about the chimes

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.

I’m 33.


I’m a runner. 

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 learned 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.


6 AM Running Subcommittee Wed.

I’m a designer. 

When I’m not running or enjoying time outdoors, I’m designing awesome layouts, or more likely, I am researching or writing. I just finished my MFA in graphic design and wrapped up two years of teaching design students at Iowa State. My current obsessions are P5.js and design for social change. I work at the University of Minnesota College of Design and am looking for adjunct teaching jobs for all that spare time I have. You can check out my portfolio here.

in-progress sketch of my website // lifeplusrunning.com

SmileCard04 // chimesdesign.com

Another one of my favorite designs

I’m a writer. 

Not only have I written a bajillion words on this blog, I’ve been published elsewhere, have taken a couple stabs at writing a novel, and have written first drafts of two design books. I’m considering a coffee table book about Bowie and culture, but haven’t started that yet. Once edited and polished, I’ll talk more about the books. Young novel(s) might not surface. 🙂 


I’m a maker. 

I’m happiest when I am making things. I have made pretty much anything you can name. Most recently I’ve dabbled in fermentation and acrylic paint (not together).  I was doing Pinterest projects before Pinterest was a thing. If you search the archives of this blog, you’ll find tons of art, craft, and DIY projects.

Growing Pile of zippy bags .

I’m a foodie.

But I hate the word “foodie” but wanted to keep going with the “I’m a _____” theme I started.

In the last 5 years I’ve worked past disordered eating and found Intuitive Eating. About two years ago, I discovered I have a metric buttload of food allergies. 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.

Lemon ice cream recipe // lifeplusrunning.com


I’m a music fanatic. 

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 junkie.  In my spare time I’ve DJed at a college radio station and had a show called “Not Your Dad’s Radio Show”. You can check out my radio playlists. I’m also still fiddling around with my bass guitar, so here’s hoping I’ll be the next D’arcy Wretzky or Kim Deal. (Here’s where you realize I’m a 90s kid).


I like to change my hair. 

I’ve had just about every haircut imaginable … although I’ve yet to have a mullet or mohawk. I’m not afraid of bleach or color. If you’re looking for inspiration for thick, curly/wavy hair, check out the backlog of hair photos.

chimes hair transformation // lifeplusrunning.com

I’m married to my best friend.

My partner-in-crime of nearly eight years, Mark, and I tied the knot on Friday the 13th of May, 2016. 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.

Mark is excited we finally got married // lifeplusrunning.com

Mark and Calee Cecconi wedding // www.lifeplusrunning.com

I didn’t blog a lot about our wedding. If you want more wedding details check out our wedding site.

I’m (still) a crazy dog lady.

We had 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. Barney was 10 years old when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. His last day was April 5, 2017. We miss him.

barney // 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. 🙂