Routt County Spotlight: Judy Harris
Age: Ageless… I mean 52.
Occupation: Principal at Soda Creek Elementary School
Place of birth: San Diego, Calif.
Q. When did you move to Routt County, and what brought you here?
A. I moved to Steamboat in 1999 for a change after living in Salida for 22 years. I figure everyone should move at least every 22 years.
Q. What’s the biggest risk you’ve taken recently?
A. Changing from coffee and lattes to green tea at least four days a week. It may have been a little too risky for me and for those who spend time around me in the mornings.
Q. Describe your morning routine.
A. Nothing much matters until I reach Soda Creek for that shot of “kid energy”– or 395 shots of kid energy — every day.
Q. Have you ever had a book change your life? What was it and why?
A. “The Four Agreements” by Miguel Ruiz, because it makes me think every day as I respond to life.
Q. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
A. A good friend shared a mantra she had learned: “It shouldn’t be, but it is” and told me to always say it in that order to accept the first part and save energy for the second part.
Q. When you meet someone new, what are the first three things you tell them about yourself?
A. I have two wonderful sons, two beautiful daughters-in-law and two amazing granddaughters.
Q. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Q. If you could invite any four people over for dinner, who would they be, what would you talk about and what would you serve?
A. My parents (they count as one because they have been married for 56 years), Paul McCartney, Maya Angelou and Rick Bayless. It would be a treat to have my parents come because they can’t travel long distances anymore; we would talk about the importance of family; and I would serve anything that Rick wanted to cook.
Q. Do you collect anything?
A. Memories of fun times.
Q. In the Meatloaf song, “I would do anything for love, but I won’t do that,” what is that?
A. Eat spiders or worms.
Q. What was your first job?
A. Working in a pharmacy.
Q. When was the last time you cried?
A. When my granddaughter was born.
Q. What brought you the most pleasure in the last year?
A. Spending time with my family and friends.
Q. Do you have any phobias?
A. Dishonest or negative people.
Book: The one I’m reading at the time!
Song: “In My Life” by the Beatles
Food: Lost Creek Sandwich with no cheese from Back Country Provisions
Sport to watch: Football
Recreational activity: Flyfishing
Magazine: Everything from Oprah to Fly Fisherman
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