new job

Yesterday I got to do two of my favorite things, a photoshoot and talk about healthy living. More to come on the latter in a minute.


Our new friends and fellow AIA staff members here in Raleigh wanted a quick photoshoot for updated pics since they had a baby this summer. Here are a few of my favorites. 🙂


I mentioned I also got to talk about healthy living yesterday. I have really enjoyed the pursuit of a healthy lifestyle over the past year or two. As a couple, Brian and I have committed to eating lots of veggies, hormone-free meats and dairy, going organic when we can afford it, exercising, and (something I feel is easily overlooked) choosing to rest. Part of what I also really enjoy is researching ways to make my home healthier. This includes getting rid of chemicals and other toxins as well as creating a space to relax. It’s easy to go crazy reading lots of hippy-articles on the web, thinking one needs to basically become Amish in order to be “healthy.” So for me, what it boiled down to was not only reading the labels on my food, but also on other products I use around the house. If you’ve ever tried to find the ingredients to Tide, Swiffers, Febreeze, or anything else, you know it can be a hard go. Even if you find some ingredients, you need doctorate-level degree in chemistry to understand what they actually are. (Side bar, if you do want to know what’s in your Windex, Glade, or other SC Johnson products, they created a great website called What’s Inside SC Johnson. IMO though, they’ve done their best to not appear like a chemical giant and go so far as to equate Windex with water… Sneaky sneaky.) That’s why when I discovered Norwex, I was hooked. And I’ve decided to sell it.


I don’t want this to seem like a commercial for why you should spend all of your money on my fancy new products. I just wanted to let you into my life a little more and give you some background as to why I decided to start this new job. In fact, I’d rather you spend your money buying dryer balls (that are PVC and BPA free) and then throw out your fabric softener! Liquid and sheets (and now bars)! (If you’re curious, Norwex sells Nellie’s Dryerballs.) That will be one simple step to reducing the amount of toxins in your home that contribute to cancer and neurological damage.


I love talking about being healthier and so working with Norwex was a perfect fit for me. 🙂 You can check out my website here:


Also, did you know that every 10 years your mattress doubles in weight due to dust mites, their feces, and your dead skins cells? Gross. In fact, if you or someone you know snores, most likely they are reacting to the dust mites and their droppings. You don’t need to buy a new mattress though. National Allergy sells pillow and mattress encasings and Norwex sells a spray to clean your mattress. Ignorance is bliss right? Well I guess I just popped your bliss bubble. 😉 *Glass shattering*

hello children

[Bob Saget‘s voice should be narrating.]

Kids, today’s lesson is simple. Double check your maps before you run a new route. It’s along the lines of, “Measure twice, cut once.” Or, “A stitch in time saves nine.” I accidentally ran about 4.5 miles today. :-O

Yes my face is red. But not from embarrassment.

I don’t know if you can see that. It’s my route that I ran today. On accident. Did I mention that?


P.S. If you would like some running help, have a smart phone, and don’t want to pay money for an app, you should check out Adidas’ micoach.

a chill in the air

Today we woke up to autumn. (Well, technically, it was chilly when we got home late last night.) It is officially chilly outside. While I thought I was ready for the heat to subside, I realized this morning, I’m not entirely ready for fall to roll in. I’ve only been up for an hour or two and I already miss the sunshine. But the good news is that it’s supposed to be back up into the 80’s next week! 🙂 I believe that this weather was, in part, a birthday gift for my friend Ginna. Speaking of which, Ginna and her husband have gotten us hooked on How I Met Your Mother, aka HIMYM. They lent us a few seasons on DVD so we could hopefully catch up before the next one starts. In less than a week. I thought we had it covered, we’re experts at watching many seasons in a row of shows. But then I was told that there are 6 seasons! I don’t think it’s humanly possible. But I will say we have enjoyed getting to know the characters and, don’t judge me, Barney (not the purple dinosaur) is my favorite.


The other day Ginna’s husband mentioned how it feels like college, hanging out with friends in the dorms. I must admit, I love that. I have also loved hanging out with people that I have known for at least 10 years, if not more. Last night we had dinner at my freshman-year college roommate’s house with her and her husband. It was great. We told stories. Shared some laughs. I was invited to a 50 cent concert. I was told I have a ridiculous memory. (Side note: Sometimes I think I am a little bit of an idiot savant, minus the autism. Why can I remember things this way? I can picture things, exactly what rooms looked like, what clothes we were wearing, sometimes who said what… If only I could remember words and pages, I would’ve done a lot better in history class.) We had an amazing southern dinner with cheeseburgers, baked beans, fried okra, and sweet tea. And there came up a thunderstorm while we were eating on the screened in porch. LOVELY. (I realize that usually if something is lovely, the describer is mild-manneredly using that word. But I felt emphasism was needed.) (I just made up two words.)


Brian just said to me, “You have le problems.” 😉


I would also like to direct your attention to An American’s Guide to Canada. My friend Jill shared it with me yesterday and I had a good time reading through it. I’m such a keener. I still call the garbage disposal a garburator. And I will probably always say “hey” at the end of my sentences, when appropriate. But a winter hat, that which the Canucks call a toque, will always be a toboggan.


Can I also say how much I am loving the Pandora app on my iPhone? I leave it on the Mumford and Sons channel. Don’t judge me again, but I want to make a K.D. Lang channel to. That woman can sing. And also a Johnny Cash channel.


It’s time for work now. Suit up.


I don't like posts without pictures.