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My self-summary
-i'm logical, calm, and pretty happy-go-lucky.
-i value sincerity, humility, and a big ol smile.
-i don't always say much but i make my words count.
-i'm a big picture person. which means sometimes i forget my keys.
-i tend to sing out loud when i walk around. but i'll try to stop when you're within earshot.
-east coaster turned west coaster with a college stint right in the middle. sometimes get pangs to abandon ship and head for the southwest, for completion's sake. and the sunsets.
-i've played soccer once a week for as long as I can remember. mostly, it keeps me humble. (fun quotient:sky-high. skill-to-experience ratio: shockingly low)
-i'm drama-free like woah.
-i put old bay on my oatmeal.
What I’m doing with my life
recently finished grad school in seattle, now doing computational genetics research to figure out how evolution works.
so. mostly reading, thinking, coding, and trying to avoid creating teenage mutant ninja turtles.
I’m really good at
-listening, with open ears, open mind
-putting a positive spin on just about everything.
-not over-planning things. (see that spin?! I leap! I twirl!)
-wittiness when warranted :)
-crossword puzzles
-I would say cooking... but when you have yet to actually follow a recipe to the end, and can sometimes convince yourself that marshmallow fluff is a perfectly good substitute for milk .... it's more: concocting
-engineering the last bit of life out of things instead of buying new ones
-getting lost. and then finding things i never thought to look for.
-putting myself in the way of beauty
-living and let living
The first things people usually notice about me
i have no idea! ask them.

(probably that i'm pretty smiley)
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
SO many!

mysteries are my go-to, especially Agatha Christie. i usually read fiction, (favorites: sophie's world, the flanders panel, ishmael, a hearbreaking work of staggering genius) but every so often the real world sneaks in (zeitoun, city of falling angels).

i love seeing live music. always have, since the days me and my little 16 year old buddies went crowd-surfing at ska shows in dc. (those days are over) some current favorites: elbow, ane brun, aimee mann, doves, andrew bird, balkan beat box, shakey graves, yeasayer, kishi bashi. new to the sf scene, and hoping to scout out all the good spots. if you wanna see shows, lemme know!

movies: a little all over the map. (except straight-up action movies literally put me to sleep.) a smattering of the ones that stand out: brick, memento, punch-drunk love, adaptation, unbreakable, midnight in the garden of good and evil, school of rock, the big sleep, everything is illuminated, bend it like beckham, cool runnings....

food: everything. literally. bring it. especially food with a combination of as many of [sweet/spicy/salty/sour] as possible in one mouthful.
The six things I could never do without
1)my feet! i walk a lot. in fact, I walked clear across spain this summer! an amazing experience. ask me about it :)
2)a sunny day every so often

....i'm easy to please?
I spend a lot of time thinking about
how crazy lucky and thankful I am to be living this particular life, seeing what I see, feeling safe and supported

how bacterial metabolic networks are like facebook, and fruitfly genome evolution is like the movie Speed.

parallels between everything and just about everything else...

what's the most (or better yet - least!) plausible backstory for the snippet of conversation I just overheard.

how the heck I let my sister convince me to sign up for a half-marathon

how to plan the most scenic yet efficient walk to my next destination
On a typical Friday night I am
dinner parties. live music. game nights. exploring new spots. occasional bouts of oragami-making. or a random adventure...!
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
For most of my childhood (...aaand adulthood) I thought piglet from Winnie the Pooh was a rabbit.