Friends, family, belly dancing, coffee, dark chocolate, and music are my greatest loves. I'm just beginning the journey into road cycling, and love to work out at the gym. I am passionate about learning, teaching, reading, and laughing. I'm a junkie for mint-chocolate chip ice cream, after work coffee breaks, listening to the rain on my balcony, and watching almost anything on Food Network or Discovery...which, of course, has partly led to my enthusiastic adventures in amateur cake decorating. A glass of wine is a perfect way to end the day (along with curling up on the couch, of course). My tweenage niece thinks I'm pretty cool. High praise! Being an auntie is fantastic. I'm a bit on the quiet and shy side until you get to know me and find out I have a goofy side as well.