By , October 23, 2007 11:59 am


Hi! I’m Kim!

I’m thirty-three years old, and live in very northern Lake County, Illinois (technically, in a suburb of Chicago) with my husband Steven, and our cats, Data and Khaleesi (Khali).

We adopted Data in February of 2005, and Khali in February of 2017 (although she showed up in August 2016!). Our outdoor cat Jon Snow (Snow) lived “with us” starting September 30, 2016 and passed away on February 1, 2018.

Steven and I met as students at Iowa State University. I’m from Waterloo, Iowa, and he is from Kansas City, MO. We ended up in Chicagoland because he came here for work in May 2003, and I came out when I graduated in May 2007. We got married in September 2007.

I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture (I am not a licensed architect), and my full time job is architectural support in the real estate industry. I work for the federal government.

I am also an ACE certified personal trainer (since July 2013) and teach whole body strength classes at Essential Fitness in Grayslake, Illinois. Fitness is my passion. I love to exercise, especially running and cycling! I love sharing my passion for fitness with others.

Steven is the creator and owner of FakeMeats.com – an online shop of vegetarian and vegan meats and treats!

I started this site in July 2005 as a means of keeping in touch with my family and friends. Happily, it has turned into much more than that, as it has introduced me to new friends from all over the world.

In October 2007, I made the switch from hand-coding my site to using wordpress. My old site archives can still be viewed under the Archive 07/2005-10/2007 link.


This site is edited in wordpress, and currently runs on Panaroma 2.0 by Themocracy. From October 2007 – January 2010, I ran it on a personalized version of the Sorrowful Skies theme.

All of the images on this site have been created by me, with exception to those noted otherwise. Feel free to download these images for personal, non-commercial purposes. But please DO NOT reproduce these images for commercial purposes in any way. If you would like to ask for my permission to use these images, please contact me at kilax@ilaxstudio.com.


I would love to answer any questions you may have about the content of this site. You can email me at kilax@ilaxstudio.com or leave a message in the comments sections on the home page.

I don’t allow guest bloggers/posts or ads on my website. I generally don’t promote products, events, or infographics when inquires are made to me. Please read here if you are planning on emailing me about posting about an event or product.

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