Who is Kristie?

traveling, eating, running, and…

Yeah, that’s me: Kristie.

I’m a writer and editor who loves to eat and travel. I often pull words out of other people’s head and mold them into books. You’ve read them I bet. I used to write restaurant and concert reviews in my free time (out of an incessant need to do stuff), but more recently I became a travel agent to put together groups for runDisney and food events around the world (keeping busy). I am still a writer, an editor, and even a designer on some days. That’s what I do.

  • Crazy Pug Lady 30%
  • Squeezable 25%
  • Stay Puff Marshmellow (wo)Man 45%

I have three pugs and a lovely man who I will refer to simply as Artboy. We finally got married in February 2015. My baby Chewie passed away after 16 years in March 2013. That’s who I love.

I survived cancer. I am surviving a hysterectomy due to endometriosis, fibroids, cysts, and such. I live with IBD. My right arm is kind of weak thanks to two (yes, two!) ulnar nerve transposition surgeries. That’s what makes me tired.

I will spend more than some people pay for rent (month or year depending on city) for a good meal. I will pay more than that for an exceptional meal. I love to taste and rarely take photos of it, although I am trying to do that for my readers. I will travel thousands of miles out of the way to eat a single meal from a certain chef. That’s what lets me see the world.

Kristie Runs?

I started running in 2011 after I injured my foot and no gym would let me in without shoes. I ran without shoes on day one. Later it rained and I bought some huaraches from Xero Shoes. Later it got cold and I started training for a half marathon and bought some Vivobarefoot minimalist shoes. I run at night. I like to eat before, during, and after a run. That’s how I run.

Why I run? Because I love my mother and she has Ulcerative Colitis. I run for Team ChallengeThen I discovered that the Food & Wine Festival at Epcot has a half marathon. I was hooked. I run for runDisney. Then I discovered Europe has more fun. I run for wine and food during a marathon.

I’ve done a whole bunch of races now since my first 5k (Turkey Trot Ballard, November 2011) and my first half (Las Vegas RnR Strip at Night December 2011), and I just keep going. I don’t like running, but I do it. I’m a half fanatic (Earth #4730), and could be (qualified to be) a MM and DD if I wanted, so I recently added a good half marathon or marathon as a reason to travel! That’s why I’m in the asylum. 

But who is Kristie?

I can do a lot of things. Not all of them very well. I sometimes know more than I should. Sometimes I just don’t know at all. I don’t really know who I am other than Kristie. And none of that matters anyway. I am me.

Why do I blog?

I don’t generally write product reviews or paid advertisements (but will always mark any sort of thing as just that), although I will lovingly gush over things I love and bash those I hate. I don’t write how-to guides (well not on this blog and not for free) or offer advice on how to register for a runDisney event. Y’all do that so much better. I’m not really offering much more than a look inside my crazy, crazy head. Perhaps you’ll pick up a tip on what to do (or more likely what not to do) from my rambling.

I’m a writer; I write. And since I ask so many of you to give me money (well, donate to my cause), I should give you something back. And that something is a piece of me.

Not running anywhere

I haven’t been running much this year, although I did eat all the food in New York City for my birthday. My endometriosis finally became too much to live with and I had a hysterectomy immediately after I returned from NYC. When I find a moment, I’ll post some amazing food photos! But first, a little about why I haven’t been running or sharing much.

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We go to Hawaii every year for Spring Break, not necessarily by choice, but it’s what it is in life with Artboy. This trip was a blur of Lava hikes, tiki drinks, amazing food, and great friends.

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