Disclaimer: I'm moving to Houston this summer (somewhere around
late June). I'm on here to start establishing friendships and meet
some new people in a city I haven't really lived in in a
I grew up in Houston and now I'm moving back. The last several
years have been spent in graduate school and teaching in
Massachusetts and North Carolina. However, I need to finish my
dissertation, and a full time teaching job (in a place with no
research-oriented libraries) is not allowing that to happen.
In terms of personality, I'm an odd mixture of quiet and loud: I
like going out (especially to art openings, etc., but I greatly
value my alone time. I can be dressed to the nines one day, and the
next I won't even get out of my pajamas (unless I'm going out of my
house of course!).
What I’m doing with my life
Currently, I'm in the dissertation phase of my PhD--basically, I'm
writing a non-fiction book about the string music of a little-known
Italian composer. It's a lot of work, but it's very rewarding. Fair
warning, if you ask me about it, I will talk incessantly. That
said, I am also perfectly happy to listen to you talk about
whatever gets your juices flowing.
I’m really good at
I sound like an old lady, but crocheting. I do a lot of scarfs and
blankets for charity in my spare time--my job doesn't involve
producing anything tangible, so crocheting is my outlet for
Also, learning to translate (not necessarily speak, read, and
write) languages. As long as I have a cheat sheet for the basic
sentence structures of a language (and a dictionary), I can be
translating in a matter of days.
The first things people usually notice about me
I think it's probably my hair--a giant, orange fuzz ball. After
that, it's probably my laugh. Both make me easy to find in large
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
• Books: Anything about music, short stories, some poetry by
friends. Sherlock Holmes is a constant favorite, as is Agatha
Christie. (I have the literary tastes of an 85-year-old British
woman). I just read The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, and I'm putting
the rest of his books on my summer reading list.
• Movies: Not really into them - though I'd like to start
watching them more. Lately I've been getting into anything
involving Quentin Tarantino and a lot of the older movies on
• Shows: most things British, Mythbusters, Top Gear, Nova
Science Now, Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking, lately the old
Sherlock Holmes--the Ronald Howard series, and a lot of
documentaries. To summarize: shenanigans, more shenanigans, science
•Music: I have at least one artist I listen to in every
genre, but I'm not the biggest fan of contemporary country or
contemporary rap or hip-hop.
• Food: I'll try just about anything once. I am very
inclined towards Thai food, Sushi, and Scotch (though not at the
Also, I love art--my aunt is an artist, I have tons of other
friends who are visual artists, and my family owns an art gallery.
I am the person that goes through every exhibit, from Pre-Columbian
art up to the piece painted yesterday.
The six things I could never do without
I can arguably do without anything for some amount of time, but six
things I'd prefer to never leave behind are:
1) Books--preferably a library.
2) Paper--how else will I write down my thoughts about the
4) Communication--I'll even go back to letters, but I have to be
able to communicate with people somehow.
5) Animals--domesticated or wild, preferably both.
6) People--though I might be able to survive limited amounts of
this with more of #5.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Music, my research (which is also music but somehow I feel the need
to list it separately), how to hone my writing skills so I sound
pompous enough to get my degree, which/whose interpretation of
Sherlock Holmes I like the best...
On a typical Friday night I am
I'm probably doing something, or I'm doing nothing. It's usually
one of the two, but some options include: dinner/drinks with
friends, art opening, at my house in pajamas, at my best friends
house in yoga pants playing Cribbage or Cards Against Humanity
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
My friends used to have to tell me when a person in the pub was
hitting on me because I never figured it out in a reasonable amount
of time. They actually used to kick me under the table/bar, and we
all got a good laugh out of it.
You should message me if
You want to know more about me, you think we'd get along, you'd
like to grab a beer/coffee/wine--any of the normal reasons you'd
message someone, really.