|Me in a nutshell||
I am a mentor and a giver. I simply can’t describe how much I love my job as a business teacher at a private secondary school in Pittsburgh, PA (they actually pay me–albeit a pittance–to do what I desire)! Teaching gives me the autonomy to make tedious topics silly, funny, and, therefore, more relevant and interesting. I will do whatever it takes until I see the “Aha!” light come on in a student’s eyes. That is a great moment! I embrace the times when I guffaw with my classes. More than anything, I love spending time with my wonderful husband, sister, and family members. I have been greatly blessed!
As a young child, I smeared a gross (count ’em, 144!) of candy lipsticks on my baby pout in less than two weeks. That was an indication of things to come. I am infatuated with color and painting, and it has transferred and spread to a nearly insane love of beauty in all of its forms (the neon fins on a fish, the pattern of fur on a dog or cat, and the skin on a peach, for instance), nature, deer and birds eating together in our backyard, flowers and plants, the ocean, a brilliant blue sky dotted with billowing clouds, a starry summer night, the breathtaking splendor of a pristine snowfall, makeup, fashion, color, beauty shows and exhibits, magazines, and so much more . . .
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|I NEVER go without these||
Moisturizer, concealer, eyeliner, and lipstick.
|Biggest splurge or steal in my closet||
Oh, I love steals! I own a beautiful ecru Prada cashmere (retail value $298.00), which continued to be marked down at Saks. I somehow (it still befuddles me!) paid $12.00 for it in the end (I felt like I was shoplifting, not shopping).
|potluck:Five people (dead or alive) I’d invite to a party||
My beloved parents, Pope John Paul II, Heath Ledger, and Richard Gere. What a bizarre mix . . .
|beauty & fashion: I can skip these||
Because of foot problems, all heels are out of my life now (sigh). So when I’m wearing my orthopedic Mary Janes, I simply pretend that I’m sporting the slinkiest shoes imaginable. I’m not a huge fan of bronzers or instant tanners but am finally embracing my natural porcelain skin. Finally, fair is in fashion!
|eat, drink, be merry: Tell us your go to meal||
For the most part, I eat wisely and healthily. But if times get truly tough and I need a delectable meal as well as a pick-me-up, I turn to my husband Ron (a.k.a. “Rinaldo the Chef”). He prepares the world’s finest chicken marsala in a hearty wine sauce with a plethora of mushrooms, cheesy mashed potatoes (his secret recipe), green beans almondine, and luscious homemade artisan bread. Paired with a fine wine, it is a meal unlike any other . . . Should “Rinaldo” be occupied, pan pizza from Pizza Hut or a great toasted submarine sandwich works well, too.