37 Falls Church, United States
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My self-summary
Bit of a chameleon. Jane-of-all-trades. Proud to be a Third Culture Kid or "TCK" (look it up, if you don't know what that is). Yes, I'm a US citizen. My father was in the Foreign Service.

Since I was having such a difficult time describing myself here, I decided I would post some of the interesting questions I was once asked in an interview, with the hope that they would provide you with a little bit of insight into my being. If they do, great! If not, sorry.

1. If you were a tree (or animal) what kind of tree (animal) would you be?
I went with an animal on this one - a flying squirrel.

2. If you were a Star Trek (or Star Wars) character, which one would it be?
This one was easy. Since I never got into the whole Star Trek thing, I went with Star Wars. I would be Han Solo because he’s a rock star.

3. What is your favorite color?
Orange, but not day-glow orange. It's more like Veuve Cliquot orange (my favorite brand of bubbly).

4. What is your favorite drink?
Non-Alcoholic – Green Tea or sparkling water
Alcoholic – Champagne! But for the bar scene, beer or vodka (I'm half Russian, after all)

5. What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Protein shake, milk, grapefruit juice, Pellegrino, condiments (including sriracha sauce), dressings, veggies, cheese, hummus, white wine, champagne, and beer.

6. What is the last book you read?
I'm currently reading a wonderful novel called "Left Neglected" by Lisa Genova

7. If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional, with whom would it be?
My paternal grandfather who passed away before I was born. He was the Russian translator and liaison for NASA and the Soviet Space Agency on the Apollo 11 mission and knew Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong personally.

8. What was the last movie you went to see?
Deadpool. I really enjoyed it.

9. If you could be any character in fiction, who would you be?
Huckleberry Finn - love his adventures.

10. If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?

11. If you were a type of food, what type of food would you be?
I would be a Wagyu bull (the kind that produces Tajima or Kobe beef). It would be great to be fed sake and beer, be massaged once a day your entire life, and then experience a quick death. It would also entail that I would be able to live in Japan again (which I miss very much).

12. If you were a salad, what kind of dressing would you have?
Definitely a vinaigrette – any kind of vinaigrette.

13. If you were a car, what kind would you be?
An old VW Bug – Orange (go figure), with a white convertible top and a white interior. I would be named the Creamsicle.

14. What kind of people do you dislike?
There are no particular people I dislike, although I find some behaviors annoying - such as spitting, leaving dishes in the sink with the assumption that someone else will clean up your mess, being inconsiderate towards others, and disrespecting others. I dislike arrogance as well. There's a fine line between confidence and arrogance, and (in my opinion) there are very few people who can walk that line successfully.

15. What makes you angry?
I try to handle problems as they arise so that they don't build up to the anger point, but there are certain things I have zero tolerance for – one of them being animal cruelty.

16. What's the most important part of the sandwich?
The satisfaction of biting into it.

17. Can you describe an atom?
It is like a microscopic version of our solar system.

18. On a scale of 1 to 10 how happy are you?
Right now, I’m at about an 8 or a 9, but would be a 10 if I were able to find someone with whom I can share the rest of my life. (NOTE: I didn't say this in the interview. I just added the last part for the purposes of my profile here.)

19. How would you describe yourself in three words?
Dependable, sincere, determined.

20. How would you design a spice rack for a blind person?
I would put scratch and sniff labels on the container lids.

Some of my preferences that may or may not reveal anything:
Windows down over a/c
Standard over automatic transmissions (but I currently drive an automatic, unfortunately)
Tea over coffee (but I do enjoy a good espresso occasionally)
Savory over sweet
Sparkling over still water
Soft and chewy cookies over crisp
White Christmas lights over color
What I’m doing with my life
Fighting the good fight! Just finished my masters degree in Special Education, and am working at a nonprofit for children. Also in the process of getting my therapeutic riding instructor certification, so I can provide horse riding as a therapy to kids with disabilities. I hope to eventually open up my own therapy program.

I also regularly volunteer once a week at an animal shelter, walking the dogs.
I’m really good at
Being flexible, having an open mind, and fitting comfortably into pretty much any situation I find myself. From lavish dinners at ambassadors' residences, to camping in the back woods, I love it all.
The first things people usually notice about me
Ummm... Not sure. You tell me.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
It's impossible for me to choose one favorite of each, and my lists are way too long, so let's leave this topic so we have something to chat about when we meet.
The six things I could never do without
1. Support from family & friends
2. Travel/adventure
3. My dog, Sable - she's my life
4. Living in a place with all 4 seasons
5. Laughter
6. Giving back
I spend a lot of time thinking about
My future
How I can better myself
On a typical Friday night I am
There aren't any typical Friday nights.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
You won't get this info that easily. It's PRIVATE!
You should message me if
Ummmm... If you feel like doing so?