On 08.28.09 I’ll be in a garden on a farm on the Susquehanna River marrying the love of my life, Nicholas James.
I’m inspired by autumn leaves, cookbooks, and vintage jewelry.
I prefer red wine over white and dark beer over light.
I’m addicted to Burt’s Bees.
Hazelnut coffee is my preferred morning drink of choice. Except in the fall when I can get a pumpkin spice latte.
I’ve eaten salmon in Seattle, shrimp in Georgia, and crabs in Maryland. Did I mention I love seafood?
I also like mushrooms, peanut butter, Mt. Rainier cherries, and mango habanero wings from Otto’s.
I have a tattoo. And I used to have a belly button ring.
When I was 15 I had jaw surgery to correct an underbite. It made my smile wider and my nose pudgier. And I had to eat from a straw for several weeks. Ever try pizza or macaroni and cheese from a blender? I don’t recommend it.
I wrote a poem and read it at my high school graduation. And I’m currently working on my competent communication certificate from Toastmasters International. I don’t mind public speaking, but I know I can be better.
In college I snuck into Beaver Stadium late one night with a group of friends, and we tossed a football on the field. It was the most risky, but one of the most memorable, moments of my college career.
I’ve been to England, Scotland, Ireland, France, and Italy. And I plan to be in Germany for Oktoberfest 2010. Proust!
The striped pillows on my red couch must always be horizontal. And the men in my life like to test this.
I keep a handwritten calendar and a balanced checkbook. Sometimes I just prefer not to use technology.
I’ve chased hawks and visited waste tire piles … and reported on such adventures for the Research Penn State magazine.
I’ve dressed up as the PBS character WordGirl — she fights crime with her powerful vocabulary!
I love my work. I watch PBS, listen to NPR, and believe in the power of public media.
My mom taught me to send thank-you notes, and my dad showed me how to hit the sweet spot of a golf ball. My fiance taught me to appreciate schnitzel and Pavarotti. My brother encourages me to take risks, and my 16-year-old sister gives me fashion advice.
I’m one-half of the culinary couple. Between the two of us we have far too many kitchen gadgets. However we are looking forward to that red Kitchen Aid stand mixer, a sturdy set up pots and pans, and sharp knives.
One-quarter of my bedroom currently serves as a storage unit. You’ll find two bikes, two golf bags, several toolboxes, and camping gear. I long for the day when I have a bedroom oasis.
I’d like to learn to ballroom dance and play the acoustic guitar. And I plan to run a half-marathon this June. These are just a few items on my lifelong to do list.
I’m fortunate to have creative friends, a supportive family, and a fiance who makes me smile every day. But there are far too many miles between us. All of us.