I’m Lentil (Sorry. I’m only comfortable with a nom de plume at this point, friends). I’m 29. I am a transplant to the Midwest, grew up in the south, and went to college on the east coast. I’m now in graduate school, working on my doctoral degree. I love books and tote them everywhere I go. I have some behaviors that others might describe as odd and unusual, like saving worms from certain death on the sidewalk after it rains. This particular quirk has made me late to work more than once. I’ve been a vegetarian for 3 years and I love it. No more cognitive dissonance at meal times. I’m really personable (I hear), but I view myself as a complete introvert. I like interacting with people, but it also wears me out. So my idea of a perfect Friday night after a long week of work includes a glass of wine and a good book. Or a dinner with a few close friends.

My husband, The Artsy Engineer, and I got married in 2011 after dating for 7 years. We lived with my parents for one of those years and actually enjoyed it. In fact, he said at one point that he would stay there if it were socially acceptable. The Artsy Engineer is really good at a lot of things. So much so that it sometimes makes me feel incompetent. He cooks mean meals and plays a couple of instruments. He’s also extremely witty. We laugh a good deal in this home. He’s one of those people that jazzes up a room.

We have two dogs who are very much part of the family. I love them beyond belief, and you will inevitably see pictures of them at some point if you haven’t already. We also love to travel. Love it. However, we continue to be fairly broke (because I chose to be a student until I am a million years old), so within the last year, we’ve been traveling less and trying to squirrel that money away for future fertility treatments.

You see, I’ve been diagnosed with unexplained infertility. I’ve gotten pregnant once, which ended with a miscarriage on the last birthday I’ll ever have in my 20s. My first goal of this blog is purely selfish. I need a place to put down all of my thoughts. And not just in a journal that no one will ever see. Because the second goal is to find a community of people who are experiencing the same thing. Basically, I need some less fertile friends.

§ 13 Responses to About

  • Gypsy Mama says:

    What are you doing your Doctoral degree in? The Artsy Engineer sounds like a good catch, and you two sound like you have a fun life together, travelling, studying and cooking together! I’m sure your future kids will be so lucky to have you as parents 🙂

  • Amber says:

    omgosh, I am going to love following your blog! Don’t take this the wrong way, but I’m totally in love with you! haha! I love your sense of humor, and after reading only a few posts, I am HOOKED!

  • Jenny says:

    I do the worm saving thing, too. Glad to know there are other kind, worm-loving souls in the world. 🙂

  • knalani says:

    I’m wondering about your field too! (Can you guess mine?) I used to save earthworms…until I moved to SoCal for my postdoc…and stayed. I can’t remember the last time I saw an earthworm!

  • tazdream says:

    I save stranded or injured turtles on the highway (country road) by taking them the vet or at least getting them off the road! Nice to meet you! 🙂

  • notpregnantandpissed says:

    Hi, I started a blog just about two months ago and have seen you leaving comments on other blogs I read. I finally decided to check out your blog and have realized that we seem to be in very similar places. My husband is an artist (not engineer) too and we have 2 dogs! We also lived together for 7 years before we got married! We have been TTC for 3 years with zero results. We think it’s endometriosis but I haven’t done the surgery to find out. I am about to get my 3rd IUI tomorrow and then we also might be moving on to IVF thanks to the help of my parents! See the similarities? Anyway, hi! 🙂

  • notpregnantandpissed says:

    ps. I recently saved (he probably still died) a worm that was in the middle of a big ant pile. I picked him up and threw him into the grass far away from the ants but there were still some that were stuck to him. I tried.

  • Anonymous says:

    Excited to find your blog, via Fertility Friend! As a “recovering grad student”… who still is on postdoc (so recovery is SLOW!), I identify with much of what you said! Eager to read more and thankful for your blog!

  • I do not save worms. And I eat meat. Despite this, I hope we can still be friends 🙂 ill be following along with you. Best wishes from Bondi Beach x

  • Oh, and I’m an introvert too 🙂 It’s so misunderstood! No one believes me, as I am not shy at all, and happy to chat with strangers at parties and I’m quite gregarious. I just need to recharge afterwards. I get my energy from being alone.

  • jebhow515 says:

    Your twins must be two by now! Hope you are well….just catching up on all my old blog friends. 🙂

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