I was the lead singer of the infamous punk band from the 90′s, Thorazine and I married the guitarist from the band. I know, I know, completely cliche. We released two full length albums and numerous singles. We spent a ton of time on tour and I still have that wanderlust in me but I can’t travel like that anymore.
You can watch a whole live show of the band filmed in the late 90′s in North Carolina while on tour. Also you can see our “professional” video here. Those years were a ton of fun and I wouldn’t trade them for the world. Our first album is available digitally from ITunes.
I also spend time as a dive bartender in Philadelphia at the famous McGlinchey’s Bar. I love working in a dive bar. I love being on my feet, I like talking to the customers, and I make great drinks. It is a little like being on stage. I only work in the bar two nights a week. Before I went back to the bar I worked in legal IT for a huge international law firm and I earned a Bachelor of Science from Temple University in Kinesiology. The bar really suits me, except having kids and working in a bar results in very little sleep at times.
I freelance write part time from home. My last project was writing blog posts and drink recipes based on television shows. I have samples if anyone is interested to see what I have had published online.
My biggest accomplishment are my kids. I have two boys with diverse special needs. My older son Ryan has ADHD, epilepsy, oppositional defiance disorder, receptive/expressive language disorder, sensory issues, and various learning disabilities. We pursued an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis for him at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia but it resulted in him not having Autism but he has many symptoms of Autism. We are in the middle of trying to find out what exactly his issues are beyond what we already know. He is a cool quirky kid and an amazing swimmer. He swims competitively nine months a year. I struggle with the school district for resources and help for him. We are just starting to embark on the stimulant med roller coaster. Hang on. Oh wait, he had horrible adverse reactions to every drug he tried, including allergic symptoms. At this point we have no ADHD drugs to try and we are fighting for more behavioral supports for Ryan in school.
My younger son, Aaron has severe food allergies. He has anaphylactic reactions when he consumes milk, egg, peanut, beef, and pork. Just rubbing his allergens on his skin causes him to welt or can trigger his asthma. I fight the school over accommodating his needs too. The school district of Philadelphia has no “official” food allergy policy. Aaron thrives in traditional school but sometimes becomes bored. We are going to pursue a gifted IEP for him next year. He is a rough and tumble, yet sweet kid. He is also very excited about swimming and has been on a team since he was four years old and could swim five laps.
As you can see I am all over the place. I am a busy, driven, and passionate person who loves a little irreverence in her life. Hope you stick around!