I'm an adventurer, but not a party animal. I live an active
lifestyle and enjoy the outdoors. Soccer is my main sport and I
play it every week. I’ve paid for the pleasure with a knee injury
last year. So this year I got a rowing machine so I don’t have to
do running for my cardio. I bike to work and go on camping bike
trips. I started fostering dogs: three so far
(www.facebook.com/adoptmyfosters). I walk them every day.
I grew up an army and I enjoyed moving every 3-5 years. It was like
an opportunity to reinvent myself every few years. So I’ve caught
the wanderlust bug and continue to travel. I once hit 23 countries
in 30 days. I feel traveling helps challenge my assumptions and
think about things differently. I value being open-minded
I’m straightforward. I’m pretty well read. I read the news daily. I
will do random things to try them out. Even if I don’t stick with
them long term I find a lot of the things open up opportunities.
Last year I auditioned for a choir because I thought the experience
of auditioning would be cool. Somehow they decided I was good
enough to join. I ended up going for 9 months culminating in a trip
to sing at Carnegie Hall in NYC.
What I’m doing with my life
I work as a chemical process engineer. I'd like to have an
international job. In the future I'll go for graduate school. In a
couple of years I'll have the experience to be allowed to take the
professional engineering test. Which basically means I'll get a
stamp I can put on documents.
I’m really good at
Playing soccer - I play mid-field.
Talking to strangers - last time I was at the airport I met a soil
scientist who told me about the different types of iron in the soil
and how it is accessible to plants and a Georgia tech student who
for some reason was surprised that I knew about the electromagnetic
spectrum despite the fact that I told him I was a chemical
Juggling - only 3 but I figure that's more than most. I only
learned because I wanted to juggle on my slackline, but I could
never combine the two skills.
Being happy - I think you can find happiness anywhere if you look
I'm not good at:
Being able to suggest good restaurants to visitors. I don't eat out
The first things people usually notice about me
They seem to notice whatever phase I'm going through. I've been
soccer girl, bike girl, Germany girl, American girl, crutches girl,
choir girl. People do always notice I'm a girl :) except in Egypt
where they were pretty sure I was probably a girl, but still had to
ask (I had short hair at the time).
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
The Pirate’s Son by Geraldine McCaughrean
Watershipdown by Richard Adams
Miles From Nowhere by Barbara Savage
Dealing with Dragons by Patricia Wrede
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
SInce I read the news about as much as I read books:
Avatar the Last Airbender
Radioactive by Imagine Dragons
Take Me to Church by Hozier
Little Lion Man by Mumford and Sons
Smooth Criminal by Michael Jackson
Perfect by Pink
Heavy in Your Arms by Florence and the Machine
Stained Glass Masquerade by Casting Crowns
Classical Gas by Mason Williams
Running (when I’m not injured), so now I'm rowing
The six things I could never do without
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Social justice, how people try to tailor people to a system rather
than trying to tailor the system to people. Related to another
concept that operator error is often actually design error.
Planning my next adventure
The way our environment shapes our experience.
On a typical Friday night I am
Frantically trying to decide or gathering materials for what I’m
going to do with my Little this weekend that she would like! Most
fun outings with my little: soda bottle rocket, tie dying shirts,
painting, and sandcastle building (Interactive activities rule).
Worst outings: botanical garden, Lexington, art museum (confirming
that TV is the only thing that entertains 11 year olds with just
stuff to look at). A medium outings: playing Frisbee (wind in
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I love getting postcards.
I love chocolate covered strawberries. I will buy chocolate
strawberries at the grocery store even though they are a rip off
along with plain strawberries and chocolate so I can make my own
once I’ve eaten the store bought ones.
One of the most common questions I get asked at work is: How old
I sort of hate low elevations. When I left ABQ (6,000 ft) I could
run my Dad into the ground if we went running together. Now after 2
years at sea level he can run me into the ground whenever I visit.
Right now I’m working on beating him at rowing when I visit since
that exercise is novel enough for both of us that it seems to level
the breathing playing field a bit.
I am a middle child
You should message me if
You’re interested in science and politics
You like friendly debates
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You value a healthy lifestyle
You like to read and can suggest a good book. Or have read any of
the books I listed as favorites.
If you had the opportunity to leave and go somewhere far away, you
just might go.
I’m generally looking for a more serious relationship. Not rushing
into anything, but I’m paying more attention to how someone might
be a good fit longer term.
Just FYI - I have two non-negotiable deal breakers:
- Smoking - includes cigarettes, cigars, pipes etc.
- Being anti-gay