With AMY LEFRINGHOUSE
When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... an Olympic swimmer. I loved watching the Olympics on TV, and I swam for the Quincy YMCA from the age of 7 to 12.
What would you rather be doing right now? Traveling for sure. I love to visit historical places, breathtaking natural areas and anywhere to learn more about different cultures and food.
Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I'm a documentary nerd. I can't say that I've watched every doc on Netflix, but I come close!
Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? Every single time my daughters do something brave, I tear up with pride. There is something magical about watching them grow and overcome a challenge like speaking in public or trying something new.
It really stinks when ... I have to get up early. I'm not a morning person.
What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? Maybe adventurous. I love to go to new places, seek out new and interesting activities, try new challenges, keep learning.
I always laugh when ... My 12-year-old daughter spouts out a witty comeback. Her sense of humor really makes me belly laugh.
Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? My Grandma Rose, Grandpa Warren and my Mom so we can tell them about the great-grandbabies and that Kmart (my grandma's favorite store) is closed now and hug and laugh together.
At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... watch my kiddos play sports.
People who knew me in high school thought I was ... a good athlete.
My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... I once went to a Q&A session to see Jon Hamm.
I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... see my grandparents again.
If someone gave me a million dollars, there is STILL no way I would ... buy a giant house.
America should be more concerned about ... doing the work that is necessary to be inclusive in our workplaces, in our personal lives and in organizations in which we volunteer.
I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... ponytail holders. With two daughters with long hair, we find them in the cracks of the couch, behind the bed, under the car seats, everywhere.
When I'm on the Internet, I always go to ... I hate to admit it, but I usually check social media. This is where I get most of my news and family/friend updates.
What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? I'm not sure it's advice, but my dad always taught my sister and I to "figure it out and do it ourselves." He taught us a lot of life skills and lessons like changing a tire, reading a map, how to water ski (not sure this is a life skill, but it was fun!) that have been invaluable.
When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... XM Fly. I love ‘90s/'00s R&B.
I always get sentimental when ... my daughters accomplish something that they didn't think they could do.
The older I get, the more I realize ... sometimes you only get one shot to try something, so do it!
If I had one "do-over," I would ... I loved going to Illinois College, but if I had a do-over, I'd attend a Big 10 school.
My favorite item of clothing is ... any long-sleeve T-shirt. I have several that I still wear from my days of playing volleyball at Illinois College.
If I've learned anything at all ... It's perfectly OK if life takes you on a different journey than what you had planned or what others planned for you. Go with it, and enjoy the adventure!
Amy Lefringhouse, 39, is a mother of two girls and a lover of nature, sports and travel. She grew up in the Liberty/Quincy area. Lefringhouse spends her working hours teaching outdoor science education.