17 Fun Facts

I have fallen asleep during 95% of the movies I have watched (whether in the theater or at home…)

Met my husband at a bar.  Romance ensued, and we married a few years later. Moral of the story?  Don’t believe your mother when she tells you to go meet a nice man at the library or grocery store.

BK (before kid) we traveled a ton.  My favorite places are the Borough Market in London, the Hawker Centers in Singapore and walking the streets of Vietnam & Venice.  Traveling has given me an incredible appreciation for all of the people of the world.

AK (after kid) I have learned more than I ever imagined I would about food allergies as Gibson was diagnosed with a myriad of serious ones.  We work tirelessly to make sure he is safe but still able to have a ‘normal’ life.  (I’m not gonna lie, I’m partially jealous that he will never have to suffer through eating peas…)

I’m a Myers-Briggs ESTJ-T and a Kolbe 6-6-7-2.  I love guessing what other’s are and then seeing if I am right. (I am usually pretty close…)

I was a cheerleader my senior year in High School.  It was really fun – and tougher athletically than my years spent playing on the soccer, softball or swim team.

Not so much of a baseball fan any more, but I grew up in Pittsburgh – so had to love the Pirates.  My all time favorite player was the center fielder, Andy Van Slyke.  Years later, he was traded to the Orioles, was hurt and then sent for rehab to the Bowie Baysox (where I worked!!)  Thanks to some fun friends I made at the stadium, I had the chance to go down onto the field and meet him before a game one night.  He gave me the bat that he used to play in the games there.  Super, Super, Super cool moment for me. (and he may have thought I was a stalker…)

I proudly birthed my son, Gibson (all 10 pounds of him!), with the help of fantastic midwives, completely naturally using HypnoBirthing – and I would do it again in a heartbeat.  It was one of the most empowering experiences of my life.

I would rather read the book than see the movie.  I frequently have 3/4 books going at the same time. Catch my updates on GoodReads.

Troy is an English teacher, and when it’s my turn to host book club we like to read a book we didn’t fully appreciate in high school and have him lead our conversation.  It gives us all a new appreciation for the classics – and makes wonder if I would have liked them more then had I not skipped class so much.

I used to cook, but quickly found it wasn’t something I loved.  My hubby is now the chef in the family, and he spoils me with delicious masterpieces.  I am in charge of opening the wine and setting the table.  And I do that darn well.

My drink of choice is a Manhattan, and I am definitely a #bourbongirl.  I do reserve a special place on my dinner table for a great glass of wine though, and love playing with pairings to Troy’s yummy cooking.

My son goes to a Montessori school which has taught us all a great deal about how kids think and grow.  It’s been an incredible experience for our family.

Troy and I love to see music live, and go to as many shows as we can, from local clubs to arenas and stadiums – our favorite is traveling to Jazz Fest in N’Orleans.

I spent more than 10 years in the restaurant business and consider it to be one of the most important (and fun) times of my life.  There’s no better place on earth to learn the fine art of customer service, hustling, ‘getting out of the weeds’, and especially mixing work and fun.

When I was in elementary school, I won the President’s award for physical fitness for doing more pull ups than anyone else.  Even the boys. #girlpower

There’s always music playing in my life, office and our home. My ultimate ‘mix tape’ would include Garth and Billy Joel, JT, Robert Randolph, Hozier, Jay-Z, The Indigo Girls, Rage Against the Machine and Foo Fighters, Angels and Airwaves and 30 Seconds to Mars.  You can’t have a true mix tape without a power ballad thrown in, so there’s always a great bit of 80’s rock thrown in.

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