My name is Kirsten and I live in St Louis. In May of 2010, I moved out of the city and back into the county. We moved from a hundred year old row house into a second-floor – thanks to the GIANT HILL from the parking lot, it’s practically a third-floor – apartment surrounded by nature and the occasional loud neighbor. I used to be very proud of my city-dweller status; but becoming a suburban renter has been one of the best changes I have made in my life. (Plus, I live about thirty seconds from the city limits, so I don’t feel completely disconnected from my formerly “urban” life.)
I’m a stay-at-home mother to a beautiful little whirlwind of a daughter. We spend most of our days finding things to do around the ‘Lou – the Botanical Gardens and story time at the Big Name bookstore are our favorite haunts – and watching Despicable Me or Yo Gabba Gabba! on constant repeat. My husband works full-time at a fancy-pants university and is a part-time lab rat and test-prep instructor. I’m extremely grateful that he works so hard so that I can be home with our baby girl.
I’m also a pet parent to two extremely annoying but adorable tubs of lard, Grace and Josephine. The husband and I adopted them in 2002 and they were our first “children.”
I’ve been blogging for so long, I can’t actually remember when I started. This is the fourth (maybe fifth) incarnation. Right now, it is primarily a “mommy-blog” – although I detest that label – because that is the center of my life. I like to take pictures and experiment in the kitchen, I share both passions in this space as well. In 2002, I was diagnosed with depression and have been on and off several medications since then. I talk about it a lot, it’s cathartic and I won’t apologize for it.
I’m not sure what my place in this world is. I’m on an adventure trying to figure it all out. I hope you’ll stick around. Pull up a chair, grab some knitting and some tea and hang with me for awhile.