Degrees & Continuing Education:
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Executive Masters Degree in Public Administration
A little bit of Veterinary Healthcare
Interests & Hobbies:
writing poetry (experimental poetry)- I’ve been writing since I was 16. The last time I counted I had over 120 poems. I wish I could write daily like Walt Whitman did, but that’s nearly impossible for me.
reading (fashion, fiction, poetry mostly)
mixed media arts & crafts
website & graphic design- This hobby started in 1999. I was inspired by MPVixen & Michael Dutton’s websites.
snowboarding (beginning)- Rather than pick up skiing, I decided to join “the dark side.”
cycling (beginning)- Andrew’s influence. Le Tour de France is the ultimate test of the human spirit.
gardening (I love roses)- I loved visiting the rose garden at the New York Botanical Garden.
cooking- I especially love French countryside recipes, recipes via cast iron, and casseroles.
baking- Making and decorating cupcakes with my Wilton set and rustic desserts.
touring historic homes & sites- This is something Andrew & I both enjoy very much.
miniatures & dollhouses- Andrew’s Grandma Hope inspired me. This hobby began in 2003, with the partial construction of my Greenleaf Dollhouse-Pierce/Annabelle. I will continue to post my progress.
I would love to travel much more than I currently do!- Below are some of the more further destinations we’ve visited:
Italy (Venice, Murano, Florence, Pisa, Rome, Verona, Milan, Chiavari, Santa Marguerita, Portofino, Genoa)
Scotland (Glascow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Fort William)
The Big Island of Hawaii (Kona)
France (Paris, Cabris, Gourdon, Grasse, Monaco, Monte Carlo, Eze Village)
Germany (Frankfurt, Lindau, Freiberg, Munich, Nuremburg, Darmstadt area)
Some of My Favorites:
Colors: Purple & green
Flowers: Roses, jasmine, honeysuckle, lilac
Academic Subject: Science
Ice Cream: Mr. Softee soft vanilla
Cake: Red Velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting
Candy: Almond Roca, black licorice twizzlers, black jelly beans, Bit-O-Honey
Restaurant: Opus 465, Vince & Eddie’s, The North Square to name a few
Handbags: Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton Monogram, Denim, & Multicolor, Fendi, Kelly & Birkin by Hermes, Prada Leathers, Hayden-Harnett, Tylie Malibu, Kooba, Botkier, Chanel, and many more!
Perfume: Hanae Mori, Deep Red by Hugo Boss, Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf, Michael by Michael Kors
Books: The Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella, Bergdorf Blondes & Debutante Divorcee by Plum Sykes, The Power Broker by Robert A. Caro, Bringing Home The Birkin by Michael Tonello. I think I like the less academic type books sometimes since I need something to balance out my very Type A personality. I’ve spent too many years only nurturing my technical side.
Magazines: British Glamour, Martha Stewart Living
Authors: Sophie Kinsella, Plum Sykes, Lois Lenski, Madeleine L’Engle, Frederic Clement
Painters: Francois Boucher, Jean-Honore Fragonard, & Michael Sowa
Poets: Sara Teasdale, X.J. Kennedy, Charles Baudelaire
Clothing Designers: Stella McCartney, Karl Lagerfeld, Carolina Herrera
Movies: “Amelie” & “Bridget Jones’ Diary” I & II
Actresses: Audrey Tatou, Meg Ryan, Sandra Bullock
Actors: Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro, Steve Martin, Robin Williams
TV Shows: All CSIs, Criminal Minds, Numbers, re-runs of Frasier, re-runs of EastEnders
Characters: Remy of “Ratatouille,” Gromit of Wallace & Gromit
X-Men: Angelica Jones (Firestar)
Musicians: Sarah McLachlan, Tori Amos, Vertical Horizon, Pat McGee Band, Rob Thomas & Matchbox 20, Joan Osbourne, Liz Phair, Fiona Apple, Paula Cole, Jennifer Warnes, Kelly Clarkson, Tonic, 3 Doors Down, Fiona Apple, Splendor, Nine Days, Peter Gabriel, Suzanne Vega, Nickelback, Creed, John Mayer, Jesca Hoop, Katie Melua, Waterfront, Tracey Chapman, Christopher Cross, Steve Winwood, Celine Dion, Death Cab for Cutie, and many more!
Places: Hawaii, Scotland, Amore Pacific Spa in Soho NY, Anthropologie Stores (I’m an Anthro addict besides also being a bagaholic)