I'm a peculiar mix of whimsy, practicality, wonder, cynicism, and empathy. My intensity is probably one of my defining characteristics, and I'm constantly pushing myself to evaluate my goals and my priorities. I've tried to teach myself meditation several times, but have trouble getting my brain to shut up. Silly brain.
I don't own a television, but I stream Netflix while working on the computer. I could care less about professional sports. On rainy days you will find me either doing chores, playing a musical instrument (usually piano), reading, or doing research for whatever projects I'm working on. Oh, did I mention that I read voraciously? I'm a science blog junkie, read lots of economic/public policy stuff, and have an RSS feed to die for. As cool as technology is, though, it still can't compete with the smell of a garden in the morning or the wonder of the natural world. If tomorrow all of the shopping malls were somehow magically flattened and replaced with forest, I would be totally okay with that. Contact with nature is extremely important to me, and I'm frustrated that I'm not recovering from my knee damage as fast as I would like. If I'm not in good enough shape to go hiking and dancing by this summer, I will be miffed. Boo hiss.
Some amusing things that I have done with in life: I spent a summer counting endangered bats in lava tube caves for the US Park service. I've mapped geologic formations in Montana and part of a cave system underneath South Dakota. I once built a bat house for my back yard. I've built cost analysis models for some of the largest utility systems in the country. I have also managed to fight my way back to a reasonably healthy state after leaving my previous career as a CPA/consultant (no small feat, believe me). I follow a daily fitness routine and watch what I eat.
I have two awesome nieces who are already smarter than me. Watching them grow up is fascinating.
The past several years have been, shall we say, "interesting". After 15 years as a CPA I decided that my career was, without a doubt, running my health into the ground. (Lethal levels of stress will do that, you know.) So almost three years ago I sold my house and moved from the East Coast to Seattle, tried professional photography for two years, and am now an analyst for a high tech startup that hopes to be the next Dolby Labs. Life is strange, is it not? Sometimes I wonder why I bother to plan more than four months ahead.
I'm attracted to intelligence, compassion, intensity, and depth. I make a serious effort to eat right and follow some sort of fitness regimen, and I have trouble relating to folks who don't take care of themselves. I've learned that emails are stunningly poor predictors of compatibility, so I prefer meeting in person after a few emails rather than carrying on a interminable email correspondence.
For those of you that did not start pounding on the backspace key five minutes ago: If you listed "shopping at the mall" or "watching television" as your favorite pastimes, then we’re on different paths. And if you even CONSIDERED voting for the Tea Party, then don't let the door hit you on the way out.