About Me

25 Random things about me:

  1. I have lived all over the United States in the past seven years, from California to the Deep South.
  2. I have played piano for years and consider it the most beautiful sounding instrument. I also sing very well and played the tenor saxophone as a preteen.
  3. I got married and honeymooned in Las Vegas, and it wasn’t spur of the moment or to elope.
  4. I am a first generation American. My maternal and paternal families are immigrants from Portugal and Germany, which greatly influences my cooking.
  5. In college, I spent a summer in Australia volunteering for a wilderness conservation organization and having the outdoor adventure of a lifetime.
  6. I was the first person in my immediate and extended family to graduate from college. An interesting fact is that all four of my grandparents finished their educations by completing the eighth grade!
  7. My first and second post-college jobs were working with kids.
  8. I started cooking when I was fourteen years old and haven’t stopped since.
  9. I’m a total psychology buff and love reading about different issues, perspectives and research findings.
  10. I am addicted to crime shows. Documentary, fictional, you name it. From the shows on Investigation Discovery to Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, I’m diggin’ it.
  11. I think I’ve seen every single Golden Girls episode ever made.
  12. My favorite breakfast of all time is a classic Eggs Benedict.
  13. I was homeschooled in high school, by choice.
  14. I have ADD. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. Deep-thinking, analytical and creative superpowers are bound to come with the price of a few minor hurdles πŸ˜‰
  15. I have loved writing since grade school and taught myself HTML when I was sixteen. Now, I’ve been blogging in different capacities for years, and find it’s the perfect outlet for my passions!
  16. I used to write a very popular European celebrity gossip blog. I ended it because I lost interest in the topics and moderating hundreds of controversial comments became too taxing.
  17. When I started college, I wanted to become a physician and logged hundreds of volunteer hours in free clinics and medical research labs.
  18. New acquaintances automatically calling me “Steph” is a pet peeve of mine. It happens all the time, but I always introduce myself, or am introduced, as “Stephanie” and only like it when friends and close family use my nicknames.
  19. My favorite candies are Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Reese’s Pieces.
  20. My favorite color is purple.
  21. When I was a child, I used to have a Baskin Robins ice cream cake and pinata for each of my birthday parties.
  22. I had a parrot who I loved and spoiled for four years, until recently. I came to realize he wasn’t meant to be a pet, and re-homed him in a beautiful parrot sanctuary where he is, no doubt, the happiest little bird ever. It was a very tough and emotional ordeal for me. Luckily, I can still visit him πŸ™‚
  23. The first things I learned to cook were fried eggs and pasta. Now, I eat low carb, and only one of those skills comes in handy πŸ˜‰
  24. The places I most want to visit are Australia (again), Portugal, England and Egypt.
  25. When I was a preteen, I saw a gorgeous photo of the green Washington State wilderness in a calendar and, in awe, remarked that one day I wanted to live there. Now, I do.

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