One of my friends nicknamed me "PTMI" ("packs too much in"),
because I like to stay so busy! Don't get me wrong…totally enjoy
lazing around on the couch too! Love games, sports, the outdoors,
and traveling. Hoping that finding someone will both help me slow
down my pace at work and speed up my love of adventure. Ever see
the show, "The Amazing Race"? …don't really want to be on TV, but
the idea of traveling the world (for free, mind you!) and
participating in all sorts of risky (yet safe since you're on TV)
activities, all in the name of competition, pretty much sums me up.
Want to apply with me ;-) ? My friends and fam would probably also
describe me as generous, easy-going, and thoughtful - they might
mention my killer dance moves too (though some might argue I stole
a few moves from Elaine Benes). Some of my friends like to poke fun
at the "d&m's", as they call them, that I like to get into -
c'mon, who doesn't like a good deep and meaningful convo?! All in
all, I work hard, I'd like to play harder, and I have a lot of
great people in my life - and although I can be stubbornly
independent, I'd rather share my life with someone else :-)
What I’m doing with my life
I am a school counselor, working with high-risk teens. In 6+ years
doing this, I've never had a boring day at work! At the end of the
school day, I quickly switch gears, and head to the lake (not
during the winter months, of course), where I coach a rowing team.
My rowers finished undefeated this past fall, and celebrated by
tossing me into the lake in 40 degree October weather! …sweet swim
:-) Think I was meant to do what I'm doing for now, but I'm still
trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up! Outside of
work, time with my favorite peeps, heading to the gym, and going on
adventures keeps me busy! Just need to figure out how to get more
travel across seas into my life!
I’m really good at
Driving backwards and parallel parking. Playing games (board, not
mind!). Working with teens. Making my 2-year old niece giggle.
Meeting new people. Ping-pong. Balancing a lot. Taking on
challenges. Making a mean caesar salad. Dancing. Going with the
flow. Trying new things. Driving a motorboat. Planning events and
rallying people together. Hopefully online dating???
The first things people usually notice about me
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
As a kid, loved Lloyd Alexander's "The Chronicles of Prydain"
series, and would like to reread as an adult! Loved "The Things
They Carried" as a high school student. More recently, found
personal meaning while reading "The Alchemist". Recently subscribed
to "National Geographic", and currently ripping through the "Hunger
Love movies, ones I haven't seen and ones I've already seen, and
admittedly, I think my favorite part of going to the movies is
watching the Previews! Some favorites include "Princess Bride",
"Karate Kid" (the original, of course!), "Back to the Future", "The
Notebook", "The Sixth Sense", "Glory", "Old School", "Little Miss
Sunshine", "Austin Powers", "Good Will Hunting", "American Beauty"
- boy, I could keep going.....
Still watching "Friends" reruns. Loved "Six Feet Under", and am now
a committed fan of his "True Blood" series. Laugh out loud every
week, watching "Modern Family". Am sad "Homeland" is not returning
until September. In the midst of a "Breaking Bad" marathon now.
Watch the news every morning, while getting ready for work, and
tune into CNN, while at the gym.
Love all music - seriously very eclectic taste - and I love to sing
out loud, especially while driving. More recent shows I've been to
include "Black Keys", "Allman Brothers", "TV on the Radio", U2,
Sara Bareilles, Moby, Lady Gaga, and the "Life is Good Festival"
(Martin Sexton and Ray LaMontagne were awesome!). Off to see Paul
Simon and Sting this March! So thankful to Pandora for keeping me
current, so I don't get sucked into the repeat sounds of 104
No restrictions, I like everything. Not a big dessert gal. Can walk
away from sweets any day of the week, but a plate of nachos and a
big glass of coke always have me at hello. Being healthy is an
important part of my life, but I certainly like to indulge on the
occasion too - everything in moderation.
The six things I could never do without
1. Family and friends. You are who you surround yourself with,
right? My family are my friends, and my friends are my
2. Music. Listening, singing, while working, while exercising, loud
in my car. Music is such good therapy!
3. Exercise and Outdoors. Outside and being active is my happy
place. Running. Hiking. Skiing. Rowing. Tennis. Kayaking. The list
goes on. Though, I do think I was born into the wrong part of the
country sometimes, I love fall, spring, and summer
4. Games. I am a super competitive person, not just coaching or on
the tennis court, but also sitting across a Scrabble board,
sketching a Cranium challenge, or betting around a Poker
5. iPhone. Embarrassed to admit it, and want to chuck it across the
room half the time, but have grown a bit dependent on it.
6. Laughing, the best medicine of all, right?!
I spend a lot of time thinking about
People I love. Where to travel to next. How to slow my life down.
My bucket list. Personal goals. My next career stop. Work. Jacob vs
Edward (kidding!). What's next?!
On a typical Friday night I am
Don't have a typical Friday night...
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I think I'm honest to a fault sometimes, so take the time to get to
know me, and I'll gladly share with you whatever you'd like. Gotta
pay some dues first though ;-)
You should message me if
I want someone I can order take-in and curl up with in front of a
movie, play a game of tennis with after work, go on hiking/camping
trips with, get dressed up and go out dancing once in a while with,
plan for some international adventures with, be totally entertained
sitting across a Scrabble board with, be challenged by and carry
meaningful conversation with, and of course, who I have terrific