Okay, now that that's out of the way...
I love to be outdoors, hiking, camping, riding horses, doing just about anything with my dog - I'm a big dog kind of girl, btw, I have a a mastiff, who is kind of a BAMF. I've recently started camping much more often and I've started doing some caving as well - the dog comes too :) I also do photography and really like to cook (I'm Jewish and Italian...it's a disownable offense in my family if you can't cook). I love to travel (Nashville was probably my favorite US destination, and I had a great experience in Ecuador) and have had some pretty cool adventures in the past few years, but now that I'm out of grad school and working full time, those haven't happened as much - I would love to meet someone who wants to explore with me - whether it's around the world, or just pulling off to see where the brown signs on the highway lead to.
I have a pretty goofy sense of humor and love to joke around - life is too short to be serious all the time. That being said, I'm actually incredibly responsible and tend to "do the right thing" more often than not. I think life is about having a good balance. I'm the type of person who got thrown off a horse, fractured my spine in 3 places, and asked people to pick me up and put me back on the horse so I wouldn't be afraid to ride again. They decided it was a bad idea to move me at the time, but I still got back on as soon as I could. I'm also the type of person who faced one of my biggest fears in Alaska, and refused to stop facing it until I was successful...
I think I'm best described as a dichotomous person, and I've learned that I need that from a counterpart as well. I need someone who can be comfortable getting dressed up and going out to a really nice dinner and appreciate (yes, actually appreciate) going to the theater on a Friday night, and then throw the camping gear in the car on Saturday morning. I've tried dating strictly city boys or strictly country boys before, and it just doesn't work...I need to satisfy both those sides of my life.
So one thing I've noticed about these profiles, is sometimes you see one you like, but don't have a clue where to start the conversation - so I'll give you a few options for things you can ask me:
- how I "died" in Alaska
- swimming with sharks in Galapagos (they're fish!)
- A really awesome teaching experience I had with a program called Ocean for Life
- the night I was convinced an escaped convict would break into my tent while I was camping and hold me hostage