One year, in order to reform my workaholism, I quit working (cold turkey) for 5 months by choice. It was amazing, I travelled and relaxed for the first time in years. I am now more balanced about taking time to chill.
I can hang lights, change electrical sockets, assemble nearly anything, and have never met a gadget I didn’t like. Yes, I have my own toolbox. And I've only mildly shocked myself twice. Once I flew off a ladder from the force of it and my first reaction was "Cool, I landed on my feet so gracefully" before thinking "Oh wait, that could have ended badly."
I grew up in Manhattan and went to public schools in NYC.
I spent a month volunteering in Costa Rica with disabled adults. I didn’t speak a word of Spanish, but I do now., about 7 of them. I also spent a week in July 2009 volunteering in Kenya, working on a school building which involved getting really filthy from head to toe! In 2011, I went to Brasil to volunteer and relax. July 2013 was Morocco working with severely disabled, abandoned kids -- humbling and heartbreaking. 2014: India for 3 weeks. Basically, I'll do anything for a good cause. Locally, I've been in Staten Island, the Rockaways and other Sandy-impacted communities to help families with property damage as well as lots of other causes in NYC. Ask me about it.
My niece and nephew are my two favorite people in the world. They know it and play me, and I love it. Kids are amazingly clever, sweet and funny.
I backpacked through Spain for 2 weeks in my mid-30s. I stayed in youth hostels and slept on trains and met interesting people from all over the world. I also love a luxury vacation but keeping it real is essential to me.
My closest friends describe me as smart, independent, a patient listener, compassionate, fiercely loyal, habitually tardy, and very mischievous.