Although I definitely like to go out and have fun, I am also a very thoughtful person and I appreciate quiet nights in watching movies or reading. I would say I am an extroverted introvert. I am the child of a poet and my dad's work has inspired me and challenged me to see the world in unique ways. My career is really important to me and I feel like I'm making a difference, but at the same time, I don't take myself too seriously. I am certainly not shy about expressing my opinions, but also pride myself on being a good listener and am not a judgmental person. I consider myself confident, but definitely not arrogant. I am also a person of integrity and I keep my promises and do what I say I'm going to do.
Sense of humor is really important to me -- I definitely love to laugh and make other people laugh. I am oddly good at giving people funny nicknames, which are usually good for at least a few chuckles. And, like with other things, my sense of humor is broad -- I can appreciate everything from a clever New Yorker cartoon to over the top comedies like Wedding Crashers and Old School. In fact, a highlight was the time I got to visit the house (mansion, really) on the Eastern Shore where they filmed Wedding Crashers -- wow.
I grew up just up the road and have a big soft spot for my hometown of Baltimore (and will always be an Orioles and Ravens fan), but moved to D.C. after school and love living here -- it has become my home. I have been here long enough to remember going to the original Lauriol Plaza, so you know it's been a while. I am very interested in politics and am definitely on the liberal end of the spectrum. I live in Dupont, and it is great being in the middle of everything (and being able to walk to work!).
As far as what I like to do, I have broad interests, but three of my big ones are travel, live music, and spending time outside – usually hiking, biking, or playing tennis. I consider it an off month if I don't make it to the 930 club at least once. Two of my favorite past trips were Costa Rica and Croatia, both of which were amazing. I studied abroad in Paris for a semester during college and that was a great experience with lots of crazy memories. Earlier this year, I went on vacation to Chile, which was great -- such a beautiful country. (I clearly have a thing for countries that begin with "C" - Cuba next?).
I also love checking out new restaurants, and meeting friends for drinks or happy hour. Some of my favorite places are Churchkey, Estadio, Pearl Dive (love raw oysters!), and Masa 14 -- I always love a good roof deck.
Also, I love to read. In fact, I kind of have a book addiction (the books are literally spilling off of my shelves). I read mostly contemporary fiction and a variety of non-fiction. A book that I read recently and loved was the Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Murakami (I'm looking forward to reading his new one). Right now, I am reading The Organized Mind, which is interesting.