Teesie

Server at Pizza Hut and director of the Hermiston Warming Station

When and why did you move to Hermiston?

I was born and raised here. I moved away for 18 years and came back with my family in 2015.

What is your favorite place to eat in Hermiston?

Honestly, my tia Theresa Rodriguez’s kitchen. My tio and tia make some pretty good food for the soul. It’s more than just food, it’s love, laughs, joy, tears, advice and hugs. You can’t get that in a restaurant. She’s more like a mom than an aunty. I also have a couple of favorite family kitchens in Stanfield!

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I’m always so busy with different things and family that if I get spare time I’m usually taking a nap. Lol. Refresh the mind for the next big adventure!!

What surprises you about Hermiston?

The growth. When I left there it was under 10,000 people.

What was the last book you read/are currently reading?

”Deja Dead” by Kathy Reichs.

What app or website do you use most other than Facebook or Google?

Play Music. I listen to a wide variety of music from Amadeus to Zeppelin.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

The southern parts of the Appalachian Mountains.

What is the funniest thing that’s happened to you?

Probably when I had a cortisone shot in my spine. The nurse forgot to tell me there would be lidocaine added when we went over the paperwork. I had someone else driving me about half an hour home. By the time we got home, I didn’t realize my legs were numb. I went to get out of the car and almost fell flat on my face. The way I had to walk had my family rolling with laughter. I’m so happy that no one had a camera.

What is one of your goals for the next 12 months?

Finish upgrading my home. It was built in 1940 so there’s a lot to do.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

My family. I have amazing kids, some with special needs, and some without. But, without the support of my husband Justin, I wouldn’t have the courage to do many of the things I do, like the Warming Station.

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