I am an eternally happy individual living just outside the greatest city in TX - Austin. I say eternally happy because that is what I choose to be. It seems to be working out nicely. I have a great kiddo and share my life, time, and space with one of the single most amazing people I've had the pleasure of meeting. He renews my faith in humanity on a daily basis. (Even the days I find a need to pelt him with jellybeans!) About me - I read. Alot. I love people, their stories, their views, themselves. I do my best most days to make my mark on the universal energy be a positive one. More often than not, I believe I succeed. I love my cats - all four of the persnickety little balls of fur. I love to cook! But I really detest baking ... I tend to cook by 'smell' rather than taste and it feels almost like 'painting' or 'composing' with flavors, especially herbs and spices. Luckily, both my DH and 10 yr old DD love flavors! Not many moms can say that sushi has been their child's favorite food since age 8! From complex layers like curries to clean & simple like citrus thyme marinades, we look forward to playing with them all. Being a busy mom, I appreciate the fast things. I love my crockery cooker, microwave pasta/rice cooker, and quick bread/biscuit recipes! I may detest baking in general, but nothing rounds out a frazzled evening 1-skillet meal like a side of fast, fresh biscuits or rolls or thick slabs of beer bread! When I'm not cooking, reading, antiquing, volunteering, teaching, or camping & traveling, I love trying different beers and wines. I am also always researching and learning about something that's caught my attention. Often these days it involves organics, vitamins, EOs, or other ways to minimize our impact on our environment and on minimizing the impact of chemicals in our environment on US!