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And so we begin...
What is your favorite part of being a military spouse?
Getting to live different places, meeting new people, being a part of the military community, being a social chameleon, being able to do just about anything at home ( I can fix a toilet and bake a birthday cake at the same time)!
What is the least favorite?
Moving, packing, saying good-byes to friends and having to re-invent yourself all over again. I also despise the long separations (short ones are welcome).
What do you find different about the Jewish community in Tulsa compared with other places you've lived?
I grew up in a suburb of Boston where the public schools gave Jewish holidays off. I live North of Tulsa where a Jew sighting is about as common as that of a Jackelope. Tulsa is such a spread out community and the synagogue isn't a neighborhood one. I find it harder to connect and want to immerse myself in it.
How do you feel about the Arena issue in Tulsa?
I think it will do as well as the money tree I planted on my front lawn a year ago. I have only lived here a year and a half, but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that it is a lose- lose situation.
Who is your favorite author?
Robin Cook, James Patterson, Patricia Cornwell, Michael Palmer. I love forensic murder stuff. However, I read anything someone hands me between those types of reads.
What's the meaning of success?
Knowing that my children grow up to be productive citizens of the United States.
Who's your favorite musician?
I love REM & Green Day (but not their politics), Shakira, classic rock (Stones), Bob Marley, Fleetwood Mac & U2. Sorry, picking one is way too hard. Anything but Country music!
What's the most important decision you ever made?
I was supposed to go back to teaching in the Fall and had my son in July (9 years ago). I decided to be a stay at home mom at that time and the rest is history.
If you could be a cartoon character - who would you be?
Smurfette - the only woman surrounded by those manly smurfs!
What would you love to do for a career?
I was a teacher and Athletic Trainer (I even have my masters degree). I can't go back to Athletic Training due to a latex allergy I have developed. I enjoy working from home with my website www.wesurfforyou.com. Now I just need to make some money to pay some bills. As for teaching, maybe someday I'll go back to the classroom.
William Shakespeare or Jackie Collins?
Somehwere in between. I have never read a Jackie Collins or Danielle Steele book - too fluffy. I read some Shakespeare earlier in life and now I just want authors that entertain me without thinking too much.
B'nai Emunah or Temple Israel?
So far B'nai Emunah. I am pretty much a "stealth observer" there. I go, do my business and leave. I haven't immersed myself yet or felt the urge to do so. I know-bad Jew!
If you were a tree, what kind of lumberjack would you like to meet?
A tall studly one that looks like my hubby and would be my sugar daddy!
What's the greatest mystery?
How my brother and I were raised by the same parents and could be so opposite. He still lives at home (36) and I haven't lived home since I was 18.
If you could live in a sitcom, which one would it be?
I am a huge Seinfeld fan and would just laugh and laugh if I were living in it. They are all so superficial that it would drive me nuts, but at least I'd laugh. I guess I'd be better suited for Everyone Loves Raymond with a touch of Roseanne sarcasm.
Of all the places you've lived, which is your favorite?
A military spouse saying is to "never say the last post you lived at is better than the current place you live". I take that to heart and have to say I have never liked one place better than the next. I do know I hate the cold and made a ton of lifelong friends in El Paso.
What is your favorite song to dance to?
Shakira or Reggae music (but only with my kids in private)
The Partridge Family? Or the Brady Bunch?
Marsha Marsha Marsha. It's always about Marsha!
Thanks, Greta, for another great interview! We really appreciate your participating.
Next weekend, we have Jack Yoest and Charmaine Yoest. That ought to be fun!