Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
WARNING: This profile is long. It's like the War and Peace of
profiles. Every time I try to edit it, somehow it gets longer. So
settle in with a nice beverage, and enjoy the ride.
Hi there. I'm Emily. I'm sassy, talkative, and a little cynical. I
say what I think. I don't like ambiguity. My favorite dinosaur is
the Ultrasaurus. My favorite kitchen implement is the microplane.
I'm trying to teach myself celestial navigation!
I think the best way to sum myself up is this: I used to have a lot
of angst about whether I wanted to be a scientist or an artist. It
was a years-long inner debate. I picked scientist, but that didn't
really help resolve anything. Then it hit me: Those two approaches
to question-asking aren't mutually exclusive. You can.....be both.
Maybe this was obvious to everyone else, but it's totally changed
I am a Scientist (yes, I like to write it with a capital S. Didn't
spend years in grad school for lower-case, people). I'm a big
science nerd, but am curious in general and am sort of an
intellectual omnivore/autodidact (topics recently read include
American Indian legal theory, history of Buddhism, and the history
of concrete). Pick a topic and let's discuss! Or let's go to the
hardware store and think about what we'll build next.
Full disclosure, people. I am a formerly itinerant field
biologist/dirtbag/ with much experience living in the woods/the
desert/down by the river, out of a tent/the back of a truck/a
falling-apart cabin. So please, don't underestimate my ability to
cook jaw-droppingly good meals over a camp stove, survive without
cell service or Internet, tolerate mosquitos with a Zen-like calm,
and walk very long distances through thick brush and/or thigh-deep
water. I am comfortable with dirt.
HOWEVER. Just because I'm outdoorsy and such doesn't mean YOU need
to be. After 4 years in the big city, I've tried (and succeeded) to
access my inner urbanite. Once she's scrubbed the dirt out from
under her fingernails, the inner urbanite cleans up fairly well.
Despite my checkered past as a tent-dwelling savage, I also (BONUS
FEATURE) know how to do civilized things like put on makeup and
wash my hair.
I'm active. I have a hard time sitting. I've been working on my
relaxation skills-- maybe you can help me out. I'm a somewhat lazy
gardener, but love experimenting with growing plants (and eating
I am looking for someone who is engaged in and curious about the
world around them. What you do doesn't matter, as long as you are
passionate about something in your life, capable of holding up your
end of the conversation, and good at asking questions and thinking
critically. It's important to me to date someone who takes good
care of themselves (physically, mentally, etc.). I'm looking for a
similarly active, curious-about-the-world person who loves learning
for its own sake. And just so you know....I don't care whether you
love, hate, or feel ambivalent about Oxford commas.
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
Enjoying it, big time. Getting better at going with the flow.
Practicing looking at obstacles as learning opportunities. Making
inappropriate jokes in front of my boss. Being a
Scientist.....which can involve anything from digging an irrigation
ditch to programming in R to trying to key out some funky species
I'm also an aspiring science journalist and spend some of my free
time reporting on science stories, writing them up and pitching
them to magazines.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Killing spiders and making campfires. So many man-profiles state
these as talents that I figured I should list it too. Are you
afraid of creepy-crawlies? I can take care of that for you. And I
can also make a fucking awesome campfire. In the rain.
Planning trips, like camping trips, road trips, ski trips, etc.
Logistics and I are good friends.
Editing drafts of colleagues' grant applications
Snark. "That's what she said" jokes. General incorrigibility.
Making things in a crock-pot
Piecrust. My piecrust beats your grandma's piecrust,
Biting off more than I can chew (figuratively, literally....you
Composing haiku and limericks on the spot (I sometimes do this
while riding my bike to work.....nerd alert)
Striking up a conversation
Getting excited about a new project
Making, and wearing, excellent and memorable costumes for theme
Long and often slightly masochistic slogs through the hinterlands
by foot, kayak, bike, or ski. With lots of intermittent snack
Inefficient R code
I'm really BAD at: Brevity (see self-summary above).
The first things people usually notice about me
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
I might be gesticulating wildly.
I have a loud laugh and a voice that, albeit melodious, tends to
I am not shy.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Help your potential matches find common interests.
Music: I'm fairly eclectic and open to trying new music all the
time. I listen to a lot of KEXP and KPLU, and my default Pandora
station is "Indie Dance Party." But that doesn't mean I don't love
Stevie Ray Vaughn, 90s pop, terrible/awesome Top 40, and funk/soul.
I'll dance to just about anything, and I go through periods of
listening exclusively to ethereal ambient stuff like Boards of
Food: All of it. I'm an avowed foodie for life--which doesn't
exclude me from eating my share of peanut butter toast and mac 'n
cheese. I dearly love cooking and eating with other people.
Books: Mostly nonfiction with the occasional fiction read thrown in
when I remember to branch out.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
Dark leafy greens (don't worry, I also eat meat)
Large chunks of public land to explore, bodies of water to
My amazing, amazing friends with whom I laugh until my face
It's a toss-up: cast iron pans, or cross-country skis.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
1) What I'm cooking for dinner
2) How to achieve better work-life balance (so elusive! I'm always
tipping the scale on one side or the other.....)
3) The philosophy of science
4) How water shapes the landscape
5) That guy has a cute butt. I'll wink at him. Dangit....I just
made it look like I have something in my eye and now he's looking
at me with an expression of concern.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
There are three types of Fridays:
1) It's been a rough week. I am curled up in bed listening to
podcasts, mending socks and drinking hot chocolate. Lights out at
2) I'm running around getting stuff together for a big old weekend
adventure-- and we're leaving EARLY on Saturday. Lights out at
3) Out with friends, dancing until I have blisters and then
probably still dancing some more. Lights out NEVER.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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Someday, I really want to be the star of a training montage set to
House of Pain's "Jump Around."
This isn't really private, but it's still embarrassing: I have bike
rage. I've banged on a few windows. If you have been a cyclist in
the city, you will understand.
Sometimes, when I'm lazy, I will just microwave day-old coffee that
has sat overnight in the french press, rather than making a fresh
batch. I KNOW.
You should message me if
Offer a few tips to help matches win you over.
You can show me around the East side of the Cascades. I'm new to
the dry side!
You would be more interested in meeting for a drink than doing the
online back-and-forth thing.
You want to sleep late for brunch, and wake up very very very early
for adventures, in equal proportions.
You can dish out the sass (and take some of mine).
You must obey the inscrutable exhortations of your soul.
You can be honest and direct with me.
You don't mind going outside to do things when it's rainy or
otherwise inclement. We live here! Stop complaining about it!
You enjoy being active in some form or another.
You are independent and self-sufficient.
You like to learn and try new things.
You like to cook, or at least like to try.
You are a champion snuggler. Minimum of bronze medalist preferred.
Non-snugglers need not apply.
Your message does not read "Hey Grl U R so pretty lol I'd love 2
get 2 know U lol" I only tolerate one "lol" per every seventeen
You are a feminist cowboy.
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