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I Podcast Now

Hello! Guess what? Yesterday we launched our She Geeks Out podcast! Yup that’s right, I’m a podcast host!

Podcast Hosts Extraordinaire

We actually launched a version of this earlier this year, but decided to pull those few episodes and revamp what we had started off with. After learning how to properly hold a microphone (hint: you don’t need to make out with it), figuring out how iTunes works (we’re still not entirely sure), and lining up a bunch of awesome women to chat with, we are now live!

It’s very exciting because I love to talk with anyone who will listen about what Rachel and I are up to with SGO. And I’m also thrilled to be able to highlight the voices of some of the super cool ladies who we get to work with and hear from.


Here’s the deal! Go here and read more about our SGO Podcast Contest (you can win things!). Go to iTunes or whatever app you prefer, subscribe, download, rate and review us. I really do think you’ll like what you hear. And let me know what you think!

Listen to the She Geeks Out Podcast.



[Photo credit: Lonsdale Koester]


Wow, things got gloomy there for a little while, huh? What can I say… it was very nice to wake up today and feel happy and back to my usual self. That’s what friend cheerleaders, exercise, and awesome She Geeks Out events will do for ya, apparently!

San Francisco Here I Come

Normally I don’t have a hard time responding to people who ask me why I don’t just pick up and move to the West Coast. There are so many reasons! The weather (I like snow!), the seasons, the East Coast pace, proximity to friends and family, public transportation, housing prices, etc. etc. etc.

This winter has made this conversation a little more difficult. Even now as I type this, we had snow yesterday. SNOW. It’s April tomorrow!

I just booked my travel out to SF in May for an extended work trip. Normally I fly in and fly out immediately after my work is done. This year I decided to do things a little differently and spend an extra weekend in SF. A mini vacation of sorts!

So, friends… what should I do while I’m out enjoying the sunshine? Explore the SF nightlife, take day trips, wine country… ? I’m all ears!

It’s Alive!

I finally took the plunge and set up an actual website for myself! I’ve been blogging for years and years with WordPress, but now you can go and learn more about me, check out some of the cool stuff I get up to in my free time, and let me know how this all makes you feel! 

I’ve been thinking about setting up a home for myself in the vast wilds of the Internets for a while, but only got around to doing so fairly recently. This is a major change for someone who used to blog totally anonymously! In a way having all of my online activities gathered in one spot speaks volumes to my organizational, order-loving soul. On the other hand, it’s incredibly revealing to have all these bits and pieces of me hanging out in one easily-accessible location.

I’ll still be blogging, but now I will be able to incorporate a lot more. Check it all out and enjoy!


OK. Yes. There is a ton of snow. In fact, it just won’t stop snowing. Shoes? What are those? I only wear boots. I can barely remember a time when I actually left my apartment and went to work on a Monday morning.

But, I kind of like this crazy weather! Why? People actually talk to one another. You’re forced to acknowledge someone who steps aside so you can navigate a tricky section of unplowed sidewalk. Running into someone you barely know outside is suddenly like running into a lifelong friend. Neighbors say hello as you trudge on by. There’s a guy on my street who snow blows his sidewalk and then keeps going past his property line.

Commiseration. Eye contact. Laughing at the ridiculous way you have to hop over waist high drifts. Smiling at strangers. Life is a little bit slower but a little bit friendlier.

OK, I guess this snow isn’t all that bad. But still, please please please stop snowing so we can try digging out for a change!

Things that really make me happy…

Last night’s text message saying “can’t wait to see you this weekend”.
Did I mention that this new boy is super cute?

Things that make me happy…

Warm weather
Weekends spent with friends
Live music
Cold beer
Watching little kids rock it out
Sleeping in
Crossing things off the to-do list
Third dates with cute boys
Inside jokes


My health has had ups and downs over the years. In fall of 2011, I was very unhappy. I had gained a lot of weight during grad school, I felt old and tired, my joints were aching, it was hard to go up stairs, and I just didn’t feel good about myself.

So, I decided I had to do something about it. I started a Couch 2 5K program. I walked a 5K. It started getting colder, so I joined a gym. I ran a 5K. I started seeing a trainer. I ran another 5K.

I had a slight setback when I had the DVT/PE. But it really brought home the importance of good health, and made me sit back and reassess my life. I started seeing a nutritionist. I started really getting serious about the gym. I ran yet another 5K.

I made it through the holidays without gaining any weight (compared to a few years ago where I definitely gained at least 10 pounds in a period of a few weeks). And now I’ve hit a major milestone for me– I’ve lost 30 pounds in the last year! I still have a little ways to go until I hit a healthy range for me. But I’m back to where I was before I started school, and I feel a million times better.

It’s been hard work. It’s not easy. It’s just as much a mental as it is a physical process. But sometimes hard work pays off!


Speed Demon

I ran a 5K last weekend. The Miss Santa 5K, which I ran last year, and which was the first ‘real’ 5K I ran. I started running again in preparation for this year’s race a few weeks ago, but prior to that I hadn’t run since April. Oh, also I was pretty jet lagged, having just flown back from the West Coast the night before.

Let’s just say I didn’t have super high hopes.

Let’s also say that I BLASTED my way through this race! I ran the whole thing without stopping to walk once, and shaved nearly FOUR MINUTES off my last 5K time from April. Four minutes! Ridic! I finished with a time of 33:52 (exactly 5 minutes better than my 2011 time), a 10:50 pace and was in the middle of the pack of runners (compared to last year when I was one of the last people to finish). Not too shabby.

I’m pretty proud of myself right now. It’s been an asshat of a year but it’s events like this that make me realize how far I’ve come.



This post is a few days late, but better late than never. As of last Saturday I am finished with taking my medication for the DVT/PE I suffered back in June. WOOOOOHOOOOOO!!!