About Me

Since I started blogging here over five years ago, I've created so many amazing connections and opportunities.  It's been life changing and I am so thankful for my wee corner of the internet.  The desire to shake things up and broaden my connections has been on my mind for awhile.  

And, lo, Born and Read in Chicago seemed like the perfect way to indulge in my favorite pastime and change things up from Born and Raced in Chicago.  

Books have been a passion of mine long before running, or maybe even walking?  My first job was as a library page in my early teens.  I have loved reading, being around books and talking about them since I can remember.  I am far from a book snob and will read pretty much anything, mostly leaning towards popular literary fiction, YA of all kinds, and a little bit of fantasy or sci-fi.  This is not a go-to site for all things Pulitzer or National Book Award (although I've certainly read some nominees and winners over the years).  My philosophy is that people derive enjoyment from reading in many different ways and there is no one right way to enjoy a book, they are all equal! That being said, I'm very honest in my reviews if a book is not right for ME.

So if you're still here after the changeover from Born and Raced, to Born and Read - thank you!  I still plan to do weekly menus, recap races and occasionally talk running, just like I occasionally talked books in the past.  And if you're new here...

Foremost, I’m a stay at home/professional school volunteer mom.    
One might say I'm a very organized anal retentive individual, and one of my favorite ways to exercise this aspect of my personality is to plan our weekly menus.  I'm a huge fan of recipe roundups (er, and cooking!) and figured this would be a fun way to contribute mine, as well as some recipes along the way.
And, last but not least, I like to run, as evidenced by all my race recaps.
Thanks for stopping by!  Here's a random list, in no particular order, of things I adore and can talk nonstop about.  If you ever meet me in person, please feel free to avoid/embrace these subjects depending upon your point of view:
Las Vegas, Cirque du Soleil, Mexico, Pugs, Portillos hot dogs, Chicago style pizza, tex-mex food/margaritas, salted caramel, Starbucks drive thru, being left handed, Breaking Bad, 24, Six Feet Under, Battlestar Galactica... ok television in general, Sci Fi and action flicks, Simon Pegg, Baz Luhrmann, American Beauty, Garden State, Scott Pilgrim vs the World, Spy, Eurotrip... ok movies in general, my Kindle, the GPS/backup camera in my car, Trader Joe's, Seattle weather, Space Camp (the place, not the movie - yes, I went to camp there!)


  1. I realized too late that you already received the Liebster Award, but I nominated you as well! http://howmyworldruns.com/2012/12/16/liebster-award-completely-humbled-and-excited/

    1. Thanks for the s/o on the blog and the Liebster Love! always SO appreciated :))