When I was little, people asked if I knew how to talk. Around the people I loved, I wouldn't shut up...but out and about, I was a shy kid. In that shyness, though, I learned to be observant -- a skill that's stuck with me even as I've thrown raucous holiday parties, worked in media relations, and jumped into improv classes.

Observing, listening, living with curiosity: good ingredients for a good story. I would love to tell one with you.

Fleetwood Mac, how to make kale taste good, and why singing to your dogs is proven to increase quality of life.

Learning to dance like Beyonce and meditate like a monk. Plus, most things technical (how do you code? how does my iPhone work?!) and math-related.

This Tennessee Williams genius: "William Saroyan wrote a great play on this theme, that purity of heart is the one success worth having. “In the time of your life—live!” That time is short and it doesn’t return again."

Gotta give a shoutout to my Mama.

I have freakishly good hearing.

Professional bargain hunter.

The Cotton-Eyed Joe.

The Cotton-Eyed Joe.

Any gif of "Absolutely Fabulous" or NeNe Leakes from Real Housewives of Atlanta.