Ann Makowski grew up as a Navy brat, attended 11 different schools in 8 different cities, and now lives in Alexandria, not far from where she was born, Norfolk. She liked moving so much, though she has now lived in the same place for 20 years, probably since her mother has stopped coming into her bedroom and telling her it was time to move. One benefit to living in all of these places is that she can talk to anybody, which in turn has made her good with words, which in turn has led to a job that she loves, putting words on 3D signs. Ann has never married, probably because she would never date anybody who would date her. This may be tied to her love of food and her weight issues, which she sees as a kind of physical and emotional shield—protective, defensive. She continues to lose weight, though, and to embrace the world around her.