If I were a cookie, I'd probably be a snickerdoodle. They look kinda cinnamon-spicy on the outside, but the best ones are also soft and sweet once you get to the heart of them. So besides the name being fun to say (I love alliteration and playing with language, too), it's a pretty fair approximation of me! I appear quite sassy, spunky and sarcastic on the outside - and I am! - but at the heart of me, like that cookie, I'm a pretty sweet soul and quite sensitive besides. I can make light of most situations, even morbid, dark ones, but I can also be serious when the need arises. I'm also tactful, playful, intelligent, spontaneous, affectionate and an introvert who has learned to be an extrovert.
I realize the world is not a fair place - far from it - but I do the best I can to treat all I meet fairly and with respect and tolerance for their ways of life. It's kind of a must, in fact, for the field I work in, which is international education. When you work all day with people of various languages, religions and nationalities, helping them to learn English and adjust to American life, it's imperative you have respect for their cultures and the culture shock and adjustment/learning process they're in. I suppose it's easier for me to do this after having studied abroad so many times myself. I've spent several years studying abroad in New Zealand and Germany. I'll admit it - I'm a travel junkie. Those might be a couple reasons why I also run the study abroad program at the college I work at - my dream job, honestly! Not only do I get to help the international students that come here to adjust and blossom in this new environment, but I get to see the wonderful transformations of my American students as I send them off into the world and then help bring them home again transformed individuals. I really love what I do, and it definitely makes me feel like I'm making a difference in the world, which is a MUST for me. Working just for the sake of money was never an option in my case. :)
I have a philosophical outlook on life and I'm very spiritual, but not adhering to any particular practice. I do like pondering the existential questions, though, which may be partly why I love sci-fi and fantasy. I prefer TV, movies and books (OMG, BOOKS <3) which cant in this direction, though I also like historical fiction and nonfiction, too. My mind is always spinning in ways quite random, wonderful and weird. I have several stories in my head that I need to finish writing down some day. I also get my creativity out through online story-writing and RPGs with a small group of friends, which I've been doing in some fashion since I was 15. My mind loves to be active and creative. Researching is fun, too - maybe that's why I'm so good at genealogy, another passion of mine. It's like a centuries' old mystery tailor-made for each person! Ok, my geek is showing. So...I better just admit this:
I'm just a plain, straight-up nerd. Besides history and genealogy, there's so much more! Star Wars or Star Trek? Why must I pick?! Give me Firefly and Babylon Five while you're at it! Throw in comics and gaming and anything Joss Whedon has touched! And if you let me geek out about language, linguistics and/or phonetics and phonology? Well, I may just melt on you. ;) And don't even get me started on gaming. I like board games, but I love video and computer games even more. I am an honest-to-god gamer girl and have been since I was a kid on the first Ataris and Nintendos. See 'favorites' for what games I love best.