These are my faults: I'm kind of impatient and I'm not good at filtering what I say - but I'm trying to be better! I'm a poor swimmer. I'm sure I have other shortcomings, but I'll leave the rest to the imagination.
I grew up in the country and in some ways I'm still a country girl: I drive stick, wear jeans and split wood. I wear sensible shoes.
I am not spontaneous. This is a word I see on this site a lot and I don't get it. What does this mean? Is there something wrong with making plans? I think I'm pretty good at planning. I'm also happy to follow other people's plans. In my experience, if no one is making plans, there's a higher probability of sitting around doing nothing. I really don't like sitting around doing nothing.
I'm moderately good at: cooking, knitting, adjusting the brakes on my bike, brewing coffee before having coffee, bacterial genetics, squashing bugs, waiting tables.
I'm not very good, but wish to improve at: frisbee, swimming, biochemistry, relating to my nieces.
Books: Middlemarch, P&P, The House of Mirth, Candide, The Blind Assassin. Getting into some fantasy with Game of Thrones and Ursula K. Le Guin. Lately: books by and about women. Right now: The Sot-weed Factor by John Barth - I'm mostly finding it sexist and offensive.
Movies: The Shawshank Redemption, Star Wars (old ones), Pride and Prejudice (The BBC miniseries, NOT the egregious travesty with the loathsome Keira Knightly), anything by Ang Lee or Pedro Almodovar. Braveheart! I know Mel Gibson is not cool to like, but it is still an awesome movie, and I especially love the kick-ass princess and the fabulous scenery - I want to go hiking in Scotland!
TV shows: Veronica Mars, Mad Men, The Wire. I haven't been watching that much TV lately.
Music: Lucinda Williams, Kristin Hersh, Kasey Chambers, Lady Gaga, Van Morrison, Andrew Bird, M. Ward, Camera Obscura, Johnny Cash, Wagner's Ring Cycle, Beethoven, Dvorak. Funk!
hiking boots & wool socks
cross-country skis (it's supposed to be a snowy winter this year!)
car - makes leaving the city so much easier!
But if we're playing the post-apocalyptic scenario game, then I'd like to have:
rifle and ammo
But that said, I really could not live without my family. I have the best family ever.
How to have a freedom beyond "the freedom to be lord of my own tiny skull-sized kingdom, alone at the center of all creation." (paraphrased from David Foster Wallace)
You are the sort of person who can call people out on their bullshit - I need someone in my life who can tell me when I'm wrong.
Also - maybe we are a little bit different. While I think it's important to have in common a general perspective on life, it's also nice to be with someone who is different from me and who can thus push me to expand my experience a little. Maybe you are more musical, artistic or socially outgoing than me, or are different in some other way - that would be good for me. Maybe you think I would be good for you, too.