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It’s so hard to pick just one! So I won’t, lol. My favorite book is Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I love the genre of magical realism. The book is so colorful it’s like reading a painting. I’m also a HUGE Harry Potter nerd. I’ve read the series at least five times and seen the movies an embarrassing number of times. I’m obsessed with Jane Austen, I’ve worn out two copies of Pride and Prejudice. A love story doesn’t get more perfect then Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy.
I am writing a novel. It’s going to be a best seller. I’ll let you know when it’s published so you can buy copies for everyone you know. I also LOVE to cook scrumptious vegan dinners and then yammer incessantly about how no one would believe it’s just vegetables because it’s so yummy.
My happy place is Block Island. I’ve been taking my kids on summer vacations there since they were small. I fell in love with my husband there and we got married there in 2009. The minute I stepped foot off the ferry for the first time, probably twenty years ago (for a wedding btw) I felt like I was at home. I’ve had more inspiring moments, more laughs, more sunsets, collected more sea glass and taken more ocean swims there than anywhere else. The BI is in my blood and when I become a best selling novelist (see above) I’m going to buy a house there and live happily ever after.
Technically my favorite is Sixteen Candles because it came out when I was a sophomore in high school (as was the lead character) and I could totally relate! (I may or may not have kissed the captain of the football team who was a senior that same year!) But more currently I love all Wes Anderson movies, not only for the beautiful visuals but for the sweet stories. Rushmore and Royal Tennenbaums are my two most favorite.
Savory: Macaroni and cheese (with ketchup, don’t knock it ‘til you try it!). Sweet: Traditional birthday cake from a bakery (I call the flowers).
I love to do crafts! Sewing, painting on driftwood, rocks and shells, scrapbooking and all of that kind of stuff is my therapy. I’m lucky enough to have my own craft space in the house so when I get the time I can get right in there and get crafty. My other talent that few know about is my amazing skill in arranging furniture. For the most part every time I go to someone’s house I can barely hold a conversation because I am so distracted with thinking about how I could move the furniture around to make it fabulous.
My favorite photo is an image of my husband and I on our wedding day. I remember that day like it was yesterday. The photo represents so much more than our union and love for each other and our family. We loved our photographer and how comfortable and fun she made that very special day. We had such a great connection, that my husband jokingly suggested that I should ask her for a job. I quit my commercial studio photography job that Fall and went to work for my wedding photographer. I have been shooting weddings ever since that beautiful Fall day twenty years ago.
A mint chocolate chip milkshake from Gray’s Ice Cream in Tiverton, RI is by far, my favorite indulgence.
Briggs Beach, Little Compton is my happy place. Whether it is a sunny beach day with friends or a chilly beach walk with my dog, there is nothing more comforting to my soul than the ocean.
I have always enjoyed watching war movies. The Last of the Mohicans, Star Wars and Platoon are some of my favorites. In Last of the Mohicans, I love the strength of the female lead character ( I love seeing women portrayed as strong characters) played by Madeleine Stowe, and also the cinematography. Who doesn't like (especially at my age when it was released) watching a powerful love story?! I love the special effects of Star Wars and seeing those movies in the theatre is always so fun!
“Cape House” – This is how my family and I refer to our summer home that has been in the family since 1952! We call it the Cape House which is on Onset Beach. So I guess really my happy place is Onset Beach. It’s so special to me that it’s where my husband and I and I got engaged and married.
I was a cheerleader when I was young and one of the aspects of cheerleading that I always enjoyed was competing against other cheerleading teams. I started coaching when I got out of college which led to eight years of coaching a high school team then a few years at Providence College and also a few years for an All-Star Team. I don't mean to brag but my high school won several State Championships and a National Championship. I loved working with the kids and seeing them succeed at achieving their skills and the thrill they would get when able to do something they thought they never could. I am still close to many of my former cheerleaders and have photographed some of their weddings and family portraits. Since I don't have any children of my own, I always thought of my cheerleaders as the kids I would never have. As far as can I do a backflip? I can still do a mean cartwheel!