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My self-summary
I’ve been in DC long enough to make me feel like a real Washingtonian, but like most of us, I spent the first half of my life elsewhere (New Jersey, to be specific).

I’ve got family and friends whom I love and a career I’m passionate about. I love being active and outdoors, but after a long day at work, an evening spent sitting on the couch with a good home-cooked meal, glass(es) of wine, some cheesy TV, and my dog curled up next to me can be bliss. Of course, debriefing with a friend at happy hour or dinner is awesome too.

I also like hiking, biking, yoga, running, picnics, live music, dancing, good food, good drinks, good books, museums, new experiences, cook-outs, boardgames, and dogs. This list is by no means exhaustive.

I’m pretty upbeat and optimistic, and friends would say I always see the best in people. Even in a crappy situation, I like to think about the funny story I'll be able to tell about it later. I often laugh at myself (that is, *with* myself), and the kids I work with tell me I'm totally cheesy.

I've hit a sweet spot in my life, and now I'm looking for someone to share it with.
What I’m doing with my life
I chose to work in a middle school, so you know I'm a little bit crazy. I absolutely love my work. It's fascinating, challenging, dynamic, infuriating, hilarious, inspiring, frustrating, exhilarating, and never boring.

It took me a little while to get here, but I feel so lucky to have finally reached a point where I can make a living off my passion.

And I get to help the children. Because, who wouldn't want to help the children?
I’m really good at
Bad singing, grammar, picking up small items with chopsticks, writing, using "ironic" correctly, parallel parking, problem solving, making breakfast, Freecell, listening, giving advice, and patting my head / rubbing my tummy at the same time
The first things people usually notice about me
Back in the summer of '01, I was running in Rock Creek Park and a man in a car pulled over and pointed at me saying, "You're that Levy girl, aren't you? ... Yeah, you are… They're lookin' for you!" and drove away.

Which is to say I look like someone you know from somewhere.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Reading: Dave Eggers, Jonathan Safran Foer, Joyce Carol Oates, Neil Gaiman, Phillip Roth, Barbara Kingsolver, Michael Chabon, Kurt Vonnegut, Ann Patchett, and Harper's Magazine...

Listening to: Wilco, Black Keys, Spoon, Dylan, Carol King, Feist, Belly, Ting Tings, Rilo Kiley, Britney Spears (maybe that belongs in the question about the private thing I'm willing to admit?), Arcade Fire, Paul Simon, Indigo Girls, Tom Petty...

Watching: The Wire, Downton Abbey, 30 Rock, Parks and Rec, Community, Wilfred, Mad Men, LOST (until season 6), Orange is the New Black, House of Cards, Veep...

Eating: With the exception of cilantro, I'll take it: crabs, Ethiopian, Indian, Japanese, Vietnamese, Italian, Jewish, Mexican, Persian, Afghan, Middle Eastern, pizza... really, just about anything. I love food.
The six things I could never do without
1. my dog
2. someone to talk to
3. Spell check (which prevented me from using “Spellcheck”)
4. intellectual stimulation
5. music
6. online/automatic bill pay
I spend a lot of time thinking about
social justice, education and schools, things I hear on NPR, Team Adnan or Team Jay??, what I would do differently if I ran the world, what to eat for dinner, and things I forgot to do today...
On a typical Friday night I am
Sometimes in, sometimes out; always recovering from another crazy week.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I've never been called for jury duty.
I've been in DC for 14+ years total, during which I've owned property, maintained a driver's license, had a library card, worked for the city, and been a registered DC voter. And still never been called. That's not the private thing though. The thing is that I really want to serve on a jury of my peers. I'm looking forward to it. I know I'm probably the only person who actually *wants* jury duty. I think it would be really interesting, and I know I'd make an awesome juror.
I'd even volunteer, if I could!
You should message me if
You're funny, active, kind, smart, open, and serious about finding a partner.