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I love to sing. I've always wanted to be a singer but never thought I had any talent. I now know I can sing - maybe not a great singer, but I can hold my own on a tune pretty well. I have taken up karaoke as a hobby and have recently been trying to learn new songs - songs that were recorded AFTER 1980. Most of my repertoire had been songs from the 60s and 70s.
I've been alive over 50 years so far. Life's been very good to me. What more can I ask?
I grew up in a small town in Michigan and never saw railroad crossing gates until I was 14 years old. Our house was next to a big field where we would hunt berries in the summer and pull each other on sleds in the winter. I went to a small-town high school and graduated barely into the top 1/3 of my class although I had the smarts to have been class valedictorian. Silly me, I thought school was my social playground!
After high school I worked various and sundry jobs, never a career until I got my first computer. I fell in love and found my career path. I worked my way through the ranks starting as a data entry clerk until eventually I ran the I.T. Department of a fairly large trade association in Chicago (80 employees, 35,000 members) and had the best staff anyone could want. I returned to school and got my associate's degree in computer science (accidentally - an advisor told me I qualified for four certificates - Java, C++, Visual Basic and Database Management - and if I took a speech class I'd have all I needed for an associate's degree. So I took speech and graduated with a 3.92 gpa in June 2004)
Meanwhile, the company I worked for got a new CEO who brought in his own people, then hired a consultant to tell him that there were too many duplicate positions so recommended that either I or the other I.T. manager should be let go. Well, since the other I.T. manager was the guy he brought in, I was let go.
I have since returned to school to get my bachelor's degree in Business Administration. I finished in December, 2006, graduating with honors, and immediately found a position in a Chicago philanthropic organization as their Director of Technology. After three years, the company turned out to not be all I thought it was and I left to work with a colleague as a consultant. And a dream job it turned out to be. I am able to work at home most of the time.
My most recent passion is World of Warcraft. So much so that my former husband gave me a map of Azeroth - the "world" of World of Warcraft - for our anniversary a couple years ago. The World As I Know It.
I am now married to my high school sweetheart. We hooked up after not seeing each other for 35 years, after he sent me a friend request on Facebook
If I'm not working or sleeping, I'm either doing karaoke or playing World of Warcraft.