Who Am I
My name is Cindy Maddera, and I've had this blog for many many years. I perused around the internet looking at "about me" pages from some of my favorite bloggers, trying to inspire a witty little about me page of my own, but this turned out to be a horrendously bad idea. They had all of these totally amazing accomplishments listed, and blogging awards, and one of them was even mentioned in Forbes. Gah! I'm just a small-town blogger with a small-town blog. I write about things that make me happy, things that inspire me, and people and things that I love. Several people have asked me why I named it Elephant Soap. There are a couple of reasons. First of all, that domain name was available. I also love and collect elephants, and the blog started out as my soap box. Put this all together and there you have it.
My husband Chris, our muppet dog Hooper and I up and moved from our small town to the slightly larger town of Kansas City in 2011 so I could work doing my dream job of playing with fancy pants microscopes. We all had an amazing year exploring a new place and buying our first house. Then Chris got sick and died (sounds crass, but really it's the easiest way to say it). About eight months after Chris, I had to let Hooper go too. For a while it was just me, the Widow Maddera, navigating this crazy maze of grief and being single again. I had some adventures in dating and then I met Michael. He bought scooter because of me and I let him move in. He brought along his little girl, the Cabbage, who we have with us every other weekend. I went from married dog owner to widowed single woman to partnered part time bonus mom. Life is strange. I do a lot of yoga (used to teach...now not so much).
Most of all, I just enjoy living each day to the fullest.