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 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.