I'm full of contradictions. I'm a yoga teacher but I also know how
to gut a chicken. I've spent a lot of time farming and I'm
constantly running both towards and away from being a farmer (I
know that doesn't make much sense, I can explain). I'm from
Berkeley but, after more than a decade on the East Coast, I feel
like I have a whole new world to discover here. I love the calm of
the country but I crave the energy of the city. I dream of building
a homestead but I need a good cafe within biking distance. I love
the solitude of the woods and mountains but I thrive when I'm
surrounded by my friends and family. I'm ready to put down roots
but I also want to take off with just a backpack and head for
Mexico (or Nepal, or Vietnam, or so many other places). I want to
find a straight way to my goals but I also want to follow a path
that promises to surprise me at every turn.
What I’m doing with my life
Weaving together said contradictions into a lovely messy complicated tangle. I work for a sweet little company helping people get going on urban homesteading projects. If you know what I mean by urban homesteading, give me a shout. I also recently started my own personal chef business. I like the excitement of running my own gig but it's still not totally clear whether it will work financially. TIme will have to tell.
I spent last year traveling solo, mostly in South America, so I spend a lot of time reminiscing and plotting another long trip. But then I remember how nice it is not sleeping in a different place every few nights and always having to share a room with someone who's snoring.
I’m really good at
I cook a lot and, if my friends aren't all liars, pretty well at
that. My preferred way to use those cooking skills is to throw
all-star dinner parties, at which I'm pretty much aces. I'm pretty
good at certain things that a lot of people don't do at all
anymore--growing vegetables, canning, milking goats, making cheese,
knitting sweaters, nuzzling lambs. I guess I'm old school.
The first things people usually notice about me
I laugh easily. I can talk to basically anyone. I often crack the
first joke and usually invite new friends over for dinner.
Apparently I make a lot of faces when I talk and have a voice
especially for addressing dogs.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Too many to name but here are a few--
Books: The Grapes of Wrath, One Hundred Years of Solitude, Mrs.
Dalloway, The Things They Carried, The Flamethrowers, All The
King's Men, The Secret History, Slouching Towards Bethleham
Movies: The Godfather I & II, Old Joy, Winter's Bone, The
Departed, Volver, Taxi Driver, Half Nelson
Shows: The Wire, Six Feet Under, Homeland, Orange is the New Black,
Music: Crooked Still, Gillian Welch, Bruce Molsky, Dylan, Joan
Baez, Josh Ritter, Bon Iver, Wilco, Fleetwood Mac, Basia Bulat, and
most folk and bluegrass
Food: Pickles, Old Bay shrimp, Sichuan ox tongue & tripe, roast
chicken, kale Caesar salad, pho and ramen, buttermilk biscuits,
fresh peaches, vanilla panna cotta, kimchi. Not necessarily in that
The six things I could never do without
Fresh vegetables, preferably ones I've grown myself
The New York Times Sunday crossword puzzle
My cast-iron skillet
Camping stuff in the trunk of the car
One more cup of coffee? Sure, why not?
I spend a lot of time thinking about
In the drive from Capetown to Cairo, who gets a seat in the jeep? A
mechanic is the obvious first.
On a typical Friday night I am
I don't tend to work a regular schedule, so Friday may or may not
be the start of my weekend. I love being at a bar or party with
friends (especially a house party, when did people stop having
house parties?) but I would also never complain about a night
looking at stars or watching a fire.
You should message me if
You may not have it all figured out but you know who you are and what you love. You want to live courageously, passionately, and joyfully. You approach things with an inquisitive mind, an open heart, and a willingness to stumble and then learn. You're ready to find someone you can laugh in that gut-busting, eye-tearing, whole body kind of way.
Or if you want to get in on my film club this winter--it's gonna be the spot.