So here goes. Ten more facts about me:
1. I grew up the middle child of five. I have two older brothers and two younger (twin) sisters. From oldest to youngest there is a 5.5 year age gap, total. Yes, I grew up in a very busy household and I can't imagine anything else.
|Me in the middle with my older brothers and younger sisters.|
2. Being the middle child of five I am extremely independent. It is one of my greatest strengths and one of my biggest weaknesses.
3. I love to travel. So far I have visited over 20 countries but I have way more of the world to see. I rarely go back to the same place twice. Not never, but rarely. Australia is always calling me back.
|The Long Neck Tribe, Northern Thailand|
4. When I applied to go to university becoming a teacher was never my reason why. Now that I'm in my 22nd year of teaching I can't imagine doing anything else.
5. As a child growing up Friday nights were chicken dinner for Shabbat, Saturday nights were "kids fend for themselves", and Sundays we went out to eat. To this day I still have dinner with my dad on most Sunday nights.
|My father and I when he visited me in Australia.|
6. I rarely buy lottery tickets. I learned a long time ago to appreciate what I have instead of chasing what I don't have. I have so much to be thankful for already.
7. I am extremely blessed in the friendship department.
8. I lost both of my grandparents on my father's side within 48 hours of each other. A true love story but a very sad time for those of us left behind. Last spring I also lost both my aunt (mom's sister), and my uncle (dad's brother) within six days. Another very sad time in my life.
9. I make an effort to see the good in every thing around me. If you've ever received an e-mail from me you'll know that my signature line is, "There is good all around you - you just have to see it".
10. When I purchased my first car I could not drive it because it was a stick shift. Obviously I learned, quickly, and to this day all my cars have been stick shifts.
|The inside of my present car. I love my Mini Cooper S, Mayfair Edition.|
Here are some of the questions asked by Shawn, Faige, and Victoria and my answers too.
1. Smooth or Crunchy Peanut Butter?
Smooth, always. My stomach has a lot of trouble breaking down peanuts. Smooth solves so many of those problems.
2. If you could sit down for one hour (or day) with any person, past or present, who would it be and why?
That's easy, my mom. I lost her far too young and I still have so many questions for her.
3. What's one of the scariest things you've ever done?
Leaving all my friends and family and moving to Australia by myself for a year where I knew NO ONE. Best year ever pushing boundaries and once again realizing I CAN do anything I set my mind to.