After half a decade of trying to figure out what one *does* do with an MA in English, I recently had the opposite of a 1/3-life crisis where I realized with great fanfare and glee what I want to do with my life. I'm now back in school studying library science and loving every moment of it. Working to become a librarian has fulfilled several formerly free-floating needs to help people learn, to put things in order, to improve my own research skills, and to contribute to something truly meaningful in my community.
By night, I work hard to transform myself into the ultimate sexy librarian, and by day, I work in economic publishing, indexing, and abstracting. I've gained a very wide but extremely shallow pool of knowledge about the economic and political sciences. I probably don't know enough about them to discuss them, but I do know the word "heteroskedasticity." I keep forgetting what it means, but I do know the word. :)
Other random bits of information: I'm a former Roman Catholic and a lazy Unitarian Universalist/Pagan. I reside comfortably on the leftward end of the political spectrum, and although I don't always pay a ton of attention to the "macro" side of politics, I am interested in local community activism. Most of the D&D campaigns I'm in spend more time talking, running around doing inconsequential things, and engaging in intrigues than they do fighting, dungeon-crawling, and amassing treasure, and I'm perfectly happy with that. I like to strip paint, pull up carpets, and tear down wallpaper.
I am anachronistic, artistic, acarophilic, and alliterative, apparently. :)
Also: listening, giving pills to cats (one of ours is epileptic and requires daily medication, yay), baking cookies, stripping paint, engaging in the parts of RPGs that don't involve combat, watching anime for hours, and making garden salsa.
Also: my hair, which I have been given to understand is long and pretty, my sense of humor, which I have been given to understand is entertaining, and let us be frank: I have been given to understand that I subvert what Westley in The Princess Bride called "a shortage of perfect breasts" in the world. So there's that too.
Movies: Favorites include The Princess Bride, the Star Wars series, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Pirates of the Caribbean series, the Harry Potter series, Lilo and Stitch, Beauty and the Beast, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Willow, Labyrinth, Legend, The Dark Crystal, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Dark Knight, the recent Avengers-related Marvel Comics films, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Fifth Element, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, and Love Actually.
Music: My favorite bands are Great Big Sea and the Smashing Pumpkins. I also enjoy most 90s "alternative" music, Celtic rock/punk, ska, some J-rock and J-pop, and a lot of music composed for video games.
Television: Favorites include Game of Thrones (#1 at the moment), Mad Men, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (pegasisters unite!), Firefly, The Muppet Show, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, Space Ghost: Coast to Coast, Buffy, True Blood, Heroes (mostly the first season), Boardwalk Empire, Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Gunslinger Girl, Elfen Lied, Samurai 7, Spice and Wolf, Fullmetal Alchemist, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Bleach, Trigun, Cowboy Bebop, Doctor Who (the new stuff; my husband and I are still way back when Rose is the Doctor's Companion), The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Azumanga Daioh, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Revolutionary Girl Utena, Ouran High School Host Club, Black Lagoon, Baccano!, Hellsing...and many more.
Food: I steer clear of mushrooms, sweet potatoes, blue cheese, and mayonnaise (although I'm trying to make my peace with this last one). Most of what's left out there, I like. I love Italian food, quesadillas, hibachi, cheese fondue, and chocolate cake. I still regularly endanger my health and well-being by eating raw cookie dough, despite my technical status as an adult.
And if you're just looking at this profile to find a platonic friend and the above information isn't remotely interesting to you: *sigh* yes, it's true. I still read and love the Wheel of Time books. Even after Crossroads of Twilight.
Also, you should message me if you like creative, character/story-oriented gaming, anime, movies that stretch out into trilogies, books that are supposed to start as trilogies but end up as decalogies or more...and if you are willing to take on the sometimes trying task of communicating with a person who is happily quiet and shy.