Wednesday, March 25, 2009

A Survey About the Mr. and Mrs.

This is going around and I thought I would answer it to let you in on us....

What are your middle names?

My middle name was Dian, but now I use my maiden name, Langley, as my middle name.

Chuck's is Pierce. But he's not Charles Pierce....he's William Pierce. Go figure. Apparently his grandfather thought he looked like a little woodchuck....and the "Chuck" stuck as his nickname.

A woodchuck?

A woodchuck.

How long have you been together?

Dated for a year; married for 25 1/2 years. whew!

Taken at a "50's" party in our dating days. "50's" parties were all the rage...I swear I went to at least one a year.....Happy Days.

October 22, 1983

We had a church reception.........and when we arrived that day, there was a hideous mural on butcher paper on the walls........the caterer tried to cover it with a lattice screen. Made for a great background. Very small wedding.........very large marriage.

How long did you know each other before you started dating?

4 years

Who asked whom out?

Chuck asked me and I struggled with it. We were really good friends who ran in a circle of friends. I was afraid if we "dated" and broke up, it would ruin the group. I said yes because I couldn't say no.
I worried about "breaking up" before we even began dating because that was the pattern I was in. Date, break up, date, break up, date, break up. Oh, and there was some of this, date...never saw them again......

But we soon became an inseparable couple.... after 6 months, I asked him to "Pee or get off the pot." to speak. We would probably still be dating if I hadn't done that. I was 24 and he was 25 and I felt like we were getting old. ha.

How old are each of you?


Chuck...much older....52

Whose siblings do you see most often?

We socialize with my sister, Catha, and her husband, Kim, as often as possible.
My older sister and I don't see each other much.....holidays, mostly.

Thought I would throw this in here as it makes such a statement.
Yes, side ponytails were in. Very IN. In 1972.
Back row, Lisa, the oldest, Me, the youngest.
Front row, Daddy, Mama, Catha, the middle child.

Chuck is styling in maroon bell bottom pants here. His sister, Beth, is looking swell in a dress similar to Dorothy's in the Wizard of Oz. And of course, the baby brother, Michael looks like a big boy in his striped blazer.

Chuck's brother and sister live in Mississippi...

so they are seen about once or twice a year when we visit his parents. They NEVER come to see us. Apparently the drive is too far. (But the road does go both ways...)

Which situation is the hardest on you as a couple?

I'm a spender married to a saver.
I'm a talker married to a non-talker.
Those 2 situations are a tie for what's the hardest on us as a couple.

Did you go to the same school?

No, but I went to highschool with a boy that ended up being in engineering classes with Chuck at Mississippi State. They came out to Houston together to work for the electric company in a co-op program and that's how I met Chuck....through my highschool friend.

Chuck co-opping at HL&P (now CenterPoint).....this is what he looked like when I met him
....4 years before we started dating.

Who is smarter?

Chuck is educated....meaning he got a college degree...and he is very intelligent about worldly things like geography and history and math and political situations.
But I've got the street smarts.

Chuck remembers everything he ever learned. I remember.....uh, where was I going with this.....

Who is the most sensitive?


Where do you eat out most as a couple?


Where is the furthest you two have traveled together as a couple?

Hum....which is further from Houston? Vancouver, Canada or Montreal? We took the Via (train trip) across Canada the spring of '84 with my family.

Who has the craziest "exes?"

I think I'm the only one with exes.....and I'm going to say they were "crazy" to let me get away.

Who has the worst temper?

The one that had the PMS. And is now menopausal.

Who does the cooking?

I cook, he grills......mostly I'm the one who gets it on the table the majority of the time. Hahaha....table! We really eat in front of the tv.

Who is the neat freak?

I am.
Except, here's a dirty little secret.....we share a closet and his side is always very, very neat. Mine looks like a bomb went off during the week. But I usually straighten it up on the weekends.

Who is more stubborn?

I am. He is. And we have 3 children more stubborn than either of us.

Who hogs the bed?

He lays very still, right down the middle.
I toss and turn but hug the edge. So I'm going to say he does.

Who wakes up earlier?

He does....long commute.
I sleep until the very last possible minute.

Who is more jealous?
Well, I probably that I would go nuts and have a hard time forgiving if I ever caught Chuck doing something with another woman. But maybe he would feel the same.....

On a day to day basis, I am not feeling any jealousy.

How long did it take to get serious?

Once we began dating.....only a few weeks. We already knew each other as good friends, but had never been around each other alone...just the 2 of us. Since he was a non-talker, I thought he was a "zero"........but he actually had a funny personality and it didn't take me long to figure out he was a really good guy.

Who eats more?

Chuck eats more at one sitting. I eat more often during the day.
He has the ability to skip meals.....I can't do that.
Chuck eats more red meat. I eat more bread.

Who's better with the computer?

Chuck, the computer nerd. But I blog. And he's impressed.

Who drives when you are together?

Usually Chuck. But I am on the right side, hitting the brakes against the floorboard. Chuck is an aggressive driver and I do alot of "correcting"......and preparing for the bullet to enter my body when he makes someone mad because he is crawling up their tailpipe.
You haven't lived dangerously until you are in the car with Chuck and he needs to turn .......without a blinker..........and ARRRRGGGHHHH.
Oh, and he changes lanes just because. My blood pressure is going up just thinking about it.

I'm sure it's a "control" issue with me. By the way, I get all the speeding tickets in the marriage.

And there you have it. More than you probably wanted to know.


  1. I loved that! Very telling. I feel like I know you better now.

    By the way, did you hear that Teresa will be releasing the instructors names for this year soon? Yippee!

  2. I am a spender married to a non spender as well. It is hell, but at least you both know you have stayed passionate about something for all those years!!

  3. As long as I've known you and as many of these places I've been with you in these photos, I never get tired of hearing anything you say. Even if it were a boring story the way you would tell it would make it wonderfully entertaining. But, when people open up, as you do, even if it's something we knew or were there for, we get another sweet morsel of you as a gift. That's why I don't "get" people who are too shy or reserved or, dare I say it?, stingy to share themselves with their family, friends, and others; they are cheating their loved ones out of knowing the wonderful little things that make a person so special. Thank you for sharing yourself and never say or think again that you TMI'd anyone and, if you did, then you wouldn't want them to "get" you anyway. You are wise, wonderful, weird, witty, and whackey. I love you!

  4. Woodchuck-I'm not even going there...

  5. Miss Julia- What are you kidding me? London, hands down. Although, I will be so sad and miss you this year. It just wouldn't be the same without you! Hugs, Jen