30 Urbana, IL
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My self-summary
I'm not the kind of girl who is just as comfortable dressed down in jeans as in a cocktail dress. Because honestly, I don't like wearing pants.

After teaching Japanese junior high school boys, I can handle pretty much anything. No really.

Nothing makes me happier than reading a good book while riding a train.

I like to think of myself as a more sociable version of Daria and my Myers-Briggs is STFU. This means, I try my best to be kind but my tolerance for bullshit is non-existent.

I like spending time with people with dark senses of humor, kind hearts, and interesting interests.

I'm moving very slowly with anything romantic right now. And no, that's not a codeword for FWB, it means slowly.
What I’m doing with my life
Studying to be a teacher. I love working with students and helping them. I am earning an MA TESOL, so that means learning how to teach English learners. Besides school, I spend most of my time powerlifting and volunteering at a prison.

I lived abroad for nearly 5 years, but I'm very glad to be back in the US. Ovens! Frozen vegetables! Hot running water! I get excited about the weirdest things now.
I’m really good at
Having old ladies help me cross the street (ask me) and putting my foot in my mouth.

Reading random wikipedia articles.
The first things people usually notice about me
My hair is apparently like a lion mane.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Movies- Charade, Persepolis, Infernal Affairs, Tokyo Story, A Brief Encounter, A Tale of Two Sisters, The Shining, Three Times, Being John Malkovich, Let the Right One In

Books-Coetzee, Zadie Smith, Cather, Murakami, Endo, Flannery O'Connor, Shirley Jackson, Izumi Shikibu, T.S. Eliot. I also read lots of non-fiction especially books on languages, anthropology, and psychology.

TV-South Park

Food- Vietnamese, Greek, Korean, Mexican, Thai

Music- Wilco, Beck and Sleater-Kinney are my all time favorites from childhood. I love Motown, girl groups, soul, and funk too.
The six things I could never do without
Brilliant movies, books, tv, music, and art
Family, friends
Adorable animals
Alliteration ^
Public Transportation
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How to be a better sister, daughter, teacher, and friend.

How to be nice without being boring (it's trickier than I thought).

Linguistics, discourse, literature, and all sorts of critical theory. I like ideas, especially ones I don't grasp immediately. Right now, I'm obsessed with phonology and phonetics.
On a typical Friday night I am
Playing drunk scrabble or trivia at a bar. I almost always win at the former and usually fail at the latter.

Or reading at home.
You should message me if
You're a pragmatic liberal who doesn't take himself too seriously.
You prefer descriptive grammar to prescriptive.
You can show me some fun hobbies.
You enjoy being an adult.