55 Seattle, WA
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My self-summary
I'm witty, smart, loyal, funny, educated, caring, mostly mature, still climb trees, mischevious, take care of myself, and like both physical activities and things that will stimulate my mind. So some days it is hiking, kayaking, or fishing; other days it is an art gallery, bookstore, or movie.

I have a young daughter part time. She is an adventure and means the world to me.

I bought a house in 2007 now cannot complain about being bored. There is always something to do weather or not I want to do it. My talents include nearly everything that a fixer upper requires. But that's not really who I am except that I am good with my hands, a problem solver, and I like projects.

I have an MFA and though I haven't made 'real' art in a long time I do look at the world with artists eyes. Colors, shapes, compositions are everywhere and endlessly changing and intriguing. As I write this I can see out my bathroom window which is framing a hawthorne branch coming into the picture frame from the top right loaded with red berries. From the bottom left a branch of a japanese maple with it's orange green leaves. Then in the background, two yellow green pears hanging against the backdrop of a dark green laurel. I could stare at that for hours. Sometimes the world is electrifying in it's intensity. Annie Dillard summed it up best,
"After the one extravagant gesture of creation in the first place, the universe has continued to deal exclusively in extravagances, flinging intricacies and colossi down aeons of emptiness...The whole show has been on fire from the word go. I come down to the water to cool my eyes. But everywhere I look I see fire; that which isn't flint is tinder, and the whole world sparks and flames."
What I’m doing with my life
Having as much fun as possible. I work as a landscape designer and installer. It keeps me toned, outside, and sometimes muddy. The best is when you install your own design. Did you ever draw your fantasy house or castle when you were a kid? Well I get to do that for a garden then actually build it.

But at the core of this question is the spiritual journey we are all on. I suppose what I'm actually doing with my life is finding the best way to make myself, thus others happy. I think it was Rumi who said, "don't do what you think is good for the world, do what makes you smile because what the world needs is more people that smile." I try to live a low impact life and think about how my actions will effect others and the environment.
I’m really good at
Riding a bike, skiing, route finding, gardening, fixing things, creative problem solving, giving massages, being goofy, kissing, eating good food, sometimes cooking.
The first things people usually notice about me
That I need a haircut?
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Mmm, so many favorite books. My all time fav is Winters Tale by Mark Helprin. I read it 5 years ago and upon finishing it thought I'd never be able to read another book again. Nothing would compare. Reread it this year and fortunately had forgotten a lot. Let's see, Corelli's Mandolin, Time Travelers Wife, The English Patient, Life of Pi, and Midnights Children to name a few. I have to admit I am a Tolkien geek. I typically reread the trilogy once every couple years. I also read some poetry, Billy Collins is on my bedstand now.

Food, just about anything. I am eternally modifying my top 5 food list but sushi is always there as are ripe mangos.

Music is all over the place to. These days I'm into Euphoria, Steve Earle, world music, Kexp, Blue Man group, Sufjan Stevens, and the soundtrack from the movie "Once." But of course going to high school 'dazed and confused' in the late 70's I can still rock out to Zepplin.
The six things I could never do without
Friends, a book, my flyrod, getting my hands in the dirt, a good I.P.A. rope swings in the summer. And kissing.
On a typical Friday night I am
I wouldn't say there is a typical Friday. Sometimes staying at home reading or watching a movie, sometimes out with friends, sometimes getting gear together for a weekend adventure.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm not afraid to talk about anything but here? I'll tell you anything you want to know in person.
You should message me if
Any of the above sounded interesting.