Facts about your family:
I have two fabulous parents by birth, a sister, nephew, niece by choice, a half-brother, two Yankee Godparents, an Australian hermana, a pack of amazing friends, a Labrador and an adopted brother in the form of a Bouvier des Flanders (that’s ‘massive cow herding dog.’) Family is what we make it – human, canine, American, Australian, Texan, North Carolinian, by blood and by choice. I wouldn’t trade my family for anything.
Why did you choose to attend The University of Texas at Austin?
I’ve been in Austin for almost three years. There’s something about this place – it doesn’t easily let you go. UT felt right.
What do you want to do when you graduate from the university?
After my MSW, I want to get licensure and be an LCSW functioning as a therapist.
If you had to choose one thing about yourself to share with the university’s Web audience, what would it be?
I’m an obsessive-compulsive, conservative, home-schooled, North Carolina implant, loving and living in Austin. I may not be normal, but I’m certainly unique.
Who are your heroes?
My parents, of course. My friend Mick, who has survived more than anyone should and still keeps fighting. Kim Jackson, who not only keeps me sane, but also showed me what it was I wanted to be.
If you could travel to one spot anywhere in the world, where would you want to visit?
Since I’ve already had the amazing opportunity to visit Australia, I’d have to say Scotland. My ancestry is mostly Scottish (with a dash of Cherokee, Dutch and German thrown in for good measure), and I’d love the chance to see where my ancestors walked.
What are your current favorite books? What books would you recommend to someone you just met?
“Water for Elephants” by Sarah Gruen
“The Vanished Man” by Jeffery Deaver
“The Family Nobody Wanted” by Helen Doss
“On Writing” by Stephen King
What pushes your buttons? What are your pet peeves?
Poor grammar and spelling, generalizations and stereotypes, lack of basic manners and knuckle popping. I can’t stand the sound of knuckle popping.
What are your favorite Web sites? Why?
www.facebook.com for communication
www.wordsplay.net (Web-based Boggle) for mindless entertainment
www.freemacware.com for downloads
www.librivox.org and www.gutenberg.org for free audiobooks and e-books
http://understanding_ocd.tripod.com for comprehensive OCD information
www.sluggy.com for sheer entertainment (but start at the beginning… trust me!)
What are your favorite foods?
Village Inn pizza from North Carolina, N.C.-style pulled pork bbq (sorry, I’m just not into brisket), homemade soups – French onion, vegetable beef, chicken tortilla – mom’s spaghetti, prime rib and a traditional thanksgiving dinner.
What music are you listening to?
Jim Malcolm, KT Tunstall, Honeyhoney, Simon & Garfunkle, Fleetwood Mac, Cold Chisel, Norah Jones, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Vienna Teng.
What are your all-time favorite movies? Why?
“As Good As It Gets” and “The Aviator” for real portrayals of life with OCD
“Secretary” for pure salivation value (James Spader when he was hot)
“The Princess Bride,” “Blast from the Past” and “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” because they never stop being funny
Who are your favorite artists?
Alfred Gockel, Ansel Adams, John William Waterhouse and Timothy Sorsdahl.
What are your favorite academic subjects? What are you interested in studying in the future?
In general, psychology, literature and writing. Based on my first semester lineup, Slavic Culture is pretty cool. Evolutionary, abnormal and child psychology, Greek mythology, biopsych and classic literature.
What’s your favorite spot on campus?
Outside CAL in the six pack.
Where are your favorite places to go in Austin? What are your favorite things to do in Austin?
I like campus in the fall when it’s not 105 degrees – there’s so much to see and take in. I love the Celtic Music Festival downtown in November. Rec City kickball is a blast. The Barnes & Noble in the Arboretum by my apartment.
What are your favorite free-time activities?
Writing music, playing piano and singing whenever I get the chance. Spending time with my nephew and niece – becoming an expert on proper Duplo Block tower building and learning how to do EVERYTHING one handed, while carrying a baby and wrangling a toddler. Snuggling with my Labrador, Cooper. Watching football and basketball with my family. I’m also an avid photographer.
Other interesting facts about you:
I’m addicted to Mt. Dew, I collect elephants and I’m a big fan of Eeyore. I’m also incapable of quickly distinguishing my left from my right and keep a rubber duck on the passenger side of my car so that friends can give me directions in duck and non-duck.