Currently working as a mental health provider for the US Naval Hospital in Okinawa, Japan. I work in Deployment Health - meaning I counsel men and women returning from war in Iraq or Afghanistan. I was a bartender for 13 years (so the move over to counseling was not too great a leap...) and when I have time, love to write. My passion is travel, and eating is also one of my favorite pastimes - so working out is one of my not- so-favorite, but very necessary, hobies. My husband is a Marine and we moved to Okinawa Japan 3 1/2 years ago(May 2006) and hope to be here until May 2012 (after that who knows?!). We have 2 grown children (my stepchildren) living in Florida and 1 young crazy Rottweiler (living with us). I love cooking but wish I had a sous chef to do all the dirty work (my husband does the dishes when I cook so I really can't complain)!!!