Hi. I’m Calee. Not Caylee. If you call me Caylee, we cannot be friends. Unless you buy me a drink. Then we can talk. Just don’t call me Caylee again.

Though my (not so clever — c + last name = chimes) moniker on twitter is “chimes“, I am not affiliated with the restaurant in Baton Rouge. But I will tweet inappropriately at you if you mention “eating at chimes“.

I’m 29. ish.

I love to run.  I started this blog back in 2008 as a way to keep me motivated for marathon training. I ran my first marathon in 2008, but ended up with my first injury. I’ve been learning to train smarter since then, and have gone on to win a 5K, break my half-marathon PR by 20 minutes, and, most recently, break my 10K PR.


I’m a designer. When I’m not running or enjoying time outdoors, I’m designing awesome layouts, or most likely, researching or writing. I recently quit my full-time job to work on my MFA in graphic design. I’m slated to finish in spring of 2016 (fingers crossed). When I’m not busy with school, I like to make things. I was doing Pinterest projects before Pinterest was a thing. If you search the archives of this blog, you’ll find tons of art an craft projects.

crafts made by chimes // lifeplusrunning.com

I like food. Oh, you like food too? I’ve worked past disordered eating and found Intuitive Eating. I’ve been intuitively eating since 2013. Midway through 2013 I found out that I have a ton of food allergies, so I’ve been adjusting my cooking to include foods that I can eat and have been trying to work on healing my gut. It’s been a long journey trying to figure out what was causing my GI problems, and I’ve gone gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, and now allergy-free (specific to my allergens). If you’re suffering from food allergies and sensitivities, you’ll likely find something that works for you here. I share quite a few of my recipes.

chimes likes to cook // lifeplusrunning.com

I love music. When I was little I wanted to be a rock star. Hell, I still want to be a rock star.  I was actually even in a band once in 2005. But instead of being a rock star, I’m a music snob — mostly into metal and Michael Jackson. Though I’ve been known to get sleazy and listen to Ke$ha. Now I have my own radio show on the local radio station at 7 AM on Wednesdays (CST): Not Your Dad’s Radio Show. You can stream it online here, or check out all of my radio playlists. I’m also finally taking bass guitar lessons, so here’s hoping I’ll be the next Kim Deal. (Here’s where you realize I’m a 90s kid).

chimes rocks out // lifeplusrunning.com

I like to experiment with my hair. Currently, I’m growing my hair out because it’s a lot cheaper to do that instead of getting a haircut every 4 weeks. Typically, I like my hair short. So if you’re looking for inspiration for thick, curly/wavy hair, check out the backlog of hair photos.

about the chimes // calee changes her hair // lifeplusrunning.com

I’m engaged!  My best friend and partner of nearly 5 years, Mark, and I got engaged in the summer of 2014. We are planning a 2016 wedding (a week after I graduate grad school — fingers crossed!). Mark works and lives 4 hours away, so we are doing the long-distance thing until I’m done with school. In Mark’s spare time he cooks fantastic creations. He doesn’t have his own show on the Food Network, but he does have a feature on life + running: Wonder-Bred Italian Boy Cooks. He’s responsible for some of this blog’s best recipes.

If you want to follow wedding updates, check out our wedding site.

about mark, the wonder bred italian boy who cooks // lifeplusrunning.com

I have a dog a super-finicky, yet lovable dog. I have a long haired miniature doxie named Mr. Barnabus Stinson, II (Barney, aptly named after NPH’s character on How I Met Your Mother) that I adopted in 2009. Don’t be fooled by his cuteness, he is kind of a jerk. But I love him anyway … most days. As an adopted dog, he came with a lot of anxiety issues, and typically doesn’t like other dogs or meeting new people. Barney is going to be 8 years old this year!

about barnabus stinson 2, the long-haired doxie // lifeplusrunning.com

Finally … I have an AMAZING group of friends who are my lifeline and the best support system you could ever want.

some of my awesome friends // lifeplusrunning.com

That’s it. The unabridged version of “about me”. If you want to know the history of this blog, here’s a post. :)


15 Responses to about the chimes

  1. After reading your abridged bio, I thought we’d get along very, very well…but then I saw your cute pupster…and I knew. I am a huge HIMYM fan… and a big music snot myself. I came across your blog on the Foodie Penpal matches list this morning! Can’t wait to read more! (www.runs4wine.wordpress.com)

  2. Tiffany N says:

    Um, yeah, your blog just makes me happy. I’m being sneaky and reading it at work (what can you expect, it is Monday after all) and LOVE it. However, I think I love that your dog is named Barnabus Stinson II even more. That is legen–wait for it–dary!

    • Anonymous says:

      Thanks! I’ve been reading yours for a while and apparently we’ve been delving into Indian food at the same time. :)

  3. Shaunna says:

    Do you have the option to subscribe by email?
    I am in Iowa too and would love to follow your blog!

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  5. Susie says:

    Hi, from one Iowa blogger to another. I’ve nominated you for the Sunshine Award. You can find out more about it here: http://flexitarianfilly.wordpress.com/
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  7. Michelle Williams says:

    Good site, I’ll be trying several of your recipes. It seems health issues are often what bring us to this interest in food. I was wondering, are you from the U.K.? You used the word “whilst” at some point, which is strictly a UK version of English. But I have noticed a lot of USA people adopting UK English, either thinking it is the “correct” word, or an attempt to sound better, when it isn’t “correct” it is simply a different language, called “UK English.” For instance, a lot of news reporters often say “HAIR-ess-ment” instead of the correct USA English pronunciation “huh-RASS-ment” and “whilst” instead of “while” is becoming a phenomenon. So, I was just wondering. I hate to see our young generation becoming ashamed of speaking US English. On the other hand, if you are from the UK, all of this is a moot point. Cheers!

    • chimes says:

      Hi Michelle: I am not from the UK and I didn’t even realize that was UK English. I watch a *lot* of British TV (it’s just better than American TV … which might make me a snob) and I spend a lot of time in our British fish and chips shop in my hometown, and that’s actually run by people from the UK. So maybe I just picked it up?

    • chimes says:

      Also, hopefully the recipes are helpful. What sort of health issues do you have?

  8. Emily Walsh says:

    Hi Calee! I was just reading up on your blog and had a quick question. Could you please email me when you get the chance? – Emily : )

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