Travel Is Awesome!
At least I think so.
Meander with Mona - Who is this Mona person?
Born: Mona Sims, Sept 4th, 19long
Currant Citizenship: Triple - American,
Canadian, Lovely (Danny Wallace is my King)
Nicknames I've been landed with: Nomad, Phoenix, Gypsy
Favorite things ever: Traveling, gardens, photography, horseback riding, mystery novels, dogs, birds, writing, dancing (Egyptian belly dance, Roma (Gyspy) dancing, ballroom and Latin), Great Britain
Boring details below...
Favorite music: I love it all. Rimsky-Korsakov to Amr Diab to Shania Twain to Andrew Lloyd Webber to Pink Floyd to Lacuna Coil.
times and places:
Awards and community involvement past
Careers/business I've owned:
Own and run an IT company (Since 1996) - developed ecommerce sites for businesses worldwide, taught (college/university) computer programming, web development, database design and other computer related courses.
Short stints as a wedding photographer (didn't like it) and another as a trained and licensed financial planner (more recent, didn't like it).
In spare moments I've sold the rights to two script treatments to CTV, wrote a vampire serial for a short lived (I hope it wasn't my fault) fantasy magazine, authored a couple of computer graphic design training manuals, and had a weekly IT newspaper column.
Training/Education: Riding, Animal Husbandry, Computer Programming and Systems Analysis, Computer Support Specialist, Database Design, Adult Education, Financial Planning (including acquiring Canadian insurance and mutual fund licenses), various writing courses and filmmaking workshops, and Biblical studies.
And to keep life interesting, I've just returned to college (Fall, 2009) to take Tourism and Travel for the next two years. A few creative writing bits are added in. Sounds a grand pairing to base the next stage of my life on.
Animals I've had: Horses, dogs, a wolf, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, goats, lizards, snakes, spiders, turtles, fish, birds (parrots, cockatiels, canaries, budgerigars, doves, pigeons, finches, chickens, ducks, seagulls, etc) rats and mice, and (shortly) two skunks.
Future favorite things (or Let me Dream): Italy, Egypt, Austria, Russia, learning to play the piano, learning to speak Spanish and Italian, being a best selling author.
Leftover bits and pieces:
I'm a vegetarian... but can set snares, skin, and cook the catch in an emergency,
I play World of Warcraft online with my daughter and son-in-law (I've been a guild master since 2006 on Kirin Tor; come visit Evangeleigh),
I like to study world religions and history, enjoy archery occasionally, once aced a motorcycle repair course, spent a few years volunteering as a sign language interpreter at local religious organizations, have lived all over North America, currently live in Canada with five Tibetan Spaniels, take belly dancing, gypsy dance, and ballroom/latin dancing classes, and I am working on a novel and a couple of websites.
Hobbies: Hobbies? Meh...It's all a hobby.
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