shellybeary
31 Washington, DC
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My self-summary
Nine times out of ten, the hopelessly lost tourist on the street will pick me from the crowd to as the person ask for directions. Apparently, I am quite literally "approachable." And I give very good directions.

I like to drive fast. I've never received a ticket, though I've been pulled over three times.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm a part-owner of the Green Bay Packers. It's not *quite* as cool as it sounds, but it's still pretty cool.

Trying to decide if I like flywheel or SoulCycle better. Still up in the air.

The very DC answer of what I "do": Working at a law firm, mostly representing colleges and universities.
I’m really good at
Remembering my dreams (not as in "what do you want to be when you grow up?"-type dreams, though I suppose I'm good at remembering those, too...but nighttime sleeping dreams) with incredible detail on a pretty regular basis.

Baking banana bread, crunchy caramel-chocolate chip cookies, and bread.
The first things people usually notice about me
My deep brown eyes. Sometimes, a word spoken with a hint of accent that gives away my Midwestern upbringing. That I'm left-handed.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I've usually got three or four things going simultaneously on my Kindle (a mix of fiction and non-fiction). But I hesitate to pick "favorites," in part because I'm pretty strongly opposed to re-reading books--I think there are just way too many good things out there to read. But, I'm almost certain to enjoy: collections of short stories, anything pop-science in nature, anything about architecture/architects.

My musical taste is fairly eclectic--at OutsideLands last year, I enjoyed Grouplove, Tegan & Sara, Kanye, Arctic Monkeys, The Kooks, HAIM, Capital Cities, Duck Sauce, Tom Petty, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Paolo Nutini, Spoon, Ben Howard, Ray Lamontagne, and The Killers.

I have a sort of weird obsession with Dog the Bounty Hunter. I'll happily watch Antiques Road Show and This Old House for hours on end. Sunday afternoon naps are perfect with PGA golf on in the background. My DVR is set to catch new episodes of Top Chef, Survivor, and The Good Wife.

One of my favorite things about this city is the incredible mix of high- and low-price restaurants offering an awesome mix of cuisines. Given the choice, I'd probably pick sushi, Thai, or Korean food. I am just as happy at a hole in the wall as an expense account-funded meal.
The six things I could never do without
My phone, a comfortable pillow, my passport w/ Global Entry privileges, my incredible friends, gala apples, my Kindle.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
I'm looking forward to visiting the last 5 of 50 states on my list, so I am constantly thinking of ways to check off the next one.
On a typical Friday night I am
Trying to sneak out of the office and avoid the dreaded "Can you do just one more thing..." phone call. Going to a gym class. Having drinks or dinner with friends here in town, or maybe catching a flight to get away for the weekend.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I don't have a hangy-ball thing (technical term: uvula) in the back of my throat...it got cut off when I was six years old!

On most nights, I spend a few minutes playing sudoku before I go to sleep.
You should message me if
- you like intellectual conversations from time to time (or more often than that!) and aren't afraid to admit it.
- you're slow to anger and quick to forgive.
- you're nice to waiters, bus drivers, mail carriers, and other "regular" people/strangers you run into on a day-to-day basis.
- you have suggestions for things to do/see in Mississippi, South Dakota and/or Nebraska--some of the stragglers on my see-the-50-states list.
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