Jersey girl, born & raised. I moved to Florida immediately following high school graduation for college but some old habits die hard. It took quite some time before I let go of the acrylic nails and huge hoops.
After a few drinks my Jersey accent used to come out, but since moving to Austin three years ago apparently I’ve developed quite the southern twang after a few glasses of wine. Speaking of wine…
I like lists. And calendars. Planning. And spreadsheets. Being organized is incredibly important to me, and for that – I love Google. I keep a to-do list on GTasks. I have two calendars on GCal: one for personal items, one for workouts. Hey, if you schedule ’em like appointments – you’re more likely to get them done! My training plans are uploaded to Google Docs, so I don’t have to worry about where I saved that Excel file. When I plan a vacation, I sketch out an itinerary so there’s a general framework of what the plan is. And all of these things? Get synced to my phone, so I have them with me whether I’m at home on my laptop or on the go.
I love to cook, but I’m terrible at following recipes. Which is not necessarily a bad thing. I’ll read through a recipe, remove/add ingredients, and slash the cooking time by 20 minutes. I make things simpler, enhance the flavors, and try my best to improve on the dish. It makes it difficult to pass along a recipe to friends and family though, since I never remember exactly how I tweaked it.
I wasn’t always a runner. I was a pack-a-day smoker with a drinking problem for 8+ years. Talk about a turnaround!
A few of my favorite things: anything chocolate, cream cheese frosting, Tom Petty, Bon Jovi, the Jersey Shore (where I grew up, not the show!), Christmas, Elf, Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, iced coffee, the Marine Corps Marathon, cheese, watermelon, Weezer, cupcakes, Kerbey Lane, al fresco dining, Friends, flavored vodka, LaCroix, mimosas, and margherita pizza.
Things I’m not so fond of: vanilla, lasagna, olives, the Yankees, the Jets, the Giants, crickets, doing laundry, shin splints, children, gold jewelry, Southern Comfort, hot dogs, summer running, Green Day, oatmeal raisin cookies, Crocs, and Avatar.