Our family currently consists of twins James and Elsa, Sam, our 1.5 year old collie, great dane, and dachshund mix (no, really! We did a DNA test!), and Maggie, our 16 year old South American kingsnake.
I grew up in a small town… let me rephrase that. I grew up in a seriously small town called Fosston, MN, population 1500. It was the town you couldn’t wait to get away from as a kid. Now, I think it’s quaint. My two grandmothers and their lady friends meet religiously for coffee at 10:30am down at the Maple Ridge Cafe. And, while there are street names, I don’t think anybody knows them. It’s easier to just say, “Take a left at Kingo Lutheran Church, go a couple blocks until you hit the stoplight (it’s the only one in town), and take a right. Go a little ways (a popular regional phrase which typically means anywhere from a block to 1/2 a mile) and you’ll see the liquor store on your right. Can’t miss it!”
Since high school, I’ve lived in Fargo, ND (no, I don’t talk like they do in the movie!), Moorhead, MN, Minnetonka, MN (near Minneapolis), Van Nuys, CA, and West Hollywood, CA. I met my husband, Pete, in California. We were both working at eHarmony.com at the time. Ironic, I know. Shortly after our whirlwind courtship and far too many nights spent enjoying the Sunset strip in all its splendor, we decided to settle down. We now live in Evanston, IL. We are living the American dream. A house in the suburbs, a dog, and and two kids (ok, we’re 1/2 over the average). The only thing we’re missing is the white picket fence.
Other interesting tidbits:
- I have a flute performance degree from St. Olaf College (also my Dad’s alma mater).
- I spent a year of weekends training and working with exotic animals including lions, tigers, bears, and leopards at Hollywood Animals. That’s also where I developed a fondness for elephants, thanks to an amazing African elephant named Nellie.
- While living in California, I had a very successful dog training business.
- I currently own and run my own business, Chameleon Office Pros.
- I get bored easily.
- I’m very diplomatic, for the most part.
- I hate mushrooms.
- I’m constantly observing.
- Unless I flat out tell you… you may never know what I’m thinking.