My name's Erica. I grew up in SF, went to college in New York where I managed to snag a B.A. in Psychology plus a teaching degree, neither of which I am currently making any use of. I've decided that while I love working with kids, I am just too damn frustrated with California's educational system slash budget cuts slash lack of entry-level jobs, and so I've decided to pursue a career in science instead. I completed a year long internship at Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute where I had a chance to work with neural stem cells and how they contribute to tumor growth. However, now I'm in a masters program studying conservation biology, and I'm specifically interested in learning about captive breeding programs and how they can be improved upon so that animals raised in captivity can be reintroduced into the wild more successfully.
I like music a lot, both creating it and listening to it; I play piano and a little guitar and I enjoy singing. I like to go to concerts and random events around the city. I like the outdoors and try to spend as much time enjoying it as possible, generally by going hiking, running, biking or camping. I really like gardening and just bought a house with a backyard so now I can grow things and then eat them!
Also I have been doing some home brewing. It combines my love for science with my love for beer.
Some things I want to become better at:
-cooking fancy vegetarian entrees
My lack of style.
My self deprecating sense of humor.
That I often speak before I think.
That I make silly faces.
Most recent reads: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (by Rebecca Skloot), Look Me in the Eye (by John Elder Robison, Augusten Burrough's brother), Water for Elephants, The Help.
Currently reading (well, listening to on tape): Into the Wild by John Krakauer
On deck: Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas R. Hofstadter (we shall see if I even get through the first 100 pages...) and Brewed Awakening by Joshua M. Bernstein, which is about craft beer brewing.
Movies: Fern Gully, The Land Before Time, Milo and Otis, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Cool Runnings, The Sandlot, Hocus Pocus, Heart & Souls (with Robert Downey Jr. before all the cocaine), The Secret of NIMH, Goonies, The Neverending Story... OK these are all kid movies so far. I guess that tells you something about my maturity level. I also like Office Space, Wet Hot American Summer, Anchorman, The Princess Bride, The Jerk, Memento, Donnie Darko, Little Miss Sunshine, Welcome to the Dollhouse, Requiem for a Dream, to name a few.
TV shows: Strangers with Candy, Lost, Dexter, Breaking Bad, Arrested Development, Flight of the Conchords, The Office, Parks and Recreation, Community Freaks & Geeks, Are You Afraid Of The Dark?, Important Things with Demetri Martin, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Wilfred, 30 Rock, Louie, you probably get the gist by now.
Also, crude and ridiculous British TV shows, ie: The Mighty Boosh, IT Crowd, Little Britain.
The music I like is constantly changing but I will try to keep this as up-to-date as possible. Right now I like to rock out to (in no particular order): Rilo Kiley, Stars, Santogold, Junior Boys, Phoenix, Metric, Broken Social Scene, Maus Haus, Architecture in Helsinki, Of Montreal, Daft Punk, Basement Jaxx, Ratatat, Rafter, The Dirty Projectors, Jens Lekman, The New Pornographers, Mates of State, Vampire Weekend, Cake, Girltalk, M.I.A., La Roux, The Helio Sequence, The Radio Dept., The Streets, Radiohead, Wolfmother. I am always looking for new bands/artists to fall in love with, so suggestions are certainly welcome.
Food: I subsist mainly on carbohydrates and cheese. I am a vegetarian so somehow I decided that makes up for my unhealthy eating habits. I eat a lot of burritos and pasta. I also have an enormous sweet tooth :)
The people who matter to me
Carbs/Cheese/Chocolate (The three C's that make life worth living)
Airplanes (for traveling purposes)
A sense of humor
Also, why "pint" isn't pronounced to rhyme with "mint", or any other word ending in "-int" for that matter.
I am addicted to the snooze button on my alarm.
I'm a terrible liar.
I know what rhymes with "orange".
...you enjoy the outdoors. Bonus points if you used to be a boy scout!
...you are passionate about your hobbies/interests (whatever they may be, with the exceptions of hunting for sport or watching pro-wresting).
...you have a great sense of humor (I tend towards deadpan/sarcasm but have also been known to laugh at a good poop joke).
...you play a musical instrument.
...you want a running buddy.
...you like science. Science is sexy.