Your Turn with ... Bethany Nannen Miller

Bethany Nannen Miller
Posted: Dec. 27, 2012 1:44 pm Updated: Jan. 18, 2013 4:15 pm


When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... a lawyer because I was convinced I knew everything. Clearly, that was not the case.

What would you rather be doing right now? At home doing a cross-stitch project that is long overdue for my nephew.

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I hate warm fruit. People get so upset when I tell them I don't like any kind of pie, unless it's a French Silk Pie.

Other than the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? My standing ovation at my senior voice recital at Quincy University in 2000.

It really stinks when ... people do not share or complain about making changes.

What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? My friend Jessie at the Y says " supercalifragilisticexpialidocious " or "phenomenal."

I always laugh when ... I watch "New Girl," "Glee" or "Raising Hope."

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? Wyatt Earp (I'm related to him), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (he was super crazy but amazing all at the same time -- I would love to see what he acted like in real life), and my Grandpa Pete just so I could talk to him again.

At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... take a bath and read my Kindle with a glass of wine.

People who knew me in high school thought I was ... easy to talk to and get along with, very musically inclined and a super loudmouth cheerleader at basketball games.

My most unforgettable brush with greatness was with ... Hillary Clinton. I went to Washington, D.C., when I was 14, and I saw her on the way in to the Capitol.

I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... go to Chicago to see my best friend from childhood. I would take my other friends with me -- Kate Schumacher and Sarah Stegeman.

If someone gave me a million dollars, there is still no way I would ... bungee jump. No way, no how.

America should be more concerned about ... education. These kids will be your future nurses, mechanics, doctors, lawyers, scientists, teachers, engineers, bank administrators, etc. You need to invest in every child along the way to ensure that our country is headed in the right direction. Support your teachers.

I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... dryer sheets. I accidentally bought way too much last year, and I'm still not through them all yet.

When I'm on the Internet, I always go to ... Pandora so that I can listen to music, or USA Swimming because we are starting a swim team at the Quincy YMCA.

What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? My Grandma Hays told me that if I did not take things one step at a time, they would eventually overwhelm me. Set small goals to reach the big ones.

When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... my Tina Fey audiobook "Bossypants." It's hysterical, and I relate to her because I am also a bossypants.

I always get sentimental when ... I see the "Soldier Comes Home" videos or photos. My brother Reid Nannen is in the Marine Corps stationed in Iwakuni, Japan. He served two tours of duty during the war and missed the birth of his third child. The first picture of him holding Curtis is the one that always makes me cry.

The older I get, the more I realize ... all the time I have wasted throughout my life.

If I had one "do-over," I would ... I would have taken better care of myself when I was younger so that it would not be so hard to do now.

My favorite item of clothing is ... the world's most comfortable, oversized QU sleeping shirt. It is my shirt from 1996, when I first arrived at QU's campus. It is threadbare, holey and the most comfortable thing I own. I wore it all through college, during both of my pregnancies, and still wear it to this day.

If I've learned anything at all ... it is to just go with the flow. Adapt, change, be flexible and compromise, and everyone will be happy. Everything may not seem perfect at the time, but eventually it will be better than you hoped.


Bethany Nannen Miller, 34, is the youth and family/aquatics coordinator at the Quincy Family YMCA -- "where I live most days," she said. She is a single mom to two children, A.J. and Madeline. She said she loves to sing, but her children tell her to stop because it interrupts their TV time or computer time because she's "kinda loud" and the piano is located very close to their electronic devices.


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