My favorite weekend spots and activities include farmers markets, libraries, coffee shops with couches, hosting or attending dinner parties, hiking moderate distances, and playing the fiddle. I really like grammar and words. I enjoy cooking for friends and with friends. More on music and food below, I suppose.
I studied biology, mostly ear development, in school. I have burst out of the lab, but I still get to think about science every day at work and use sciency words to talk about non-science concepts. It makes me smile to be around people who (in the course of a conversation abut parallel parking or romantic relationships or new glasses) say "oh, there was a study that showed that..."
I have lived in California, Minnesota, Maryland, Oregon and now DC (in that order). I definitely consider myself a westcoaster. I am enamored with Portland, OR (where I went to grad school); maybe I'll find a way to live there again someday. I'm feeling more and more at home in DC or at least in the life that I have in DC. Hurray!