I love animals, birthdays, exploring, freaking-out, and SMILING. Freaking-out usually tops the list.
I have lived in 6 states and visited 23 countries on 6 continents, but I call COLORADO home. All those beautiful pictures you see from Colorado are photoshopped. Don't move here. Stay where you are.
I celebrate my BIRTHDAY for a month. And I gain a few pounds in cake.
I am an AUTHOR who reads everything, and a Registered Dietitian/ Nutritionist who eats everything. (See previous line about cake.)
I'm not short. I'm fun-sized.
As a kid I loved...
Swimming like Jaws was going to attack me
Baking chocolate-chip cookies (knew the recipe by heart before I was ten)
Pretending the floor was hot lava
Young Adult Novel
Now I love...
Baking chocolate-chip cookies
Still pretending the floor is hot lava
Boring Adult Book
Do you have a husband?
Yep! And he's a good one! Long ago, in a fairy-tale land called college, I spotted a well-worn pair of cowboy boots. I admired the boots, looked up, and fell in love with the blue-eyed man grinning back at me. Boots is adventurous, thoughtful, ambitious, and so super cute that he still makes my heart go wackadoodle!
Do you have any kids?
Double yep! We have two crazy, funny, amazing teenagers. Our daughter loves traveling, hiking, and horses. She's sweet, sassy, waaaaaay taller than me, and inspired me to write The Night Before Christmas in Ski Country. Our son loves soccer, math, computers and the stars. He wants to be a World Cup Soccer Player - slash - Einstein- slash - Astronaut, loves doing almost anything except cleaning, and encouraged me to publish The Night Before Christmas in Ski Country.
Do you have pets?
A lot! We have two dogs, one cat, two horses, and a whole bunch of wildlife wandering through our property. Our DOGS, Lucy and Ozzie, are both sweet rescue pups who love running fast, licking everyone, and hiking anywhere. Buddha is our fluffy, tiger CAT. He sleeps a lot, purrs a ton, and is happy anyplace, especially curled up next to our daughter. Takoda and Sky are our HORSES. I sooooooooo wanted a horse since I was born and my dream finally came true. They are beautiful, goofy, and lovable brown-and-white paints. I love waving to them from my home office window, but oddly they rarely wave back.
Our pets lovingly share their space with all the wildlife that roams our property. We see wild TURKEYS (they're hilarious to watch!), majestic ELK, sweet DEER, stealthy COYOTES, lumbering BEARS, and lots of bunnies and chipmunks. Last summer we even saw a MOUNTAIN LION! That was rare and beautiful and a teensy bit scary. (Ok... it was A LOT scary).
When did you start writing stories?
When I was born. I shrieked at the top of my lungs until someone gave me a pen and paper. Don't think anything I wrote was appreciated - or even legible- for quite some time, but I did write a story about my neighbor's German Shepherd when I was in first grade. I know he loved it because he slobbered all over it when I read it to him.
Did you write more?
Yep. No one could stop me from filling up those Duke of Hazzard spiral notebooks. I wrote stories, poems of my teenage angst, and even eventually articles for newspapers. I was chosen as Editor-in-Chief of my high school paper because I loved missing beauty sleep to work on deadlines.
When did you start taking photos?
I honestly don't remember, but I have albums of photos going back to 8th grade. I'm not a professional photographer AT ALL. I just like taking pictures as memories so I can keep useless tidbits like movie quotes in my brain instead.
What did you study in college?
Boys. Nachos. Laughing my butt off. Not necessarily in that order.
Okay. You got me. I did study hard, too. I started out as a communication major to become an award-winning journalist, but my love of animals and the amazing human body sent me on a Pre-Med path. I planned to be a pediatrician - slash - veterinarian - slash - marine biologist- slash- dietitian. My love of food won; and I graduated with a Biology degree, slogged through two more years of school, an internship, and a day-long test, and I was certified as a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (RDN).
What do you do as a RDN?
I have to try every food on the planet. Even fried crickets. Oh wait. That may not be a rule. I just love to eat. I do try to help people learn what foods can make them feel alive and healthy and energetic. I also tweak my favorite recipes so they're healthier and don't taste like cardboard.
Favorite thing in the whole wide world?
Love. With a side of extra cheesy enchiladas.