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
cooking & baking
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)- DH’s influence. Le Tour de France is the ultimate test of the human spirit.
gardening (I love roses & terrariums)- It brings me a lot of joy to visit the rose garden at the New York Botanical Garden.
touring historic homes & sites- This is something DH & I both enjoy very much.
miniatures & dollhouses- DH’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)
England & Wales
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, Chiclets, Razzles, Bubble Yum
Food: Vietnamese & French countryside
Restaurant: Opus 465, Vince & Eddie’s, The North Square to name a few
Styles: Bohemian, Moroccan, vintage
Fabrics & Textures: Silk, brushed cotton, gabardine, twill, burnt velvet
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, to name a few.
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, Reese Witherspoon, Maggie Gyllenhaal
Actors: Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro, Steve Martin, Robin Williams, Will Smith, Colin Firth, Patrick Stewart
TV Shows: All CSIs, Criminal Minds, Law & Order especially SVU, Numbers, re-runs of Frasier, re-runs of EastEnders, Life On Mars, Dexter, Person of Interest, A Gifted Man, Breaking Bad.
Characters: Remy of “Ratatouille,” Gromit of Wallace & Gromit
X-Men: Angelica Jones (Firestar), Jean Grey (Phoenix)
Musicians: Sarah McLachlan, Tori Amos, Imogen Heap, A Fine Frenzy, 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, Ani DiFranco, The Airborne Toxic Event, The Fray, Boyce Avenue, and many more!
Places: Hawaii, Scotland, Amore Pacific Spa in Soho NY, Anthropologie Stores (I’m an Anthro addict besides also being a bagaholic)