Edmunds employee since 2010
What is the coolest thing about working at Edmunds?
Sometimes I get to be on TV. I also love the modern office space.
Tell us about your favorite Edmunds memory?
My first all-company meeting. I came from an office of 17 and couldn't believe that the (then) 400 people sitting around me were all my coworkers. The whole event was very exciting, especially when the Edmunds band played.
What do you like to do for fun?
My favorite thing is to go running. I also love to hike, bike, kayak, spin, paddle-board, and do circuit training. Throw big parties with interesting themes and cook elaborate multi-course dinners. Movies, books, and reality TV. SHOP. Interior decorating and landscape design. This year I went rappeling for the first time and am learning to surf. I love to take road trips to the desert with my family.
Tell us about your first car:
1988 Ford Mustang LS. I was 19 and my great aunt had left me some money. I quickly learned to drive a stick shift. I drove "Little Car" for 16 years. Two months after I bought it, I crashed into a hearse. Years later, Little Car got revenge by breaking down in the middle of Olympic Blvd during rush hour when I was 4 months pregnant. It also died on the 4th Street off ramp of the I-10 during another rush hour. I drove it cross country when I moved to CA. I drove it in snow, in fog, in hail and hurricanes, and over mountains — all bad ideas. I sang lots of songs in it, loudly with the windows rolled down. A previous boss was horrified to find out it didn't have airbags. I hoped for a company car but instead he decided to bring a laptop to the hospital if I got in a wreck. The tiny back seat fit first one and then a second car seat but I had to tie the trunk shut with a rope to fit the stroller. This was the last indignity and I realized sadly my lifestyle had outgrown my Little Car.
Tell us about what you currently drive:
I currently drive a 2011 Acura MDX. Yes, I caved. After years of my little Mustang, I went to the dark side of SUVs. This is my third SUV and my second MDX and I lease because I don't want to break down in the middle of the road ever again if I can possibly help it. And, ok, I admit it, I love being able to cart around a bunch of people and a lot of stuff. Beach gear, bikes, plants, furniture, a pallet of gravel, three dozen balloons, a wading pool, the Christmas tree on the roof. Even my family and my parents and all of our luggage on a road trip to Zion. This car doesn't balk at mountains or rain. It loves a road trip. It's not green, but my other car is a 2012 Prius Plug-in Hybrid so I figure the impact of my carbon footprint is a net neutral. And, if my MDX screams soccer mom on board, well, at this point in my life, that's part of who I am.