35 Durham, NC
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My self-summary
I've always loved riding rollercoasters and seeing scary movies in the movie theatre, but lately I'm beginning to think I just really enjoy scream-laughing in public.

I'm a great balance of curious and opinionated, silly and serious. I listen as much as I talk. I just moved to Durham from NYC, and I've discovered that small-scale, tight-knit and home-spun suit me.

I have an old soul, wide eyes and a young heart. Somehow I've always been genuinely sweet and innocent, while being an A-one mischief-maker. Sarcasm is lost on me most of the time, but I have a great sense of humor. I exude a lot of joy, depth and the kind of self-confidence that comes from years of searching. I'm the real deal seeking the real deal.

The phrase "self-summary" gives me hives.
What I’m doing with my life
Writing. Directing. Molding young(ish) minds. Making things with my hands.
Being an awesome Aunt.
Being a good friend, daughter, sister. Spreading love.
Sharing my passions. Creating Beauty. Day-dreaming.
Cultivating gratitude.
Learning new things.
Trying to leave the world better than I found it.
I’m really good at
shower singing, speaking foreign languages and impersonating accents, cooking something awesome from random ingredients, remembering names and details about people, kissing, my job.
(By that I mean "kissing, in addition to my job." I wish kissing was my job...)

I've got a singular sense of style. I know how to earn the trust of children. I have a gift for bringing out the best qualities in people.

And once I astounded my clown teacher (and the entire class,) by managing to laugh hysterically for seven and a half straight minutes. We were supposed to find something so funny we couldn't even tell the class. To this day, I still can't tell you what I found so funny.
The first things people usually notice about me
I got these truly killer hazel eyes... :)
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
books: To Kill a Mockingbird, Look Homeward Angel, Ardor, She's Come Undone, Woman: An Intimate Geography, The Prophet, Collected Poems of Hafiz. Roald Dahl, Edward Gorey, Barbara Kingsolver, Wally Lamb. A lot of plays.

Movies: Moonstruck, Working Girl, Amelie, Magnolia, Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood, Waiting for Guffman, The Great Muppet Caper, Life is Beautiful, Harold & Maude. Requiem For A Dream wins the award for the most amazing movie that I can't bring myself to watch again.

Shows: Six Feet Under, Carnivale, King of the Hill, Bob's Burgers, South Park, The Simpsons, Big Love (Oh my god, I pretty much only like animated shows on Fox, or cancelled HBO series.) Bojack Horseman on Netflix is my current favorite.

Music: Atmosphere, Sylvan Esso, Nina Simone, Bob Dylan, Mika, Jaymay, Meiko, PJ Harvey, Common, Ray Lamontagne, Regina Spektor, Tori Amos, Electric Light Orchestra, The Decemberists, Abba, Belle and Sebastian, The Blow, Adele, The Violent Femmes, Sam Cooke, Cake, Edith Piaf, John Lee Hooker, Hank Williams, Mazzy Star, Puccini operas. (I'm all over the map. I just love music. Period.) The most beautiful piece of music ever written is "Clair de Lune" by Debussy. If my ideal life was a song it would be a cross between "Paperweight" by Joshua Radin and "How Lucky We Are" by Meiko.

Food: goat cheese, fresh-picked blueberries, rose-flavored ice cream, lamb tagine, red wine, chai tea, chocolate, red peppers, korean bbq, home-made pasta or pizza.
The six things I could never do without
1) music/theater/books/film/art
2) my family & friends, especially my nephews and nieces
3) the outdoors: sun, sky, water, gardens, flowers, grass, sand, mountains, clouds. Fuzzy animals. The whole shebang.
4) good food
5) sex/intimacy/human touch
6) a camera and something to write with.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
What's my next project?
What am I going to make for dinner tonight?
What are my friends up to right now?
How much money do I have in my checking account?
Are there any movies out I want to see?
If I had a pet, what would I name it?
How can we completely restructure education, healthcare and our attitude towards women in this country?
How can sex be so awesome, gross and hilarious at the same time?
Is there anything I can do to help teenagers and pre-teens develop healthy self-esteem?
Why isn't Winona Ryder in more movies?
I wonder what the person next to me is thinking...
On a typical Friday night I am
There is no such thing as a typical Friday night. But if I were to have an awesome evening it would involve some combination of the following: cooking, wine, movies, board games, friends, laughing.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I think weddings are wonderful, but bridesmaids (especially those in matching dresses) seriously creep me out.
You should message me if
1) you are kind, passionate and smart. (c'mon you know you are...)
2) you think I'm all kinds of awesome. (c'mon you know I am...)
3) you are ready to have the best relationship of your life thus far.