2. I attended four different schools between first and twelfth grade (education is extremely important in my family). I loved reading as it allowed me to adventure into the worlds of the writers. Surprisingly I was a very social student, far more interested in friends than school work. I met one of my best friends, Illona, in fifth grade. She lives in San Francisco now with her gorgeous family, but I still consider her one of the closest friends Ive ever had. I consider myself very lucky that I still know friends from my different stages in life.
9. A few weeks before senior graduation I was going to get a friend of mine so we could both get to our jobs at "Brooks Pharmacy" on time. There was a pretty regular crew of four of us who ran together. As I came upon her in the hallway her boyfriend had an empty tennis racket around her neck attempting to drag her. I interfered and ended up pressing assault and battery charges against her boyfriend when he decided to make me the target instead. I went back and forth from college in Boston three times to get him convicted so he would have it on his record. My longtime friend showed up in court to support her boyfriend. A few years later I heard he ended up in jail, and I hope I helped put him there.
14. I am really grateful for having the experience of living in Hyde Park. I loved the community and surrounding neighbors. Being one of the few white girls in our section meant that everyone knew who I was and knew Kiana. She learned to crawl, walk and bike ride in that home. I got to experience just a sliver of what Kiana lives everyday.
15. I am allergic to most tropical fruits, especially pineapple. Its the high concentration of acidity that makes the insides of my mouth and back of my throat get bumps and sores. Its very unpleasant and such a big bummer. Occasionally I sneak fresh pineapple or red grapefruit, but as soon as my mouth starts feeling scratchy I regret it. I rinse my mouth out with hot salt water repeatedly (I'm not sure it really helps) and swear not to indulge ever again. Until the next time :)
17. When Fred and I first moved in together he had a Harley Davidson bike. I love, love motorcycles. We would spend all day riding the beautiful country side. But the bike became very impractical with children and Fred finally broke down and sold it (did I mention that Fred also sold his truck to buy me an engagement ring?). It was all very sacrificial and fatherly on his part. We decided when the children are all grown up we will both get bikes and view the country from the road. That is if we have any money left over....
19. I am far more organized at work than I could ever hope to be home. What does that say about me? The worst thing about my job is having to cut hours, or worse- having to fire someone. It really, really stinks.