The Kinda Nitty But Not Super Gritty Basics
I act, write, love my family, adore concord grapes, and could always use a little more green in my life.
That’s basically it, but there’s all this empty space left so…
I was born in the suburbs of Chicago’s south side, where I lived with my parents and two younger siblings until the early 90s when my family moved to Asuncion, Paraguay where my folks were missionaries for a few years. My mom taught, my dad did construction, and I played make-believe while failing to learn to dress myself like a normal person.
I had the opportunity to visit friends there in January 2012 and blogged quite a bit during my trip. To start from the beginning of that OMG Nostalgia Overload NOM NOM NOM Empanadas Ahhhh! adventure, click here.
Our return to the States found us heading to the great-white-north that is Milwaukee, where I learned to call pop “soda,” but somehow never quite caught on to calling a drinking fountain a “bubbler.”
I’mma call that one a close save, tbh. (No offense Wisconsin! Love you! Kisses! Go Pack Go!)
I went on to get an ungodly expensive piece of paper from Carroll University, graduating with degrees in English and Theatre because apparently I never want to be employed. Ever.
Unless it’s in roofing? I guess? No lie I’ve been working in the roofing industry on and off (but mostly on) since graduating from college. I’ve even got the silicone splattered steel-toed boots to prove it.
I spent a couple years in Canyon Country in Santa Clarita, CA, about 30 miles north of Los Angeles. I lived with friends and worked for a production company that taught me to love both sushi and Microsoft Outlook in ways I’d never previously thought possible.
I’ve been back in Wisconsin ever since, working for a roofing company by day, acting in plays at night, and going on road trips whenever I possibly can.
Actually – scratch all of that other stuff. The “perpetually longing to road-trip” part is really the only thing you need to know.
Finding Me on the Web
It’s almost creepy how many websites have got the goods on me. Some are more placeholders than actual roosts, but whatever. Among them…
Amazon: My Amazon wish list. If you don’t have one, get one. Fun and awesome. It’s like when you were a kid and “got” whatever you could touch first in the toy catalog. And because I’m a category lover:
Facebook: I’m not currently accepting friend requests from folks I don’t know IRL. Lo siento Internet Strangers Who I’m Sure Are Very Nice People. I do have my account set up to allow Followers, however, if you’re into that sort of thing.
Goodreads: What I’ve read, what I’m reading, and what I aim to read as soon as I can tear myself away from Netflix.
IMDB: This is the weirdest page on the entire internet that has anything to do with me and I love it!
Last.fm: I’m trying to become more active on Last.fm, and am absolutely accepting friend requests there from all you Weirdo Strangers On The Internet, so request away!
Tumblr: Tumblr. I’m on it.
Twitter: Twitter. I’m on it.
YouTube: My early videos are absolute nonsense. Even after I learned how to cut things out they’re often still just a great big ramble, but I enjoy being a participant in that community, and am so glad it exists and is free, so there they sit. Favorite YouTube channels:
- Crash Course (“John Green teaches you world history and Hank Green teaches you biology.”)
- Geek & Sundry (“The producers of The Guild bring you a diverse line-up featuring the very best of indie geek culture!”)
- SciShow (“Where the science goes.”)
- Vlog Brothers (“Raising nerdy to the power of awesome.”)