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 (B.A., Cornell and J.D., Harvard) 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. Recently I went to Singapore, what an amazing city.
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.