Ah, the inevitable “About Me” page. Instead of trotting out the CV (see below), I thought I’d first share…
9 THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT ME (in no particular order):
1. I didn’t break a sweat – literally – until I was close to 40.
Yup. I couldn’t even run to the mailbox without a getting a stitch in my side. I had zero muscle tone and zero endurance. Today I’m all about gettin’ my sweat on. I still can’t run for beans – or hit a tennis ball, for that matter – but I can peddle Valley Forge Park with the big boys and have taken about a zillion fitness classes. Oh, and I no longer look like a Olive Oyl.
2. Wine’s fine but beer is better.
My family has been in the beer biz for a long time (as distributors, brewers and pub owners) so my veins run golden yellow. The only suds I shun are the really lite mass-produced ones and the really dark ones. Guinness? Not my cup of carbs.
3. Call me girly but I never leave the house – and I mean NEVER – without lipstick on.
4. I am a serious homer – but only when the weather’s fair.
When the Philadelphia Eagles are racking up the wins, I would rather sell off my firstborn than skip a game. [JK, Shane.] I gorge on sports pages, sports radio and sports websites. But when my teams head south [See Phillies, 2012-2022?], I head for more victorious pastures. I know: I’m a no-good, fickle front-runner, but losing’s no fun – plain and simple. My latest preoccupation? Villanova basketball – and no, it’s not because of their cutie coach. (OK, so maybe it is, but just a little.)
5. Many moons ago, I was cheerleading captain at my all-girls high school. (Merion, our mater!)
Yes, I cheered for girls. Got a problem with that?
6. I have been known to cheat on my hairdressers.
7. Reservations are easier.
I really like to cook (and I’m actually pretty good at it) but having friends over for dinner stresses me out. I fantasize about throwing fabulous dinner parties but that’s as far as it goes with me. A few years ago I even wrote an article about the time I tapped one of the Main Line’s more seasoned entertainers – Johanne Lamarche of French Gardener Dishes fame – for help with a dinner party … with unforeseen results.
8. I’m a new junkie.
I never vacation in the same place. I don’t re-watch movies or re-read books. TV reruns? No, thanks. BUT if it’s a new restaurant, a new boutique or a new fitness studio – and it sounds fun, interesting or promising – I need to get there, uh, yesterday. And if I can’t check it out in person, I’m at least reading up on it – which I guess makes me a news junkie, too, as well as a journalist-to-the-bone.
9. I’m a perfectionist (in recovery).
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Professional bio: A journalist, editor and freelance writer, Caroline O’Halloran’s articles have appeared in regional newspapers, national magazines and collegiate publications. Currently the owner of Caroline & Co. Media, she writes and edits websites, blogs, news releases, and other communications for small businesses and non-profits.
Before forming Caroline & Co., Caroline was the associate editor of the Main Line Times, Main Line Suburban Life and MainLineMediaNews.com and the founding editor of Flair, a women’s fashion, beauty, fitness and well-being publication. Previously, she served as editor of the Lifestyles, Education and Society sections of Main Line Life.
Caroline began her career as a radio news producer, reporter and anchor in Providence, RI. She is a proud graduate of Merion Mercy Academy and Brown University where she majored in Health and Society. She has two grown children and lives in Malvern, PA with her husband, Rich, and their beagle mutt, Lucy.