… shaking it off… and heading out in search of balance…

about me

so first of all i should apologize to the poor unknowing souls on the rollercoaster! i neither know them, nor sought their permission to use their likenesses in the heading of my blog. that being said, i’m keeping them up there because it’s the perfect depiction of life for me thus far…

that being said, i’m a 29 year old idaho native turned lover of portland, college athlete turned couch potato, energetic law student turned underemployed legal assistant. wow, don’t i sound like a real treat!?!?! =) however, i’m assuming that quick description leaves no doubt as to why this blog is being started!

i have changed a lot in the last couple years, mostly in ways i’m not proud of. rather than go through the laundry list, i’ll just say… i’ve been through a lot, and i’m giving myself a break, but not making any excuses.

SO… i’m stepping off the rollercoaster in search of a more balanced me! i want to use this place as a way to help me focus on the many things and people that make the best ME.

i feel some brief introductions are in order, as these people (both 2 and 4-legged) will surely be making many appearances during this journey:



Anne, my partner in crime:


Farley, my son:


he gets two photos b/c, well, he’s a pretty big deal!


Haley & Cody, the teens:

And finally, the newest addition to our team, who will be joining us in less than a month (he’s the blue one)!


Here goes nothin…


Comments on: "about me" (12)

  1. I am so proud of you for making the choice to step off the coaster. Through all the dips, climbs, loops and screams, it hasn’t changed the loving and wonderful person that you are. Though I haven’t been along for the whole ride, I hope I can be a part of the beautiful future! I can’t wait to read more!!!

  2. Melissa Mae said:

    I love you girlfriend and can’w wait to keep up on your blog and see the changes in your life. Also so you know I support you and when you need someone I am here for you!

    LOVE YA!!!

  3. I am honored that you would share this with me. I look forward to keeping up with you here. I know I will learn a lot and laugh a lot.

  4. Awww, sweet puppers! Good luck on the blog and your adventures! xoxo

  5. Aww you dogs look adorable. I’m excited to read more πŸ™‚

  6. Thanks for all the wonderful comments lady! πŸ™‚ Any friend of Mama Pea’s is a friend of mine! Can’t wait to keep reading! πŸ™‚

  7. Veronica said:

    I just found your blog and I LOVE it! I will checking in on you frequently!

  8. How cute are those puppies? Great blog. I look forward to reading more.

  9. Veronica said:

    Hello Darlin

  10. castlequeen said:

    Susana ! This blog is really cool ! You are and always have been so witty and funny! It’s been fun reading this…and i applaud you for all your efforts for change…and that you are not TOO hard on yourself while you are at it.. I love the pics of Farley and took a few of them πŸ˜‰
    I love that recipe with the zuchinni piles under the meatball sauce with butternut on the side πŸ˜‰ I will have to try that one myself… Keep up the good work …..you WILL get to where you are going πŸ˜‰

  11. Thanks for stopping by my blog and for Mama Pea for connecting us! We are trying to get a Portland blog meet-up soon (maybe this month even?). Putting you in my reader!

  12. Youre blog is SO great!! And your food ideas are fantastic! I follow Mama Pea’s blog and saw your guest post…and now I’m definitely going to be following your blog! I see a lot of similarities in our activities/food choices, I can’t wait to try those vegan stuffed mushrooms! Can you recommend a good food processor?

    – Dez

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