Throughout my posts, I’ll most likely talk about my family and friends (or in Italian, mia famiglia e amici!). They’re so important to me and a huge part of my life.
Here’s a little run-down. Consider it the “Spark Notes” for just a few of those near and dear to me:
Mama & Dad-io
Mama: My mom is an incredible woman. If I can be half the woman she is when I “grow up,” I’ll be quite pleased! She has spent so much of her life dedicated to raising my siblings and I, and I like to think we turned out pretty decent (hehe). She’s a ferocious reader, an avid walker, and gives better advice than Dr. Phil. She under-estimates how good of a cook she is, and she LOVES Wisconsin winters (right, Mom?).
Dad: What to say about my dad…hmm…only that he is THE MOST hardworking person on the planet. No, really. He is my inspiration, and I don’t think I tell him that enough! He not only puts in countless hours at the office to help support our family, but he has always made time to be home for dinner and spend time with us. No matter how busy he is, he makes time to exercise almost every day (he’s the reason I began running!). My mom always marvels at what a healthy guy he is – way to go, Dad!
Layne: Ahh, my partner in crime…I could talk about this girl forever! She is my best friend, and besides the fact that she loves science and is super messy (sorry, Layne), we have a ton in common. She is a middle-school teacher and, though we live a couple of hours away from each other, we make sure to fit in monthly visits. She loves to travel (she studied abroad in Latin America in college!), bike and run, and has a minor sweet tooth 🙂 She is the sweetest person in the world. I always tell her that’s truly what sets her apart: she’s the nice one…hah!
Andrew: My brother is the comedian of the family, that’s for sure. A HUGE sports-lover, he’s a senior in college and would love to be able to work in the industry someday. He loves to be active. I can’t tell you how worn out our basketballs would get from him shooting around outside (in the freezing Wisconsin winters, too. How does he do it?!). He’s always there for me, and I love that about him! He’s also my Conan-watching partner 🙂
Linnea: My cousin Linnea is one of my closest friends. She’s a year younger and is in her first year of college, but even though we continue to be apart (we’ve never lived in the same state), we make time for our regular phono convos and skype dates. Linnea is so much fun to be around – she gets my sarcasm, so that’s always a good thing 🙂 The only thing I will never understand about this girl is how she can eat salt & vinegar pringles and why her goal in life is to get me to eat Dunkin’ Donuts (still stayin’ strong…holla!).
Natalie: My cousin Natalie is also a year younger than me, and she is such a wonderful part of my life! She makes me laugh like no other. She’ll just randomly burst into laughter at the most inopportune moments (I always tell her she could never be a news anchor!). We were fortunate enough to grow up in the same town, so we have many memories together (Wal-Mart and Target trips, Coldstone, ten-mile runs, peanut-butter pretzels and the Recess: School’s Out movie..haha). She’s a smart cookie and shares my passion for running. We even got to compete with each other during a few high school cross country meets. She’s a bundle of sunshine in my life: I think we all need one of those!
Julie: My friend Julie is a year older than me, and we’ve never been lucky enough to attend the same school. However…she and I will be getting pretty close because we are spending the entire semester in Rome together! Julie is hilarious and outgoing, a perfect travel companion and a supportive, wonderful friend. She shares my love for The Bachelor and can put together a mean floral bouquet. She’s got skills, man.