I am a female who has been married to the love of my life for, well, a very long time now! Jeff and I have four children, two girls, two boys, ages 19, 18, almost 17 and 14. I was born in Bloomfield, New Mexico. I was 7 of 9 children and born into a prominent mormon home where I was raised in a strict, conservative fashion. We had no television because mom thought it was evil. We had limited radio because, well, mom thought that was mostly evil too. We did listen to a lot of MoTab, Afterglow, classical music and the Carpenters though! My activities growing up largely included scripture reading, lots of prayer, little interaction with those who did not share the same belief system, and school and church attendance. It wasn’t all bad. I cultivated a fairly active imagination, and my little sisters and I spent an enormous amount of time playing with paperdolls, or making things out of mud. This being the desert and all. I also compensated for having nothing to do outside of a certain set of prescribed activities by dumping all of my energy and focus into the said prescribed activites like school and church. I was a very good student. Reading was an accepted activity and I read an enormous number of books. I loved reading because it was an escape, the only place I knew where the boundaries were endless. I am adding my book list to this blog for those books I have read as an adult.
I also took piano lessons. All of my older brothers and sisters did, and some were/are still quite accomplished pianists. A few knew how to play the guitar as well, so there was quite a bit of music in the home. This fostered an enormous love of music within me. I began playing for church when I was 13, took voice lessons, started teaching piano when I was 17, began composing new age music when I was 24, and have produced a cd with my compositions, as well as a cd that was produced with my women’s barbershop quartet. I have all sorts of music in my home now. Classical with Mozart being my all-time favorite, rock, techno, jazz, I even manage to get some country/bluegrass with Alison Kraus and the Union Station. Oh, and lately I have a particular love for John Mayer. It may pass after a few years.
Dumping my energies into religion also started a “fury of which hell hath no” (Capn Jack, At World’s End). But that is a post for another day.
I am fiercely independent, quite feminist, have strong intellectual leanings, am generally known as being quick and aggressive, and I love to cook. This blog contains my running artistic expression of the love of food. You can buy my recipe book right here:
I love movies of all sorts, especially romantic comedies. I love the outdoors and you will find me spending most of my summers up the canyon or on a lake somewhere. Our family does quite a bit of travelling and we enjoy seeing new places and new things. You will find a lot of my landscape photography on this blog.
I put 110% into just about everything I do. It’s exhausting and rewarding at the same time because I always get this supreme sense of accomplishment at the end of the day.
My favorite topics of study and discussion are theology, books, business, music, and art. Oh, and sports cars. I worked at eBay Motors for many years and I’m afraid I will always have a little bit of engine oil running through my veins.
My current book list is here: http://froggey.wordpress.com/froggies-book-list-as-of-010212/
I currently reside in Cedar Hills, Utah where I am surrounded by lovely mountains, friendly neighbors, and about a foot of snow!