So you want
to a little more about me, eh?
I was born
and raised in Michigan's Upper Peninsula,
the oldest of my generation (on both sides of my family). I have two brothers, Lou and Paul (a.k.a. Peeje).
Dad taught engineering at Lake Superior
State University and Mom was a "domestic engineer" in other words, she worked hard taking care of all
of us as well as being a La Leche
League leader for many years, teaching in the religious education
program at our church, and serving as a volunteer on the boards of many
Area High School in 1990 and went away to college at Siena
Heights College (I hear now it's a university). I studied art (because
I love it) and mathematics (because I'm relatively good at it, and there
were more teaching jobs in math than in art). I started out intending
to be a teacher but decided that wasn't for me. By the time I decided
not to teach, I was far enough along in the math program that I decided
to finish it anyway. I graduated with two degrees in 1995.
back home after graduating from college, and soon found work as a photographer
at the local newspaper. I worked there for two years, and then returned
to school, this time for my Master's degree in art history, at the University
of Notre Dame. After much work and effort, I finished my thesis during
the summer of 2000 and graduated in early August. I'm still at Notre Dame, however, because in early July 2000 I started a
job in the Library's Department of
Rare Books & Special Collections.
time I was living and working at home, I reunited with a former boyfriend:
Christian Hess. We'd known each other since high school and dated for a while a few
years after graduation. It hadn't lasted at the time, largely because of the
distance between da Soo (where he still lived) and Adrian, MI (where I was at college) a 5 hour plus drive.
We started dating again in the fall of '96, got engaged in the fall of
'97, and were married in August
1998. We've settled in Niles, Michigan, where we live with our two crazy
cats, Chessie and Ivy. In August of 2002 we welcomed our first child, Mairi.
What else can I tell you about myself?
I love to
travel: I've made two trip to Paris a week in the spring of 1990
and a month in the summer of 1995 and loved it both times. Some
of my favorite places I've visited in the states include: San Francisco,
CA; Colorado Springs, CO;
various parts of coastal Maine; and Charleston,
SC. I camped on Prince Edward Island in the summer of 1995, and visited
Toronto for the first time in the winter of 1999-2000.
I can think of for now. I hope you enjoy the rest of the site!