25 Things

  1. I was born on 07.07.82 and weighed 7 lbs. 7 oz.
  2. 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.
  3. I’m inspired by autumn leaves, cookbooks, and vintage jewelry.
  4. I prefer red wine over white and dark beer over light.
  5. I’m addicted to Burt’s Bees.
  6. Hazelnut coffee is my preferred morning drink of choice. Except in the fall when I can get a pumpkin spice latte.
  7. I’ve eaten salmon in Seattle, shrimp in Georgia, and crabs in Maryland. Did I mention I love seafood?
  8. I also like mushrooms, peanut butter, Mt. Rainier cherries, and mango habanero wings from Otto’s.
  9. I have a tattoo. And I used to have a belly button ring.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. I’ve been to England, Scotland, Ireland, France, and Italy. And I plan to be in Germany for Oktoberfest 2010. Proust!
  14. The striped pillows on my red couch must always be horizontal. And the men in my life like to test this.
  15. I keep a handwritten calendar and a balanced checkbook. Sometimes I just prefer not to use technology.
  16. I’ve chased hawks and visited waste tire piles … and reported on such adventures for the Research Penn State magazine.
  17. I’ve dressed up as the PBS character WordGirl — she fights crime with her powerful vocabulary!
  18. I love my work. I watch PBS, listen to NPR, and believe in the power of public media.
  19. 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.
  20. My dad is a cancer survivor. So is my grandma.
  21. I saw The Magic Flute at The Metropolitan Opera.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.

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