Some background on *me*
Notice how this page is plain, but the main page that got you here was all
frilly and purple and shimmery? I'm the same way. Sometimes I look all
fancy and stuff, but really, I'm a very down to earth person. You can
dress me up all you want, but inside I'm always the same plain me.
I was born at the Hospital of the
University of Pennsylvania aka HUP, on February 19th, 1970.
Apparently, I was supposed to have been born on the 2nd - Groundhog Day!
But despite a few hours of contractions, my mom ended up getting sent home
to wait it out, and I wasn't born until the 19th. I attended nursery
school at both Congregation Beth Shalom and
Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park, PA, before moving up into
the world of
Yeah, that's what the kids called me. That and "doubleyou dee" - eg, short
for walking dictionary. Sheesh. Some
people. I was a very shy child, with
an incredible hunger for books. The
librarian used to call my mom all the
time to make sure it was ok for me to take out so many books at once, or
to make sure it was ok for me to read books on "advanced subject matter"
(it was :)). I also loved music
and animals. I was active in choirs,
orchestras, plays, musicals, and horse shows all the way up through high
school graduation. I didn't have much of a social life outside of those
activities. I always felt like the "in crowd" didn't want me around. I've
learned since then that all you have to do is make your *own* in crowd,
and there's no problem :). I did very well in school as a child - ever
hear of a kid who pretended NOT to be sick, so they wouldn't have to stay
home?? that was me *grin*.
The party animal
So, as you might imagine, when I got to
Berkeley as a 17 year old college
freshman, things got a tad out of hand. There was an unfortunate incident
my first week of college - the dorm sponsored a trip to a San Francisco
nightclub for the residents of
Griffith's Hall (where I lived). I went
with the group - it was for all of the students, according to our RA. So,
we got there, and they wouldn't let me in. It seems you needed to be over
18. Well, no one had told ME that! And the RA was upset with ME for not
telling her I was under 18! I was extremely embarrassed and very upset
about it. Other than that, college was a lot of fun :). I skipped lots of
classes and went to many, many parties. I continued acting, and started
writing, directing, and producing as well. I worked for a bunch of animal
hospitals, but basically I temporarily put aside my goal of becoming a
veterinarian in favor of having a good time. I did
kind of crappy in school, but had a lot of really unique experiences.
Good thing I got it out of my system then....
In 1992, theatre degree in hand, I ventured into the Cruel Real World. I
worked with some friends in professional theatre for a while but that
didn't last too long. I ended up getting a job at the University of California, San
Francisco, as a veterinary nurse. Then, in 1994, I crept back out of
the Cruel Real World. Phew! That Real World
thing can suck the life out of you! I went back to school, where I
learning about really interesting things. Sure, I still worked really hard
in school and out, but I was much happier to be back in school.
In August 1999 I married Michael.
In May of 2000 I graduated with my VMD. Woo hoo! Now I'm practicing
vet med part time, and being a stay-at-home mom the rest of the time. As
of January 2005 I have THREE KIDS!! Pix here.
Life is fleeting. Don't waste it. Make yourself happy. Contribute
something to your community. Talk to your friends and family as often as
possible. Once you start losing friends (eg, people you love DIE) you'll
know what I mean. Don't waste time judging other people, feeling superior,
etc etc - keep an open mind. Knowledge is power - learn about the things
you fear, instead of closing your mind to them entirely.
BACK to the habitrail...