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post #241 of 387
Well, Hi. I don't think I've written here. I'm very forgetful Anyway, my name is Alicia and I am 22 going to be 23 in July. I am the slave to 7 furaliens, Shadow, a 7 year old black burmese girl, Graycie, a 5 year old grey and white dsh boy, Elsa, a 3 year old grey dlh former street cat girl, and her 4 kittens Frosta, Blaze, Fluffy and LC.

I work in a Private Care Home for Senior Citizens and am taking journalism courses via correspodence. I took my entire high schooling on home schooling. I've always wanted to be a writer.

I lead a very boring life.

I live with my parents and other then my cats the love of my life is my honorary nephue, Gabe, he's actually my cousins son but since I am an only child I am his auntie Esha who spoils him rotten. This picture was taken last week on Easter, What a cutie, huh?
post #242 of 387
I love this thread! I'm Cheryl. I'm 32 years old, married for one year. Hubby and I are planning on starting a family soon. We live in South Florida. I've been here for over 20 years. Hubby is a transplant from New York. I love the weather!! I just wish that the school system was better here.

I'm a paralegal. I've been in the same job for 9 years. I really enjoy it and hope to change my schedule to part time once I have a baby.

I love to travel. I've been a few places. England, France, Italy, Holland, New Orleans, Las Vegas, North Carolina Mountains. . . I wish that I was independently wealthy and could just travel all the time! Too bad I'm just your regular working stiff!

We have two cats, Simon and Max. Simon was a stray that had wandered into a friend's yard. She already had three cats and asked me if I wanted to take him. He's my baby and loves me only! Max we got from the humane society. He is a true loverboy. Rub his belly and you will be his best friend.

That's it for me!
post #243 of 387
What a great eclectic group! All over the world, so many different and interesting backgrounds, brought together by our common love of our furbabies. Thanks for bringing this thread back to life. We are relative newbies and had not stumbled upon it earlier.

My husband Jim and I are retired on a beach in Texas with our darlings, Miss Kitty and Samwise. Miss Kitty is a feral who adopted us several years ago when Jim was working in Houston, and Samwise is a Grand Champion Turkish Van who joined our family just last month -- and quite a handful he is. I am a dedicated quilter and I can be found almost all day in my sewing room with my furbabies "helping me."

I met Jim a couple of years after he had graduated from one of our military academies, and in June of this year (2004) we will have been married 45 interesting, exciting and happy years. We have raised three sons, all have gone through grad school -- two lawyers and one wildlife manager -- all have charming wives, and they have given us five grandchildren. They all live here in Texas, close enough for me to see our lovely grandchildren often, but not so close that I am a full-time "granny nanny."

After 20 years in uniform Jim retired from the military in 1977. He was away from home so very much -- he was home only eight weeks of our first two years of marriage. His first son was six months old when he first met his father. We moved around a real bunch. My eldest had attended more schools than he had grades by the time he entered high school, but my sons received an education in life and people which few do. On the other hand, when Jim was able to be home for a while we always had another honeymoon!

I have been a homemaker and housewife all my life, and I had to do a lot of it all by myself. No regrets -- never a dull moment -- I was a "service brat" myself, so I knew what I was getting into. While I was born in California when my father was "passing through" on a tour of duty there I have lived literally all over the country.

Jim attended law school while in the military and was admitted to the bar after graduating at the top of his law class at the George Washington University in the District of Columbia. The family was very proud. When he retired from the military I had this vision of his being home every day, only for him to be invited to join the U. S. Foreign Service, which he did, and off he went around the world again, and I seldom was able to accompany him. He had spent the last portion of his military service seconded over to the NSC and the State Department, so his job remained much the same.

Through all of this we have always had kitties -- as many as three at a time. Of course they were all experienced travelers, but they gave me so much comfort and joy when occasionally I would begin to feel sorry for myself -- all by myself with three squalling babies.

Then one day I met an exhausted husband at the airport as he returned from a long overseas assignment, to be told "I am not going to work tomorrow; where do you want to go from here?" He had burned out. He retired again from government service and we moved down to Texas and Jim began yet another career as a trial lawyer. Three years ago he burned out again, he finally (I think) retired, and we moved into our last (I hope) home -- a beach house on a lovely Texas beach. It is heaven! And Jim and I are together every day and every night.

As I mentioned, I am a quilter. Jim's hobbies have always been vintage automobiles and vintage aircraft. Before we moved to the beach, when he was home long enough he raced his 1948 roadster in a vintage sports car series and flew his WWII-vintage (1941) aircraft with the Confederate Air Force -- in both activities he and other "mature" fellows pretended they were 40 years younger -- but I think it made them younger.

I have taken up too much cyberspace, but this has been a nice nostalgia trip. I could have gone on and on and on, but I will force myself to stop, pet my furbabies and get back to the sewing machine.

You are a great group, and I look forward to learning more about y'all (I have had to learn Texas-talk).

All the best,

Ann, with Jim, Samwise and Miss Kitty, on a Texas beach
post #244 of 387
I'm Susan, 45 years young, but still have the mind of a 35 year old!.
I have been married for 24 years to Ed although i left the marriage 5 years ago for Richie. Richie and i split up a year ago, and although i'm still legally married, i'm free and single for the moment?!.

I work as a receptionist for a large sign company and have been here for the last 28 years!!(I was a child when i started LOL). The job isn't just answering a switchboard or greeting clients, i'm the travel agent, hotel finder, the directors dental appointment maker(not to mention 'his' liar to clients!). But i do love my job as i have a lot of clients who i class as friends.

I never wanted children, but have my furbaby Rosie who recently turned 2, and a new kitten called Sophie who Rosie now loves .

I value my friends as they were the ones who were there for me when i left my marriage and my split from Richie. But most of all, My little girl Rosie!, because if i hadn't had her to come home to i would have been a basketcase otherwise!.

I can get on with anyone and can never be short on conversation?!.

I better go now to give someone else a turn
post #245 of 387
Ok, my turn! My name is Tanya and I live in Jacksonville, FL. I am 24 years old and have 1 cat named Midori. I live with my boyfriend, who I have been with for 5 1/2 years now. He has a 7 year old son, who comes to visit very often. It is his fault we are not married. I want to be, but he is not excited about it Anyway, Dori is my first and only kitty. My boyfriend hates cats and I had to beg for 4 years to get one. Funny thing is, Dori is "Daddy's girl" she loves him so much and he cuddles with her all the time. It is so cute. I would love to have another, but I REALLY spoil Dori and I am worried about the financial responsibility of another cat. I work full time for a custom home builder, my job title is project coordinator, but really I am basically the builder's assistant. I help him with everything but the bookkeeping. I go to school in the evenings for nursing. I am still taking my pre-req classes for the RN program. I love school and I have a 4.0 GPA. Once I am an RN I plan to get my bachelors and would really love to become a physicians assistant. I love my job, I have a wonderful boss and am not looking forward to the day I have to quit to take on nursing. I guess that's about all

Oh, and my screen name is Squirtle (after the cutest little Pokemon character my bf's little boy has) and I am a catsiteaholic.
I check this website like 10 times a day when I am at work. I wonder if anyone else has this problem
post #246 of 387
haha...I check it more than 10 times a day...hehe
post #247 of 387
ok so just found this thread, hasnt been written in for a bit, so i thought i would
my name is carrie, and im 20 yrs old, 21 this year i live with my boyfriend and we have been together for a year and 7 months, we have 2 fish tanks, a waterdragon called peetry(as most of you know ) and my best boy in the world socks who is now 12 weeks old
i do not have any kids, nor do i want any at the moment, im enjoying myself to much
ermmm, oh and i love this site soooo much...thats about it...i think
post #248 of 387
I've had to amend mine because i've got Sophie now!
post #249 of 387
Hi, my name is Traci. I'm 27 and live in Kansas City, MO. I'm single with no human children.

I am an only child, my parents had me and thought we've achieved perfection why try again. Either that or, one's bad enough. I just moved out of my parent's house last year, I come from an extremely tight nit family though and still make it a priority to spend Sundays with them. I honestly think I can count on one hand the number of weeks in my life that I haven't seen a member of my extended family. I hang out with one of my cousins all the time.

I have two cats Gandalf and Samwise that are my kids. About a month before I decided to move out, my cousin's cat had kittens and by the time I moved out I only had to go a week before Gandalf was ready to come with me. Samwise showed up a month later on my cousin's porch and next thing I know I'm getting a call, Traci do you want another kitty. Needless to say, I saw him and fell completely in love. I take them with me every Sunday to visit my parents and both do they get spoiled there. I think my Mom dotes on them as much as me if not more.

I am currently finishing up my undergraduate degree in Accounting at Rockhurst. I should be done in Dec of this year (knock on wood). Then I plan on taking a year or so off then heading back to Grad School.

I work at Sprint in the A/R department reconciling credit card payments. I hate it but hey it pays the bills and reimburses me for school so I can't complain too much.

My hobbies in include: reading, watching movies (I'm a huge movie buff and will watch just about anything.), listening to music (I used to play the piano but there hasn't been much time for it lately with school finally winding down I'm hopeing to start up again.)

Collections: Eeyore, I noticed that there were some other people who collected Eeyore earily in the thread. He's the best. Books and record albums and cat toys.

Well I think that all about me, not very exciting but it keeps me busy at least.
post #250 of 387
Great Idea For a Thread

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, oh wait that's another story! Four score and seven years ago, oh wait, that's a speech and a lie! Actually,it's 48 yrs ago, that I was born in the quaint little village of Brooklyn, NY. I was the second of a twin female birth. I was a surprise, and have been surprising myself and others ever since. I am second generation American, and greatly identify with my Eastern European roots.

I led a unremarkable childhood, unless you count a mentally ill and alcoholic mom, whom I loved very much. She did the best she could and she loved me. Wonderful loving grandparents on my moms side, especially my English Poppy, who took me all around NYC to show me the sites and point out all the architecture, and flora and fauna...yes we do have flora and fauna here. My dad, as I tell him now invented "take your daughter to work day" way back in the 1960s. He would take my sister and I to Wall St with him when he had to work Saturdays. I always made him stop to see the sights, The Federal Building, The Stock Exchange, and my absolute favorite Trinity Church. For some still unknown reason I loved to visit the graves at Trinity Church Yard of Alexander Hamilton, and Robert Fulton. Why a 7 or 8 yr old foud this important I do not understand. Perhaps it was the foundation for my love of history. We also saw John Glenn's first ticker tape parade, I think 1963, from my Dads office window, 14 stories up, what a thrill to throw ticker tape out the window!

Okay fast forward a bit. I went to nursing school, recieved my RN. I truly believe nursing was my calling because of my mom. Over the years I too have stugled with mental illness, first depression, then diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. But I have an excellent Dr and and excellent therapist that are there for me, literally, morning, noon or night. Great meds too!

I now longer work for a "real" hospital. Did that for 20 yrs, had enough. I now work for a non profit org name The Floating Hospital, we have been serving NYC's poor and homeless since 1866. when the NY Times commisioned a ship for their homeless, poor and orphaned paper boys, just after The Civil War for sails and health care services. After Sept 11th, the city made us live up our pier (long story) and we could not find a safe and suitable pier. So for the first time in over 135 yrs we had to move on land and cancel on Summer Sails Program. A program, where we take about 400 kids out for "cruises" every week during the summer...very sad indeed. However, I did not give up, even though we also did not have the money for the cruises. So I wrote a favorite author of mine, A E Hotcher, who happens to be the partner with Paul Newman in the Newman's Own Food charitys and got a $10.000.00 donation on my own. I am so proud of that!!!. Hopefully we we sail next year!

This Sept I am stating back to school to finish my BA in Cultural Studies at Pratt Institute, and will eventually get and MA in Library Science.

I guess you could say I'm pretty busy...oh and I have two cats..Franz and Madeline, but you knew that...LOL!
post #251 of 387
Name: Karen
Age: 29 (really, I am)
Occupation: Accountant
Hobbies: dogs, cats, fish, gardening, crafts, internet buddies, house remodeling.
Marital Status: the luckiest Wife on earth

I am an accountant. I am indifferent about my job, but I make way too much money to leave it and try something more "me", so I spend my off work hours doing the stuff I love. I run an Adoption Center out of a PetSmart in Orland Park, IL. I have adopted out about 50 cats in the last 6 months and have not had 1 single cat returned. I pride myself in my ability to choose good cat/human matches and to choose which cats can handle the PetSmart environment and which cannot. I really enjoy helping these furry creatures, no matter how hard it is when one is ill. We concentrate on Strays and work with animal control. I also help people who are in dyer need to rehome their pets.

I have three stinky boxer dogs, one of which is my once in a lifetime girl, Bonnie. She is truly a unique animal and has the personality of a great comedian mixed with a Bad A$$ broad!! I love her to death. Clyde is her brother. We bought out house for Clyde. We lived in a condo and Clyde became agressive to the point that we couldn't walk him down the street anymore, so we bought him his own backyard!! Chester was dumped by his previous owners; probably because he's not nearly pure-bred. Of course, he is the BEST dog and my husband favorite work-out buddy. We couldn't live without any one of them.

I also have three kitties, Belle, who is nothing short of Royalty. Scott Farkus, who keeps me cracking up on a regular basis and young Pepper who is my Scott entertainer and has the loudest purr motor on earth.
post #252 of 387
I also just found this thread. There's probably not alot that I can say here that most don't already know.

My name is Abby. I'm 27 and have two boys, Garrett age 7 and Ethan who will turn 5 on June 5th. Both of them play baseball and Garrett was actually drafted to the city league this year--proud momma I am!

I have two cats, Sam and Sally. I got Sam from a litter of barn cats at my mom's and Sally was given to me by my landlord this winter after she was abandoned by her previous owner.

My boyfriend is named Jon, he is 34 years old and I have been with him for the past 3 years. He races ATV's with GNCC (Grand National Cross Country)racing league all over the east coast from January to October. He lives exactly 2 blocks down the street from me and I met him when he tripped over his dog and landed basically at my feet.

I am in enrolled at Indiana University and will have a degree in Law in appx one year. My initial plan was Criminal Defense, but now that its all wrapping up I am faced with the thought of whether this is actually what I want to do. Much to the dismay of my parents who have paid the way.

I have one sister who is 34 and married. She has 3 beautiful red headed children, 1 boy and 2 girls, ranging from ages 4 1/2 years to 4 weeks. They get to stay with their favorite Aunt Abby quite a bit. I have my nephew 4 days a week during the school year because he goes to pre-school with Ethan.

My hobbies include reading things other than textbooks, cross stitch, sewing, rug making, gardening and restoring antiques and trunks. Some of the things I sell, some I give away and others I keep. I have 4 trunks right now that are sitting in my basement waiting on their makeovers. I buy them for $30-$50 and once restored, I have sold them anywhere from $200 to $900.

My "job" for the last 2 years is body piercing at my best friends tattoo shop on a call-in basis. I actually had one person scream and pass out from the "pain".. That's when I decided I would only keep doing it long enough to get out of school as I have no patience for that whatsoever.

Hmmm...I guess that's about it
post #253 of 387
Never noticed this thread before. My real name is Ann, Cilla was my soulmate cat, who died a long, long time ago, and he'd better be waiting for me along with Hercules and all the others. I grew up in Manchester, England, married and emigrated to Australia. We had terrible problems having children (opposite blood groups) won't go into all that we spent 11 years in Australia adopted two little Aussies, Vicky and Paul, and fostered other children. Loved every minute of it. Then we came back to England (not my idea, I can tell you) got divorced and a long time after I remarried. I am now a widow. I work as PA to the partner in a legal firm, have four cats who I adore and I like reading, writing, crafts, all animals but particularly cats and dogs (would love a goat). I also like walking and love the countryside, miss South Australia so much.
post #254 of 387
My name is Rhian, I'm 25 and I live in Wales with my fiance and Jeepers. We have been together for nearly 4 years and got engaged on Christmas Eve. We moved in together last September.

I went to University and graduated in Law, then decided to find a job that had nothing to do with my degree. I help to manage the work rota of a chain of pharmacies.

I am addicted to this site and spend a lot of my 'online' time here!
post #255 of 387
Hi! My name is Kate and I am 26, married to an engineer. We have been together four years, married three. No children, although not for lack of trying so we decided to start with furbabies and work our way up. We just adopted a beautiful Russian Blue and named him Charcoal. I call him Char for short. I am almost done with my degree. I am a SAHW due to where we are located right now. When we return stateside I will be doing work with the environment and national parks. We also have a rabbit and are going to get a puppy soon too.
post #256 of 387
post #257 of 387
well since my post isnt in here will give some people some of ME
But wasnt this thread started again???

My name is Fran and im 18. I was born in London, UK! and when i was 6 i moved to Rome, Italy... Then when i was Nearly 10 i moved to Australia Melbourne and when i was 15 i had to move to Frankfurt Germany..
My dad is a diplomat i guess he works at the italian consulate.
I have been with my boyfriend for a year and a half and we are moving in together by January.
I have had many cats in my life but this is my first in germany, His name is Teufel and is only 12 weeks oldand needs to be NEUTERED NOWWWW!!!
He is my little baby and always sleeps with me..
I plan to have children when im 20 But i want to finish my studies before i have one.
I am the only one in my house who has put up christmas decoration... my family has lost the spirit a long time ago...
Thats all for now

post #258 of 387
post #259 of 387
Originally Posted by jeeperscat
My name is Rhian, I'm 25 and I live in Wales with my fiance and Jeepers. We have been together for nearly 4 years and got engaged on Christmas Eve. We moved in together last September.
Did you get engaged this Christmas Eve? If so CONGRATULATIONS
post #260 of 387
My name is Amy and I am a quarter-century old (sounds more interesting than 25). I am owned by Eponine, who is an almost-4 year old dilute tortoiseshell. I am also in the process of adding a new kitten to my home.
Savannah, GA has been my home for the past 19 years (with the exception of 4 years of college at the University of GA in Athens). I majored in criminal justice and minored in Spanish. Currently, I work as a domestic violence/sexual assault victim advocate at Hunter Army Airfield.
My wonderful boyfriend is Bradley and we have been together since August, 2003. He is the other love of my life (besides Eponine).
My hobbies include going to the beach, playing piano and saxophone (not at the same time, sadly), drawing, watching movies, politics (I'm an active member of the Democratic Party), and going out on my boyfriend's boat. We both love to fish.
I'm glad to be a part of TCS
post #261 of 387
Hi! My name is Tara and I am 32 years old. David and I have been living together for 2.5 years in New Jersey. I run a small IHOP near Newark Airport. David and I adopted Puppy about a month ago. I love her and David likes her. In return she likes me and tolerates David. Puppy is our 1st kitten. This site is great and I've enjoyed reading all the bios!
post #262 of 387
Are you ready for the david p. story? I'm David Pizzica (note the original user name!) I'm a 56 y.o. single guy from Pittsburgh. I'm a cat butler to Nikki, a tuxedo kitty, and Daisy, a tortoiseshell kitty. I've worked as a groundskeeper for 33 years at a local golf course. I caddied there for the first nine years.I'm currently recovering from knee replacement surgery and I am a borderline diabetic. I volunteer with Cat Sense, a cat rescue organization in Pittsburgh. (where I adopted Nikki & Daisy). I collect rare and out of print Disney tapes and own a lot of movies on VHS. I hope you are not bored to tears!!
post #263 of 387
My name is Katherine, I'm 22 years old, and a senior Psychology major at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. I'll be applying to masters programs in Mental Health Counseling this summer and hopefully starting that in the spring (so keep your fingers crossed for me). I've been dating the same guy for almost 3 years, Brendan, and he too goes to UCF. My furbaby is my lovely Waffle, who definitely owns me. I'm a group exercise instructor at the UCF gym teaching strengthening classes 3 times a week and I also work at a visitation center.

I LOVE the beach, tanning, swimming at the beach, tanning, playing football on the beach, body surfing at the beach, tanning (yes I know it's horrible for you)...etc etc...I just love the beach. And I'm currently incredibly anxious to get BACK to the beach (I'm from Ormond Beach, FL) since my Spring Break has just started. Another passion of mine has always been dance. That's enough about boring old me!
post #264 of 387
have enjoyed reading about everyone so now its my turn. My name is Debbie and I am going to be 40 (gasp) in May this year but I dont mind because all my birthdays from the age of 24 (diagnosed with breast cancer and chemo and such) have been a blessing. Iam married to Allan the love of my life for 18 years and we have been together for 21years, we have three teenage children 2 boys and a girl. I quit my job at the begining of the school year as I have gone back to school TAFE doing Medical Receptionist as I would like to be a clinical coder. We have moved around a bit due to Allans work as a miner and have only been in Orange for the last 8 months. It's a lovley part of Australia. We have 4 cats Misty 2 years Smoky 7months and Sacha and Monty 3 year old rescued ragdolls that have lived with us for 10days.
post #265 of 387
New here. (I love that emoticon)

I'm not telling my real name (sorry, don't feel comfortable with that online), but I'm 33 and live in Detroit. In the fall I'll be moving to the Berkeley, CA area to begin (finally!) my M.A. in Systematic & Philosophical Theology at the Graduate Theological Union.

Anyway, my current housemate collects stray cats. (OK, she only has 3 - because I'm allergic - or else I think she'd have kept the last 2 that came her way!) She brought a tabby with her from Pennsylvania. He's 10 years old now and his name is Flannel.

Five years ago I was mugged at gunpoint coming home late one night (yep, outside my apartment building! - have since moved) so my roommate and I started this thing where if one of us was coming home late, we'd call the other and meet down in front of our building to find parking and walk in together. One night in November 2000, I was waiting downstairs for her, and this little kitty came to the building door and jumped up to peek in the window. I opened the door and let her in, and crouched down to say "hi," and she jumped right in my lap and started purring! (She's never sat in my lap since and RARELY ever purrs!) Long story short, I kept her.

Now, I have 2 friends whose cats look alike and their names are themed. So, since my new cat looked like Flannel, I named her Taffeta.

She's a very smart, very bad cat. Actually, I usually call her my "Detroit street cat," because I think people can understand her attitude from that description. She's a toughie! But she can be affectionate. Mostly she likes to curl up by my legs when I'm on the sofa. But she hates other cats, especially the 4th one added to the household. She'll be so glad, I think, when she & I move to California and it's just the 2 of us... although she'll miss my housemate and probably Flannel, too.

Sadly, I'm allergic to cats. I take Allegra and Singulair (hope it's OK to post those brand names here), and use an albuterol inhaler and also Benadryl (and eczema cream...) whenever I need those, but still I have to keep the cats out of my bedroom. My kitty always wants to come in there SO badly, but I can't let her. The things we will suffer for those cats! I'm hoping when it's just the 2 of us, my allergies will subside a little and I can let her curl up with me at night.

Anyway, that was all more about my cat than me, I think...
post #266 of 387
Hi, My name is Diane..I am 22 and I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 7 months...we will have been together for 5 years on our wedding anniversary, August 7. We dont have any children yet, but I desparately want to start a family, and he does too, so probably in the next few months.
I have 6 cats...Samantha, shes 16, Smudge, who was a stray that adopted my sister, and I in turn adopted her, shes 1½, and Little Miss, who I adopted from being abused, shes 2 and just had 3 kittens. I havent named them yet...I havent seen enough personality...and I cant tell whether they are male or female yet!
I have 3 fish, and I have a siberian husky named Bjourne. Hes my baby, and I love him so much..I am glad I found him. Hes a rescue as well. I love October when the leaves turn gold, I love to burn candles, I sing when I drive. I want to go to Louisiana one day and see all of the mansions and old plantations. I am so fascinated by oak alley!
I am strong willed, I speak my mind...I develop my own style, independent to the point of isolation sometimes...and dramatic. I am an Aquarian...I am the unstoppable force when I get my mind set on something. I am very passionate about everything that I do...and because of that, I am cursed with caring too much. I dont let people abuse my generosity though.
I love to read and write, and maybe someday, I'll get published.
Its very nice to meet ya'll!
post #267 of 387
Hi everyone I'm Torri. I'm a hair stylist here in N.J. where I live with my b/f. I grew up here in N.J. moved to Hawaii at 19, moved to Charleston S.C. when I was 22, Then my mom got sick so I moved back home (she is well now,thank God).I am 27,I have 4 cats all adopted.Kaya who I got in Hawaii is now 8 an abysinian mix.Shadow is now 2 1/2. Picasso (he has a white tip on the end of his tail, so we call it his paint brush tail hence the name) is now 1 1/2. and Tigger who I just got at the shelter last year after Monkey died is around 6, although I think he may be older.In my spare time I love to read ( Im obsessed with Harry Potter books for some reason) garden,decorate, cook,work on my house hang out with my furbabies and oh yeah sleep!
post #268 of 387
Just found this so here goes.

My name is Dawn and I live in a suburb of Taipei, Taiwan. I'm 33.

I was born in small town Ohio and went to Ohio State where I graduated with a BA in honors in English and Women's Studies. That got me a job in a hair salon that I hated, so I decided to travel.

Went to Taiwan in '96 to teach English and met my now hubby, an Aussie. 6 months later moved to Australia for what we said would be 2 years. Turned out to be 6 and I really enjoyed it. I love Melbourne! If I hadn't stayed so long, I wouldn't know his family as well as I do.

In Australia I missed the US and missed travelling, but I had a job that paid well and could finance trips home. I worked in IT (like I see a lot of you have) as a business analyst and project manager. I hated most of the job, although I have to admit, I must have been good at it as I was almost the "last man standing" after all the job cuts in 2000-2002.

Finally, we decided that what we were doing didn't work for us, so planned a dual approach: get married and move to Asia. We were married in June of 2002 and moved to Taipei in August 2002. We've been here since. I have studied Chinese for a year or so. We both teach English as a second language to kids. He loves it and wants to be a teacher for life. I want to go back to school to follow my initial dream of being a lawyer. We'll see what happens!

We have no human children and aren't sure if we ever will. Our new fur baby is Mitts and he seems to give me a sense of happiness that I didn't know I was missing.

I have to say that I really enjoy this site as it is soooo different from the other forums I belong to, and all in a good way!
post #269 of 387
This is a great idea! I'm glad to get know everybody a little better.

I'm Eileen and I live in the Cincinnati area, where I was born and raised. As for my marital status I'm a member of a women's religious community -
that's right, a nun, although I don't wear a habit or live in a convent. No human kids, obviously, but my cats certainly count. Katie, 12, was my first cat and I got her while I was stationed in Belgium in the Army. While we're on that subject, I spent 4 years in the reserves while in college and five years on active duty after graduation. I got my buddy, Willy, (RIP 3/99) after I returned to the States. Gracie came along a few months after he died. Then there is the new addition, Pete, whom I had no intention of adopting, but he stole my heart!

I'm the oldest of three children. Both my brothers are married and live locally so I'm very close to my family. I have two beautiful nieces, ages 10 and almost five, and two totally adorable little nephews, ages 13 months and
10 weeks.

I work fulltime as a writer for a Catholic newspaper and also do communications for my religious order, which mostly involves writing and editing our newsletter. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with the kitties (of course), including volunteering with a local rescue group, reading (especially mysteries), hiking, baseball (watching, not playing) and playing with my nieces and nephews.

That's all I can think of. Take care!
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Hmmm, I cannot believe that I've been here as long as I have and have never posted here!!! So, for those of you who wish you didn't know me, and for our newer members who don't know me, here's a wee bit about me.

My name is Cindy,I'm 36 years old, I live in a small town in NW Alabama, just about 45 minutes out of Birmingham. I am married to Charlie (catfolks here on TCS), and on the 15th of this month, we will celebrate our 15th anniversary. My parents and I run a shoe store here in town, and my hub just opened up a bakery around the middle of April, 2005. We do not have any children, just fur-kids, and plenty of them to go around! I love to sew, needlework, quilt and all kinds of crafts.....but cannot knit or crochet.

I love all kinds of music, but my favorites are Southern Gospel and Country. I play the piano at my home church, and have for the past 27 years (yes I started before I was 10 years old!). I love to have the chance to be nice to people, but I hate folks who lie to me, that is probably my biggest cause of distrust and dislike! I try to be fair and openminded, and I love to listen when someone needs a shoulder to cryon. Even if I cannot give advice, I know how important it is to have someone, somewhere to listen to your fears, your heartache and even your happy times!

Sheesh, I was looking back, and I really AM a boring person, aren't I!!
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