Business owner & organizer of the Hermiston Rock Hunt group
When and why did you move to Hermiston?
I actually moved here in 2011. I was living in Portland with my sister. Her husband was going to school in California, she introduced me to a guy he went to school with. He ended up being my husband and I followed him to Hermiston.
What is your favorite place to eat in Hermiston?
I would have to say Ixtapa or Panda Express.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I don’t get to travel much. My small business is pretty much what I like to do in my free time when I have it. I’m really artistic so I turned that into my business. I like to do photography. I have one Etsy store where I design baby onesies, another geared toward adults where I do designs on make-up bags and totes, and I have another shop in the making involving cement crafts.
What surprises you about Hermiston?
I would say how many people are actually in this town for being in this area. I’ve seen some pretty good growth. Walmart seems a little more crowded than it usually is.
What was the last book you read?
“Outside the Lines” by Amy Hatvany
What website or app do you use most other than Facebook?
Etsy and Pinterest. Since I started my cement crafting, I was on Pinterest and got the idea to redo our countertops, which we’re in the middle of right now. My husband hates Pinterest because of that.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
Anywhere? I really want to go to the Bahamas. The water looks amazing, I’ve always wanted to take a cruise to there. I’m not big into flying.
What is the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you?
It might not have been funny at the time, but I still remember it to this day: we had this big staircase in the middle of my high school. It was a popular hangout between classes. I was walking through it to get to my next class, and when I got to the top I tripped. My books and binders went everywhere. A bunch of kids saw it happen and were laughing at me. Everyone knew me after that, but they were kind about it. That was probably the most I’ve ever been the center of attention.
What is one of your goals for the next 12 months?
I have a sales goal for my businesses. My goal for the next year is to try and grow and double.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
Definitely my kids. I have a 4-year-old and a 1-year-old.