Hi! I’m Lauren.
I was born and raised on Long Island, NY, but I fortunately lost the accent while at college in Western New York. My friends made fun of me pretty relentlessly, but I didn’t drop it on purpose!
After college I moved to the DC area to join my then-boyfriend. We lived in a Maryland suburb for the first year or so, and then spent three years living in the District.
I have been married for ten years to my college sweetheart. I may look young (I get carded pretty regularly), but we’re both well into our thirties. How’d that happen?
When we were ready to buy a house, we moved out to Annapolis, MD. We bought before the market got ridiculous (yay!), and share our home with a few furry friends.
I work full time as a web developer, but I don’t spend all that much time tending to my own site. I keep myself too busy!
I started running in 2004 to join my company in a corporate 8K. I was never an athlete … but it stuck. At this point I’ve run five full marathons, 19 half marathons, a 50K (!) and dozens of shorter races. I’m usually hitting the pavement at least three days a week. In 2008, I finished my first sprint triathlon and loved it so much I now do it every year! In 2012 I will do my first olympic-distance triathlon.
My other time-consuming hobby is singing. I belong to a community chorus, and we perform throughout the year. Technically there’s a summer break … but lately we’ve been throwing together smaller gigs then, too.
I love to travel, and the husband and I try to get away a few times a year. Favorite trips are to Jamaica and the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
I’m addicted to HGTV, though my own kitchen project has been dragging since 2002. I fear surprise visitors because my house is usually a mess. I’m an excellent bargain hunter and partly because of this own far too many pairs of shoes. But I love them.
And look how much money I saved!