Your Turn with ... Diane Pieper

Diane Pieper
Posted: Feb. 8, 2013 2:56 pm Updated: Mar. 1, 2013 5:15 pm


When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... I don't remember that far back. I think I wanted to be a teacher or a landscaper.

What would you rather be doing right now? Sitting on a beach, being served pina coladas by a really cute cabana boy.

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I am just a softy at heart.

Other than the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? Watching my daughter turn into a wonderful young lady. She makes me proud every day.

It really stinks when ... people don't use their turn signal. Talk about road rage.

What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? OCD

I always laugh when ... I see a dog riding in the car with its head out the window. Dogs always make me smile.

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? My Grandma Emma, because she died when I was young and I didn't have enough time to spend with her; my Great-Aunt Frances, because she was the nicest person I ever met and I would love for my daughter to meet her; and Sandra Bullock, because she is funny, a wonderful actress and a great humanitarian.

At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... go home and relax, unless it was a really long day, in which case I like to go to Instant Replay and have a cocktail with my friends.

People who knew me in high school thought I was ... athletic with a side of goofy. And believe it or not, I was actually pretty shy in high school.

My most unforgettable brush with greatness was with ... I guess I haven't had one yet, but there's still hope. I did get to meet Kenny Chesney at the Adams County Fair several years ago.

I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... go to a Kelly Clarkson concert.

If someone gave me a million dollars, there is still no way I would ... sing karaoke.

America should be more concerned about ... health insurance issues and the welfare system. The average person cannot afford the constant increase in insurance coverage for their families, and it's time for the government to quit giving money to people who just expect a handout. I am all for helping people in need, but too many people know how to work the system and take advantage of it.

I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... Diet Mountain Dew. I always have plenty in the fridge.

When I'm on the Internet, I always go to ... Facebook. I am addicted. I love seeing what people are doing and enjoy seeing pictures that my friends post. It's a fun way to keep in touch with people who you don't get to see all the time.

What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? My teachers in grade school always taught that you should treat people like you would want to be treated. That's a really important piece of advice.

When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... Kelly Clarkson or Y101.

I always get sentimental when ... I watch that darn Hallmark Channel on TV.

The older I get, the more I realize ... that time really does fly by.

If I had one "do-over," I would ... have paid more attention in accounting and math class in high school. I could really use that now.

My favorite item of clothing is ... my comfy sweats because they are just that, comfy.

If I've learned anything at all ... it is that you have to be happy with who you are and make the most of what you have. Dwelling on the past or wishing you had more just makes for an unhappy person.


Diane Holeman Pieper, 49, is the executive assistant at the Advocacy Network for Children. She is the youngest of four children, and was born and raised in Quincy. She has one daughter, Paige, and two dogs, Lady and Louie. She says she tries to be athletic, but it gets harder every year. She enjoys the outdoors and spending time with friends and family.


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