Blogger, fat chick, wife, mother, overly caffeinated, Seattle-obsessed, your BFF. Okay, really... I am a 30-something mother of four, wife to an amazing man, a longtime non-profit professional, fat activist, public speaker, and a prominent member of the extreme-altruist (or X-Alt) community that focuses on finding ways to empower others to help better their communities. I am the branch leader for the Washington Initiative in Seattle, the Washington state branch of the Initiative Collective, with chapters around the world, where I organize homeless outreach events, pick up used/discarded needles, teach free self-defense classes, speak at LGBTQ events, conduct safety campaigns, promote our weekly radio show, and look for ways to help others help themselves. I love to cook (sauces!), am forcing myself to enjoy baking, and exploring my beautiful city with my family. I am a hopelessly addicted to: Coffee; Helping others help themselves; Spotify; Slobbery baby kisses; Facebook; Hard Cider; Pioneer Square / Pike Place Market; Geeking out over old architecture, sniffing books and briny air, trying any/all smoked foods, getting lost in a book, playing piano, taking selfies, and curling up with my man.