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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.
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 …
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I have an AMAZING group of friends who are my lifeline and the best support system you could ever want.
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.
Hi there. I'm Calee (pronounced CAL-e). If that's too hard, just call me Cal. Also known as chimes or the chimes. I'm 28ish, a designer, a runner, a self-proclaimed fitness queen, a craftster, a foodie, a music snob — some might call me a hipster. Here's the unabridged version.
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