From Wyalusing to Sun Valley and Back
After what seems like forever (12 years in Sun Valley, Idaho) I have finally made it back to where I started. I have had the opportunity to experience many things, but after having my two little girls, I knew I wanted to be closer to home and have the girls know family. I grew up in Homets Ferry with my parents, Vern and Cindy Cole, where we were a short walk to my grandparents, Dick and Betty Neiley. We were surrounded by family and that was important to me for the girls to have that.
When I finally persuaded my husband this past February to make the move, I don’t think he had figured in what we needed to move cross country—the large moving truck and the four and a-half day journey with his mother-in-law, toddler daughters, our English Mastiff and beagle pup. Thankfully, after that adventure, we are still married.
I have already built some history with the Rocket-Courier during my senior year at WVHS, as the writer of The Green & Gold column. After graduating in 1995, I headed to Bradford, PA where I had enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh and studied Creative Writing and English.
In May of 1999, I came across a magazine that came to Pitt with summer jobs listed and that led me to branch out—to Sun Valley, Idaho. This was to be a brief stay in the ski resort town, but after the summer season I decided to stay for a winter season and then another summer season, and so it continued on that way. There was a lot of novelty living in that town and being able to have a cup of coffee next to Bruce Willis or Jamie Lee Curtis. Hemingway lived and died there...that seemed like a sign to me - the part of him living there...not dying there.
I dabbled in a bit of everything while in Idaho from working retail to being the manager of a restaurant/nightclub. I spent five years as an operations and logistics specialist for the U.S Headquarters of MBT shoes. I handled moving our shoes from the four factories in Europe to our distribution center in Boise, Idaho, which worked out to an average of $50 million in shoes a year. MBT relocated their headquarters in the spring of 2010 and I remained in Idaho.
I was able to do some writing for a cancer website as well as for a social worker who helped patients with HIV/AIDS over the past few years. That took writing in a different direction for me, as I had not thought of working as a technical writer. It kept my passion for writing going and my hopes that I would be able to find something more permanent in this field.
My husband of eight years, Nathan, is from Corvalis, Oregon, and has only spent time on the east coast when we have traveled back to visit family. He had been running his own contracting company for the past five years in Idaho. Our oldest daughter, Katherine is four-and-a-half and our youngest, Sophie, will be two on the 4th of July. They started my passion for photography and allow me to be their personal paparazzi. They keep us busy and are enjoying time with family and going to Parsons’ Day Care to make new little friends. Of course, it wouldn’t be complete without our “bigboy” Fische and our beagle, Charlie Bucket (who thinks he is as big as his English mastiff brother). Our lives are full of constant adventures, chaos and drool, and I am thrilled to have it all happening here.