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My self-summary
Sarilka is famous in Japan. Sarilka received the "Most Interesting Woman in the World" award in 2012. It's been said that God has a Sarilka complex.

Third person aside, I'm constantly learning (which is good, since that's substantial parts of my job), am inspired by intelligent discussion and debate, and dig finding new places. The world has amazing hidden spots in it, and I am thrilled when I find them.

I'm from Texas, but I moved to Chicago a couple of years after I fell in love with it on a trip. I love it here. To quote a friend, it's like living in a vacation.
What I’m doing with my life
I live anecdotally - I love doing things when I think that a good story will come from it. I surround myself with people who inspire me.

In my spare time, I tell stories and I go out geocaching; my handle there is PandaChic.
I’m really good at
I'm really fantastic at loading dishwashers. I like doing dishes, but I hate putting clean dishes away, probably because I'm short and it's hard to reach cabinets. I have very little stored above the second shelf due to this.

It's a triviality, yes. The longer answer is: I'm good at everything I do.
The first things people usually notice about me
Right now, my cane. I broke my leg a couple of months ago, so I'm hobbling around. On the up (??) side, I've been told I resemble Dr House. I hope that means that I'm smart and cynical, not a mid-50s asshole.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I could go on quite a while about each of these categories, so let's keep it to one each:

Books: Stranger in a Strange Land is the book that changed my life. I reread it every couple of years, and always take something new from it.

Movies: It varies; I'm not sure if I have a favorite. I'm not a fan of comedies, but I do enjoy dark humor, and I don't enjoy torture movies at all, and will walk out of them.

Music: My current favorite is probably The Mountain Goats. Music isn't really my life - it's more the background soundtrack for my life.

Podcasts: This American Life, by far. I am a fangirl for Ira Glass. Like, for real - he showed up in my Christmas letter.

Food: Real food varies, and I can usually find something on just about any menu - I totally have a sweet tooth though.

TV Shows: I tend to watch police procedurals (although not Law and Order and those sorts), and scifi shows.
The six things I could never do without
My explicit goal in life is to Not Be Bored. Therefore:

1. Home. Wherever home is. The definition changes.
2. Entertainment. Whether this be a book, a conversation, media, etc.
3. Some sort of access portal to the internet.
4. My dog, Ella. She's a 10 lb papillon I rescued about five years ago.
5. Living. Too many people live to work - I work to live.
6. A goal in mind, professional or personal.

Most months, my bike is also high on the "It would be very inconvenient if I didn't have it" list. In the off months (eg, January and February) my CTA card probably replaces my bike on the list.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How to be a better person. What my mission is. How I can do good in the world.
On a typical Friday night I am
I suppose it depends, but sometimes it's winding down after a long work week, other times it could be geocaching, and still other times it could be taking in a show.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm somewhat faceblind. Essentially, it means I have a hard time recognizing faces. On the up side, it means I notice haircuts very quickly. On the down side, it takes me a long while to recognize someone. When going on OKC first dates, I've been known to ask for a photo of what someone is wearing that day so I can better recognize them.
You should message me if
As my status indicates, I'm monogamously married and don't want to change that. However, I like to surround myself by smart, interesting people, and my husband and I would like more couple-friends (as well as friends in general, I suppose).

So if that's you (you two?) as well, send a message. Conversation starter if you need one: I'm interested in the books that change peoples' lives. Tell me what book changed yours.