Born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit. After that thrilling experience, I fled to the other side of the mitten state to attend Kalamazoo College. I spent the next four years preparing for a life of procrastination.
Just days after graduation, I set out for Greece where I spent a fair amount of time getting drunk on the island of Spetses. I found Spetses to be exactly as John Fowles described it in his book The Magus (except without all of the sex parties and psychological torture). And, thus a love affair with islands and island living was born.
After returning from Greece, I moved to Chicago and accidentally found myself working as a writer and editor in healthcare marketing and then as a web project manager for a statistical software company.
Because of this awe-inspiring work, I became painfully aware that I really did not like corporate America so much. As I have always loved cooking (and more importantly eating), I decided that culinary school would make for a brighter—or at the very least—more challenging future. No sooner had I decided to start this latest project than I found out I was pregnant. Not one to waste comic timing, I went ahead with my plans. You can read about my food-cooking and baby-cooking adventures at Barefoot and Pregnant in the Kitchen.
Much to my surprise, I gave birth to an actual, real baby in 2010. When I’m not busy with the drudgery of work, adventures in cooking, or the hilarity of motherhood, I like to unwind with a few hobbies—including reading, writing, traveling, knitting, volunteering with the elderly, and occasionally spending time with my husband and dog (you know, when I have a few extra moments).
Photo by Calynn Berry Photography