I grew up in a very small town in Mid-Missouri. In a town populated with approximately 300 people. We would always say approximately, and then go on to include “but I think there was a funeral last week, so subtract one” or “but I think my neighbor is pregnant, so add one”. There are more cows that live there than humans… blah blah blah. My parents were both teachers, and my dad also raised cattle on the farm we lived on. I went to school at the only school in the town with 18 other kids in my class. We used the phrase “I’m heading uptown now” to mean that we’re going to go sit outside of the one bar (and family restaurant) to meet up and then go drive around on gravel roads and be stupid teenagers on a Saturday night. Bonfires, parties in sheds and deer shacks, and roadtrippin’ (yes, to properly say it, you cannot include the “g” at the end) were all fun activities to pass the time.
Needless to say, college could not come soon enough. I tried new things. I got in trouble. I loved every minute of it.
Most of the friends I made were either from St. Louis or Chicago. After beginning my first year of grad school, and even before that time, I started thinking about where I wanted to end up. With a desire to move out of Missouri, Chicago won out.
And now here I am four years later. I’ve met a lot of interesting and amazing people. I’ve done a lot of interesting things. And I decided to use this blog as a creative outlet to amuse myself and friends who are curious as to what I’ve been up to. It also helps me keep track on what I’m doing to keep healthy and keep RUNNING (my sport of choice). So far, it’s kept me accountable for maintaining that healthy lifestyle and aspiring to get stronger and faster on the running path. I quite honestly don’t know where my random musings will go when I write, but I guess we’ll see…* My friends who have already read this say it’s great because I type the same exact way I talk. I guess that’s a good thing. I’m not trying to be a fantastic journalist here. I’m just playing around on the computer. Because I can.
*I completely reserve the right to curse and talk about inappropriate things whenever I feel the desire to do so. Consider yourself warned.