My parents couldn’t decide between Ann or Annie, so they settled on Anne. To this day, I’ll die on the sword to ensure that ‘e’ is never left off my name. Also to this day, the only person ON EARTH allowed to call me Annie is my Mom. Partly because my dad died when I was 11, otherwise I think I’d make a concession for him as well. As with most things in life, I’m quite transparent about the good, the bad and the ugly. My dad died due to alcoholism, which sucked. But, being raised my a single mom who was (and still is) a pretty tough chick, well, it made me into who I am today. My mom has since remarried an amazing man named Greg, who is a supportive husband to her, grandfather to my girls and last but certainly not least, father figure to me.