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Your Turn/Amy Looten

Amy Looten
Posted: Sep. 8, 2019 12:01 am

When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... a teacher. I loved school and made my younger brother and sister be the students. My sister still confuses orange and purple.

What would you rather be doing right now? Golfing. A frustrating little sport that mixes unbelievable good shots with unexplainable horrible shots.

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I binge-watch television shows on Netflix -- entire seasons (yes, sometimes 8 hours) in a day. Currently watching "Peaky Blinders."

Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? Watching both my boys graduate college without debt. We all worked hard to accomplish that.

It really stinks when ... you have to count on young people to work your phone, computer or Google home device. Good heavens, I'm challenged.

What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? Happy.

I always laugh when ... I'm with my sister, Julie Wilson. She's a hoot.

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? St. Anthony of Padua, St. Monica of Hippo and the Virgin Mary. I ask them to intercede for me on a regular basis, and I probably owe them a thank you dinner.

At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... have Steve take me to dinner at a restaurant. I like that after any day at work.

People who knew me in high school thought I was ... a good girl.

My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... Stan Musial. Steve and I were at spring training, and all of a sudden, he handed me a baseball and told me to get "that man's" autograph. When Steve told me who it was, my eyes about popped out of my head. I was sure that, because there was a statue of him outside Busch Stadium, Stan Musial was dead! That was 30-plus years ago, so Stan was pretty young.

I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... be with all of my boys at the same time, laughing and telling old stories.

If someone gave me a million dollars, there is STILL no way I would ... appear on the TV reality show "Naked and Afraid." No one wants to see that.

America should be more concerned about ... shutting down 24-hour "news" channels. They do little to help the public truly understand an issue, there's always a slant and they are dividing our country. Stick to 24-hours of entertainment.

I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... kitchen utensils. I have an unusually high number when compared to how often I cook.

When I'm on the internet, I always go to ... Pinterest. My Mom, Ginny Miller, has always been so creative with her sewing and craft projects. I aspire to be like her.

What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? Anything worth doing is worth doing well. My Dad, Dan Miller, really lived that. He never did a job halfway.

When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... country music, but not the twangy stuff -- the modern country that's got a little rock ‘n roll in it. I like the stories they tell.

I always get sentimental when ... the autumn clematis blooms in my yard. We took every "first day of school" photo in front of that bush.

The older I get, the more I realize ... I'm not perfect (who knew?), but I am good enough.

If I had one "do-over," I would ... NOT go ziplining in Mexico on the "biggest, fastest and highest" course (perfect for a first-timer). That was terrifying. Next time, I'll just drink the margaritas at the end.

My favorite item of clothing is ... anything I've ever bought from Dress Barn. I'm really going to miss that store!

If I've learned anything at all ... it's never live your life wondering "what if."


Amy Looten, 55, is senior vice president of marketing and business development at HOMEBANK. She has been married to Steve Looten for 34 years and cannot remember life before him. They have two grown sons, who (surprisingly enough) have turned out to be very fine young men.