I co-own my travel agency, Ruby Cruises, LLC with my partner in life and better half, Greg. Together we have built and managed our successful business, and as a result, we are able to enjoy sharing our many blessings with the local community through our work with senior citizen's groups, church youth groups, and even a local little league!
I am a full time, degree seeking student - a Creative Writing Major, and will graduate (with honors!) in May, 2008. In addition to my agency and school, I am authoring a book about my WLS experience, and it will hopefully be published SOON!
My favorite place on earth is in the Colorado Rockies. We try to go at least twice a year, and Fall is my favorite time to go. I LOVE seeing the Aspens turn. Winter is spectacular, and I cannot WAIT to hit the slopes at Keystone and Vail this season!
I have two beautiful daughters, and one WONDERFUL son-in-law. Christina is my eldest, is single, and will be 26 years old this October. Amanda is my 23 year-old "baby", married Randy in 2005, and they are expecting their first baby, (my first GRANDSON!), Jacob Scott this fall! I can't WAIT to spoil him silly!! Randy is in the Air Force, and unfortunately, a week or so after they discovered they were expecting, he was deployed to Kunsan Air Base in Korea, where he will remain until May, 2008. Fortunately, he will come home just before Jacob's birth, and has a month's leave, and we are all looking forward to an exciting fall.
Greg and I also have two Labs, who are ALSO our "children"! The oldest is Beaureguard Bocephus Bleu (Beau), and he is a 5 year-old Yellow Lab. Benjamin Buford Bleu (Ben) is a 2 year-old Black Lab. Christina (my eldest daughter) is staying with us, and has our GRAND-DOGGIE, Brutus, a 2 year-old Boston Terrier. We also have an Umbrella Cockatoo named Tico (with issues! Don't ask!), and a 15 year old Cockatiel named Tom (who is pretty grouchy, but loves to whistle the "Andy Griffith" tune!). Yes, we have a ZOO!
We purchased our home in January, 2005, and we are SO happy here. Our home sits on an acre of land on a small lake. It's so peaceful and beautiful. We DID have a 7 1/2 foot alligator removed from our lake (from our yard! I have pictures of the whole thing!)! We have Sand Hill cranes, Blue Herrons, White Herrons, Osprey, swans, and an assortment of various species of ducks who call our back yard and beach "home".
I am a native Chicagoan (GO BEARS!!!!!!), and have lived in Florida since 1991 (Jacksonville, Clearwater, and New Port Richey....long story, for another time!)
I am so blessed to have a large, loving extended family, am the youngest of three girls, and have loads of relatives throughout the country. I am also equally blessed to have had my best friend in the entire world, CIndy, in my life since we were 9 YEARS OLD! That's a friendship of nearly 40 YEARS!! She lives near Madison, Wisconsin now, so we don't see each other as much as we'd like, but we chat online daily, and on the phone a couple times a week.
Well, that's my story!