Like everyone else, I am defined in who I am by the things that I do. Aside from my husband, our four orange tabby boys, my horse, and (soon) our new Belgian Malinois puppy, I have a great number of other interests and hobbies.
I am a Medic (AEMT-CC) in the Great Frozen Wasteland™ that is upstate New York where I work with two local area rescue squads. I am also a member of the STAR (Special Tactics and Rescue) Team where I am training to become proficient at high and low angle rescue.
Aside from being a medic, I am certified through the ICISF in Individual Crisis Intervention / Peer Support and Group Crisis Intervention, and by FEMA to hold just about any position on the Incident Command staff (which is a scary thought indeed). I'm a Captain in US Civil Air Patrol, the Air Force Auxiliary, and as the health services officer and a SAR Ground Team member in my squadron, and one of two CISM officers in the region. I hope to eventually go into the Behavioral Health field and am currently finishing my degree in Chemical Dependency at the local SUNY campus.
I am an avid runner, having lost 50lbs (yes, five-zero) since I started running in October 2012. I try to do a 5K every other weekend but did runs on seven consecutive weekends in July and August of this year. Mud runs, zombie runs, color runs, I've done them all. My running goal for 2014 is to run my first 10K and then my first Half Marathon.
When I'm not doing any of the above, I am most commonly found at the stable where I board my horse, ride, and help with children's lessons and horse training; or in my neighbor's garage, working on rebuilding the 1989 Jeep YJ, which will eventually be my off-road toy.