I live. . .
In a small town in Wisconsin, originally from a large city in Texas. I live in a sort-of remote area, but it’s close enough to a moderately sized city… and just a little further away from a large city – so I have most everything I need within a stone’s throw. Even though our nearest neighbor is about a 1/2 mile away from us – - we still get hi speed internet way our here – and that rocks!
I work. . .
I worked as a Registered Nurse for 10 years in the area of Home Hospice, caring for terminally ill patients and their families in their homes.
In 2004, I left nursing to pursue a (self-employed) career in Web Design & Development at the company I founded at eWebscapes. I ran that studio until December 2012 when I accepted a merger/partnership with the amazingly talented folks at WebDevStudios, where I am now a co-owner and partner.
Who doesn’t need a Registered Nurse who can design/develop web sites and develop in WordPress, right?
In 2006, I got my first book contract with Wiley Publishing and wrote the first edition of WordPress For Dummies. Since then, I have published 5 editions of that book. I also wrote BuddyPress For Dummies, WordPress All In One For Dummies and WordPress Web Design For Dummies.
I do sometimes speak at meetings, groups and conferences on topics related to WordPress design, development and consulting. I am currently available for appearances and public speaking engagements. Please contact me for my availability and interest.
I love. . .
My husband, Chris and I got married in June 2006 in a beautiful outdoor ceremony in upstate New York (yes, my wedding dress was purple! An original couture from Jane Wilson-Marquis). We’d been together for 5 years prior to the wedding – - so I guess we decided it was time I make an honest man outta him.
He is the owner of a very successful business of his own. We both work out of our home offices – but surprisingly don’t get in each others hair. Each in our own office, we surface in the kitchen 3-4 times a day to share quick 15-20 minute coffee breaks with one another before hitting the grindstone for the day.
I like. . .
Music! My first go-round in college had me majoring in Vocal Performance with a Music Education minor. I’ve studied vocal jazz, opera and contemporary. For 5 years, I made a living (read: I made beer money) as the lead singer in various local rock bands: an ’80′s female rock cover band .. (ya know, Benatar, Heart, Smyth..) . . . I also rocked out some blues in a band for awhile, and when I wasn’t busy, I belted out jazz at a local smokey jazz club, or hired myself out as a wedding soloist. I play the piano, also. Then I had kids – and I had to grow up and get a real job to make some real dough. Hence, nursing school. My favorites:
- Tori Amos
- Pink Floyd
- Norah Jones
- Andres Segovia
Animals – I have a soft spot for critters. We currently own 3 cats and 4 exotic birds.
Downhill skiing – I learned to ski at Lake Tahoe in 2002 and skied Heavenly and Kirkwood. We ski as a family – my son, daughter, husband and I try and go as often as possible – most recently we skied Gore Mountain.
Scuba Diving – I was OW (Open Water) certified on our honeymoon in Bonaire in 2006 and fell in love, instantly, with all things underwater.
My likes? Candles, Golden Margaritas – shaken, no ice.. no salt, Black Russian on ice, Jazz, Norah Jones, Tori Amos, snow, scuba diving (PADI OW certified – going for advanced sometime in the next year), downhill skiing, fishing, camping, gambling, chocolate, thunderstorms, Williams and Sonoma.
My dislikes? Marmite, polka music, jealousy, sucking up, insincerity, being tickled.
People who know me say I have no sense of humor. I know the truth, however – my sense of humor is very ecclectic and sorta fringe. Folks stare at me blankly when I say I didn’t like the movie “Stripes” or “Animal House” or “Throw Mamma from the Train”. The ‘comedy greats’ never really knocked my socks off . . like, Steve Martin, John Candy, Dan Akroid. Give me some Eddie Izzard or Lewis Black stand up comedy any day of the week … or even some classic Monty Python, and I’m happy.