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28 F Seattle, WA

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Last Online
Yesterday – 9:42pm
5′ 7″ (1.70m)
Body Type
Mostly anything
Buddhism, and laughing about it
Taurus, but it doesn’t matter
Working on masters program
Relationship Status
Relationship Type
Doesn’t have kids, but might want them
Likes dogs and dislikes cats
English (Fluently), Spanish (Okay), Japanese (Poorly)

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My self-summary
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 both. Maybe this was obvious to everyone else, but it's totally changed my outlook.

I'm a scientist-in-training (read: graduate student). 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. Since moving to Seattle for grad school, 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, and enjoys sampling the best the city has to offer, from burlesque to museums to improv to hole-in-the-wall diners. 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 can no longer deny that I am an avowed Foodie-for-Life (FFL). I love to cook, bake, brew, forage......insert food preparation verb here. I make a mean chimichurri, mojo marinade, and char sui, and I can tell you the difference between KS, NC, SC, and TX style BBQ sauces. I host a quarterly event known to the lucky invitees as "Porkopalypse." (Don't be scared, vegetarians. I appreciate plant-based foods, too.) Can you teach me more about cocktails? I hope so.

I'm active. I have a hard time sitting. I like a physical challenge, but I'm also content to just build a driftwood fort at Discovery Park or explore the city via random bike rides. I'm a somewhat lazy gardener, but love experimenting with growing plants (and eating them).

Even though I am a busy student I really try to treat school like a 9-to-5 and prioritize outside hobbies (like playing the mandolin, or re-watching all of "Twin Peaks") and spending time with friends and family. On the scale of "work-life balance" lately I've been falling heavily on the "life" side. That's just fine by me.

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
Enjoying it, big time. Getting better at going with the flow. Practicing looking at obstacles as learning opportunities. Making inappropriate jokes in my weekly lab meetings.

In the summer: Listening to wolves howl, making daily trips to the swimming hole, and trying to keep mice out of my cabin in the Frank Church Wilderness in central Idaho. I'm a graduate student in aquatic ecology, and that's where I conduct my thesis research.

In the fall/spring/winter: Pretending to be productive at my desk in Seattle. Escaping the desk to try new parks, bars, bands, books and recipes. Taking random days off when my advisor isn't looking.

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
IMPORTANT UPDATE: I have recently learned how to do the Gangnam Style dance......on skis. It is pretty impressive.

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, hands-down.
Biting off more than I can chew (figuratively, name it)
Composing haiku and limericks on the spot (I sometimes do this while riding my bike to work.....nerd alert)
Public speaking
Striking up a conversation
Getting excited about a new project
Making, and wearing, excellent and memorable costumes for theme parties.
Long and often slightly masochistic slogs through the hinterlands by foot, kayak, bike, or ski. With lots of intermittent snack breaks.
First dates.

I'm really BAD at: Brevity (see self-summary above).
The first things people usually notice about me
I might be gesticulating wildly.

I have a loud laugh and a voice that, albeit melodious, tends to carry.

I am not shy.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I'm a podcast nut. On long drives, on long runs, or doing tedious labwork, I listen to: Radiolab, Savage Lovecast, This American Life, Planet Money, Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, The Moth, Stuff You Missed in History Class, On the Media, Stuff Mom Never Told You, Transparent: Yoga and Everyday Life, 99% Invisible, and various others depending on my mood.

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. Currently obsessed with: Kurt Vile, the Polyrhythmics, St. Lucia, and early 90s hip-hop (De La Soul, Tribe Called Quest, etc)

Food: All of it. I'm an avowed foodie for life--which doesn't exclude me from eating my share of Annie's Mac and frozen pizzas (it's a grad school requirement). 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. Magazines include High Country News , The New Yorker, National Geographic. Most recent reads: "Cod" by Mark Kurlansky, (history of cod fishing) "Stiff" by Mary Roach (science of cadavers). My fave science writer is David Quammen. I tend to read voraciously in the summer when I'm away from civilization and classes. In winter it's more piecemeal. Most recent fiction read: "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy.

Shows: The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation, The Office. I try to only be obsessed with one show at a time and actually haven't seen too many beyond the ones I just listed. Don't own a TV but Netflix and Hulu are helpful in the procrastination game. Comedy is my fave way to unwind after a day at work.
The six things I could never do without
Dark leafy greens (don't worry, I also eat meat)
Large chunks of public land to explore, bodies of water to navigate
My amazing, amazing friends with whom I laugh until my face hurts
It's a toss-up: cast iron pans, or cross-country skis.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
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
If I just finished a grueling week at school, you might find me laughing at Liz Lemon's antics on "30 Rock" while enjoying a home-cooked meal I just whipped up.

You might also find me hitting a pub with friends in Fremont, Ballard, Wallingford. Or we might be at the Lo-Fi for some dancing.

If the weather is nice, in the spring you might find me hosting a BBQ on my back patio. There will be lawn games, and I will probably win most of them.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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.

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.
I’m looking for
  • Guys who like girls
  • Ages 23–33
  • Near me
  • Who are single
  • For new friends, long-term dating, short-term dating
You should message me if
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 messages.