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 30. ish. (I end up updating this about once a year … right before my birthday … so I may as well write “31-ish”). 

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 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 more likely, I am researching or writing. I quit my full-time job  in 2014 to finish my MFA in graphic design. I want to teach, and I’ve been teaching your children about design and technology since 2014. My current obsessions are P5.js and design for social change. I’m slated to finish in spring of 2016.

step 5 photoshop GIF tutorial // lifeplusrunning.com

I’m a writer. Not only have I written a bajillion words on this blog, I’ve been published elsewhere, have taken a stab at writing a young adult novel, and last summer I wrote a book about a method of teaching design for social change. Once edited and polished, I’ll talk more about it. Young adult novel will 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 been dabbling 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.

crafts made by chimes // lifeplusrunning.com

I’m a foodie. And 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.

chimes likes to cook // lifeplusrunning.com

Estoy tratando de aprender Español. Es muy dificil porque no hay nadie con quien hablar. Pero puedo leer y escribir un tanto bien.  / I’m trying to learn Spanish. It is very difficult because I have nobody to talk with. But I can read and write somewhat well (and that’s being very generous on the writing part).


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 DJ at the local radio station and have a show called “Not Your Dad’s Radio Show”. You can check out all of 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).

chimes rocks out // lifeplusrunning.com

I’m fickle about 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.

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

I’m getting married!  My partner-in-crime of nearly six years, Mark, and I are tying the knot on Friday the 13th next year. 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.


I’m not going to bore you all with the details, but I will post handy tutorials. If you want to follow wedding updates, check out our wedding site.

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

I’m a crazy dog lady.  We 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. Barney is going to be 9 years old this year!

about barnabus stinson 2, the long-haired doxie // 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. :)


17 Responses to about the chimes

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