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misshaw

38 F Philadelphia, PA

My Details

Last Online
Today – 2:08pm
Orientation
Bisexual
Ethnicity
White
Height
5′ 0″ (1.52m)
Body Type
Fit
Diet
Mostly anything
Smokes
No
Drinks
Socially
Drugs
Religion
Agnosticism
Sign
Sagittarius
Education
Graduated from masters program
Job
Education
Income
Rather not say
Relationship Status
Single
Relationship Type
Offspring
Doesn’t have kids, and doesn’t want any
Pets
Likes dogs and has cats
Speaks
English (Fluently), Italian (Poorly), French (Poorly)

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My self-summary
*Warning: the OkC app seems to think I'm online when I'm definitely not. So, if you message me as if you're IMing and I don't write back, don't get your panties in a bunch. I'm probably not online. The app is deceiving you. Now, on with the story...*

I'm not technically from Philly, but I'm a Philly girl, lived in rural Ohio for 4 years 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 a 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 teach 5th grade in an urban public school, and it is the most exhausting, draining, occasionally depressing, best, and most rewarding job ever. Before teaching, I worked as a pastry chef, and before that I studied classical archaeology and ancient history. I still spend as much time as I can cooking and baking, and while I can't claim traveling to Italy as a hobby, I totally geek out over anything have to do with ancient Rome. To be perfectly honest, though, I have the tendency to obsess over pretty much anything that interests me.
Other random, but potentially revealing, things about me... 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 have 2 cats that are mine, one that lives with me, and a snake in real life, but in my dreams I have a dog (sometimes I also have a foster dog)... I secretly love and always wait impatiently for that moment in the year when my kids forget themselves and start calling me "mommy!"
What I’m doing with my life
Teaching kids, running, running with shelter dogs, getting a school/community garden started, cooking, baking, 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 NPR (all the time), fantasizing about travel, dancing by myself, enjoying a love-hate relationship with my cats, worshiping the Sun, falling in love (again) with my city, finding new music, being a nerd and owning it.... oh, and making glittery monograms for my phone, because I'm 12.
I’m really good at
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
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
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.

Music: There isn't much that I don't enjoy listening to, besides that 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've recently started listening OBSESSIVELY to podcasts. 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. Right now, I can't stop thinking about ramen.
The six things I could never do without
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 rehab (this used to say "an IT band injury") a falling-down-the-stairs injury and it turns out that, in fact, taking it easy won't kill me.]
6. Hope
I spend a lot of time thinking about
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.)
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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.
I’m looking for
  • Guys who like girls
  • Ages 30–42
  • Near me
  • For new friends, long-term dating, short-term dating
You should message me if
-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 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.