Brittany is a self-described good girl, but she jokes that sometimes she can be a little contrary. “Pisces is always feisty!” she laughs.
For the past year-and-a-half, she has lived in her one-bedroom apartment at Winhaven Court, with her rescue cat, Zoey. She and Zoey, who was mistreated before she was taken to the shelter and then adopted by Brittany, have a mutual admiration for each other. When Brittany comes home from work, she taps lightly on the door to her apartment and softly calls Zoey’s name. From the other side of the door, Zoey meows quietly at her, and Brittany opens the door to a happy cat. Brittany is glad that she is able to offer Zoey a loving and stable home and that Zoey is good company. Brittany likes cooking, and her favorite meal to prepare when staff come is ham and cheese crescent rolls that she makes from scratch, with BBQ dipping sauce. She also likes fresh and frozen veggies. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, she walks a mile route from her apartment to WSU and back.
Brittany grew up near Dakota with her mother, father, and younger brother. Her mom is a bus aide, and her dad is an over-the-road truck driver. When she lived at home, her dad would often take her on trips with him, so she has traveled all over the United States. She spends holidays with her parents and since she owns her own car, she can visit them any time. She takes good care of her car, which she says is due for an oil change and probably a new muffler soon. She also admits that she has had to pay a few tickets for alternate side parking violations. “I hate alternate side parking!” she says emphatically.
She graduated from Winona Senior High School. Her favorite subjects were math and history, and she would have liked to take advanced classes in those subjects. She still studies math in her spare time online at Khan Academy, working on algebra to keep her math skills fresh and keeping a detailed notebook of her progress. She is also an avid student of genealogy and enjoys studying the history of her maternal grandfather, Noel Ehlenfeldt’s, family. She was very close to him and still mourns his passing in May of 2005.
Brittany would love to go to college to study either math or history, but isn’t sure what she would like to do with either of those majors. She’s also interested in research, archeology, and accounting. She’d like to be a mechanic, too, or since she loves animals, perhaps a job working with them. She has so many interests it’s hard to choose.
She and her best friend, Chelsea, have been friends since middle school and have a great time together. Both Brittany and Chelsea are involved in Grassroots, and they have a blast taking a bus to the capitol to rally with HCO and meet legislators. Brittany also has plans to go bowling with friends very soon.
She has worked at ORC for seven years in the laundry area. She irons sheets and loads the machines, doing laundry for Saint Anne’s, Winona Health, Callista Court, WSU, Sauer Heath, Sport-n-Spine, and the Winona County Jail. She is very good at her job, but feels like she could use more of a challenge. The best part of the job at ORC is working with her friends. If she’s having a bad day at work, she says that two of her good friends always save the day: they can’t help but make her smile and forget her problems. She admits that her impatience can sometimes hold her back, but she works hard to keep her composure and be professional. She tries to set daily goals for herself at work. If she doesn’t make them, she lets it go and tries to do better the next day.
Brittany has a lot of interests that keep her occupied on her break at work and in her off time. She especially enjoys music and her tastes range from country, such as Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, and Kenny Rogers, to Whitney Houston, Prince, Michael Jackson, and Carrie Underwood. She always has her ear buds and phone with her, so music is always available. Some of her television favorites are Judge Judy, Jerry Springer, Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Dead Files, Ghostly Adventures, and Family Matters. She also likes to read.
Right now, Brittany says, she has to focus on trying to better herself and plan for her future. People can’t help but believe that she will accomplish a lot in her life, she is so full of energy and drive.