Wednesday, February 27, 2008


A long time ago, Marilyn tagged us to list all of our nicknames. I am pretty sure that I win this one hands down because I am married to a Nickname Master. I may have mentioned this before, but I think the number of times Chris has called me by my actual first name is in the single digits. My most common nickname is Leesta, though he comes up with a new nickname about once a month. So, take an average of 10 nicknames per year for the past 9 1/2 years... well, yeah.

We've said that we really should keep a journal of all of my funny nicknames, but I forget about it until we can't remember what Chris called me two or three weeks ago because it has changed. Maybe this will be a good start. Here are some of the ones I can recall today:

Lorna, Strenna, Stroud, Lunesta, Lunar Meadows, Roan, Spewdamenafens, Peat Swea, Rodafus Mones, Sexican, Beeleesta, Leesta Toasta (and Leesta Toast, and Leesta Toasta one-I-love-the-mosta, but these are all spinoffs of the same one), Yorba Linda, Cortalo Porchesney, Plistafuns, Moon Shad, Post Toastie, Reodesun, Spewdit... the list goes on, but that is all I can think of at the moment. As you can see, there is no rhyme or reason to these nicknames, just a funny guy who likes to make up funny words to call his wife. Oh, and some of these names actually have songs to go along with them!

A couple of funny nickname stories:

When we had been married for a couple of years, we went out to lunch with some friends. Our car was dirty, and Chris had written "LEESTA" with his finger on one of the windows. One of our friends had just learned that she was expecting, and when she and her husband saw the name on our window, they got all excited and were talking about naming their baby Leesta if it was a girl. Luckily, they had a boy, so as far as we know, "Leesta" remains a silly nickname and not some poor child's name.

Chris also has nicknames for the boys. One day in church, while walking a young Thomas to nursery, Chris said, "Come on, Tim," which is short for Timmer or Timodasee, two of Tom's common nicknames. A man behind Chris with his nursery-aged little girl said, "Come on honey, let's go with Tim." Chris didn't even try to explain why he was calling his son, Tom, Tim.

As for me, I also call Chris nicknames, but I only have a few that I use and they are far less imaginative than Chris's. Mainly, I call him "Hunsty".


Elena said...

Chris is like me. I have a million nicknames for everyone too. Although, mine don't all have songs to go with them. I'll have to work on that. My two favorites are Sexican and Moon Shad. Soo cute!

Marilyn said...

You had me laughing so hard! Chris is a cute boy, huh? I just lov'im.

shannon said...

oh my word...are you kidding me...those are hilarious nick names. i'm glad you've blogged them for posterity. have you heard of you can upload all your blog entries with photos into a real book!!!

Amanda and Andy Hansen said...

I was laughing my head off too because I can picture Chris calling you all those names. How does he come up with them all?

Becca said...

I never told you that this is one of my favorite posts--I love knowing interesting things like this about people. Also, I am trying to find the comment that I left on one of your posts which proved I suspected your pregnancy. Of course it doesn't matter, and you DID, after all, tell me that your were "trying" (ew) . . . but, still, for posterity, I would like to see proof in print that I totally knew before ANYone. :)

Well, now that I've gotten that out of the way . . . CONGRATULATIONS! I think I'll write more of my congrats on the actual prengancy-announcing post, since I've already exceeded my word limit for this post (which, as I mentioned before, is an excellent one).