Born in New Jersey, grew up in Western Pennsylvania and central Massachusetts. My father is from Pittsburgh, so I'm automatically a Steeler/Pirates/Penguins fan and only buy Heinz ketchup. I've lived in various parts of Florida as well as Southern California, and driven across the country twice — the first time it took 2 weeks, the second time it took 2 1/2 days. My husband's name is Ed; we've been married since 2001 and have a daughter, Sofia, 7. We also have a crazy cat and a terribly uncoordinated puppy.