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My self-summary
Straight off the bat -- if you're looking for something super casual, hey-let's-get-drunk-and-bone, please keep clicking. After years of dating, I've realized I'm ready for (and enthusiastic about!) something more serious. I'm not suggesting we head straight to Vegas to get hitched, but I do think it's worth being up front about. So if you're looking for a fun night here and there, or are juggling binders full of women, I wish you all the best. Use protection.

Back to me. I am charming, opinionated, ambitious, and can cook like a dream. Indeed, the kitchen is where I work through bursts of both anxiety (baking) and creativity (cooking). I have great stories, and know how to tell them. I love New England (home for boarding school and college), and feel happiest near water. While I'm a fully functioning city dweller, and have a near encyclopedic knowledge of restaurants in this city, I admit that I occasionally need to escape and turn off all the devices and read books with pages not screens. And if it goes too long between such escapes, I get progressively less awesome.

I love keeping lists, grocery stores, hotel sex, picking paint colors, and conversations about important things. I hate the sound of someone cutting their fingernails, indecision, humidity, transferring from the 1 to the L. Actually, scratch that. I hate taking any train except for the 1/2/3/a/b/c/d.
What I’m doing with my life
I do lots of things with my life. Rest assured, I have ambition and goals and plans and forward momentum. Most days. Some days I hide in my apartment and it is glorious. (Would be marginally more glorious with someone hiding with me.)
I’m really good at
Throwing parties. Not getting lost. Planning appropriately. Ordering from the menu. Picking up the phone. Making chocolate chip cookies. Taking walks. Road trips.
The first things people usually notice about me
Does anyone know this?

As crass as this is, my first guess is that people (men?) generally notice my rack first.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Thanks to my iPad, I'm usually with a few books wherever I go. This week, it's a British murder mystery, a collection of short stories, a couple of new cookbooks, and always, the New Yorker.

I'm bad a movies. I need to get better. I enjoy them, I do, I just didn't grow up in a movie house (we stuck to musicals and cartoons for a long time) and have embarrassing gaps in movie knowledge. Help me?

I love Girls, West Wing (the Newsroom is a medium substitute), the Wire, New Girl, Barefoot Contessa. And many more. I'm good at TV.

Music: lots. I can always listen to country, Florence & the Machine, the pas de deux from the Nutcracker, and Cole Porter anything.

I work, loosely speaking, in the food world. Food is both a pleasure and my profession. However, I'm a surprisingly, well, not picky, but particular. I have a lot of things I don't like, but if asked, I forget what all of them are. I'm allergic to liver and mango, and I think truffles (of the pig digging variety) are not awesome. I am alone in this.
The six things I could never do without
a good grocery store, advil, excellent sheets, ballet flats, my iphone, bourbon
I spend a lot of time thinking about
the future. the upper west side. sex. what to do this weekend. what to cook next. the right restaurant for the situation.
On a typical Friday night I am
low key.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
When I consider leaving the city, the biggest pull is toward the south. I have not an ounce of southern in me, but after a lifelong obsession with the food, writings, and music of that part of the country, I find it a more appealing alternative than most others.

Oh, you want to go to New Orleans/Nashville/Savannah/Charleston for a weekend? I'm in.
You should message me if
you're bright, driven, and like a girl who: is outwardly conservative (but privately much less so), is always up for an adventure, and usually has something to say.

and you appreciate a good staycation. hello, hotel rooms.

ultimately, all I want is someone kind, brilliant, and in possession of a high sex drive who has ambition, and goals, and one day wants an excellent family. apparently, that's a lot to ask. I would love to be proved wrong.

SIDENOTE: I couldn't be less interested in being your mistress. so if you're married and bored, please keep on clicking. and while I fully respect all kinds of relationships (love is love) I'm not interested in joining your already existing relationship, for either the night or the duration.