I was born in Holland, Michigan, a fine little Dutch-type city on the shore of Lake Michigan. If you hold your right hand in front of your face so you can see your palm, look on the left edge. About halfway between the base of your pinky and your wrist is where Holland is. Michigan rocks.
No. I moved to Arizona in 2004 with my husband, Matt, and my two kids, Kilian and Kennedy. No, I am not a snowbird. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
Snowbird is the term for retired people who spend their winters at Applebee’s® in Arizona.
Yes, in the summer it’s extremely hot unless you’re in the mountains. The first summer we lived here, we totally tried frying an egg on the sidewalk. Basically, it made a mess. We try to go on vacation during the summer to get out of Phoenix, and I usually do a conference or two if it’s in a nice-weather city in order to escape the heat. In the fall, winter and spring, the weather here suits me just fine.
My father worked in a factory for 47 years before he retired. My mother is a hairdresser and she used to play the organ at church.
Yes, I have two older brothers and a younger sister, and my husband Matt has two older sisters. They are all married. I have a bunch of nieces and nephews as well.
I like to cook, swim, read, and hang out with my husband and kids. I also love watching reality TV shows, even the sappy ones that make me cry.
Unfortunately, I’m not able to answer individual questions. However, if you Google a question with my name in it, chances are you’ll stumble upon the answer because I’ve done lots of interviews. Additionally, some incredibly nice people have set up a Wikipedia page about me. There’s some more info there.