How did we become “The Peteys”? It’s a funny story, really. When we were in PT school, quite a few of us had gone to the Baptist Student Union for lunch, which was in a completely different building than all of our classes. As usual, the speaker ran late, and we had to high tail it back to class. As about 25 first year PT students were booking it down the stairs, Audrey, being the motivator that she is, yelled, “Run PTs run!” And Cassie, being the blonde that she it, stopped, looked at Audrey and replied, “Who the hell is Petey?” And, thus, “The Peteys” were born. It’s been our own little term of endearment for each other since. Other people think we’re weird, but we don’t really care.
Now, the more important question…how did we become Kind Of A Big Deal (KOABD)? Well, while we were in PT school, all of our professors (who are all awesome, BTW) were not only PTs, but had so many other credentials behind their names…lots of letters. It seemed like the whole alphabet. So, one day, we decided we really wanted some more letters behind our signatures, and as we are obviously kind of a big deal, we decided KOABD was the way to go. Natch. So, all through PT school, our signatures looked something like this: Cassie McDonald, SPT, KOABD/Audrey McCarty, SPT, KOABD. We’ve been licensed PTs for almost 6 years now, but KOABD is still our little joke. So when we decided to start a blog, Kind Of A Big Deal was the natural choice. Obvs. As you can tell, we don’t take ourselves too seriously, so neither should you. Unless we’re talking about healthy, clean, fun living…we take living the good life seriously. And alcohol. We take that seriously too. And football…okay, maybe we take lots of thing seriously, but we don’t let any of them get in the way of having a good time, so you shouldn’t either. We hope you’ll learn to laugh at yourself and live life to the fullest if nothing else. Mostly we hope you enjoy us as much as we do.
The Peteys, PT, DPT, KOABD
I’m Audrey, a native Texan, most-of-the-time-stay-at-home-mom, sometimes physical therapist in the outpatient orthopedic setting. Did I say I was a Texan? That may come up from time to time. I’m a Christian and that fact sits at the core of my being. I’ve been married to my sweet, wonderful husband for 10 years, and we’ve got one spirited, hilarious little boy to show for it! I’ve been an avid Texas Tech Red Raider football fan since I was born…and actively since I was five (anyone remember the Guns Up Club?)! I never planned on leaving my hometown of Lubbock, Texas, but life took us to Memphis, Tennessee for 8 amazing years, during which time I met several friends that I know I will have for the rest of my life…including Cassie! Our friendship was forged by fire (our 3 years of graduate school, including being research partners) and sealed in Norman, Oklahoma during the fall/winter of 2007(yes, we’ll tell that story). Though I haven’t extensively traveled the world (or even the country, for that matter), life has taken me plenty of interesting places and taught me lots of great things in my 33 years! I am cheesily domestic… nothing makes me happier than to be at home, hanging with my boys, cooking, and watching College Football or Spurs basketball or working on some sort of crafty project. I love knitting, painting, repurposing, sewing—as well as attempting DIY projects around the house (notice I said “attempting.” I might be the queen of Pinterest fails). I love theatre and dance and might be caught belting Broadway or pop tunes on a daily basis! One thing you should know about me is that the more random something is, chances are the funnier I will find it. MST3K, Monty Python, homestarrunner…the randomer, the better. I enjoy finding ways to eat clean, exercise functionally, play organically, and help others realize their dreams and achieve them! I hope our jokes, commentary, advice, and general ramblings will cheer you, educate you, and encourage you…but most of all, I hope they spur you on to create your own happy place! Namaste, bitches!
I guess I’m the single, free-spirited half of the dynamic duo that is “The Peteys”. I currently live in Nashville, although, I am using the term “live” in the loosest sense of the word as I am only there, at most, 40% of the time. I am Tennessee born and raised, but went to college in Mississippi (yes, they have education in Mississippi…). After grad school, I moved to Nashville where I worked as an inpatient PT, treating mostly pediatrics and patients with neurological disorders. Currently, I get to travel to hospitals all over the US doing corporate training, so I’m pretty much in love with my life. Audrey and I have so many randomly hilarious conversations on a regular basis, we decided we should share them with the world. Sometimes they are completely pointless, but I hope we’ll make you laugh. Between the two of us, though, both being PTs and making an effort to live relatively healthy, clean lives, we do tend to have some good insight into making life a little better, so I hope you’ll get something beneficial from us too, although, if it’s just a good laugh, sometimes that’s all you need.
What should you know about me? I am a daughter, a sister, and a friend. I am southern to the core and Christian because I’m imperfect. My mom says I am too independent for my own good. My friends would tell you I can be a little bit dramatic. There are few things I love more than watching college football (most likely SEC or Big XII) on a perfect fall day or being at a Major League Baseball park on a hot summer afternoon. I love the sound of cowbells in Davis Wade Stadium (#HailState). Running is my own personal form of therapy. I’m an avid texter, occasional food snob, constant food lover, addicted to shopping, and fluent in sarcasm. I whole heartedly believe that there is nothing that a little vodka and a whole lot of laughter can’t fix. I think I broke my mom’s heart a little when I told her that I thought traveling was the love of my life…I’m currently in a long distance relationship with every city in America, including home.