Date Joined: September 7, 2016
Last Online: May 20, 2019
Country: United States
Updated July 2018: I no longer have my giant commute! I am not returning to my school next fall and am currently thinking about what I want to do; what I do know is that I will not be traveling more than 30 minutes to get to work anymore.
More updates below...it's been a while since I updated my profile:)
I am a teacher with a mega-commute (70 miles each way to work...don't ask). 54 yo, married, with two sons. We currently live in the Hudson Valley of NY, although we have also lived in MA and Pittsburgh, PA. We are still Steelers fans because of that.
To pass the time on my commute, I listen to music, podcasts (This American Life, Ask Me Another, Wait Wait..., The Moth, Selected Shorts, and I listened to Serial, S-Town, Caliphate.) I don't like books on tape, though. I also talk on the phone - love my hands-free system.
In my free time, besides playing around in my basement studio, I go to boot camp, hike, cook, read, and I'm a crossword puzzle fanatic. Must be the Times and I must do it in ink. I also love to do KenKen.
SHOWTUNES SHOWTUNES SHOWTUNES. I am a huge musical theater fan. Happily, since we currently live near enough to NYC, we go in as often as we can (afford), to see shows. And I listen to the soundtracks and sing loudly in the car (again, on that long drive). Also like folk and contemporary music, such as - The Decemberists, John Mayer, James Taylor, Gregory Porter. I also really like Bruno Mars, but I don't like much pop music.
July 2018 update - recently read some great books - The Good Thief and The 12 Lives of Samuel Hawley, both by Hannah Tinti
Modern Girls, by Jennifer Brown
Lilac Girls, by Martha Hall Kelly
The Night Child, by Anna Quinn
Halsey Street, by Naima Coster
Baby Teeth, by Zoje Stage
Behind Closed Doors, by B A Paris
Jhumpa Lahiri is one of my preferred authors, and I tend to like fiction written by Indian writers. I like to read modern fiction and family sagas.
Some books that have stuck with me include -
The Paris Architect
The Pearl that Broke Its Shell
The Language of Flowers
The Night Circus
The Red Tent
The Midwife of Hope River
I do not like mysteries. However, I love the series by Alexander McCall Smith called The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. They are set in Botswana and although there is technically a mystery included, they are gentle and beautiful and funny and make me feel as if I have visited Botswana.
Gelli printing, especially with deli paper
Faces, especially odd ones
Art foamies - kind of a new-ish product
(I follow Julie Balzer's blog...really like her style and use of color)
(I also follow a quilting blog called Exuberant Color - her use of color is incredible)
I love all kinds of pens - especially paint pens (the sharpie paint pens are good, so are Molotow), gel pens, markers (love the Pigma micron pens), white pens. I have trouble passing by pens without buying a new one.
I love bright colors (but not neon) and really, I like all colors.
I love folk art - outsider art - primitive art
I gravitate towards modern and contemporary art.
I like the quilts and color combinations of Kaffe Fassett.
I like explosions of colors and patterns.
I am drawn to faces. I cannot really draw well but I am trying to learn how to draw faces. If they come out odd, it's fine.
I also like vintage style (though not steampunk) - old postage stamps, vintage office papers, library cards, ledgers, maps, receipts, etc
If you are a "maker", I like receiving hand-carved stamps, your painted papers, altered tags, handmade journals, homemade washi tape, elegant or modern looking return address labels
Washi tape - I like vintage-looking washi or watercolor-y washi
New obsession that I've seen but don't own any (yet...!) - vintage bus tickets, train tickets, travel stuff
Pens. Pens. Pens.
Paper ephemera - such as maps, sheet music, art-y magazines, colorful papers, old ledgers
Journals - I like to make my own junk journals
Holiday-related items - sorry but I just don't have use for or like receiving items for Halloween, Christmas, Valentine's Day, etc....so please do not send that type of item
Steampunk style Kawai style "Cutesy" stuff
Animals - except I do like birds
Tea - I do not drink tea
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