Other Interests
Volunteering
I volunteer at a dog rescue in the neighborhood called One Tail at a Time. It is an amazing organization that saves hundreds of dogs every year from being euthanized.

In return for feeding them, giving them medication and cleaning their cages I get to spend the rest of my shift playing with dogs in the yard. I keep waiting for someone there to realize how badly I am taking advantage of them. I love my time there and my next shift can never come soon enough.

(pictured is Miguel, he pretty much runs the place and is available if you're up for it)
Camping
I spent a lot more of my childhood than my adulthood outdoors. This is probably a pretty common scenario, but I have had a growing desire to get back out there. In 2016 I bought a pickup truck, a tent and started hitting the road. I have camped in a wide range of campgrounds in a number of states, getting my feet wet both literally and figuratively. In 2017 I intend to get a roof top tent, some offroad tires and head west to explore the national parks and public land.
Crossfit
At 38, shortly after getting married, I realized my body wasn't just maintaining itself the way I had come to expect. I didn't want to be the 60 year old that looked 90, hunched over and sick. Concerned I would once again just join a gym and quit, as I had countless times before, I decided a group workout was more likely to keep me coming back. I joined Division St. Crossfit in Wicker Park.

Despite doing something amazing for myself, I have been surprised at the number of times someone accused me of joining a cult. Nothing could be further from the truth. It is like any other rec league style sport... a random assortment of people who grow to know each other and bond by sharing a challenging experience on a daily basis. I am in the best shape of my life and have made a great group of friends. I can't imagine not going as often as possible, and I am certainly looking forward to a 300lb squat and a 400lb deadlift. Someday, someday...

(picture is of my gym owner and coach JJ Christopher)