I've been trying for days, since I was hired really, to decide what to write for my first editorial and finally it was decided that I should start by introducing myself. Have you ever just gone completely blank when someone says, "tell me about yourself"? That has been me for the last week.
The funny thing is I always feel like everyone around here already knows who I am, even if I have no idea who they are. It happens all the time at my other job at the hospital registration desk. Everyone knows a relative or a friend of mine. I guess that's something you get with small town life.
So I guess I'll just share a few tidbits about myself.
I'm oldest of Mick and Donna, sister of Kim and Josh and granddaughter of Pat Frederick and George Tonderum.
I graduated from Graettinger in 1998 and moved away to Cedar Falls where I went to the University of Northern Iowa. At UNI I was a General Communications major and in 2004 I finally graduated. Yes, college took me six years and no, I'm not a doctor. (This might be where I mention I can have a tendency to be very sarcastic.)
In the last 12 years I've worked at Wal-Mart, ADP and PACH. I also sell Tastefully Simple.
I lived away from the Emmetsburg area for about 13 years, in Cedar Falls for eight and Des Moines for five. I loved "big city life" while I had a roommate to split the bills. If you had told me five years ago I'd be living in Emmetsburg now I would have called you crazy.
I moved back about a year ago because I was tired of missing every family event or driving back here every weekend. I also grew tired of paying rent when what I really wanted was to buy a house. There was no way I could afford that on my own in Des Moines. And then my cousin had an adorable little boy I wanted to watch grow up. So here I am.
I have two cats Winnie and Twix. They are my fur babies and if you ask me about them I'll go on and on. Ask my brother; he loves it when I talk about them. (See there I go with the sarcasm again! There should be a font for that.)
I did get that house I wanted bought in February so the first half of my year was spent painting, cleaning and de-wallpapering. I also tiled my kitchen backsplash myself. It turned out awesome and I'm pretty proud of that.
I love classic rock music, the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Minnesota Twins.
If there is karaoke in town I'll probably be there. I sing all the time and I'm a microphone hog.
I'm a TV addict. I watch almost everything, but my all-time favorite is Supernatural. Numerous criminal investigation shows, dramas and comedies can be found on my DVR. I'm not a fan of reality shows, with the exception of Biggest Loser, but I have been known to watch Hoarders when I need motivation to clean my house. Right now the Olympics are consuming my time. Go Team USA!
I'm constantly on Facebook and Pinterest.
I'm also very involved with Relay for Life and I'll be giving you updates on Palo Alto County's Committee meetings and upcoming events. It's a cause very dear to my heart since we lost Grandma Shirley to breast cancer several years ago. My family even started a team, cleverly named Team Tonderum, a few years and this will be our third year of fundraising. If you ever want more information on Relay for Life or would like to get more involved feel free to ask me any time.