Most people call me Alex. I was a bit of a tomboy as a kid – no Southern Belle here, despite growing up in the South. I grew up in Raleigh, NC with one older brother who also lives in Seattle now. My mother is an NC native and still lives there. My father died of cancer a few years ago. I was his caregiver through three bouts with cancer. I moved to Seattle just after his death. Now that I live closer I enjoy being a more involved aunt to my brother’s three kids.
I am a Database Analyst. I currently work for the VA extracting data for researchers at the VA and UW. Before moving, I worked at Duke University after completing my Masters in Information Science. I am a true data geek.
When I was 20 I was diagnosed with a condition called endometriosis and told it might be difficult for me to have children. Prior to meeting John, I had planned to adopt a child on my own. After we met we decided to try for a biological baby. After several years and much heartache we decided to abandon that plan and resume the adoption path.
In my spare time, I enjoy photography, hanging out with my nieces and nephew (a.k.a. ”The Kiddos”), water sports, traveling and wine tasting. My father taught me a lot about both wine and photography and encouraged me to travel. In college I studied abroad in Spain and Costa Rica and I’ve continued to travel internationally with my uncle. One of these days, I’ll drag John along with me somewhere. Check out the travel and photography tags on the right if you’re interested in learning more.