Hi. I’m Michelle. This is my blog. It’s existed in some incarnation since 2007. It is primarily a book blog. I read books and tell you what I think about them. But, as my life has changed, the blog has changed and it now includes many posts that don’t have anything to do with books at all. Or sometimes remains silent. I took a blogging break for much of 2016, but I am hoping to be back once in awhile in 2017.
By day, I am an employment lawyer. By night I am mom to two energetic boys. I live in Florida but I will always be a Michigander at heart. I love music, ballet, yoga, television, traveling, daydreaming about everything I want to do around my house, and taking pictures of the world around me.
I am, and always have been, a reader. From a young age, I understood the power of words and the joy of a new book. I have my parents to thank for this. Not only did they teach me to read, but they never held back my love of reading.
The type of reader I am has changed over the years. When I was younger, I couldn’t get enough Babysitters Club or RL Stine books. In high school, I read a mix of young adult and classics (not just for school). In college, I became a bit of a snob and only read classics. By law school, I had discovered some wonderful contemporary authors. In recent years, I have gravitated back to YA and I also discovered audiobooks, which keeps me reading even with my busy life.
I keep track of the books I read and you can find them all (well, since 2005 at least) here:
- 2017 Books Read (coming soon)
- 2016 Books Read (coming soon)
- 2015 Books Read (coming soon – yikes, I fell pretty far behind…)
- 2014 Books Read
- 2013 Books Read
- 2012 Books Read
- 2011 Books Read
- 2010 Books Read
This blog has always been, and will remain, primarily a book blog no matter what else is going on in my life. Enjoy.
On May 26, 2012, I became a mom, and I love it more than I ever imagined. I wouldn’t trade the lack of sleep for anything. Seeing that little boy smile is all it takes to cheer me up.
On June 24, 2016, I had another little boy. He is the sweetest, happiest kid and makes our family feel complete.
From time to time, I may post things about motherhood and I will certainly post things about Evan and Kai, so I am incorporating that role more fully into my blog with this page.
I started running in October 2010. I have been running off and on since then, with some lengthy breaks due to pregnancy, injury, and life. You can find me on RunKeeper.
St. Pete Beach Classic 5k (St. Pete Beach)
Iron Girl 5k (Clearwater)
I Heart Mother’s Day 5k (Clearwater)
Oktobeerfest 5k (Dunedin)
Blue Moon 5k (Ozona)
Beach to Bayou 5k (Tarpon Springs)
Blue Moon 5k (Ozona)
Gasparilla Distance Classic 8k (Tampa)
St. Patrick’s Day 10k (Dunedin)
Iron Girl 5k (Clearwater)
January 15, 2011
April 10, 2011
May 8, 2011
September 29, 2011
November 4, 2012
June 1, 2013
November 3, 2013
February 23, 2014
March 15, 2014
April 13, 2014
*Pregnant/walked a lot
**First post-pregnancy race on zero training/happy to just finish under 40 minutes
I don’t talk about dance too much on the blog anymore, but it has always been such an important part of my life that I couldn’t bear to leave it out.
I started taking classes when I was two years old. The longest I’ve ever not taken class was 7 months (the last 4 months I was pregnant and the first 3 months after Evan was born). I am a ballerina through and through. I’ve dabbled in other styles but I always go back to ballet.
I was trained in the Cecchetti method at Sylvia Studio of Dance in Ann Arbor. Since moving to Florida four years ago, dance has become a much smaller piece of who I am, and I’m constantly looking for a place where I can fit in as a 30-year-old ballet student. Through high school, college, and even law school, I was taking multiple classes a week and performing with the Ann Arbor Civic Ballet. Now I am lucky to get to class once a week. But that class keeps me going and I have no intention of stopping any time soon.
So, on occasion, I may post about ballet. But mostly I just wanted to make sure that part of me remained a part of this blog.
I like this term better than photographer, because I have no intention of doing this professionally and the term “photographer” seems really official to me. I’ve always had an interest in photography but it has only ben in recent years that I have actually done anything about it. In 2012, my father bought my first dslr, a Nikon d3100, and a kit lens. I’ve added a 50mm 1.8 and a macro 18-250mm 3.5-5.6 to my lens collection. I edit with Photoshop Elements 12. I also take a lot of photos with my iPhone and share them on Instagram.
I am also a lawyer. This is the boring part. I am a Board Certified Labor & Employment Attorney representing primarily employees in issues like discrimination, unpaid wages, and contract disputes. Sometimes it’s sexier than it sounds here and I actually get to do some civil rights work. I like being a lawyer more than I thought I would and I actually believe that I help people and make a difference, which is not something that every lawyer can say.