I really do love traveling. I've been lucky enough to make it to places like Egypt, China, Russia, Kenya, Tanzania, Vietnam, Cambodia, Papua New Guinea, Chile, Mexico, England, Ireland, France, Italy, Spain, and more! I am the kind of person who would rather book a hostel than get that new flat screen TV, or buy a plane ticket rather than save for a down payment on a condo. I figure life is too short. I collect memories, not things.
I care deeply about being a positive influence on the world, and when I travel, I prefer to go through a volunteer organization whenever possible (I'm not really into Vegas trips or laying on a beach). It's really quite selfish, actually, because you get such a better experience that way. However, I am somewhat inherently lazy, so I would love to be with someone who inspires me to do more good out there. (Part of the reason I picked special ed is because I'm forced to help others every single day, whether I feel like it or not. Build it into your routine, I say, just like exercise. That, and I love my kiddies. They really are special.)
Still, returning to Chicago has been tough since I don't seem to be following the unspoken rule of "go to college, get a career, get married, move to the burbs, and start having babies". Maybe I am being too hard on myself and my city, but all I want is to meet more worldly, open-minded people here in Chicago. I know you are out there, so send me an email, would ya?
I love to sing, and you may well catch me singing in the shower, while washing dishes (oh who am I kidding, I don't wash dishes!!), or even (if you are lucky) will hear me on my guitar. (Now don't get too excited. I am one of those 3-chord type players, but I think I'm getting better.)
Lastly, I just discovered I really like using parentheses in my writing (hey, who doesn't?!?)