I blew into town on the wings of a hurricane and have greatly
enjoyed these seven years of making this nerd's paradise that is
Austin my home. I finally finished malingering in the halls of
higher education after completing a master's at UT. Although, as
the memory of the pain that is graduate school subsides with time,
I find myself thinking that taking more courses could be fun. Maybe
it's time to take up making pottery or improving my data analysis
skills. I've got the type of mind that needs to keep learning and
having new experiences or I find myself becoming bored. I was happy
to discover Austin's extensive selection of meetup groups, which
offer all kinds of new activities to try- table tennis may be next
on my list. On the social side, I enjoy spending time with the
friends I've made here. Recently, they've gotten me into going to
pub trivia. Other favorite activities include going to museums and
festivals, plays at Zach Scott, movies at Alamo, hunting for finds
at thrift or used book stores, hanging out in libraries and
bookstores, watching films, gardening, walking in the park,
horseback riding, trying new recipes, playing Scrabble, mini golf
at Peter Pan, and traveling. Overall, I try to live a fairly simple
and sustainable lifestyle.
I'm hoping to find someone whose interests complement my own.
Someone who is stable, dependable, focused, and possesses the type
of quirky intelligence that keeps things interesting. I'm seeking
someone who is comfortable with having a daily routine but flexible
enough to embrace trying new activities so life does not sink into
a fully planned out rut. I'm looking forward to spending the time
necessary to get to really know a person and learn whether we have
the potential for something long-term. Politically, I'm fairly
liberal so I'm likely not to mesh well with someone in the tea
party. I enjoy outdoor activities but am not an extreme sports
person who looks forward to running marathons or taking hundred
mile bike rides every weekend.
What I’m doing with my life
Basically enjoying life. I'm employed in a public sector
environmental position that I find rewarding. I have a community
garden plot that I've been working on with varying levels of
success. Mainly I seem to be growing the most expensive vegetables
on the planet. Back home, I worked as an interpreter for deaf
students and as a middle school teacher for behaviorally disordered
students. Since I'm no longer working in schools, I get my time in
with kids by volunteering with a mentoring program. Lately, I've
joined some conversation groups to work on improving my ASL and
German skills. Since doing a study abroad in Berlin, I want to find
ways to spend more time in Germany and to visit Poland. European
travel was so much more cost-effective when it was on UT's dime.
I'm working on improving my fitness level after getting sidelined
for a time due to some medical stuff and I have my sights set on
being ready for my first 5K next year. I've started back to doing
some yoga exercises and would eventually like to get back to riding
horses and doing taekwondo regularly again.
I’m really good at
Nurturing small creatures (I bottle raised my cats from their first
day of life); Being trustworthy and dependable; Making good tasting
vegan food; Riding horses; Spotting typos; Making order from chaos;
Planning hurricane evacuations.
The first things people usually notice about me
Generally, it seems to be either my smile or my eyes. Also that I
tend to be a bit reserved until I get to know someone.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: I'm an avid reader of mainly non-fiction with some quirky
fiction thrown in. I also have a thing for adolescent lit. Some of
my favorite books are In the Garden of Beasts, The Namesake, and A
Wrinkle in Time. Favorite authors include Allison Weir, Christopher
Moore, Jonathon Kozol, and Tim Dorsey. I have a friend that says
another friend and I should be charter members of the Grim Sh*t
Bookclub because of our love for gritty sociological studies like
Savage Inequalities or dystopian fiction such as One Second
Movies/TV: My Netflix and Amazon lists tend to be all over the
place. Depending on mood, I can go for any brow from low to high. I
like documentaries, foreign films and a variety of comedies and
dramas including Big Bang Theory, Falling Skies, Treme, Goodbye
Lenin, Doctor Who, The Lives of Others, V, Austin Powers, Law &
Order, O Brother Where Art Thou, Dr. Strangelove, King Corn,
Shower, and Criminal Minds.
Music: This may be a heresy in Austin, but I'm not a huge music fan
although since moving here, I did fulfill a childhood dream of
seeing Willie Nelson. I must confess a great fondness for 80's pop
music (radio tends to be set to BOB FM) and older country singers
such as Johnny Cash. I also have a weakness for bagpipe
Food: I've been a long-time vegetarian and have become mostly vegan
since the discovery of a milk allergy. I really enjoy getting
together with friends and cooking food to share. I enjoy going out
to Austin's vegetarian/vegan restaurants or to get Indian or Asian
food. My future partner does not need to be vegetarian or vegan as
long as they are okay with my eating that way.
The six things I could never do without
Since I'm fortunate enough to have my basic needs met, I'll have to
Community garden plot and plants
Time with family and friends
Opportunities for new experiences
I was going to include my morning coffee and newspaper on the list
until I realized they definitely fell under basic needs.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Who syncs the traffic lights downtown and what were they thinking?
What plants will thrive in my relatively shady garden plot? What
would I do if my cats started behaving like the ones in My Cat From
On a typical Friday night I am
Friday nights tend to be quiet as I unwind after the work week.
Maybe going to dinner or a play or a movie or just hanging out with
friends at an after work happy hour or watching a video at one of
our homes. I can also be found curled up in the recliner with my
cats and a good book.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I've always found pirates to be rather unnerving and I will likely
never take part in talk like a pirate day.
You should message me if
You find anything I've written to be intriguing and you'd like to
know more. We can exchange some emails/phone calls and then maybe
meet for coffee to find out if we've got some chemistry in person.