Bio: Cristina is Italian born, and though she has lived most of her life all over the U.S. she considers herself Italian...she just can't speak it very well! As with many other things, she is working on that (although it's a bit harder the older she gets). Still, there are just so many hours in a day. After leaving the lovely climes of Southern California she went to the heat, humidity, and insect-infested state of Alabama. She struggled for five years to be a "big girl" amidst the crickets-on-steroids...and the snakes, scorpions, and other creepy crawlers of the day (and night!). It really is true what they say; "It's a jungle out there!" Now back in Northern Virginia she is trying once again to find a new normal and yet another "happy place." Cristina is married to a loving husband and has two grown children who live in other states and a medium-standard poodle who stays close to her side through thick and thin and everything else in-between.