I am an American living in the UK, married to an academic. We have 2 kids, 1 car, and
7 bicycles 6 bicycles – Juni’s balance bike got nicked. 7 bicycles – I forgot to count the boxed up Bianchi road bike in the garage.
7.5 bicycles – We now have a tag-a-long bike.
Updated, 11 Jan. 2013
- I grew up in Los Alamos, New Mexico. The town is at an altitude of 7200 feet in the Jemez Mountains – one of the southern ranges in the Rockies.
- I’ve been living in the UK since September 2006. Although I reserve the word home for northern New Mexico, I’m starting to grow a few roots here in Cambridgeshire.
- I’ve only ever had one pet, Ink, the cat. He passed away in the summer of 2012. Eventually we may get another pet, but he’ll always be my muse.
- At university, I majored in English and Physics. I went on to graduate school in Physics. Then I went on to graduate school in English education. Then I taught high school English for a short time. That was incredibly tough! I left teaching. On a fluke, I found teaching physics was much more rewarding for me. So I returned to the classroom and taught physics for many years, requiring students to read books and write the odd essay. Now I have my own company and write scripts and narratives for short animations created in India used to teach physics in South Africa. So, as you can see, it’s all been proceeding exactly according to plan.
- After a year of diligent tea-making, I have come to the conclusion that it really does make a difference if the water is added just off the boil. It’s even better if you warm the mug up, too, in these cold English houses!
- I have never managed to complete a stamp-card in a coffee shop for a free cup of coffee.
- I like to run. I like to eat chocolate. Not at the same time, but the two go together well.
- I play cello. I’ve played in many different levels of orchestras, ranging from community orchestras where the bass section was mostly deaf to my current orchestra, the Cambridge Philharmonic, where the bass section is decidedly NOT deaf. I love playing orchestral music because I love being in the middle of all that sound and texture. Although I wasn’t a music major and have never played professionally, I treasure the privilege of getting to play and learn amazing pieces of music.
- I knew which music and musicians would play at my wedding ceremony before I knew who I was going marry.
- For three years, I lived in a house with the address of 314. We called it the ‘pi house.’ In retrospect, we should have called it the 100pi house.
- The best taste is freshly roasted Hatch green chile. The best smell is burning piñon in woodstoves on cold nights in New Mexico.