I’m a self-proclaimed geek and a natural blonde, but in full disclosure I get highlights to brighten up my naturally dull ash blonde hair. I also sport a paw print tattoo on the underside of my left wrist, have six piercings in my ears and wear glasses a lot of the time.
I consider myself blessed. I love the city I live in (Austin, Texas). I not only love and adore my husband, Kevin, but I really like him, too. We’re best friends and make a great team, and are comfortably interdependent on one another.
We have been blessed with a baby boy, whom I call “Binary Boy” on this blog. He was born at the end of October 2008. I labored at home and birthed using no drugs or interventions, at a birthing center with a midwife, her assistant and my husband present. We are raising him with the “Attachment Parenting” mindset (baby wearing, co-sleeping/napping, etc.). He has also been exclusively breastfed from birth (no formula) and I lovingly make most of his solid foods from scratch using organic ingredients. Also, recently we began cloth diapering (and cloth wipes) and highly recommend it if you can accommodate it in your parenting lifestyle. I am a stay-at-home-mom and am loving my “job”.
I also have two sweet kitties, Noni & Kanji. And we all live in my dream house in an adorable, quiet neighborhood surrounded by great neighbors around our age.
In my downtime, you’ll most likely find me on my MacBook (more than likely reading blogs or blogging), playing with my cats, hanging out with friends and/or with my husband.
I also thoroughly enjoy reading, spending time with animals of all shapes and sizes (I’m equally elated with mostly all animals, from dogs & cats to reptiles & birds), walking/hiking, finding new music to listen to, practicing yoga, swimming, cooking & finding new recipes, talking about good food, star gazing, watching sunsets, taking photos on my digital camera, and traveling around to explore off the beaten path.
I have an odd connection/curiosity/obsession with the colors green and blue, jaguars, rain forests, Machu Picchu, The Orion Constellation, Vega and Pleiades star systems, triangles and spirals, clouds, stones (especially moldavite), thunderstorms, lightning, cats, dolphins, butterflies, white moths and caterpillars, trees (especially big, old ones), mushrooms, moss, water, and the ocean.
Some of My Favorites
The Beatles, HelloGoodbye, Bond, Gomez, Rooney, Goldfrapp, Enya, Paul Simon, DJ Encore, David Garza, Joss Stone, Alice Deejay, Enigma, DJ Tiesto, Gipsy Kings, Mike Doughty, Bitter:Sweet, Maroon 5, Weird Al Yankovich, Kings of Leon, Amber, Aqua, Zero 7, Blues Traveler, Moby, ABBA, Catherine, OK Go!, Paul Oakenfold, No Doubt, Jesus Jones, Sting, Madonna, The Killers, Wilco, Ratatat, Jamiroquai, Depeche Mode, Daft Punk, Cantoma, Roykscopp, BT, Hexstatic, Ben Lee, Norah Jones, Deep Forest, Eiffel 65, Fatboy Slim, Groove Armada, Jimmy Chamberlin Complex, John Lennon, Los Angeles Incas, New Order, Nomad, Oasis, Frank Sinatra, Randy Newman, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Res, Robbie Williams, Seal, Soul Coughing, Tom Jones, Underworld
The Illustrated Alchemist, God Was in This Place and I- i Did Not Know, The Celestine Prophecy, Dear Children of the Earth, Dune, Earthsea Cycle series, Fast Food Nation, Stardust, The First Chronicles of Amber, For Every Cat an Angel, The Hobbit, Immortal Unicorn, The Last Unicorn, The Little Prince, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Once Upon a Time, Rich Dad/Poor Dad, Seven Circles Trilogy, Tales of the Dying Earth, Tell Me a Story, Tintin comics, Tintin in the New World, The Unlikely Dragon trilogy, Vegan Freak, A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows
Contact, The Last Unicorn (animated 1984), The Fifth Element, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, El Postino, Lost In Translation, The Princess Bride, My Neighbor Totoro, Stardust, The Goonies, Princess Mononoke, Harry Potter, Beetlejuice, Batman, Batman Begins, Nightmare Before Christmas, Sliding Doors, Matrix, Borne Identity, Borne Supremacy, Borne Ultimatum, Hildago, Howl’s Moving Castle, Fight Club, Shrek, Sin City, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Record of Lodoss War, The Secret of NIMH, The Prince of Egypt, Star Trek: IV, Star Wars, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The NeverEnding Story, anything Monty Python, Napolean Dynamite, Garden State, Dune, Pan’s Labyrinth, When Harry Met Sally, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Pirates of the Caribbean, Spirited Away, The Addams Family, Splash, Sound of Music, Ice Age, The Incredibles, The Iron Giant, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Labyrinth, Legend, Amelie, Dead Poets Society, Time Bandits
Heroes, 4400, Myth Busters, Hotel Babylon, Psych, Flight of the Concords, Dexter, Dirty Jobs, Extras, Weeds, John from Cincinnati, Grey’s Anatomy, Dirt, Smallville, Blood Ties, Numb3rs, Chobits, Brothers & Sisters, The Colbert Report, The Daily Show, The Riches, Ugly Betty, Star Trek, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Enterprise, The X-Files
Post-Katrina Pet Rescue and Relief
For two and a half months, from December 15, 2005 to February 28, 2006, I lived in New Orleans, Louisiana at a temporary animal housing center called Celebration Station. I was there to continue in the rescue and relief effort for pets who were left behind in the devastation after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita destroyed the Gulf Coast. My job title was co-manager of the cat area inside Celebration Station. I also acted as the full-time and only feline veterinary technician. Best Friends Animal Society oversaw all daily operations and to help me out, they sent two people (Mike and Mark, one right after another) from their sanctuary in Utah to help manage the huge task of caring for about 200 cats at any one time.
Prior to my semi permanent stay in Celebration Station, I made two other trips to Louisiana for pet rescue. The first was with Alley Cat Allies (8 days in early November 2005) and the second was with Animal Rescue New Orleans (10 days in early December 2005). To read my real-life accounts, view photos (link removed for updating) and information regarding my time there, visit the section entitled Pet Rescue Trips (link removed for updating), under Projects, or just read my blog archives in the category ‘Louisiana Trip’.
My Bucket List
A short list of things I would like to accomplish/experience before I “kick the bucket”.
[_] hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (I came so close)
[X] visit Thailand
[_] visit Israel
[_] visit New York
[_] visit Japan
[_] visit Spain
[_] visit Paris
[X] visit and hike down into The Grand Canyon
[X] visit and hike in Sequoia National Park
[_] scuba dive and/or snorkel at The Great Barrier Reef
[_] scuba dive and/or snorkel in Hawaii
[_] learn self defense (specifically krav maga)
[_] go hang gliding
[X] get a tattoo
[_] speak fluent sign language
[_] meditate with a Buddhist monk
[_] take a quality picture of the full moon
[_] photograph a glacier
[X] hike to the peak of a volcano
[_] drive a car on the Autobahn in Germany at 110 mph
[_] swim with dolphins
[X] ride an elephant
[X] have a pet hermit crab
[_] learn how to knit a scarf
[_] sew a quilt
[X] rescue, foster and adopt out a cat
[X] assist with a spay or neuter surgery for a cat or dog