“My only special interest is you!”

All about me:

Hello, my name is Claire Ball, and I want to thank you for visiting my website. I’m a very positive person and I love to make people laugh. I was born in Evanston, Illinois before moving to the mountains of Santa Cruz California when I was very young. My parents divorced when I was eight and my mother, sister, older brother and I moved back to Illinois to live with my grandmother in a little Chicago south–side Irish neighborhood called Mt. Greenwood, where I spent my teen years.

I was homeschooled, thanks to a very liberal mother, until college. After a few years at a community college, I met my husband. I chose my major – accounting – based on the experiences of a relative whom I have never met, who spent her life as an accountant – her story inspired me. After a few accounting classes, I realized I truly enjoyed the concepts and work in my major. I had wonderful teachers who threw fantastically fun twists on topics that are traditionally dry and dull, and my enthusiasm for the subject grew from there. I finished with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting in the spring of 2006, bought my first and only home in Addison a few months later, and then went back in 2007 to get my Master’s degree in Accounting and Finance.

I work for the corporate offices of U.S. Cellular as an accountant, and every day I’m learning something new. I like to spend my free time with my husband and two cats, watching silent and golden era movies (with the occasional new release for variety). I like to practice yoga and shooting, both to clear my mind and to help me to focus. I love to go hunting in thrift stores; you can find gems if you’re willing to dig. I enjoy music and making videos when my husband and I have a great idea. When I have the chance, I love to go road–tripping and camping around the country. It is so fun driving around all over the U.S., finding those small towns, and meeting all the great people who live there.