43 Seattle, WA
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My self-summary
The great outdoors is what drew me to Seattle 15 years ago. In the summer I enjoy hitting the hiking and biking trails. When the snow hits the ground in the mountains I enjoy tromping around in my snow shoes or cross country skiis. I'm not into extreme stuff, I just like being active and being outdoors. Since I'm from Chicago I can appreciate the city and all it has to offer also. I enjoy checking out cultural events (i.e. Zoo Tunes concerts, the ballet, art exhibits, etc.), organizing dinner parties, or cozying up with a good book or movie in my condo. I have a community garden plot and enjoy growing my own veggies. Zucchini anyone?!

I also like to travel and have touched most continents, including a 2 year stint in the Peace Corps in Africa, but I have so much more I want to see! The last international trip I took was to Iceland. I am currently planning a trip to Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa. I love local road trips on weekends or going farther afield and checking out other parts of the U.S. too.

I have a great life - a good group of friends, meaningful work, volunteer in my community, have lots of fun adventures on the weekends & vacations - but it doesn't mean I don't long for a companion to share it all with.
What I’m doing with my life
My work is an important part of how I live out my values - trying to make a difference in my little corner of the planet. Having said that, a healthy work/life balance is also key. I lead an active lifestyle, but am an introvert in that I need my downtime to recharge. I also prefer socializing one on one or in small groups. I am an ISFJ if that means anything to you. I may seem reserved at first but the right person will bring out my goofy side! ;)
I’m really good at
...being a supportive friend, being a good listener, organizing get togethers with friends. A good friend wrote this in the birthday card she gave me: "To my beautiful, strong, smart, supportive, caring, and fun friend - your'e the entire package!"
The first things people usually notice about me
Well, besides my big blue eyes, I think they notice that I'm a genuine person.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I eat pretty healthy but like to splurge once in a while too. Life's too short, right? Think of all those women on the Titanic who didn't have dessert! I mostly enjoy small casual neighborhood pubs/restaurants but fine dining is fun for a special occasion. Thai food is one of my all time faves.

I read regularly and am in a book club that meets monthly. Some of my favorite books include: Wild, Native Son, Gone Girl, and Geography of Bliss.

For movies, some of my favorites are: Airplane, Shawshank Redemption, American Beauty, Princess Bride, & So I Married an Axe Murderer. I usually try to see as many of the Oscar nominated films as I can - Imitation Game was my favorite last year. For shows I've gotten into Orange is the New Black, Portlandia, Grey's Anatomy, and The Voice.

My music taste is pretty eclectic and I can appreciate everything from folk to funk to classical. Some of my favorite bands/musicians are: Lumineers, Head and the Heart, Mumford and Sons, Trampled by Turtles, Pink Martini, Storyhill, Patricia Barber, Mozart, Shed Boys, Eric Clapton, Bob Marley, and Los Amigos Invisibles. I love dancing to 70's and 80's tunes too.
The six things I could never do without
friends, family, hope, travel, music,....and chocolate. :)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
how we all look like zombies staring down at our phones all the time.
On a typical Friday night I am
Really isn't a typical Friday night...could be at happy hour with friends, watching a movie at home, getting out of town, or with you? ;)
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I have no tattoos or piercings.
You should message me if
You have a kind heart, a sense of humor, are easy to talk to, have a positive outlook on life, know how to spell, and can send me a thoughtful intro message that includes more than "hi."

A few emails to break the ice is great but I'm not interested in endless emailing. If we're both game, let's meet up for a walk and a chat.