What the heck is this, you are wondering to yourself. What do Bacon and Oleander have to do with one another? Well, let me make that part easy for you. Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Until now.

About 6 weeks ago I found myself, covered in paint, next to Bacon, my best friend. We were painting my cabinets. They were transforming before our very eyes from a terrible yellow maple to a crisp, clean white. And we got to discussing our long-planned podcast. Because we are hilarious. And the world needs to hear from us.

So, she turns to me and says, “What would your handle be if you had a radio show?” I started to think about it when she stopped me abruptly – “No thinking! First thought that comes into your mind!”.

“I can’t…it was too stupid!” I laughed.

“What was it?” She pried.

“Oleander.” I could barely utter as I guffawed over the insanity of it. I knew that an oleander was a plant. I was pretty sure it was a flowering plant. But I couldn’t have recognized an oleander if it smacked me in the face. “You?” I asked, but I already knew the answer.

“Bacon, of course.”

And, now here we are. Embracing whatever pseudonyms our subconscious wants us to have. And, over the past few weeks as we’ve told the tale to others, I’ve really embraced my new alias. And here’s why.

Oleander is, not only, the least-expected word I can think of for myself – an oleander is not what you think it is. That pretty pink flower “is one of the most poisonous of commonly grown garden plants.” Not what you expected, right?

And that’s how I like to think of myself. I’m not what you’d expect (although, worry not, I’m not poisonous). I LOVE to organize, but my house is rarely spotless. I enjoy doing Pinterest projects despite the fact that nothing ever turns out like I think it will. I’m technically a millennial, but I have always had a bit of an old soul (whatever that really means…). I’ve got two young kids and haven’t truly slept a whole night in over 5 years and I work for a Silicon Valley start-up. I’m a fitness buff with a binge eating problem. I really like change and take quite a few risks – although I am terrified of breaking the law and will not take part in any questionable shenanigans. I recently turned 30 and am now in the midst of a divorce and, essentially, starting a whole new life. I’m basically a bunch of walking contradictions and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Here on our site, Bacon and I hope to connect with our fellow women out there (and men – you’re welcome, too!) and know that no matter what, it’s okay to be unapologetically YOU. Also – laughter really is excellent medicine.

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