Favorite brush with fame or celebrity encounter?
I worked at a coffee shop in Brooklyn that was really close to where Heather Ledger and Michelle Williams lived. She was pregnant at the time, and he came in to the shop almost every day. I made so many soy lattes for that man. He was super-nice and super-adorable. One day, I stopped into a smoothie shop just up the road on my way home from work, and he was walking out as I was walking in. And—best thing ever—he recognized me as his coffee slinger and said hello. I died right then, but then I came back to life so I could tell this story to anyone who would listen for the rest of my life.
What did (or do) you want to be when you grew up?
I had plans to be a teacher, a vet, a broadcast journalist a la Connie Chung, a pediatric oncologist, an architect, anything at all related to physics, a psychologist, an English professor, a fine art photographer, a photojournalist, and a magazine designer (and five of those were actually my college majors for a semester or two) until I landed on magazine editing. I think I picked right in the end.
What’s your favorite season and why?
Late fall into early winter. Crisp air, orange leaves, cozy sweaters, and both of the best holidays: Halloween and Christmas.