1. Yes, my hair is naturally curly. I hated having curly hair until I was in college when I pretty much accepted it. It also was handy in the 1980s in the days of big hair and big Aqua Net bangs. I no longer use Aqua Net, and my hair does whatever it feels like, depending on the day’s temperature and humidity. When I straighten my hair, some people don’t recognize me because I look like a completely different person. I suppose I could straighten my hair and become a private detective and be totally incognito.
2. I didn’t become an educator until I was 30 years old. Both my parents were teachers. Growing up I felt that there was NO WAY I would become a teacher. It wasn’t glamorous enough for my budding cosmopolitan tastes. I didn’t even feel the calling to become a teacher until I was 26 years old, when I was pregnant with my daughter. I wanted a family-friendlier career and wanted to make a difference in the world- I felt like my cubicle job at the time was going no where and helping no one.
3. I worked in international telecommunications prior to becoming a teacher. My favorite gig I had during that career was working for an Italian phone company in Germany.
4. I love learning languages! I speak fluent German because I lived there for a couple of years as a kiddo when my dad was on sabbatical and schlepped us along. I also speak conversational Spanish, which comes in pretty handy here on the West Coast. I used to speak decent Italian in the 1990s, and my French is just rotten. I speak enough to order from a menu and to find verbs in a sentence.
5. I am a Christian. I was raised pseudo-Episcopalian. My parents were married in the Episcopal Church because my father didn’t want anything to do with the Catholic Church, which he said was all about “sin, guilt, and death.” His mother had been Catholic and converted to Episcopalian. My mother’s family was Catholic, thus, I am three-quarters Catholic by birth. ;> Today my husband, daughter, and I are members of a non-denominational Christian Church. I consider myself spiritual, but definitely NOT religious!
6. My favorite kind of food is authentic Mexican. I have been training myself since 2004 to eat progressively spicier foods. I am not yet on the hottest salsa spot level yet. I dislike coconut, curry, and sushi. My husband loves those foods, and we’ve been married since 2000.
7. I’ve been divorced before (scandalous!) and am a domestic violence survivor. I eloped in 1997 with my daughter’s bio-dad and left him when I was seven months pregnant. You can read more about that very dark part of my life here. My current husband, Kevin, adopted her and is a wonderful father!
8. I haven’t had a drink since 1999. I don’t ingest any mind-altering substances, including marijuana. I like being able to think clearly and use all my 5+ senses. (Yes, I do believe we have more than 5 senses).
10. I did the voiceover for a German techno album in 1996. I read passages out of Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and the DJs mixed an entire album from it. I also did voice prompts in German for a Seattle telecommunications company, as well as ones (in English) for a Mademoiselle magazine microfiber handbag. The client asked me to re-record that one over and over because he felt I said the word “fashion” with too much of a Midwestern accent. (What can I say? My mom’s from Milwaukee and my hubby Kevin’s from Chicago so they must have influenced me).
11. I grew up on a lemon ranch in southern California. I feel really weird buying lemons in a store because my mom used to tell me to just grab them off the tree when she was cooking dinner. When I was little, I wondered why the purplish Sunkist stamp didn’t show up on our lemons.
Any questions? Or…to find out the twelfth little-known fact about me, contact me here.