Behind the Blog: WE ARE GEIS.
February 08, 2010

Today’s featured blogger is from Texas.  She and her husband (A SUBMARINER, HOW COOL IS THAT?) live with their daughter in a fixer-upper that, much like a teenager, has an affinity for sucking their chequebook dry.  She claims that she cannot type without looking, but don’t let that fool you.  Her blog, We Are Geis, is hilarious.  No, really.  It’s HILARIOUS.  The photo captions are the best.  Also, she writes great e-mails.

Gena does not like dog farts, husband farts, or rude people.  And she’s not a big fan of finding socks inside out in the hamper either.  She does like that intoxicating new baby smell, sushi, just-woke-up cuddle-hugs, and laughing so hard she can’t stop.

    1.  If I snuck into your kitchen, what would I find in your refrigerator right now?

- Food mostly.  Hopefully.  Many many redneck Tupperware containers (assorted deli meat gladware and used butter tubs etc) of chopped and diced veggies for salad fixin’ and quicker dinner prep.  This is a MUST with our new healthier living goals.  The healthy meal making and snack prepping steals hours of my life every day.  Why is the crappy food always the cheap and easy route?!

- Expressed Milk.  If you snuck in my kitchen then you wouldn’t know that’s what it was and you might drink it and then we’d all LAUGH AT YOU.  But if you asked all proper and came in invited, I would tell you like I tell all of our other guests: “I don’t mind if you drink it, just let me know so I can replace it.“  No one actually does partake of it.

- Baby toys in various stages of cooling.  In the hopes of quelling inflamed teeth-bearing gums.  I’m not sure if it helps but at least I feel like I’m trying.

    2.  What are five goals on your life’s to-do list?

- Run a marathon.  I’m not aiming for OMGYOUWON! but more for OMGYOUDIDN’TDIE!  I’d like to do it to prove to myself that I can focus and train and follow through on something I genuinely think is out of my reach. Because, like, it involves all that RUNNING.

- Write a book.  About my life.  What’s so interesting about my life?  TONS. It’s going to be a best seller.  I’m pretty excited about starting it this year.

- Finish my degree.  I have a year left on a Physics degree with a math minor.  Dream job?  A physics high school teacher.

- Go to Germany.  Both my husband and I want to go.  So. Bad.  I hear the beer is phenomenal and the food hearty.  And also something about beautiful landscapes in the countryside.  Bonus?  Screaming down the Autobahn!  (And, obviously, not the beer and the Autobahn together.)

- Continue to weed out those things which do not matter and cultivate the things that bring true happiness.  In 2010, I resolved to cook from scratch and get crafty.  Start a garden.  Smell the roses and not let time pass by while I was waiting for !!!Tommorrow!!!  And most of all, to stop being so hard on myself.  It’s so easy as a mom and wife to think we are failing or behind and the truth is, we aren’t.  We are all just doing the best we can with the best of intentions.

    3.  How did you pick your daughter’s name?

Elizabeth as the First Name: We couldn’t decide on a name before she was born.  It wasn’t until we saw her that we settled on Elizabeth.  It came to us effortlessly even though we hadn’t considered it before.

We wanted something pretty.  And flexible.  But not wonky or spelled youneekleigh.  Elizabeth is so traditional and warm and cozy.  It has 1983456 nick names to suit even the most fickle teenager and looks elegant on a business card when accessorized with such letter combinations as D.D.S. and Ph.D. (hint hint).  It’s also easy to spell; something I would have liked growing up. People always spell my name Gina and when I tell them, “no, it’s with an E” they just look at me quizzically.  Then my name becomes Gene…. Nice try there, Sparky.

(Although I have gotten the “Elizabeth? Is that with a Z?“ quite a few times already.  Seriously?  “No, Asshat, Elizabeth with a Q…“)

Kelli as the Middle Name: Named after sisters from both parents. MY sister, Kelli, is just like me.  Only skinnier and blonde.  My husband’s sister, Kellie, was the lone princess in a sea of brothers.  She passed away in Feb of 2004 after battling Lukemia for 5 years.  She was 8 years old.  She pre-softened that little warm spot in my husband’s tough teen-man-boy heart where his love for Lizzie now resides.  Now she’s our Angel Kellie :)

Geis as the Last Name: What can I say.  We’re traditionalists.

    4.  Which man is sexier: Johnny Depp or George Clooney?

My MIL is going to kill me because in her marriage they have an agreement where they get to pick one celebrity they can “do” without consequence (which is good to discuss in advance because YOU NEVER KNOW) and hers is Johnny Depp.  I wish I could agree but GAG ME WITH A SPOON.  Totally not my type.  Too skinny-ish.  I need meat and love handles and squishy sqooshy to cuddle at night.  Also, he has an Emo air to him.  Turn Off.

George Clooney is delicious though.  I wouldn’t kick him outta my bed for eating crackers.  But he has the reputation of being a “playa” and that ruins it a bit for me.  If I suspend my real life requirements for a well rounded man-thing though, then yeah, sure, give him my number.

My number one pick, hands down, pants down, is Tom Sellek, “Three Men and a Baby” era.  Hot Hot Hot.  Be right back.  Grabbing dry undies.  (Sorry Honey, Magnum P.I. is at the door and needs my help. You know me, I’M THE HELPFUL TYPE.)

    5.  Okay, tell us one story that your family will tease you about until the day that you die.

I couldn’t think of anything in particular so I typed General Lack of Common Sense and then texted my family to ask.  They texted back… lack of common sense :( IT’S OFFICIAL!

So, general lack of common sense.  A consequence of my incredibly brilliant mind.  I’m far too busy using my brain power for good causes like Baby-Funny-Face-Making and BLOGGING and cannot possibly be bothered with such details as where I left my keys and, hey, how old is that milk, hmmm?  I constantly leave behind piles of half-finished projects and candy wrappers and other debris.  My best friend calls them “Gena Droppings”.

Once, when I was like 6 years old and in Tee-Ball, I stepped off of first base to pick up my own wimp-ily hit ball and was called OUT!  I had hit it like a wuss and beat it to the base.  Being impatient, I retrieved it and handed it to the other team.  As soon as I did it, I REALIZED what I had done and had my first dose of “I want to die now please”.

I am relentlessly chased around my aunt’s house by her KILLER COCKATIEL who bullies me, charges at me, attacks me.  He shat on my luggage.  Twice.  Sometimes I have to lock myself in the bedroom while someone puts him away.  He waits outside the door, pecking at the door jamb.  EVIL INCARNATE!

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  1. By Gena @ WeAreGeis on February 08, 2010

    Thanks for the interview Sarah! My Hubby says now I’m a celebrity! I thought to myself, Naw not really, but then I told him to go get me a beer cuz I’m FAMOUS and he DID! I could get used to this…....

  2. By Megan R. on February 08, 2010

    Love the pic of the baby-wearing husband.  Doesn’t matter why they are wearing the baby…or what they are doing while wearing the baby…just that they are!  Kudos!

  3. By kbreints on February 08, 2010

    What a grea tinterview… and idea for your blog! Love teh pictures :)

  4. By Sarah A. Schlothan Christensen on February 08, 2010

    Gena - You’re welcome.  Lol, I’m pretty sure it won’t make you famous, but DUDE, MILK IT FOR ALL ITS WORTH.  That is all.

    Megan’s right, by the way, I’d not even noticed the carrier before, but now that I do, I love that photo even more!!

  5. By Gena @ WeAreGeis on February 08, 2010

    Haha. Thanks!

    When E was first born I was all “You have to engage her brain and talk to her and show her shiny things and maybe use a little Latin where you can” but he wasn’t on board at all. He’d just take her and sit her on his lap and play video games/ watch violent movies.

    After a few months I really didn’t care what he did. If it buys me time to shower then be hedonists. Eat ice cream. Watch cartoons. WHATEVER. See you in an hour….

  6. By Laura on February 08, 2010

    Thank you for introducing Gena& her cute family, love the ‘behind the blog’-idea!!!  And also, I can’t wait for the results of yhe blog award, you totally deserve to win :)!!

  7. By Jenny on February 08, 2010

    Someday my husband will totally wear our baby in a baby carrier just so he can play video games. Just like Gena’s husband. I’d show my husband that photo…but I don’t want him getting any ideas. haha.

  8. By Restless Mama on February 08, 2010

    Hilarious!  Can’t wait to start reading “Geis”.

  9. By Kristi Doss on February 08, 2010

    general lack of common sense. completely agree. haha! :-D i remember another thing we teased her about growing up though was her obsession with vegetables. she would go for vegetables over candy anyday. and seeing as im assuming most of us were kids once, we know thats just not normal. but i guess you could argue that falls under ‘general lack of common sense’ ;-)

  10. By Dandy on February 08, 2010

    Love this interview!  Gene is totally hilarious!

    I’m just kidding Gina.  I know its not Gene :P

  11. By Sarah A. Schlothan Christensen on February 08, 2010

    Bwahahahaha - Dandy’s comment is awesome.  Heh.  Hehehehe.

  12. By Gena @ WeAreGeis on February 08, 2010

    See what I mean!?! Lolz

    It’s gEna. (I go by G.) Blame the poor spelling on my father. He named me after an ex girlfriend (my mom found out years later!).
    He also gave me my middle name, after my grandmother (his MOTHER) and he spelled THAT wrong too.

    His own mother’s name.
    Welcome to my family.

  13. By Mary @ Parenthood on February 08, 2010

    If you have a hard to spell name and people take the trouble to get it right, then you know right away that they care - it’s like an initiation process.

    I had to marry into my strange last name.  Before that there were several people in my city with my exact name (middle name and all).  Now I’m pretty much the only one in the world.  So embrace your name, Gene!

    (Sorry… Couldn’t resist)

    Of course, I think Elizabeth is a brilliant name myself…

  14. By Alicia S. on February 09, 2010

    That picture cracks me up—I really thought I had one of the last video-game-playing husbands around. I FEEL BETTER NOW!

    When my 9-yr-old step-daughter and I spend quality time together, it’s snuggling up on the sofa taking turns reading chapters to eachother of one of her favorite books, or painting each other’s nails or doing multiplication flashcards—But the second dad walks into the room…
    “Dad, get your DS!!“ and they’re both off like a shot to play together, leaving me in the dust.

    Then it’s all “OH COME ON!! DID YOU SEE THAT?? DAD, YOU’RE KILLIN’ ME OVER HERE! WHAT THE HECK!?“ from the other room as their faces are buried in their video game.

    Hey, quality time is quality time, right?
    Loved the post :-)

  15. By Heidi on February 09, 2010

    Gena, you’re hysterical. Tom Selleck?! Is it the mustache? Chest hair? You ARE a traditionalist.

    Sarah –– I love this addition to the blog. Keep ‘em coming.

  16. By Cynthia on February 10, 2010

    Gena, you are too funny! And I love that ‘rawring’ picture of Elizabeth… Catching those moments are the best.





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