Q. Who are you?
I am Carrie Brown, and I live in Seattle, Washington, USA. Want to know more? I wrote a separate page on that.
Q. What are all the references to Marmalade about?
Well. My blog used to be called “Marmalade and Mileposts” because it’s about food (Marmalade) and travel (Mileposts) and life (Marmalade = sweet + bitter; Mileposts = the markers along the way). So there you have it. Marmalade & Mileposts: the story of my life. Out of that I started to nickname my kitchen ‘Marmalade HQ’.
Q. Who built your website?
I did, along with the technical brilliance of a couple of friends – Justin Schoen and Michael Mahoney – for whom I will be forever grateful. Plus, the odd bit of geeky assistance from the fabulous Techs at BlueHost and NetRivet who secretly sent me short strings of code for the really complicated bits that I just couldn’t work out how to do on my own. I did not abuse them. I really only begged for help (and sent chocolate) when I’d spent a truly long time trying to figure it out to no avail. They are the best techs in the history of the Universe.
Q. You eat all the time. How come you aren’t as wide as a house?
Calories are not all that matter & all calories are not the same. Get the nitty-gritty on how I eat what I want, and stay slim.
Q. Did you take all the photos on here? What camera do you use?
I shot every last one. I use 2 Nikon D750s I lovingly refer to as my Big Girl Cameras. We go on dates almost every single day & often for fabulous long road trips too. Full gear list.
Q. Do you use Photoshop to alter your images?
I do not use Photoshop. I don’t possess a copy. I use Lightroom to catalog & process the RAW files into something I can print & publish.
Q. What’s the deal with getting free stuff? Is this really stuff that you use, or do you just promote it because you’re paid to? Can I trust your reviews to be honest? Do you “like” stuff just because it was free or as a favor to a friend?
Go here. I wrote a whole separate page on that. Sad reflection on our culture, but true. If you don’t want to read the mumbo-jumbo, just know that I only “like” stuff that I recommend or use myself, regardless of whether it was free or from a friend. My friends know this about me, and apparently some of them still like me.
Q. What’s with all the feet? Do you have a foot fetish?
I didn’t think I had a foot fetish, but maybe I do & am in denial. My feet are my favorite part of my body. It all started because I make photo books of all my road trips & when I made the first one I realized that I wasn’t anywhere in the book. Since it’s a bit of a pain (and a bit weird if you ask me) to get a tripod out just to do self portraits, I started photographing my feet wherever I went so it would make the books a lot more personal to me. From that point on, the title page of every book became my signature: a shot of my feet on that trip. Plus friends & clients wanted trip photos of me from the road so I started sending foot shots along the way. Now I get in trouble if I don’t post foot pictures on Facebook when I’m out & about.
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