Thursday, April 26, 2012

about me

A few weeks ago I did something that still makes me cringe.

I had a job interview via video chat. (Above, I'm making my I hope this isn't too awkward face/admiring the awesome thing I somehow managed to make my hair do.)

The first thing I was asked: Tell me a little about yourself.

The first thing I said -- and this is the cringey part -- Well, my husband is in medical school.

That was the first thing I said. About myself.

Anything would have been better than that, right? I sometimes call my dog Stinkerton McDoodleface.. I learned how to burp on command when I was 11. I eat a peanut butter and banana sandwich every day for lunch. My dream karaoke song is "Kiss From a Rose". I have a birthmark on my knee and one directly behind it on the back of my knee, and when I was little I thought it had bled through. 

We live in a city that feels smaller than it really is. The city is saturated with people in the medical field, and when anyone I meet hears that I'm married to a medical student, they want to know more. They want to know everything about him and usually nothing about me, except for the occasional Why aren't you in med school? 

I've gotten used to it. Apparently so used to it that I've decided to give in and just skip the small talk about myself and get right to the "good" stuff. 

To be fair to myself, when I led with that tidbit about Y, I was trying to explain why I would be in Minneapolis in the first place. But the fact that I brought it up in that way is so telling, and a great reminder of why I'm excited for a change - a chance to go somewhere where medicine doesn't suffocate me, where I can make friends who have absolutely nothing to do with medicine whatsoever.

My faux pas couldn't have been that bad though, considering I got the job! It must have been the awesome thing I somehow managed to make my hair do.  


  1. Oh, dear. I have done this more times than I can count - and really realized I needed to stop when I first went to the resident spouse group here and we all introduced ourselves in that way. [Duh, of course we're all married to residents!] It is easy to do though when you're surrounded by medical types, and also because all kinds of things, especially city we live in, were basically dictated by my husband's medical school/residency, so sometimes it feels like it defines my life. Good reminder to be ME next time I meet someone...

    p.s. big congratulations on the job, as well as figuring out how to make your hair do that! Love it.

  2. Yay, congratulations on getting the job!!! It's ok, sometimes I'll say "yea boyfriend used to play baseball"

  3. Ok first off - congratulations on the new job! That's great and super exciting!!

    second - I noticed I did that myself on a phone interview a few weeks ago. As soon as it came out of my mouth I felt like a complete idiot. So you aren't alone!

  4. Well, a hearty congrats on the new hair style! I can't wait to see what new hair styles MN has in store for you!

    1. I can't wait to see how my hair handles the weather! Our realtor complained about the humidity the day we were there (in March) and I just laughed at him. Kind of how he probably laughed at me later when it was 55 degrees and I put on a coat.

  5. haha- I've done this too many times to count. Congrats on the new job!

  6. Wheeeeeeeere??!!? Tell me right now! Congrats!! :)

  7. CONGRATULATIONS! i know that feeling. friends that aren't chris' med school classmates?! what are those?

    and i think you should drive to a karaoke bar IMMEDIATELY so you can bust out kiss from a rose to celebrate.

  8. I'm so glad I'm not the only who's done this and then felt silly!