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who am I? Well, I was christened Theresa Lynn Walunas (my parents decided
on "Theresa" because they were worried that "Katrina"
would sound too ethnic) and I'm 50% Lithuanian and 50% just about everything
else. In 1998 I married John Peter Brzezniak, who is 100% Polish. He was born
near the Carpathian Mountans in Poland and emigrated here with his family
when he was eight. We have a feeling that someday, when we have children,
they will look very Eastern European.
was born in Buffalo, NY in the last year that the Beatles were still together,
and moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan 4 years later. I was blessed with just about
the most wonderful parents that anyone could ask for. Both of them told me
that I could be anything I wanted to be -- and did whatever they could to
help me achieve it.
grew up deciding that erector sets and Legos were just about the coolest toys
there were until my dad brought home the most incredible thing ever -- an
Apple ][+ computer. That new toy became a serious addition. As was a love
of biology. I was almost always sure that I wanted to be a scientist "when
I grew up." And lo, and behold, I am.
educational interests drew me to San Antonio, TX where I spent 4 years majoring
in biology and wondering if I would ever get back to my interest in computers.
My graduate education took me back to the Midwest to Chicago, IL. I never
thought I would like living in a big city, but I have to say now that I can't
imagine living without a big city anymore.
getting my PhD in Immunology (1997) at the University of Chicago, acquiring
some wonderful feline friends, marrying the most wonderful man in the world
(who just happens to be a software engineer who I just happened to meet on
the internet) and doing a couple of years of bench research, I decided to
go back to the computers. I'm now working on my MS in computer science --
with the long range goal of working in bioinformatics -- and I am still trying
to figure out just when it will be that I grow up and get a real job!
of the pictures here are from our wedding because, well, to be honest John
and I just don't remember to get out the camera very often. And when we do...
it seems that all we take are cat pictures. So let me introduce you some other
John and I on our wedding day, August 22, 1998. BELOW: My younger brother
and I. FAR BELOW: John and I with his younger brother (left) and my mom and
and Mercutio are our constant cat companions. I adopted them from Chicago's
Anti-Cruelty Society just before I met John in 1996. My "boys" are
just about the friendliest cats you can imagine. In fact, it is rare that
Mercutio does not come and sit on my lap when I work at the computer. Sydney,
on the other hand, we figure might have a career in computer assembly... as
you can see from the pictures below...
Our two biggest helpers, Sydney (on the left) and Mercutio (on the right)
blending in excellently with our futon couch.
LEFT: Sydney examines my computer after one of its nervous breakdowns (yep,
that is my well organized desk you can see in the background!). He figures
the problem has something to do with a faulty motherboard...
LEFT: After locating just the right motherboard to replace the one in my computer,
Syd locates all the right tools and connectors to make sure John has all the
tools he needs to get the computer brain transplant done.
LEFT: Syd watches to make sure that John installs the motherboard correctly.
This also insures that a few "lucky" cat hairs get to christen my
Mercutio confirms that the operation went according to ISO 9000 standards
from my desk chair..
course, no "about me" page would be complete without a few pictures
of my wonderful new automobile... and my husband's award winning digital photo...
It was picture of the month at Steve's
Digicams (February, 1999)
This is a very picture heavy page!
that's about it for now... thanks for the patience you must have needed to
let all these pictures load up! Hopefully in the future I'll get a few more
good shots up... maybe someday I'll even be able to prove that my desk isn't
always a mess. But I bet no one would believe that anyway!
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