I was born on February 20,
1979 in Marietta, OH. My parents Linda and Randy should have known I was
going to have a mind of my own. My conception defied all of the modern
contraceptive odds, and I survived my birth after being strangled
(we’re talking almost no heartbeat) by my umbilical cord.
After my mom finished graduate school at Ohio University, my family
moved to Marietta permanently. I grew up there at 106 Muskingum Dr. In
1984 my dearest wish finally came true when I became the big sister of
Kimberly. I always took my responsibilities as a big sister very
Kim would be smiling more if she only knew what great fun I had in
store for her.
I loved to be read to by my Dad, to cook, and to
do craft projects. My dad would read to me for hours at a time…as
long as I would comb his hair for him. If he stopped for a minute to
rest, I commanded, “Read!”
I threw my first dinner party at about age 6
after receiving The New Junior Cookbook as a gift. My special
repertoire was cornflake chicken, green bean casserole and no-knead
yeast rolls. I also cooked my father’s birthday dinner—it must
have been his 35th or so—complete with a birthday cake
made from scratch.
I was also always dreaming up new projects…not
much has changed. Today, after I finished decorating our
house and designing our garden and
decorating my parent's new house, my newest projects are for the new
baby. I always laugh when people ask if we’ve started putting
together the baby’s room. A more appropriate question would be,
“How long before conception was Isaac’s room ready?”
In 1995/1996 I spent my junior year in Eisleben, Germany in the
former GDR. I don’t know how I first got the idea to be an exchange
student, but I don’t remember a time when I didn’t want to do that
when I grew up. My mom was pretty supportive of the prospect, minus
the high price (~$7000), but my dad was dead-set against it. His
ultimatum was that I could apply for a Congress-Bundestag scholarship
to study in Germany. If I got the scholarship (which I wasn’t going
to, he said), I could go. Thanks to my lucky Tweetie Bird underwear I
wore to my interview and blowing out all of my birthday candles a few
days later, I got the scholarship. After a rocky start with my first
host family, I moved in with a girl from my class Kathi
Stutz. Her mom Susanne and Susanne’s partner Uwe welcomed me
with open arms. I left Germany with a second family. Last fall, I
finally got to take Craig to meet them. (Someday when we get our
vacation page up, you can see some photographs of the trip.)
1997, I graduated from high school…valedictorian. (I have to brag
here because after 13 years of busting my butt, I only got about 10
minutes of glory.) Of course, Craig’s only requirement for a wife
was that she was smart, so maybe being valedictorian got me a
After graduation, I
moved to Cincinnati to attend University of Cincinnati. I majored in
chemical engineering. In 1998 I was introduced to this nice Jewish guy
named Craig right before a
Physics exam. Two and a half years later, we were married. Yes, I got my
M.r.s. two years before my B.S.—much to the horror of
my “finish college first” family.
While at U.C. I co-oped
for Hillshire Farm and Kahn’s as a sausage engineer. I worked for
several quarters on food safety, weenie packaging, testing a Top-Secret-Weenie-Machine, and finally designing my very own
Top-Secret-Weenie-Machine (for which management wanted to apply for a
patent). I got a new boss eventually who decided I looked more like a
secretary than an engineer. He gave me bad performance reviews because
I wouldn’t type his memos fast enough (I was busy designing,
building, and testing the second T-S-W-M). So, I quit and got a job at
Procter & Gamble making $12 more per hour. It was a great move. At
P&G I worked on Charmin process development and on a
Top-Secret-Tampon-Tester. I probably would have accepted a job in the
Tampax division, but toilet paper “owned me” (their words) and
offered me a job. I went to graduate school instead.
I graduated from UC in
2002 and entered the PhD program in Chemical Engineering at University
of Michigan. I was awarded a National Science Foundation Fellowship. It turned out that one of my co-workers at
Tampax Clare decided to quit P & G and go back to graduate school.
She had been very good friends with my boss, but I knew her really
only from sight and from testing some tampons for her in the T-S-T-T.
We met again in U of M’s chemical engineering department and have
become fast friends.
Today I am about
half-way finished with my degree. I do bone tissue
engineering—meaning I try to grow replacement bone tissue in the
lab. This involves lots of cell biology, polymer science, and computer
modeling. To read more about my work, click here: Linderman
Group Webpage. Here I am in the lab at 39 weeks pregnant.
Here I am with our foster
kittens in 2002. We adopted the gray one Kinsa
permanently and found a home for the orange one. I couldn't do
anything for a few months without having little fur balls climb up my
clothes onto my shoulders.
Me with Orion at 37 weeks pregnant.
Everyone asks how the cats will handle the new baby. Since Orion and
Sox hate little kids but love kittens (i.e. babies that need to be
cared for), it is hard to say. For the time being, they view my belly
as a convenient stepping stool to get to my face.
Me with my parents in Ypsilanti. I was 36 weeks pregnant. This was
their last chance to see me before the baby comes.
I always have a project, so I thought I should probably add some
photos. For now, all of the baby-related projects are on the Baby
projects page. I'm planning to start two new quilts very soon...we'll
see how that goes with the baby.
is a wall-hanging I made to decorate for the High Holy Days. I adapted
a pattern title "Holiday Hexagons" from a Quilt for
Christmas magazine. I instead emphasized the triangles surrounding the
hexagons so that they form interconnected stars of David. I then
appliqued symbols from each holiday in the hexagons. The top is a
shofar and apple (Rosh Hashanah), clockwise are candles and a
prayerbook (Yom Kippur), a torah scroll (Simchat Torah), adn a lulav
and etrog (Sukkot).
the dried flower arrangement for the holidays.
I also made a quilt
for our friends' new baby: Simeon
David Develvis who was born in Texas on August 3, 2005. We're
happy to say Simeon, his Mom Megan and Dad Josh, his bunny brother
Dexter and the quilt made it through Rita without a scratch. I took an
idea I found on a website and combined it with a baby quilt pattern I
found from a book. The internet quilt is called "bad hare
day" and has an appliqued bunny running across the quilt holding
one of the quilt pieces in his mouth. The "missing" square
contains border fabric. In my version, the bunny is much larger and
looks like Dexter. For those of you who have had pet rabbits, this
quilt makes total sense. The first time we met Dexter, we were playing
scrabble at Megan's apartment. Dexter hopped over, grabbed a letter
and ran away. Megan then proceeded to show us where Dexter had eaten
the buttons off the remote control. On subsequent visits, I had to
rescue both my coat and grass purse from Dexter.
I get asked a lot for recipes. I have posted the ones here for
which I have modified the original recipe (I don’t want anyone to
sue me for copyright infringement). I’m going to go with the
programmer’s rule: if you change more than 10%, it is yours. If you
want recipes that I use exactly from cookbooks, you’ll have to email
Ruth's Israeli Humus
Aunt Jean's Granola
Not-So-Bad-For-You Chex Mix
Challah (Bagels, French Toast,
My Mom's Spaghetti (Meat, Vegetarian)
Eyed Peas with Paneer
Thai Stir Fried Noodles
Chicken with Cornbread Stuffing
Salads and Dressings