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My self-summary
I'm friendly and outgoing, social, smart, kind, curious and sentimental. I'm loyal, sweet, giving, and witty.

I own my condo, and rescued my cat a year ago (she's such a good girl, yes she IS!).

I've been on the East Coast for almost 15 years now (first in NYC, now in DC) but hail from the Midwest.

My social calendar is full of fun and shenanigans, and I wouldn't have it any other way. That doesn't necessarily mean I'm out on the town every night, being at home can still be full of fun and shenanigans, particularly if I'm hosting friends.

I love going to concerts and seeing live theatre.

I hate ice in my drinks and mushrooms in my food.

I love *not* camping.

I use parentheses a lot.

I'll probably beat you at Cards Against Humanity.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm NOT an attorney, but I do work with IP attorneys (patents/trademarks) every day, if you want to know how I earn a paycheck.
I am the co-director of my condo's special events committee. I served on the board of a non-profit a cappella organization for 12 years and remain actively involved in that community.
I’m really good at
Cooking/baking and hosting something fun at my condo (I have gotten lots of compliments on my lasagna and homemade pecan pie).

Being the co-director of my condo's special events committee.

Successfully running the lives of the attorneys I work for.

Discovering more delicious stouts and porters, sours and ciders and reds and whites.

Being there when people need me. I'm a good listener.

Making small children laugh really hard. (I am a fantastic aunt - love hanging with kids)

Bringing good snacks on road trips.

Board games and bar trivia. (Seriously, I have a great trivia team)
The first things people usually notice about me
My red hair and my retro glasses.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Love Neil Gaiman, Nick Hornby, Jonathan Tropper, Jenny Lawson, Cathy Lamb, Diana Gabaldon, and Bill Bryson (to name a few). My favorite book is probably "East of Eden" and "Ready Player One" was super awesome (hooray, they're making it into a movie!)

Movies - Favorites include:
Guardians of the Galaxy (Groooot!), Brooklyn, the Marvel Universe movies happening right now, The Way Way Back, 20 Feet from Stardom, Argo, Station Agent, Princess Bride, Never Again, Spaceballs, Once, Shawshank Redemption, Coming to America and anything from John Hughes.

I also love Audrey Hepburn movies, indie films and some documentaries. Indie theatres, like E Street in DC, the AMC in Shirlington or the Angelika in NYC are fantastic.

I also love anything Pixar does, even though I have never seen "Finding Nemo"

TV - "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt", random shows on HGTV or the Food Network, Mythbusters, and Sherlock.
I'm a fan of BBC comedies (Coupling, The IT Crowd) and I love searching Roku for whatever awesome thing I can binge-watch.
I miss Jon Stewart.

I love live theatre! Oh my goodness do I want to see "Hamilton" on Broadway! I promise to try very hard not to geek out about my love of theatre too much.

Music feeds my soul. Anywhere from Mozart to Mumford & Sons, from Etta James to Frank Sinatra. From The Cure to Billy Joel to (early)Tori Amos to Tool. Love Bruno Mars, The Script, The Rescues and The Bird & The Bee... from NWA to Led Zeppelin. Pete Yorn, Gavin DeGraw, O.A.R., Bon Iver, Fitz & The Tantrums, Broken it. 80s music, especially brit pop, YES PLEASE.

I'll listen to basically anything except for death metal, prog rock, hard core rap and throat music.

I love Thai, Mexican (I am DEEPLY suspicious of people who don't love tacos) Indian, some sushi, a good deep dish, and cheese. All of the cheese. Except the really hard cheese. But even then, probably I want that.
And Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs.
The six things I could never do without
1. My Keurig - it's my 2nd favorite kitchen appliance
2. SmarTrip/MetroCard/Uber and Lyft apps (and Amtrak rewards points)
3. Meaningful connections with friends and family
4. Duck fat french fries from Cedar.
5. Music/Theatre/Art/Creativity/cool science stuff
6. A vacation every now and then
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Is there a better ratio of peanut butter to chocolate than the Reese's Peanut Butter Egg?
I really want to take more swing dancing lessons.
Also, how a lot of people here seem to go to Machu Pichu. Is that a secret OKC requirement?
On a typical Friday night I am
My Friday nights are never what I'd consider "typical" --you never know what I might (or might not be) up to on any given Friday.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
You get 2 things...

I don't drive. (I KNOW! I am *so* exotic!) I have never had a driver's license. Yes, I took lessons when I was 18, and I hated every living second of them so I never took the test. I have mad GPS programming skills, I bring good snacks on road trips and my Uber/Lyft apps usually work well, as does my trusty taxi hailing arm. I'm not afraid of public transportation, either.

If the song "Celebration" by Kool & The Gang comes on when I'm out somewhere, I leave the area until it is over. I hate that song. It makes me twitchy.
You should message me if
-You actually want a relationship, with the potential for something long term.
I'm a lady who has her life together --I want a guy who is looking for the same kind of thing I am. (And if you enjoy music, theater, discovering or other artsy type things and are generally awesome).

-You're happy, you're healthy (physically and emotionally), you take care of yourself, and you have your life together as well.

-You fit in my age range of what I'm looking for (give or take a few years, as I definitely don't feel like I'm in my 40s!)

You should NOT message me if:

- your opening message is something along the lines of: “hi ur cute! whats up? LOL”

- If you call me "baby", "sweetheart", "beautiful", etc. in your first message to me -- that's just super awkward for both of us.

- you just want a fling - I'm not here for that.

- You have no photo/a fake photo/the only one is a creepy close-up of your eye, or your left nostril or something, or the main profile photo is of your dog or like, a tree.

substance required if you want a response, as well as the ability to write full sentences. capitalization is clearly optional.