Taking things small now - a single swap at a time. Between difficulties with my mail going missing lately (ugh!) and coping with my husband now living across the country due to job issues, I just need to get it back together!
Older than dirt. Married (almost 32 years!). Two kids (one of each flavor, my son is in Virginia where he met his sweetie while he was in the Navy; my daughter is in Tucson because she was tired of winter) and I helped raise my niece and nephew for a few years - until they graduated from high school. My nephew is in the Navy in Hawaii and my niece is back living with me after spending a little over a year in Portland.
We've hosted 10-1/2 exchange students (we were hosting our sixth exchange student (a girl from Norway), but she decided to move in with a different family, so I only count her as 1/2! I'm still having a difficult time dealing with the rejection after everything we did for her). Our other exchange students were: 3 girls and 2 boys from Germany, 2 girls from China, 1 girl from Italy, and 1 boy and 1 girl from France. They still love us! Well, most of them do. The girl from France maybe not so much since she thought I was simply too old to talk to.
Legal secretary for the past 29 or so years, but have waitressed, sold shoes, worked for Baskin Robbins and McDonald's, been an assistant publicist for a casino, delivered newspapers, and things I've no doubt forgotten! I also dabble in photography, working out of my house and shooting mostly family portraits and high school seniors. One cat and one dog.
My husband was laid off in March of 2014 and after searching diligently for a local job, wound up taking a contracting job across the country. He worked away from home for a year, returned for a year, then went back to Iowa for five months, before spending some time in Oklahoma City. Then he found a job in Utah - which is much closer to home. It was recently made a permanent position, rather than a contracting position, which is nice as there is a bit more stability (plus benefits!). We talk every day and constantly email and text, but it is still very strange to be without him! Now that he's closer, he's able to come home almost every other weekend, which is far nicer than the once or twice a year when he was living across the country. But I'm still holding down the home fires.
2016 was a really, really bad year! Knee replacement in January, identity theft in March, shingles in April, my husband leaving town again in April and a diagnosis of breast cancer in May. Had a lumpectomy in June, 21 doses of radiation and am now taking hormone blocking medication, and broke my wrist in October. Man, if I hadn't lived through all of that, I would probably not believe it myself. Sigh.... Things have vastly improved since then. Medically, I've had no problems (knock on wood) and although my husband is still out of town, it's much more doable since he's closer.
Lots of everything: Anna Nalick, Ani Difranco, Camille, Liz Phair, Pink, Missy Higgins, Ingrid Michaelson, The Fray, Plain White T's, Death Cab for Cutie, Postal Service, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Matchbox Twenty, Smashmouth, The Counting Crows, The Sighs, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Billy Joel, Dan Fogelberg (RIP), The Beatles, Shania Twain, Blind Pilot, Jason Mraz, The Gin Blossoms, Coldplay, Cute Is What We Aim For, Dave Matthews Band, Dido, Jem, Fountains of Wayne, The Killers, Margot & the Nuclear So & So's, Panic! at the Disco, Snow Patrol, Neon Trees. Pretty much anything except rap and real twangy country.
Anything by: Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Dennis LeHane, Michael Connolly, Sue Grafton (RIP), Kathy Reichs, Jodi Picoult, Sophie Kinsella, Nelson DeMille, Diana Gabaldon, CJ Box, Kate Atkinson. Just about anything except romance. I don't mind a little romance in my mysteries, but I just don't like all romance-all the time.
About a Boy, Love Actually, Music & Lyrics (just about anything with Hugh Grant in it!), Amadeus, The Replacements, Seabiscuit, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, old musicals, chick flicks, romantic comedies.
Scrapbooking, photography, beading (earrings, bracelets and book thongs). I can sew for crafts as long as it's not too complicated.
Law & Order SVU, The Walking Dead, Amazing Race (actually tried to get on with my husband, but we weren't chosen - waaaah!), Survivor, 24, Supernatural (my daughter got me hooked on that one), Orange is the New Black, Wentworth. Binge watched Breaking Bad and Dexter after they originally aired and loved both!
Tea (but not herbal or decaf - my favorite is just flavored black tea), chocolate (yummmmmmm!), cats, music, movies, home decorating (we painted our son's bedroom a bright blue, and bought black Ikea furniture and lime green accents - it's a lot of fun!). I particularly love the dark terracotta red and deep honey colors of the living room and kitchen), cooking, hiking, traveling, taking pictures. Avid reader of just about anything, but mostly mysteries and funny chick lit. I love candles (fruity and spicy smells mostly, although light florals are okay. I hate perfumey smells, though - would literally wash my hands after sampling Moonlit Path at Bath & Body Works). I love B&BW Sweatpea, Black Raspberry & Vanilla, White Cherry Blossom and White Tea & Ginger (discontinued, darn it - it seems B&BW LOVES to discontinue my favorites). I especially like blues, greens, reds on the earthy side. I'd like to start collecting owls - not real cutesy owls, but somewhat more realistic.
Frou frou decorating (not into lacy curtains or lots of gold - complete opposite of the previous owner of our house, she'd probably keel over if she saw it now!), busy scrapbook paper (I like my pictures to be the focal point of my pages, not all the stuff around them), yappy little dogs. Not into kawaii (sorry!). Not really into fluorescent colors - more muted please.
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