Born and raised on Cape Cod, I discovered at an early age that I could never live far from the sea... Every time I travel inland, it's like someone has torn my soul out and the moment I return, I am whole once more... I work in a nursing home/rehab facility and have done so since 1989... Around here, if you're not white collar, you're labor and if you're labor, healthcare is the best pay, so there I am... My favorite cookbook is the Joy of Cooking and you can tell from all the food stains in it, LOL! My pet peeves are people with NO manners, people who expect 'instant gratification' in every part of their lives (the world 'owes' them their desires) and people who refuse to take responsibility for their mistakes and failures (i.e. 'it's not my fault'...or, 'it isn't fair'...) For fun, I'm very laid back...I like watching movies, reading books, listening to music and going out to eat whenever I can afford it Last year I discovered both the Games Forum and the Contests&Events Forum where I've played 'tag' games as well as Swaps and even the occasional Bake-a-thon/Cook-a-thon, which allows me to try new recipes and meet new people that I may not normally have been... Check out the banners below, where most have been commemorated!