Spunky, adventurous, patient, independent, supportive, caring, sophisticated mama, and honest are the words that my closest friends use to describe me. I am the type of person who likes to be doing things...I am a middle school science teacher and a volunteer EMT since the age of 16. When the weather is nice, I like to hit the trails and hike (btw - I am looking for a hiking partner so that I don't make the news with "Girl lost in woods alone - footage at 11") or lounge at the beach (yes, with lots of sunscreen). I also love simply spending time relaxing and hanging out doing anything or nothing at all. Family is important to me, as well, and I absolutely love my niece and nephew and my parents' Shar-Pei (who is officially my brother). My friends (and their families) are equally important to me, as they are just as much family as my parents and siblings.