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Who is Tess45?

In her day job she is known as the Marketing Diva for an undisclosed military operation located somewhere in South Carolina

She is the former editor of the Fort Jackson Leader, and was the first ever private first class selected as editor. She always knew she wanted to be a journalist. Not a “writer” but a journalist. Yes, there is a difference. She also always wanted to be an editor. (She’s kind of bossy, so it works out.)

She is the mother of two, a daughter who is trying to find her place in the world and a son, who after having been tormented by Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Depression, Social Anxiety and Bi-Polar Disorder took his own life, at age 21, on June 6, 2011.

She is an animal lover who shares a house with her husband, children, five cats, three dogs (2 big ones and 2 little ones) and turtle named “Turkle.” Yes, she knows that’s a not a much inspired name.

In addition to pets, work, family and Hubpages, she is also an Advertising Major at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division.

She is married to one very patient man who continues to believe that someday they will live a normal life.

She has an unhealthy obsession with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Don’t even get her started unless you want a TMNT history lesson.

Her other unhealthy obsession is vintage patterns and sewing. She prefers the 50s and early 60s. She’s never met a wiggle dress she didn’t love.

Her favorite color is polka dots.

Her favorite bands are Metallica, Mumford and Sons, REM, The Avett Brothers, Jethro Tull, Elvis, Death Cab for Cutie and the Black Keys in no particular order.

Her favorite holiday is Halloween.