If I were an animal, I'd be an elephant: I'm intelligent, have a focused, serious side, and I cherish company and community.
I enjoy crafting art projects, reading non-fiction books about stuff I want to learn, hanging out with friends, teaching, planting, dancing, biking, painting, people-watching, public transiting, bodega cat-spotting, and laughing (who doesn't? But I laugh a lot, so I think it's relevant to say here). I love to play! A sport, a game, being a goofball, rollerskating, you name it. Math and art are my favorite things, especially in partnership.
I'm *not* into TV or movies. I'll watch something with someone on a rare occasion, but I pretty much have to be bribed, drugged, or very ill to sit idly and watch a screen. Hence, the answer to "Have you seen?" is most often "Nope."
FYI: I've spent this past year battling a rare spinal cancer (chordoma), but I'm in the clear now and not phased by it or upset about it, so you don't have to feel weird about it. I'm still the same upbeat lady -- I just have some badass scars now. No, I will not talk your ear off about having cancer, but I'll gladly, openly answer any Qs you have. Just mentioning it here so it's not some weird skeleton in the closet. Also -- **I HAVE NORMAL HAIR NOW!** And it's cute. :)
I'm delightedly content being just me by my lonesome, but a kindred heart to share the ride with would be icing on the cake.
I just started volunteering twice a week teaching coding to high schoolers. It's awesome! I'd also like to find a way to put my big data skills to volunteer use for science. I want to draw more and am trying to get a book published (ping me if you know of good agents!).
Am not good at: brevity, napkins.
I am frequently made fun of by friends for claiming everything to be 'my favorite,' one thing at a time. Here's a fairly rando list of the first things to mind.
• The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
• Anna Karenina & War and Peace
• Euclid's Elements (I'm not kidding. I LOVE me some math, especially straight up, original geometry in it's purest.)
• Harold and the Purple Crayon
• A Confederacy of Dunces
• Great Expectations
• Nude Statistics
• Princess Bride
• Shrek (Donkey is the sweetest goddamn character ever invented.)
• Wall-E (I was Wall-E for Halloween a few years back and made an excellent costume, if I do say so myself, and I really do.)
• Little Miss Sunshine
• 40 Year Old Virgin (yep, love it)
• The Green Mile
TV: not my thing, but I loved The Office.
(Most things folks play me and any folksy bluegrass, but some all-time faves include:)
Paul Simon, Tom Petty, Van Morrison, Dispatch, Mumford & Sons, Johnny Flynn, Nina Simone.
As for FOOD, honey badger doesn't give a shit: I will eat whatever is free-est and easiest, preferably not spoil't (except raw onions: foul!). I eat meat but infrequently.
heater (I get cold easily - I may perhaps be a species of lizard or insect... too soon to tell, really)
bicycle (mine is temporarily stuck't to my building -- "call the locksmith!" Really though, my lock broke shut, and I haven't dealt with the sitch just yet.) UPDATE: solved -- I bought a new bike. Heh.
I also spend a lot (too much) time thinking about what I'm doing and why and how I can do things better and do more things and whether I'm doing the right things and how to be better and more productive and smarter and kinder and give back more and such.
I want to make sure my work has enough meaning and if not how to find work that does. Lately this means coming up with ways to volunteer my skills, as my day job is my dream job and has enough good purpose of its own.
Can I adopt a dog yet? How about now? Ummmm... Now?
AND I think about art and coding projects a lot.
Saturday evenings I like to be with friends, 80's dancing, playing board games, etc.
My ideal fella could happily join me in both types of evenings. I'm not a club-goer, but I like going to chill bars with friends. That said, I much prefer hanging out outside or at someone's home than in a bar. I don't like staying out super-late.
On weekends, I'd love a pal to bike with to check out a park or museum or sometimes to just computer with at a cafe.
Also, just do it. A simple message noting a common interest is plenty. I message you fellas without hesitation (unless I'm tired: sorry).
Regardless, if you've made it this far through my profile, I'm impressed. Great job! Thanks for the effort. Double points! Cheers.