I was born in Japan but grew up in Seattle. My husband Karl, who is a talented jeweler/artist, and I have been married for almost 17 years now and we have 2 beautiful teenagers at home and one grown up girl who lives in NYC. I work in the restaurant industry and have for 30 some years. We own an awesome house in the Greenlake/Phinney area of Seattle and we have a miniature pinscher named Bruno. We love to travel, though don't do enough of it, and we love to ski/snowboard. We recently been exercising our "green thumbs" and have massive tomato plants, zucchinis and believe it or not, sugar baby watermelons. This is definitely a learning process for us.