Here are some tidbits about me: 

Real Name – Donna Lucas

Possible Pen Name – D.S. Lucas (depends on how well I master the autograph with my atrocious handwriting)

Blogger Nicknames – Sunshine, Sunny D, and D

Born on Date – 9/23/72

Expiration Date – I don’t know, nor do I want to.  Just trying to make the best of each breath.

Zodiac Sign – Libra, and no one is going to tell me otherwise. I’ve been “the scales of justice” for 44 years and proud of it!

Height 5’5″ – (average, tall enough on tippy-toes to reach the cookies or bananas on top of the fridge)

Weight 151 lbs as of 10/4/16 – (I’m currently working to shrink into my clothes, so I hope to change this number before Christmas 2016.  I’ll let you know and share my journey.)

I shrunk!  – Weight 135 lbs as of 3/10/17 — Lost 16 lbs and kept it off.  Read about it in my blogs.

Credit Card Number –  xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx exp. 00/00 security code xxx (I actually know the real numbers by heart and can recite it like one would their ABC’s.  I have an online shopping problem.)

Marital Status – Still on a honeymoon with my one and only since 10/11/97 — I’m still wild about Harry!

Parental Status – Mother to tween and teen daughters, ages 12 and 14.  For the blog, I wanted to use their toddler nicknames,  Bug and Bean respectively, but they would rather I call them the bad words they have grown into.  You can meet the bellas later.

Pet Status – Two dogs and one fish.  We recently sold the bearded dragon on Craig’s List.

Career – Teacher since 1995.  Full-Time English teacher grades 7-12 since 1998.

Part-Time Jobs – Too many to list.  Being a part-time sunshine has been ongoing throughout life, but I have NEVER made it to full-time status.

Education – Bachelor’s in English Education; Master’s in English; Perpetual student of workshops and online classes.

Favorites – Bruce Springsteen, Goldfish Crackers, red wine… Mmm, blend the three together for a fist pumping, snack shaking, wine sipping Ménage à Trois.

Favorites continued – Alfred Hitchcock, Snoopy and the Peanuts Gang, red shoes, Happy perfume, Cyber Monday, gyros, ethnic music (esp. Serbian and Irish), Lindt Truffles, Lucille Ball, and the fragrance of lemons.

Cooking – Not IT!  I’m awful, but my husband is an amazing cook who creates some of the best dishes out there.  I’m a good baker though and am the Betty Crocker of Jell-o Shots.

Leisure – Reading, writing, running, socializing, shopping, surfing (the net), listening to music, and playing board games and cards.

In a Sunny, Blonde Nutshell – I am a high energy, wacky, and busy woman who seeks simplicity and bright spots on my horizon. I love people, pets, books, music and shoes.  I feel most like a sunshine (a warm, cheery, and inspiring person) when running in Asics, writing in slippers, teaching in boots, reading by the pool in flip flops, dancing in heels, and entertaining in whatever goes with my current toenail polish.

I love life, making connections, and sharing the sun with you. Beneath it, I continually look for happiness, peace, warmth, and wisdom. Some days it’s a breeze to discover these shiny treasures, but on others, I really have to work to uncover the light. I am merely a part-time sunshine.

Shine on!