Hi, I’m Julia. Generally speaking I can’t dance, like to travel, am obsessed with my wiggly black doggie, have a very silly Lola kitty, love to bake, cook, and run, hate birds, have a serious Etsy addiction, love the mountains of North Carolina, and wish I was a southerner.
That’s me and my girl Mira. She’s very wiggly, cuddly, and protective of those she loves. I adopted her from a no-kill shelter, after she’d already been adopted once by a family who then returned her. How someone could return such a sweet girl is beyond me.
This is my kitty Lola. When I adopted her as a kitten she had two eyes. One night Mira lost her temper over a bag of dog food and the result was the removal of Lola’s left eye. Mira felt very sorry and has behaved as such ever since. She and Lola are best friends. And the kitty acts like she doesn’t even remember life with two eyes. She enjoys chasing duct tape triangles, bringing us Q-tips from the bathroom trash, and leaping at Mira’s face as she walks around the house.
Besides North Carolina, Lola, and Mira, I love music (especially live music), spending time in the kitchen, yoga, and running.
I spend time in the kitchen to de-stress. Hard day at work? Come home and whip up some cookies. You say you’re bummed? Brownies are the cure. I’m slowly becoming comfortable enough to experiment in the kitchen, which can sometimes be disastrous. I’m not the most tolerant of dairy, and try to use as little milk and cheese in my kitchen as possible.
Almost all of my ingredients (in both anything I bake or cook) are either local or organic. I buy as much of my produce at one of the various farmer’s markets in town (Indianapolis has a lot, including a winter farmer’s market!). I love supporting local farmers and businesses, plus getting up Saturday mornings to go to the farmer’s market is kind of a ritual.
The whole running thing, that’s a fairly new addition to my life. One day I realized that all the butter and sugar in my baked goods needed to be combated. So I started to run. I’m not a natural runner, it’s a challenge for me, but I love that challenge. I love pushing myself, some days to shave seconds off of my times, some days just to get out the door.