Family: Just celebrated 30 year anniversary with Scott, Sarah graduated from Ohio State University in 2013 and is a District Director in Hetuck District, Buckeye Council, BSA; Jason will be graduating from Ohio State University in May and will begin his Civil Engineering career at Tekton Engineering in Berlin; Eric is a freshman at Ashland University studying accounting and finance; Mark is a junior at West Holmes High School. Entire family is involved in Scouting and will soon have three Eagle Scouts.
Do you have a nickname, if so what is it and how did you get it: I am the sixth child out of seven and each one of us has “MJ” as our initials. My name is Melissa Josephine so my dad agreed to the name as long as he could call me Missy Jo. In high school I was known as Missy and once I met Scott he began calling me Melissa and most people now call me Melissa.
First Job: Walking greyhound dogs for Jake in Glenmont who trained them for racing. I was probably 11 or 12 years old.
Worst Job: I never liked feeding the animals on our farm. I would choose to do dishes, cook with mom or fold the mountain of laundry to avoid going to the barn!
Personal motto or credo: Attitude determines altitude.
A great day is comprised of these elements: Morning coffee, devotion and conversation with my husband, Scott before we start our day. A prioritized daily task list which starts with making bed and cleaning kitchen sink keeps me focused throughout the day. A family dinner at the table and an evening gratitude walk with the dog finishes the day.
Hobbies: Woodworking, sewing, cooking. I like to create and build things.
Favorite Sport or event to watch, live or on TV: I love listening to the Cleveland Indians game on the radio. I was in awe when I went to an Ohio State football game – the electricity in the stadium was amazing.
Proudest Childhood Accomplishment: I had perfect attendance in school from Kindergarten until my junior year in high school when I was out for three days with the flu. I had hoped to graduate with perfect attendance but could not reach that goal.
What did you want to be when you grew up: I wanted to be an architect. I love to build things and now I have been able to live out part of that dream being helping to design homes for the Meadow Glen neighborhood in Millersburg.
If you were a super hero, what powers would you have: It bothers me to see sad and hurting people so I think I would like to be able to see inside other’s hearts and minds to identify what their desires are and try to make it happen. I guess that would be a little like Santa Claus. Bring joy into the lives of others.
It’s Karaoke night and you have to sing, what’s your go to song: Paradise by the Dashboard Light – Meatloaf
What two stations or Podcasts do you listen to most in your car: The Message on Sirius Radio, Brian and Kathleen in the Morning on WCRF
What makes you laugh: Sitting around with my family and listening to stories. It is best when we can laugh at ourselves and Scott has a great way of telling a story that makes us all laugh.
What is your favorite book to read and who is your favorite author: If it fiction – I love Pat Conroy, especially since I lived in South Carolina for three years. I also read a lot of self help/motivational books like The Energy Bus.
Alaska or Hawaii, which would you rather visit for vacation and why: I would choose Alaska because it seems more wild. I would also rather put on a winter coat then a swimsuit!
Of your five senses, which is the strongest and why: Taste – I think it is my experience in the kitchen. I try to identify flavors in food.
If you had a warning label, what would yours say: Laundry, clothing labels come to mind so I think I would be “Gentle cycle, line dry”. Life is too much like a dryer where we get tossed around and dry out quickly. I would rather take a gentle approach where I enjoy the sunshine and the afternoon breeze.
How many pair of shoes do you own: I am not a shoe person! I am on my feet all the time so I buy good shoes/boots which means I can’t have a lot of shoes. I have Muck boots for the farm in the winter and LLBEan boots for the summer. Three pairs of tennis shoes which I rotate out, the new ones are for walking (used to be running), those get turned into work tennis shoes around the farm, which then get turned into painting shoes before getting thrown out. I have two pairs of dress boots, two pairs of dress shoes and a pair of ugly slip on shoes for easy on/easy off for running around home and farm. I think that is 10 pairs that I use. I also have three pairs of heels that sit in my closet for that occasional outing.
If you could share a coffee with four individuals, living or dead, who would they be: my mom (she passed away when I was 14), Barbara Bush, Frank Lloyd Wright, Mother Teresa
If you had to describe yourself using an animal, which one would it be and why: I have asked this question of others but find it difficult to answer myself. I am a builder, I always have to be doing a project so I guess I would be a bird. I fly from one thing to the next with short amounts of rest between projects. I like to explore but tend to visit the same places over and over.
What is something that scares you but you really want to try it: Hot air balloon ride. I am so scared of heights but this would be so cool
What is something you tried that you’ll never do again: Water ski! I had too many attempts without any success – ever!
On a scale of 1 – 10 how painful is the questionnaire: I think it was thought provoking. I enjoy questions like this.
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