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39 Philadelphia, PA Woman


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I’m looking for

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  • Ages 30–45
  • Near me
  • For new friends, long-term dating, short-term dating

My details

Last online
Today – 8:26am
5′ 0″ (1.52m)
Body Type
Mostly anything
Graduated from masters program
Rather not say
Doesn’t have kids, and doesn’t want any
Likes dogs and likes cats
English (Fluently), Italian (Poorly), French (Poorly)
My self-summary
Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
I'm not technically from Philly, but I've lived here for 17 years now. I spent 4 years in rural Ohio during college and then vowed never, ever to live outside of a city again, moved to Philly, and haven't looked back. I have a lot of qualities that don't necessarily make sense together - independent and easily attached, cynical and secretly romantic, rational mind and irrational heart, habitually restless but kind of a nester, intellectual and really, really juvenile...
I am an educator who has very recently moved into administration. I taught in Philly public schools for 7 years and am now the principal of a small independent school in North Philly. It's hard as shit, I'm not gonna lie, but I love this job and I love the kids and families with whom I work.
Other random, but potentially revealing, things about me... I used to be a Classicist and a pastry chef... my brother is one of my best friends, we live parallel lives, and I wish we lived in the same city... I have a dirty, foul, totally juvenile sense of humor, which might be why I get along so well with 5th graders... I have been called "intimidating" too many times not to believe it, but I don't believe it... I turned myself into a runner at the age of 34... I have strong opinions, and I am not shy about expressing them... sometimes, I snort when I laugh... I had a house full of pets (3 cats, a snake, and the occasional foster dog) up until a year ago, when a fire in my neighbor's place turned my life upside down. I'm now an animal lover living without animals for the first time in 14 years. It's weird.
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
Teaching kids, running, cooking, baking, eating, reading, trying to write more, doing yoga, being with my friends, feeling guilty for not having enough time or energy to do all those things more and better, sleeping (definitely not well or enough), getting obsessed with T.V. shows (too much), listening to podcasts (all the time), fantasizing about travel, dancing by myself, enjoying a love-hate relationship with my cats (in memoriam), waiting for the Sun to come out, falling in love (again) with my city, being a nerd about lots of different things.... oh, and making glittery monograms for my phone, because I'm 12.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
My job, grammar, organizing spaces, winning arguments and board games (let's be realistic: mostly just Scrabble), matching, feeding people, knowing exactly what you want to eat, kissing, drinking more than a girl my size should reasonably be able to drink, reinventing myself, dancing, procrastinating, responding thoughtfully, being honest without being cruel, and managing both children and adults without anyone losing his or her shit.
I am NOT good at losing (losing at Scrabble), sleeping, keeping my feelings to myself, paperwork, or remembering your birthday. Don't take it personally. I can't remember anyone else's either.
The first things people usually notice about me
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
Two anecdotes from which you may generalize, if you so choose:
1.) One time, when I was running past them, I overheard one teenaged boy say to another, "she got a nice bump!"
I have heard many, many times, that I do, indeed, got a nice bump; however, that would only be the first thing you notice if you're approaching from the rear.
2.) One other time, as I walked by them on the sidewalk, I overheard one homeless man say to another, "she ain't got no tits!" This feels more like hyperbole than actual fact.

Other contenders: that I'm really short can't be too far down the list, nor can my wild hair, if it's not tamed in some way. I also get lots of questions about my ink.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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Books, or really authors: Kafka, Borges, David Foster Wallace, Junot Diaz, Murakami, Salman Rushdie, Orhan Pamuk, David Sedaris, Neil Gaiman, Karen Russell, way too many more to list... I've read Phillip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" trilogy and the Harry Potter series a hundred times each (slight exaggeration) and a lot of other really good children's and YA fiction... and my "Harvard trash" (guilty pleasure summer reading) Roman mystery series

Movies: I love the dark, the weird, the surreal, including early devotion to The Princess Bride and Heathers... Wes Anderson, the Coen brothers, David O. Russell, Almodovar, most anything involving Will Ferrell or Paul Rudd (including wonderful crap like Wet Hot American Summer), zombies and superheroes, any documentaries about animals or food, and the occasional heartfelt drama

TV: might be best to skip this category altogether (and I don't even own a TV), but... Freaks and Geeks, Arrested Development, Parks and Rec, Party Down, Girls, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Walking Dead, Homeland, American Horror Story, Louie... Everything Amy Poehler does is genius. I aspire to be even half as smart, funny, and vulgar as she is. Broad City is my new favorite thing ever.

Music: There isn't much that I don't enjoy listening to, besides contemporary country-pop crap. Anything that inspires dancing is good. I've spent too much time around the hipster musicians of this fine city not to be wary of JUDGEMENT for what I'm sure are my way too mainstream tastes. Mea culpa, guys, mea culpa.

I started listening OBSESSIVELY to podcasts a couple years ago. I could name them all, but you would fall asleep before the end of the list.

Food: I love it, almost all of it. Insert hyperbolic comment about Sriracha and how I can't live without it. Usually, I can't stop thinking about ramen.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
1. My glasses/contacts
2. Affectionate physical contact
3. A purpose
4. My phone and everything to which it connects me (yuck?)
5. Somewhere to escape outside, and running shoes with which to make the escape [Update: currently learning to do without so much running while I (this used to say rehab "an IT band injury" and then "a falling-down-the-stairs injury") adjust to my newly insane work schedule].
6. Hope
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
what to eat, and whether to eat it before or after running... plans for another tattoo... where the next coffee is coming from... how long domestic short-haired cats really live... when I might be able to get a dog... bourbon or gin in that drink?... where I would travel if time, money, and pets weren't obstacles... why so many otherwise sane people are into crossfit... whether it's really necessary to wear a bra and/or underwear today... how to be better and do better and serve my kids better every day.
(Just to clarify, I don't ever think about those last two points simultaneously. Ever.)
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
really tired.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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I can be a real judgmental snob when it comes to things I care about. For further insight into my snobbery, see above re. obsessions with food, grammar, and fitness. I think judging too quickly, based on initial impressions and appearance, is by far my ugliest and most self-defeating habit, and I've been working on rewiring it for a long time.
Maybe this is more private: I'm not interested in vanilla relationships.
You should message me if
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-you had the patience and fortitude to read this whole damn thing, and you still feel like there might be something left to talk about.

-you actually live in Philadelphia! Hey, guys? Why don't any of you live in Philly?

-you understand that "hi how are you?" is not a conversation starter, especially if you leave off the question mark.

-you were being totally, 100% honest when you described yourself as "fit" or "athletic." Call me judgmental; I've already admitted it.

-you can explain what a dude, who picked me up on the bus, meant when he said, "you are extra attractive to a certain kind of dude." SEPTA enthusiasts? I don't know.

-your response to that question about kinkiness was "not possible," and you're prepared to prove it.

-you, too, have recently promised yourself to swap out some of your beer drinking time for attempts at more cultural engagement. Not that beer drinking and cultural engagement are mutually exclusive.

-you are a bike-riding kinda dude who won't immediately dismiss me for being too terrified to ride a bike in the city.

-or, you can see through the better part of the silliness contained herein to a fairly serious, thoughtful, irreverent, passionate, reflective, engaged, intelligent adult with whom you might like to enjoy a drink or 3 sometime.