My favorite hobbies, are reading (fantasy and YA fiction are my favorite genres, alongside a history or science audiobook in the car), drinking wine and coffee, gardening, and doing my daily crossword puzzle. I also enjoy our weekly board-game night with my husband, Paul Tomshack, and my kids, Emma and Lucas, as well as playing the occasional RPG video game like Zelda or Assassin’s Creed.
No matter what I’m doing, if I’m at home, I’m guaranteed to have at least one companion with me at all times – whether it’s one of our dogs : Sophie the shichon or Vincent the morkie – one of my parrots : Picasso the hawk-headed parrot or Coco the turquoise conure – or one of our kids’ pets : their budgies Queeny and Sunny or their guinea pigs Maple and Cupcake. We like to call it our own little zoo!
Travel is also a major passion of mine, so I spend a lot of my spare time studying up on places I want to go and casually learning foreign languages for fun – I’m up to decent fluency in Spanish, French, and Italian, with barely passable Duolingo / Memrise practices in Japanese, Greek, Latin, and German… so far! To round out my obvious love of books and learning, I also have an untameably fierce love of libraries; I put that to passion to good use as a weekly volunteer at the Carl Sandburg Elementary library.
Outside of the agency, I also make handcrafted clothing, scarves, and jewelry for my online boutique, Emily Jeanne Designs . Check it out!