Anyway, at heart, I’m a biologist, and that's not just what I've chosen for a career—it's more of a personal philosophy, I see the world with blue-green glasses. Biology is everywhere, and it fascinates me. I love being surrounded by things that are living, growing, changing, and adapting. I have a window garden and saltwater aquarium that keep me in touch with the day to day minutia of life: new leaves, opening buds, daily cycles, etc.
I am, of course, an active participant in biology myself, and being alive is my favorite activity, followed closely by kayaking, snorkeling, and eating chocolate. I hike in the wilderness, cook an excellent mushroom gratin, and press flowers/algae/mushrooms. I also dabble in jewelry making and amateur wildlife photography and have a nice collection of interesting things I found at sea or on beaches—scallop shells, urchins, shark teeth, otoliths, etc.
Creativity is important to me, and I prefer to always have a project to work on. When I need to figure something out, I go to a hardware store and wonder around until I solve it. I'm also a fan garden stores and Ikea (that place is huge, and Swedish). I enjoy sharing and discussing ideas, particularly feminism, gender identity, and environmental issues.
I am independent, a tad quirky, and have little concern for being "normal". That person carrying a fig tree on the bus--yeah, that's me :)