Who is Z-Girl?


Who is Z-Girl?

I'm Laura Zaccardi and this is the product of  taking an online course about blogging in 2012.

Photo credit: Wendy Ploger, July 2010

I live in the Powerhouse Arts District of Jersey City, New Jersey.


Since moving from my suburban home in my early 40's, I've adopted 5 (yes, FIVE) female cats. Three of them I rescued from the streets in my neighborhood. I can't take full credit for those rescues--that is a joint effort with my rescue partner-in-crime, Natalie.

Bessie and Lulu come home, with Natalie here to help them transition...

I see my life as average. I went to college, and graduate school. I've worked in HR and as a consultant for small and large companies in MD, then PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting and IBM. Fell in love with and had an 8 year relationship with the man I consider to be the love of my life. At the age of 37, Joey lost his battle with addiction and died of an accidental overdose. I grieved. I ran a half marathon, then a marathon. And then I made the decision to move to the New York area, where I had been traveling since I started working as a consultant in 1999. Today, I'm an independent contractor. And I love the life that emerged from the ashes of the tragic loss suffered almost 12 years ago.

As you can imagine, some people in my world see my life differently. Not "normal". Not fulfilled. And others take issue with my "live outloud" personality. Too bad. All of them will be uncomfortable that my cats write their own posts, or that I share my memories. These people probably shouldn't read my blog. They may be disturbed to find out that living outside of what I consider to be the greatest city means I get to eat good food, shop, visit with friends, and partake of so much culture. To me, this coupled with the love that abounds in my life are the ingredients for an interesting, somewhat quirky, but oh so satisfying existence.

Hey, I may not be "normal", but then again--that was never my goal.

Z-Girl? One of my favorite nicknames.
Welcome to Squeedunk-Whiskers and Warehouses, and the reality TV-show like adventures of feral cat care and rescue.
 Photo credit: Wendy Ploger, July 2010