As the only child of highly motivated yet fiercely pragmatic parents, my opportunities for adventure and personal fulfillment were plentiful while I was growing up. Mom and Dad made sure that I was provided with constant exposure to new cultural experiences through foreign exchange students, family vacations, piano lessons, volunteer opportunities, sleep away camps and a public school education. My search for fulfilling experiences currently finds me living in Eagan, MN with my brilliant and handsome husband, Derick. We have a variety of things that keep us busy. First and foremost are our pets, Watson (cat), Cake (bird), and Gatsby (turtle). They are all adorable and most importantly, relatively independent companions. Derick and I also enjoy traveling, reading, cooking, gardening, Batman comic books, Dr. Who, Minnesota Public Radio, zombie movies, Murder, She Wrote and black coffee. We love having friends over for food and board games and I proudly do not use dumb fake words when playing Scrabble.
In 2010, I self-published my first book. This book was written for a breast cancer foundation fundraiser. Special thanks to all of the folks who bought my book and supported an important cause. Piping Hot from the Idiom Factory is a collection of short stories and recipes. In it, I strive to mix the best parts of my Minnesotan culture: eating and storytelling.
Here are some Top 5 Lists that will help you know me better… because when it comes to picking favorites it’s so silly to pick just one.
Top 5 Books about Travel
“For me they go hand in hand. When I travel it makes me want to write, when I read it makes me want to travel.” — William Dalrymple
Top 5 Dream Opportunities
Top 5 Favorite Vacation Destinations
Top 5 Favorite Authors
Top 5 Favorite Foods
Top 5 People to Have Dinner With
Top 5 Time Travel Destinations…“Where we’re going we don’t need roads.”
Top 5 Favorite Bands
Top 5 Favorite Movies
Top 5 ways to spend one hour of my life