About Me

Enjoying a Pimm's at the Africa House in Stone Town, Zanzibar

Enjoying a Pimm’s at the Africa House in Stone Town, Zanzibar

It’s funny; we live with ourselves our whole lives, yet when tasked with writing a synopsis explaining who we are, it can prove daunting.  Our lives are, of course, comprised of all the decisions we’ve made that have resulted in being where we are now – and who we are now.

I was born and raised in Alabama by loving parents who strived to instill in me a strong sense of values and morals.  While my life today isn’t what they would have planned, I am thankful for the internal compass they helped plant that almost always points North.

Since graduating from college and leaving Alabama to begin my voyage into adulthood, my life has expanded in ways I could never have imagined.  I’m currently doing my second tour in DC after a four-year stint in San Diego.  While I love the city more now than ever, this go-round couldn’t be more different than my first residency.  Then, I was a new graduate working on Capitol Hill, surviving on reception fare, 10 cent wings and the drama of an on-again, off-again romance.  Now, as a married, working-at-home woman whose typical weeknight outing involves gelato, life is a lot more stable – if somewhat more predictable –  and satisfying.

Of course, the working-at-home part can result in pent-up energy and restlessness.  I spend a lot of time planning  – the next trip (traveling is my one, true, insatiable passion), the next night out at one of our neighborhood’s seemingly endless supply of new restaurants, the next must-try dinner recipe or the best way to further my interests (which currently center around learning Italian!).

This blog was born of my desire to channel some of this energy and share the things I love.  I have no singular focus for this endeavor, other than to chronicle my thoughts and experiences in what I hope is a meaningful way.

In closing, below are some quick facts about me (in no particular order) that will no doubt find their way into my musings.  And if you have any questions…feel free to ask!

  • I am a die-hard Alabama Crimson Tide football fan – Roll Tide!
  • I love to eat and will try any culinary delight.
  • I love photography and wish I were better at it.
  • I wish I could quit my job, sell or store my belongings and travel the world indefinitely.
  • I think Napa Cab (and California wine in general) is the best in the world.
  • I love Ryan Gosling.  I also love Justin Timberlake.  (In this, I am no different than most other red blooded, heterosexual women.)
  • Olivia Benson is my hero, and I will never accept Elliot’s departure.
  • I enjoy Presidential biographies, historical fiction and nonfiction and the occasional beach read.  (Who can resist a new Lauren Weisberger?  Not me.)
  • I love Ellen.  And I thank her for livening up my afternoons.

Thanks for stopping by…


*Please note, all photos on the blog are mine, unless otherwise stated.  Please do not use without permission.  Thank you.*


8 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Kimberly, thanks for dropping by my own blog and liking the post ‘Purple Iris’, really appreciated. In New Zealand I trust you will be sampling the Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir? You really should and on the way back drop into Portugal to test out the Alentejo Reds. Meanwhile I have fun in Kiwi land and Can’t agree with all your likes but the fundamentals are spot on – travel is a great way to learn, nature is a wonder and photography is a joy. Good luck I look forward to seeing your progress. MM

    • MM – Thanks to you, as well. I’m not currently in New Zealand – we just spent a couple weeks there earlier this year – but we did have our fill of Pinot and Sauvignon Blanc and visited several lovely wineries in the process. We haven’t made it to Portugal yet, but hope to eventually.

      Thanks again for coming by, and I’ll stay tuned to your goings-on, as well. And best of luck with the garden; we’re getting ready to pick our first veggie tonight. 🙂

  2. Hi Kim,
    Thank you for your blog. It has been extremely helpful in my planning for MTB this early July. I do have several questions for you. When it comes to bedding and linens when staying in the dormitories of refuges and huts, do the they provide pillows w/pillow case, warm blanket, and bath towels? We plan on bringing our own sleeping liners, but do we need to also pack the above items.
    Also, when encountering rain on the trail, do you think it is sufficient enough to use those large plastic rain ponchos that will cover both body and backpack? Or do you recommend wearing waterproof jacket, pants and backpack cover?

    Any advice would be truly appreciated!

    • I’m so glad to hear that! Yes, the huts provide warm blankets and pillows. As you mentioned, you will need your own liners. Towels are not provided. We brought quick dry towels, which are great because they’re very light, take up little room and dry quickly. We were fortunate that we didn’t encounter any real rain during our journey, but we did have full rain gear – including pants, jackets and dry bags. I suppose which protection is best is a personal preference, but I would think rain pants would be beneficial in the event the trail is muddy and/or you are walking in heavy rain. We also prefer dry bags to the backpack covers.
      Hope this helps and let me know if I can provide any further information!

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