I’m the oldest of three girls, but I grew up playing with the boys. I rode my BMX bike, built tree forts and tortured my sisters with garter snakes. Don’t worry, they’re fine now. When I was a kid, my mom made me try almost every after school activity possible. Turns out I’m too afraid of softball, too uncoordinated for gymnastics and too impatient for crochet (she seriously tried everything). Then one day, I found horses, and my mom’s search was over. I’m a driving snob. I think everyone should learn to drive a standard and be required to back up a truck and trailer to pass their driving test. Now that I’m a mom, I drive a station wagon. An Audi A4 six-speed turbo station wagon. Hang on kid, mumma needs groceries. I’m a stickler for table manners, I overuse the word awesome, I have a strong stance on Oxford commas and I love Cheez-Its.
When and where were you happiest?
I’m happiest on the back of a horse. Riding has always been my exercise, my escape and my time to think. I compete in the sport of eventing, which is like a triathlon that requires trust, bravery and true partnership. There’s nothing quite like finishing the cross-country course covered in mud and sweat, with both of us grinning from ear to ear.
List three of the things that you would grab if your home was on fire.
OK, let’s assume the kid, pets and the hubby are safe, and that they’ve already grabbed the lock box filled with critical documents (thanks, hubby!). I would grab Teagan’s baby book, my Kindle and my riding boots. It took me forever to break those suckers in and I am not going through that again.
What would you do if you knew you couldn't fail?
Negotiate world peace. Or take over as co-host of the Today show. Or hit on Daniel Craig (sorry, hubby!).
If you were to die and choose anything to come back as, what would it be?
My cat. I believe all pets should be adopted, and I try to make up for their unfortunate pasts by making their lives as cushy as possible. Even if it means giving up jurisdiction over my side of the bed.
Who are your heroes in real life?
I look up to my mom, my grandmother and pretty much anyone who stands up to mean or judgmental people.