I grew up in Hawaii, spent a lot of time living on the East Coast
and in the Midwest with periodic year-long escapes to Spain and
Guatemala, and finally ended up with a little slice of heaven on a
small farm 20 miles north of Portland.
What I’m doing with my life
I still keep my day job, but I spend a lot of time with the
creatures surrounding me at home which currently encompass 2 dogs,
5 chickens, one goose, 2 beehives and 80+ sheep.
I’m really good at
gardening, baking, teaching, solving a problem by seeing it from a
completely different angle, coming up with a completely awesome
crazy plan like biking across a country or jumping out of a moving
mode of transportation and then making it happen without major
The first things people usually notice about me
that I am running slightly behind schedule.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books--The Name of the Rose, The Little Prince, The Unbearable
Lightness of Being, The Magic Mountain, The Master and
Movies--UHF, Harold and Maude, The Big Lebowski, Shawshank
Redemption, Clerks, Little Miss Sunshine...quirky is better.
Anything but horror.
Shows--usually I watch these a season or two late off Netflix as I
don't actually own a TV. The latest has been Call the Midwife and
Orange is the New Black.
Music--this changes a lot. Lately I've been listening to old
spirituals, Mahalia Jackson and Ray Charles, but I think that is
due to my recent piano playing interests more than anything.
Food--I am a vegetarian.
The six things I could never do without
I can't imagine a situation where I actually could not do
However, I like the following things a whole lot:
My animals, particularly my naughtiest dog, Teeka and my sweet
lover old man dog, Rocky
My family and friends
Warm clothes, sunny weather, a heating pad and/or a fireplace
I spend a lot of time thinking about
the mind-blowing destruction of my paradigm of how soil and the
environment interact that started when I watched Ken Burns' Dust
Bowl and has only continued as I learn more and more each day about
modern agricultural practices and resource management. I mean, holy
freaking cow. Amazing.
On a typical Friday night I am
working until 6pm, letting out the dogs, locking up the poultry,
trying to get ready to go out to some cultural or dinner event in
Portland before I sit down for too long at home and potentially
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm a pretty open book. I'd be hard-pressed to come up with
something that no one knows about me.
You should message me if
You have it mostly together, especially professionally and
You are a cyclist and/or have a strong creative streak.
The words "Talking about a problem only makes it worse" have never
crossed your lips.
You are not interested in a one-night-stand or polyamory.
You don't smoke tobacco or marijuana on any regular basis, or
have/had a drinking problem or drug addiction.
You can handle a spunky, intelligent woman.