1. I have dyslexia. I’ve learned to control and overcome it. Spell check is (usually) a lifesaver. Still occasionally have some days of seeing things really weird.
2. I have been a patient at M.D. Anderson for almost my entire life. It’s a wonderful place.
3. I was homeschooled for high school. Self schooled, really.
4. My first job was working at Chick-fil-A. I worked there 2 ½ years.
5. When I first started college, my goal was to be a Chick-fil-A owner/operator. During my first few semesters of college, I knew I wanted to be an academic.
6. My biggest pet peeve as a professor: When students use pink and purple and lime green. Not because it’s “unprofessional” but because it hurts my eyes. Grad school gives you bad eyes.
7. My biggest pet peeve as a driver: When cars tailgate me AND at red lights when cars leave one or two or three full car lengths between them and the car ahead such that traffic backs up more and cars that need to can’t turn, etc, etc.
8. I have (involuntarily) held a deadly spider for about a minute. And of all places, it was on a field trip M.D. Anderson had for the pediatric patients.
9. One of my doctors at M.D. Anderson told me I wasn’t smart enough to go to graduate school and would greatly struggle to just get a four-year degree. I fired her after that.
10. With diet (grilled chicken, turkey, and ham) and exercise, I have lost 40 pounds in the past year. Learning to have different cravings has been easier than I would have thought. “Healthy” food, like other food, is an acquired taste.
11. One of the reasons I love teaching is that I learn so much from my students and by always revisiting the material.
12. I love cooking but just don’t have time and thoroughly dislike the followup cleaning.
13. I do not have a television (and don’t watch shows online).
14. I love kitty cats.