About Me



gumbo: A thick, robust roux-based soup sometimes thickened with okra or file’. There are thousands of variations, such as shrimp or seafood gumbo, chicken or duck gumbo, okra and file’ gumbo. Many times cooks use whatever ingredients they have on hand.

I am not just one thing, rather, I am an intentionally designed gumbo of many ingredients and flavors, some of them contradictory

My contradictions:

  • My mother was first generation Polish, my father was a many generations Irish
  • Iā€™m an only child with a large extended family
  • Born in Western NY, raised in Central Florida, I don’t let a pesky little thing like being born in the north deter my proclaimed southerner label
  • I love good manners, common sense and honor – its that southern thing coming out
  • Believe in following the rules, and expect others to do so – but, my creative side wants to break all the rules and do things my way
  • I know lots of people, am accepted almost everywhere, but really fit nowhere
  • I may seem like an extrovert, but at heart, am really a shy introvert — I’m an INFJ in Myers Briggs
  • Live in the mid Atlantic, but long to move back to the south- see next bullet point
  • LOOOOOOVE New Orleans and its culture. Someday I WILL live there.
  • Can be depended upon to be a good sheep and follow my leader, until there is no leader and then feel compelled to step in and fill the void




Other things I am:

  • an IT manager
  • amateur artist
  • writer
  • a very amateur interior designer
  • a killer griller and adventurous cook
  • landscape plotter/dreamer
  • mother to the Grrr Girls and partner to Tim (probably the best things I am)

This blog chronicles my adventure of mixing it up, of creating my design gumbo from a little bit of this and a little bit of that.

Join me to see where I’ve been and where I’m headed — from renovating and decorating our home and yummy recipes I’ve discovered that you’ll want to recreate, to the adventures of the Grrr Girls, and life in general. I hope you’ll become part of my journey…

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