About me

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Frijoles Canyon, Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico, Dec. 2012

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. I have never managed to complete a stamp-card in a coffee shop for a free cup of coffee.
  7. I like to run.  I like to eat chocolate.  Not at the same time, but the two go together well.
  8. 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.
  9. I knew which music and musicians would play at my wedding ceremony before I knew who I was going marry.
  10. 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.
  11. The best taste is freshly roasted Hatch green chile.  The best smell is burning piñon in woodstoves on cold nights in New Mexico.
Red Chile Ristras in Santa Fe

Red Chile Ristras in Santa Fe

9 Responses to About me

  1. Jeremy says:

    Seven bicycles! Great site, Melissa. Jeremy (from nicenet)


    • Melissa says:

      Hi Jeremy – Thanks for stopping by! I guess I should amend that to 6 bicycles, now, since one got nicked when we forgot it at the school over the weekend. But, still, 12 wheels are better than 4….


  2. I’m passing along the Liebster award to your blog! You can check out what to do and stuff over here at http://withyourcoffee.wordpress.com/


  3. Alisa says:

    This is so funny- and wow, physics and English. You really do contain multitudes.


  4. Sarah says:

    (I think) I’m honoured that the bass section at the Phil gets a mention in this very funny description of your life Melissa! Probably you have more exposure to the basses than almost anyone else – so your opinion really counts!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Melissa says:

      Hi Sarah! Thanks for reading. Ah, the basses of the Phil are the best! They probably hear a little too well, actually, given all the mistakes coming from my general direction.


    • Melissa says:

      Thanks for reading Sarah! I would say the the bass section in the Phil probably hears rather TOO well, given all the strange notes coming from my general direction.


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