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 run am currently on a break from running due to several health issues. Running is what keeps me going, and it’s really hard without running.  I ran a marathon in 2008, and didn’t train smart, so I ended up with an overuse injury. Then I all but quit running, but came back and won a 5K in 2009. And in 2010 I shattered my half marathon PR by 20 minutes. I finally bit the bullet and registered for another marathon in December of 2012, but I’ve been dealing with plantar fasciitis, tight IT bands, and various other health issues this past year, so I am focusing on recovering rather than on training for a marathon.

Since I haven’t been able to run like I want, I’ve been strength training … and now any time I have a little bit of booze in me …

chimes likes strength training // lifeplusrunning.com

When I’m not sweating, I’m either in the kitchen, in my sewing room, or behind my ancient MacBook designing great layouts and / or writing this blog. I work full-time at a university in student recruiting as a graphic designer/communications specialist, and I’m working on my MFA in graphic design, and dabbling in nutrition classes on the side. If I have spare time, I do freelance design and sell some of my crafts in a shop  (graphic design rates here).

crafts made by chimes // lifeplusrunning.com

I also like food. In 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 recipes.

chimes likes to cook // lifeplusrunning.com

You should know that 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.

chimes rocks out // lifeplusrunning.com

When I’m not sweating, designing, rocking out, or cooking, I’m talking. I like to talk, as you’ve probably gathered — almost as much as I like to change my hair.

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

And I’ve been dating my best friend Mark for more than 4 years. He’s cute. He just graduated with his MS in mechanical engineering and is starting his first job in the twin cities (I’m still in Iowa until I finish the grad degree I just started part-time — long distance sucks!) 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 my blog’s best recipes.

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

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.

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

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. :)

Oh, and one more important thing. I’m not modest in any way, shape or form. And you’ll likely see awkward underwear fitness-related photos on my blog. And if you want to know something, don’t be afraid to ask.


13 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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