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7th-Dec-2009 08:32 pm
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. I know I'm absolutely terrible at posting anything that is actually going on in my life.

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.

NAME: DeNae Leverentz. My mother almost named me BettyAnne Genevieve. Fortunately, she changed her mind.

LOCATION: Brooklyn Park, MN. Same house we've lived in since we moved up here, and I really don't see us ever moving without a LOT of motivation. The only real problem with the house is the very sad lack of a decent bathtub.

OCCUPATION: Full-time graduate student. I'm getting my Masters in Technical Communication at Metro State. And my graduate certificate in Project Management. What am I going to do when I grow up? I'm still trying to figure that out, but I'm leaning towards software documentation, with a goal of getting into information design and architecture. Or maybe finding the experience to become an Agile Project Manager.

PARTNER: lthomas987 17 years and counting.

KIDS: Only the four-legged kind.

SIBLINGS: I have one brother, 4.5 years younger, and one sister, 7 years younger. We get along pretty well these days. Both of them are married. I adore my sister-in-law. I think my brother-in-law and I will get along pretty well if we ever actually get to know each other. My brother and sister-in-law have two adorable girls, 6.5 and 4.5. (They are HIGHLY insistent on the half-year). I worship the ground they walk on. I also have a "nephew." He's 6.5 as well. It's a very long story, but I'll tell you if you ask.

PARENTS: My dad has his own garage door business (www.midwest-door.com). He's pretty darn fabulous, and we get along very well. My mom is a special ed teacher at Osseo High School. Our relationship has gotten better over the years. I'm gaining hope that by LT & I's 25-year anniversary, she might be able to be civil. My parents are very religious and very conservative. Politics is a topic I desperately try to avoid. I've mostly decided that teaching me critical thinking skills drained those skills from my parent's brains. Meh. I cope.

PETS: Two beagles and the cat-who-thinks-she's-a-beagle. Mortimer is 14 years old and doing startlingly well, despite his most recent attempt to perform surgery on himself. He tried to chew a cyst off his ankle. He greatly objects to the arrival of winter. Forrest just joined the family in October. He's about 2. Forrest is settling in, although we've got a lot of work ahead of us still. He's a very shy and reactive dog. Sadly, he seems rather afraid of LT, but she's making good progress on winning him over. Forrest is a snuggler. He came to us from Henderson, KY, so he's with Mort on this winter thing. Both times it has snowed, he's been deeply unsure about this cold white stuff. Shiva is doing well, but don't tell her she's a cat. She's less than pleased about the new favorite phrase in our house: "the starving cat is LYING." However, she's lost 3 pounds, so it's been good for her.


1. Grad school! I'm fascinated. My biggest problem is that just about every class is about something that interests me. Now, I have to find an internship.

2. I do a lot of homework.

3. Did I mention the homework?


Ummmm ... my mind is currently blank?
8th-Dec-2009 02:50 am (UTC)
I've mostly decided that teaching me critical thinking skills drained those skills from my parent's brains.

My mom often says, "M'ris gets her love of science from me, because her dad kept all of his."
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