All About Giselle
When first glancing at my name, most people expect me to speak with a thick French accent! Not only am I from the U.S. and NOT from France, my heritage isn't even really French! My mom's family is originally from Scotland, but settled outside Toronto, Canada, which is where my mother and aunt are from. The Scottish heritage explains the red hair. :o) My father's family is originally from the West Indies, but came to the U.S. by way of Oklahoma, then Texas. Not only do none of them speak French, they've all got Southern accents. However, my mom does speak French, being raised bilingual in Canada. So I guess you could say my family is a bit backwards. :o)
I've lived in Florida most of my life, but I am not a native. I was born in Silver Spring, Maryland (right outside Washington, D.C.), and we lived there until I was 4. My family then moved to Melbourne, Florida, where they still reside. My father worked for Harris Corporation until he retired, and my stepmother still works there. My mother and aunt own a print shop, Kwik Kopy Printing of Palm Bay, which just celebrated its 20th year in business.
I graduated from Melbourne High School - Go Bulldogs! After high school, I attended Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. My Bachelor's degree is in Communication, with a minor in Sociology. However, the main activity I was involved with at FSU was the Marching Chiefs, FSU's World-Renowned Marching Band. I was a member all four years I was there, serving on the leadership staff all but my first year. Chiefs was the best possible thing I could have done in college, as it's where I met some of my best friends, and had experiences like going to 3 national championship games in 4 years, including the 2000 Sugar Bowl in which FSU defeated Virginia Tech 46-29 to win the 1999 National Championship.
Now I'm pursuing my Master's degree in Public Relations at the University of Florida. The first question most people ask when they learn I got my Bachelor's degree from FSU is "how can you attend a school that's
your alma mater's most hated rival??" Well, it's actually quite easy. I don't consider myself a Gator - I prefer to say that I'm a Seminole attending UF. :o) When it comes down to it, each university has its unique strengths and weaknesses, but they're
really more alike than most FSU and UF fans would care to admit. Besides, I still keep my FSU football season tickets, so it's pretty obvious where my heart lies. >>---->
Music has been a major part of my life for as long as I can remember. I've always enjoyed listening to all different types, but it took on a life of its own when I began playing the clarinet at age 13. I had a very successful music career up through college, but I'm more or less on hiatus at the moment due to a lack of time. It's a shame, because I truly enjoy playing, but hopefully I can make time for it again in the future.
As far as listening to music goes, I like pretty much anything and everything except R&B. I'm a card-carrying Parrothead (aka a Jimmy Buffett fan, if the quote on my index page didn't make that clear), and I've seen him in concert 4 times, most notably at the New Orleans JazzFest in 2002. Other favorites include Alison Krauss, Josh Groban, Johnny Cash, Nickel Creek, Dave Matthews Band, Stroke 9, Sugarland, and Howie Day. I'm also a huge fan of movie soundtracks, and some of my favorites in that category include "Pirates of the Caribbean", "Kingdom of Heaven", "Gladiator", "Casanova", "Crimson Tide", "Lord of the Rings", "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban", "Braveheart", "Brokeback Mountain", "Batman", and anything from John Williams (especially "Star Wars Episodes II & III"). My latest musical discovery is XMRadio, which I think is one of the greatest ideas ever.
I absolutely love movies! I've been known to see ones I really like multiple times in the theater, and I probably have upwards of 150 dvds. My all-time favorite movie is "Amadeus"; I think it's absolutely brilliant, the acting is phenomenal, and Sir Neville Marriner did a wonderful job with the score. Other favorites include "Airplane!", "The Naked Gun" (I LOVE silly slapstick movies), "Finding Nemo", the entire "Star Wars" saga (especially "The Empire Strikes Back", "Attack of the Clones", and "Revenge of the Sith"), "Pirates of the Caribbean", "Brokeback Mountain", "Gladiator", "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban", "Walk the Line", "Donnie Darko", and anything by Michael Moore.
As far as television goes, most of the time I'd rather read a book or surf the internet. TV shows as a whole are pretty terrible these days. However, I do have a few choice shows that I never miss. "Gilmore Girls" is tops on the list: I've got all 5 seasons on dvd and watch the show religiously. Other favorites include "The O.C." and "Lost". All-time favorites that I occasionally catch in reruns are "The Simpsons", "Friends", and "Night Court".
I LOVE TO READ. I have too many books, not enough bookshelves, and not enough time in which to read! I've always been a fan of Anne Rice, and favorite books are "The Witching Hour", "The Queen of the Damned", and "Blackwood Farm". My overall favorite genre is mysteries, especially "themed" mysteries (such as culinary mysteries). My top authors are Diane Mott Davidson, Janet Evanovich, Jerrilyn Farmer, Mario Puzo, John Grisham, Dan Brown, Carl Hiaasen, Carolina Garcia-Aguilera, and J.K. Rowling.
My love for the Seminoles has already been discussed, but I have yet to mention my other beloved team: the Boston Red Sox. I'm a Sox fan because of Tim Wakefield, who I've known for about 12 years through the organization I used to work for (he did an annual charity auction & golf tournament for us). He's a wonderful and generous guy, so it was natural that I follow the Sox, being a gigantic baseball fan to begin with. The Sox winning the 2004 World Series was amazing, and it was great to be a small part of that through Tim. I'd been to several spring training games in Ft.Myers, but I finally got to make the pilgrimage to Fenway Park in September 2005. Thanks to my buddy Pete who's head of security for Fenway, we got a VIP tour of the park that was one of the coolest things I've ever done. The icing on the cake for the day was that I finally got to see Tim pitch in person. It was a weekend I'll never forget. :o) The two photos below are of me at Fenway, and with Tim, Johnny Damon, and the 2004 World Series trophy. Cool, huh?
Random Cool Facts About Me
*My dad worked for NOAA, and he was part of the team that launched the first GOES satellite.
*I've been allergic to dairy and egg products since birth, so I can't eat cheese, ice cream, chocolate, etc. It's really not as bad as it sounds, I promise!
*I played with an ensemble conducted by the legendary Dr. Frederick Fennell just 5 months before his death in December 2004
*One of my mother's ancestors came over on the Mayflower, but was hanged upon arrival for drinking and swearing
*I'd move to Canada if it wasn't so cold, I love the country and its people
*My parents lived in Barbados, Senegal, Geneva, and England before they had me
*I was a softball pitcher for 10 years when I was younger...and a rather good one as well!
*I'm dying to travel out West and visit Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Colorado, and South Dakota
*My favorite food genre is Mediterranean