Meet Your Neighbor: Rebecca Neilson, 44, Grass Valley |

Meet Your Neighbor: Rebecca Neilson, 44, Grass Valley

How long I’ve lived in Nevada County: Twenty years.

Why I like living here: Clean air, slower pace of life.

What I do in my spare time: Go to the river or my pool.

My family: My parents, my aunt and uncle, and my son and daughter.

Best friend: Arhline Allito; she knows all my secrets from fourth grade on.

Favorite food: Fish and rice sushi.

Pets: Dog, cat and a hermit crab.

Job: Convenience store manager.

What I like about my job: The ability to have fun while I’m working.

What I would change about my job: To only work four days versus five.

The best job I ever had: Being a mom.

If I won a million: I’d dance a jig!

My favorite vacation: Disneyland.

My dream vacation: Disney World, Florida.

My greatest accomplishment: My children.

If I could relive my life, I would: Have not married my last husband!

What I’d change about the world: The importance of money.

The most important lessons I’ve learned: To be able to stand on my own and not depend on anyone else.

The people who have made the biggest difference in my life: My parents, my children and God.

My hero: My mother and father.

My personal theme song: “I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar.”

Favorite TV show: “Judge Judy.”

A movie I’d recommend: Anything on Lifetime (television for women, of course).

A secret I’ve never told anyone before now: Ask Arhline.

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