I'm adventurous, but normal. Bold, but kind. Playful, but
spiritual. Creative, but down to earth. Extroverted, but grew up in
a family of introverts. Friendly, fun, honest, enthusiastic,
passionate, affectionate... Are you dying to meet me yet? ;)
What I’m doing with my life
Professionally, I'm a graphic designer and photographer, and also have a secondary mostly volunteer "career" as a classical singer. :) (Gawd, that makes me sound SO stuffy, but I promise I'm not! :} ) Sometimes I sing jazz/a cappella, too, would love to explore that more -- Ella Fitzgerald is my hero... I also spend a lot of time with a camera in my hand, and/or on the seat of my bicycle. (If you catch me on the trail, I'm the one with the big smile on my face.) I love to travel, and have been all over the world, yet have a long list of places that I haven't yet made it to that I'm dying to explore someday. (Thailand! New Zealand! Turkey! Amsterdam! etc etc!) I'm a bit of a foodie, and I love to cook (when I have time) and try new restaurants.
I’m really good at
If I ever sing for you, you will probably melt into a little puddle on the floor. :)
I am a visual artist in many ways -- graphic designer and photographer professionally. (Just started my own business!! Eek!) I used to do pottery, and still make jewelry & have a lot of interest in interior decorating & in general just making my life visually interesting.
I'm a pretty accomplished cyclist -- I'm not super fast racing material, but I can ride for long distances & generally do pass most people on the bike trail.
The first things people usually notice about me
Well, probably whichever funky color my hair is at the moment. :) (Currently: Redhead with purple/orange/teal bangs.) But after that, my big smile & my energy. I wouldn't say that I have a big personality exactly, but I definitely have a very positive, upbeat presence. I also have a big, loud laugh. You'll have to meet me and tell me what you notice! :)
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I have really eclectic musical tastes -- almost anything goes. Love & perform classical (Brahms, Mozart, Faure), but also a huge fan of Lyle Lovett, Pink Martini, Eva Cassidy, Ella Fitzgerald, Barenaked Ladies, Foreigner, Journey, Maroon 5, Sara Bareilles, Eric Hutchinson, Bobby McFerrin, Norah Jones, Prince, Billy Joel, Jukebox the Ghost, etc etc. As a singer myself, I have an affinity for great vocalists -- but also really appreciate a great beat or lyrics -- or even just something really happy, like klezmer music!
I tend to read fiction mostly -- some favorite authors are Barbara Kingsolver, Christopher Moore, Bill Bryson, etc. A few all-time favorite novels:
The Bean Trees - Barbara Kingsolver
The Princess Bride - William Goldman (yep, the book, though I adore the movie too)
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close - Jonathan Safran Foer
The Sparrow - Mary Doria Russell
The Harry Potter books (Yep, really. Read them three times. If you have a problem with that, we probably won't get each other. :} )
Favorite movies -- Pixar can do no wrong, I love them ALL. Other faves include Field of Dreams, The Guru, Waking Ned Devine, Cinema Paradiso, Sound of Music (hey, it's a classic! and I'm a singer!). I like everything from comedies, to drama, to foreign films -- not big on slashers & violent films in general are tough for me.
TV - lately, into How I Met Your Mother. Also a fan of Project Runway (my only reality tv vice, although I occasionally get sucked into the singing shows). And of course I love Glee! Because, duh, I'm a singer! :) The Firefly series was awesome, and loved Star Trek TNG back in the day. Will & Grace, Ugly Betty, Friends...etc.
Food -- I was a vegetarian for 20 years, but recently started eating meat again for health reasons. Particularly love ethnic foods -- sometimes I think I could almost live on Indian & Thai alone.
The six things I could never do without
Music (All kinds, all venues)
Great food (I'm not a total foodie, but love to cook, entertain,
My amazing family and friends
My beautiful, spunky daughter
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Why it is that the guys I'm attracted to on OKC always seem to have a 65% comparability rating. :) (And conversely, the guys who "like" me have a similar rating. What's the disconnect??)
I've also been thinking lately about how I really don't fit into any boxes. I have blue hair, but I'm not a punk rocker. I'm not a geek or a nerd, but I'm not a hipster, either. I'm bubbly, but also down to earth. Sometimes I feel like I don't fit in anywhere, and sometimes I feel like I fit in everywhere. I guess I just defy definition. :)
On a typical Friday night I am
I love movies (in or out of the home), trying new restaurants,
gathering with friends, enjoying live performances at the Kennedy
Center, Birchmere, Strathmore, or wherever the music takes me....
Recently I had a great time at the DC Shorts Filmfest - amazing
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm a pretty open book in general -- but not here. :)
You should message me if
You want to! :)
You consider yourself to be adventurous, optimistic, and fun.
You are artistic or musical.
You love bicycling -- I need somebody to go riding with! (I mostly
do road biking myself, but will consider mountain bikers, also. ;}
You love all sorts of cuisines & trying new restaurants. (Bonus
points if you're a vegetarian and/or love chocolate.)
You are affectionate, sensual, and passionate. (Ideally, in
combination with some of the above features.)
If you are a Renaissance man, and/or defy definition. :)
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