Greetings! My name is Vicky. I was born and raised in the great state of Virginia. I grew up in a small town called Occoquan. I had a good opportunity for high school– I got to attend the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. For college I moved down to Blacksburg and attended Virginia Tech. After college, I got a computer programming job in the area, I fell in love in the mountains and stuck around for 15 years.
In November 2008, I followed my heart to be closer to an amazing man named Ryan Somma in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. We live in a low-income neighborhood, but it has become my favorite neighborhood of all. When I left Blacksburg I left the mountains behind, but in Elizabeth City, I discovered a true community and a home.
As a child, I was a tournament bridge player. I’m retired now, but back in the day I did pretty well. At 15, I became a Life Master– which made me the 4th Youngest Female to do so at the time. I expect I’ll return this hobby one day. But for now, I would prefer to be outdoors– hiking, skiing, rollerblading, geocaching, camping, etc.
Common Things You’ll Find Me Posting On
1) Neighborhood Kids
Ryan and I do a lot of activities with the neighborhood kids. We cook, have water fights, build driveways, jog, rollerskate, play badminton and geocache. Finally, we teach! Ryan did an official Computer Literacy Program in November of 2008.
2) American Chestnut
It is safe to say, I’m an American Chestnut enthusiast. And so, I’m also a proud supporter of The American Chestnut Foundation. Periodically I’ll post shots of the trees I encounter while hiking. In addition, in 2010 I started growing some potentially blight resistant seed of my own here in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.
Although I live away from the mountains, hiking is still a passion of mine. I am particularly fond of the Appalachian Trail. In May of 2006, I finished hiking all the mileage maintained by the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club.
When I graduated from high school, my grandmother gave me a pair of rollerblades. I still have those blades 14 years later. It is my policy to take them with me on my travels. So far I have rollerbladed in 21 different states and 4 different countries.
Rollerblading in Montana
5) Web Development
I’ve worked as a programmer and support technician for 10 years now. When I run into a tricky problem whose solution isn’t quickly found by the search engines, I go ahead and post the solution here. At the very least it ensures *I* can look it up again later. Technologies I typically work in include Internet Information Services, SQL Server, Oracle, VB.NET, C#, Visual Basic, ASP, ASP.NET, and Microsoft Office (VBA).
I’ve been lucky to travel a lot for business and pleasure. On my trips, I typically cover my adventures here.