LisaBsta
47 Glastonbury, CT
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My self-summary
I have a lot of interests and hobbies - art, writing, hiking, travel, scuba-diving - and I'm looking to meet people who share these interests. I'm in an open relationship, and for the first time in a long while, I have more time for being social.
What I’m doing with my life
Recently, I adjusted my schedule at work to allow for more time to focus on sculpting and writing.

I worked with a personal trainer for about 3 1/2 years, and it's been really exciting to see the continued improvements when I run and practice yoga. (Update July 2015: I'm in the midst of a move, so now I stay in shape painting bathrooms and packing/unpacking books and sculptures. Still running, still practicing yoga.)

I volunteer with an organization that runs conferences on community building, and this group has become a close family.

Lately I've been spending more time exploring the good art, performance, and jazz venues in the area, plus a whole lot of good cinema.
I’m really good at
I'm really good at board game strategy, cooking for a crowd, gardening, and making custom designed toy monsters.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm pretty energetic, and I usually have some project in my hands - sewing, carving, cooking.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: I just read Pride and Prejudice for the first time. Wow. So much fun. (Update: Jo Baker's _Longbourn_ was a satisfying follow up.) I like Flaubert, Hemmingway, DH Lawrence, Raymond Carver, Kenzeburo Oe, James Salter... I read a lot of Buddhist philosophy, lately focusing on Chogyam Trungpa, Pema Chodron, and Thich Nhat Hanh. Right now I'm into audiobooks of children's classics for my commute. Last week it was A Wind in the Willows. This week it's Treasure Island.
(Update: this month it's War and Peace.)

Music: I have pretty eclectic tastes, and a typical mix includes Television, Animal Collective, Pizzicato 5, tUnE-yArDs, Coltrane, Monk, Verdi, Hangai, Yat Kha, Dan Deacon, Brian Eno, Dave Holland, Cesaria Evora, King Sunny Ade, Mingus, Chucho Valdez... Rough Guide came out with 2 great compilations in 2014: Psychedelic Cambodia & Arabic Jazz.

New to the world of Podcasts: Bullseye, Death Sex & Money, This American Life, Radiolab, Planet Money. Do you have suggestions?

Movies: of late -- Birdman, Grand Budapest Hotel. Upstream Color & Primer. (Favorite pickup line: "Girl, you are like a Shane Carruth film, because I don't understand you, but I really want to see you again." More classics: Black Cat White Cat, Holy Motors, Army of Darkness, To Live, Me You and Everyone We Know, Late Spring (everything by Ozu is a treasure), Naked Lunch, Sweet Movie.
The six things I could never do without
My sisters. Good, healthy food. Wilderness. Exercise. Free time.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Shapes and colors. Flavors. Animal behavior. Philosophy. Monster movies. Poetry. Latin music. Social justice. Board games.
On a typical Friday night I am
Getting ready for a weekend with friends - either hosting or heading to a small gathering for games, hikes, movies, food, and excellent conversation.
Some Fridays I'm at a writing group, or at home sketching ideas for a weekend in the studio.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm not afraid of spiders, but I still don't like picking them up in my bare hands.
You should message me if
I have this soft spot for real, live people who read my profile and ask relevant questions. ;)
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