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My self-summary
WARNING: This profile is long. It's like the War and Peace of profiles. Every time I try to edit it, somehow it gets longer. So settle in with a nice beverage, and enjoy the ride.

Hi there. I'm Emily. I'm sassy, talkative, and a little cynical. I say what I think. I don't like ambiguity. My favorite dinosaur is the Ultrasaurus. My favorite kitchen implement is the microplane. I'm trying to teach myself celestial navigation!

I think the best way to sum myself up is this: I used to have a lot of angst about whether I wanted to be a scientist or an artist. It was a years-long inner debate. I picked scientist, but that didn't really help resolve anything. Then it hit me: Those two approaches to question-asking aren't mutually exclusive. You can.....be both. Maybe this was obvious to everyone else, but it's totally changed my outlook.

I am a Scientist (yes, I like to write it with a capital S. Didn't spend years in grad school for lower-case, people). I'm a big science nerd, but am curious in general and am sort of an intellectual omnivore/autodidact (topics recently read include American Indian legal theory, history of Buddhism, and the history of concrete). Pick a topic and let's discuss! Or let's go to the hardware store and think about what we'll build next.

Full disclosure, people. I am a formerly itinerant field biologist/dirtbag/ with much experience living in the woods/the desert/down by the river, out of a tent/the back of a truck/a falling-apart cabin. So please, don't underestimate my ability to cook jaw-droppingly good meals over a camp stove, survive without cell service or Internet, tolerate mosquitos with a Zen-like calm, and walk very long distances through thick brush and/or thigh-deep water. I am comfortable with dirt.

HOWEVER. Just because I'm outdoorsy and such doesn't mean YOU need to be. After 4 years in the big city, I've tried (and succeeded) to access my inner urbanite. Once she's scrubbed the dirt out from under her fingernails, the inner urbanite cleans up fairly well. Despite my checkered past as a tent-dwelling savage, I also (BONUS FEATURE) know how to do civilized things like put on makeup and wash my hair.

I'm active. I have a hard time sitting. I've been working on my relaxation skills-- maybe you can help me out. I'm a somewhat lazy gardener, but love experimenting with growing plants (and eating them).

I am looking for someone who is engaged in and curious about the world around them. What you do doesn't matter, as long as you are passionate about something in your life, capable of holding up your end of the conversation, and good at asking questions and thinking critically. It's important to me to date someone who takes good care of themselves (physically, mentally, etc.). I'm looking for a similarly active, curious-about-the-world person who loves learning for its own sake. And just so you know....I don't care whether you love, hate, or feel ambivalent about Oxford commas.

What I’m doing with my life
Enjoying it, big time. Getting better at going with the flow. Practicing looking at obstacles as learning opportunities. Making inappropriate jokes in front of my boss. Being a Scientist.....which can involve anything from digging an irrigation ditch to programming in R to trying to key out some funky species of willow.

I'm also an aspiring science journalist and spend some of my free time reporting on science stories, writing them up and pitching them to magazines.
I’m really good at
Killing spiders and making campfires. So many man-profiles state these as talents that I figured I should list it too. Are you afraid of creepy-crawlies? I can take care of that for you. And I can also make a fucking awesome campfire. In the rain.

Planning trips, like camping trips, road trips, ski trips, etc. Logistics and I are good friends.
Editing drafts of colleagues' grant applications
Snark. "That's what she said" jokes. General incorrigibility.
Making things in a crock-pot
Piecrust. My piecrust beats your grandma's piecrust, hands-down.
Biting off more than I can chew (figuratively, literally....you name it)
Composing haiku and limericks on the spot (I sometimes do this while riding my bike to work.....nerd alert)
Public speaking
Striking up a conversation
Getting excited about a new project
Making, and wearing, excellent and memorable costumes for theme parties.
Long and often slightly masochistic slogs through the hinterlands by foot, kayak, bike, or ski. With lots of intermittent snack breaks.
Inefficient R code
First dates.

I'm really BAD at: Brevity (see self-summary above).
The first things people usually notice about me
I might be gesticulating wildly.

I have a loud laugh and a voice that, albeit melodious, tends to carry.

I am not shy.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Music: I'm fairly eclectic and open to trying new music all the time. I listen to a lot of KEXP and KPLU, and my default Pandora station is "Indie Dance Party." But that doesn't mean I don't love Stevie Ray Vaughn, 90s pop, terrible/awesome Top 40, and funk/soul. I'll dance to just about anything, and I go through periods of listening exclusively to ethereal ambient stuff like Boards of Canada.

Food: All of it. I'm an avowed foodie for life--which doesn't exclude me from eating my share of peanut butter toast and mac 'n cheese. I dearly love cooking and eating with other people.

Books: Mostly nonfiction with the occasional fiction read thrown in when I remember to branch out.
Six things I could never do without
Dark leafy greens (don't worry, I also eat meat)
Large chunks of public land to explore, bodies of water to navigate
My amazing, amazing friends with whom I laugh until my face hurts
It's a toss-up: cast iron pans, or cross-country skis.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
1) What I'm cooking for dinner
2) How to achieve better work-life balance (so elusive! I'm always tipping the scale on one side or the other.....)
3) The philosophy of science
4) How water shapes the landscape
5) That guy has a cute butt. I'll wink at him. Dangit....I just made it look like I have something in my eye and now he's looking at me with an expression of concern.
On a typical Friday night I am
There are three types of Fridays:

1) It's been a rough week. I am curled up in bed listening to podcasts, mending socks and drinking hot chocolate. Lights out at 9:30.

2) I'm running around getting stuff together for a big old weekend adventure-- and we're leaving EARLY on Saturday. Lights out at 9:30.

3) Out with friends, dancing until I have blisters and then probably still dancing some more. Lights out NEVER.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Someday, I really want to be the star of a training montage set to House of Pain's "Jump Around."

This isn't really private, but it's still embarrassing: I have bike rage. I've banged on a few windows. If you have been a cyclist in the city, you will understand.

Sometimes, when I'm lazy, I will just microwave day-old coffee that has sat overnight in the french press, rather than making a fresh batch. I KNOW.
You should message me if

You can show me around the East side of the Cascades. I'm new to the dry side!

You would be more interested in meeting for a drink than doing the online back-and-forth thing.

You want to sleep late for brunch, and wake up very very very early for adventures, in equal proportions.

You can dish out the sass (and take some of mine).

You must obey the inscrutable exhortations of your soul.

You can be honest and direct with me.

You don't mind going outside to do things when it's rainy or otherwise inclement. We live here! Stop complaining about it!

You enjoy being active in some form or another.

You are independent and self-sufficient.

You like to learn and try new things.

You like to cook, or at least like to try.

You are a champion snuggler. Minimum of bronze medalist preferred. Non-snugglers need not apply.

Your message does not read "Hey Grl U R so pretty lol I'd love 2 get 2 know U lol" I only tolerate one "lol" per every seventeen messages.

You are a feminist cowboy.
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