling "cutting and pasting" (and once lost a day job because I couldn't cut and paste the stuff they needed me to cut and paste) but am tempted to hand-write, and then retype, the stuff on your list. You may find it interesting to note (as you might find it interesting to note from anybody) that for all that I believe myself to be a far better communicator than I was in my teens, I have far fewer close friends, and I wonder if that is something that (in this culture) just happens to happen. Then again, I'm married to my best friend. I have work to do on my day job, so will close before I get started -- except to note that I am really, really happy about you and Brian, and I hope all continues to go so well.

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Date:November 30th, 2009 10:06 pm (UTC)

Re: Getting to know you

Thanks for the good wishes!

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Date:November 30th, 2009 09:57 pm (UTC)
I miss having you around here. But now I suddenly feel very distant as I was oblivious to the fact that you have two brothers!
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Date:November 30th, 2009 10:05 pm (UTC)
aw. *hug* They are half-brothers, so I didn't really grow up with them. Ric is 11 years older than me and David is 9 years older. They have two and six kids, respectively, so I have 8 nieces and nephews. Their mother moved away to Iowa when I was 3 so I only saw them rarely as we grew up, and they don't come back to Michigan for holidays like my sister does. They both joined the military and traveled all over the place when they grew up. Now Dave is in Arizona and Ric is in Southern California. I visited Dave and his family when I went to the Human Factors of UAVs conference so I'm sure I've mentioned them before.
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Date:November 30th, 2009 10:58 pm (UTC)
*grin* I imagine the "who are some of your closest friends" would want more detail. :) I'll have to think about that if/when I fill it out ...
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Date:November 30th, 2009 11:26 pm (UTC)
Heh. I thought about breaking the list up according to geography - closest friends who are close enough that I see them regularly (You, Brian, Janann, John, Alex), closest friends who once lived close but now live far far away (but stay in touch) (Andrea, Rikhei, Blade), and friends who have never ever lived anywhere near me but yet manage to be stalwart friends (e.g. Cheryl, Doselle).

I have a whole slew of other friends who delight my heart and who I try to keep up with (LJ helps) and really enjoy seeing on rare occassion. I think I'm actually doing a better job of keeping in touch with people this year than I have in many years, and am slowly getting to know better some of the people who trigger the "this one's special" note in me. But there are far more lovely and interesting people than I actually *manage* to keep in touch with.
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Date:December 1st, 2009 06:43 am (UTC)
I don't even manage to keep in touch with Tal/Nada/Alyx very well, and they live within visiting range. So I think you're doing better than I.

I was definitely glad to see you at Windycon.
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Date:December 4th, 2009 05:28 pm (UTC)
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