GumshoeGal
30 Mountain View, United States
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My self-summary
Things for which I am a sucker:

1. Heartwarming sports movies
2. Coats with toggles
3. Stationery
4. Credit card commercials
5. Kids with permablush
6. Peter Dinklage
7. Shortbread
8. Even-numbered lists
What I’m doing with my life
I work in fundraising and I love my job. My employer is really big on work/life balance and I feel like i've been spoiled for just about any other job, so I may never leave this one.

When I'm not working, I can be found blowing off steam at any of a number of local watering holes. I tend to start the night classy and slowly devolve to trashy (location, not behavior). I go to a Farmer's Market most weekends, for both the fresh produce and the people watching. Also, Netflix.... lots of Netflix.

Here is a random assortment of things I like to do but perhaps don't do enough or would possibly like to do more:

Pub quiz - I used to be a part of a championship team, but people started to get married and have babies and stopped wanting to have fun. Definitely wouldn't mind flexing my useless knowledge muscles on a more regular basis.

Hiking/biking - There are so many great places in the area and it seems like such a waste not to go hiking all the time, but alas... I walk the Dish once every week or so. That kind of counts, right? I'm also trying to get more into biking. I ride my bike to the train most days (weather permitting) but I haven't spent too much time outside of my commute on my bike and I'd like to change that.

Travel - I have had some really great BIG trips recently (Malaysia and Thailand in 2014, Ireland and England in April 2015, England again in December 2015) but I haven't taken advantage of little weekend trips as much as I used to. Wine tasting in Carmel Valley or a trip to SF to the Legion of Honor, anyone?
I’m really good at
Cooking. I am comfortable and at home in a kitchen - preferably with glass of wine in hand. I know what I am doing and am in control, but I actively seek out opportunities to improve. I love cooking for others and need more taste testers. And I am great at delegating, so I'd love to find a sous chef ;-)

Making others feel comfortable. I can talk to just about anyone and make a real and genuine connection. This probably comes from a natural curiosity and desire to learn about other people and their experiences.

Entertaining myself. Although I'm not an only child, I spent a lot of time alone as a kid and learned how to enjoy being on my own. I also wasn't allowed to take naps during pre-school so I became very good at playing quietly. That being said, I do love spending time with good people and enjoying their company.

Napping. I think because I was deprived of naps as a kid, I became an exceptional napper as an adult.
The first things people usually notice about me
That I am muttering to myself in the grocery store.

And let's be honest... I've got a great rack. Spice rack, that is (see More Photos album for pictorial evidence). Get your mind out of the gutter.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
My tastes are very eclectic and ever changing, but here's a glimpse at each category...

Books: The Stranger, A Confederacy of Dunces, Famous Pictures of Naked People, The Beach, Tales of the City, Predictably Irrational, Norwegian Wood.

Movies: I have an endless list of movies I'd like to go see but I never think to go see movies in theaters. All time favorites include Gosford Park, Children of Men, Casino Royale, Vertigo, The Sweetest Thing.

Shows: Sherlock, Game of Thrones, Last Week Tonight, Community, Doctor Who, Breaking Bad, Arrested Development, Cougar Town (it's not even a guilty pleasure - it's a good show!). The only show I watch on a regular basis on TV is Jeopardy.

Music: 1960s R&B and soul, 1970s folk rock, 1980s pop, 1990s hip hop.
http://youtu.be/CMrfM711vXI and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xp5wID1FWOk

Food: I'm a pretty adventurous eater - might be easier to list the things I don't like: sour cream, pickles (however, I like some pickled things - like pickled onions).

Podcasts: Radiolab, This American Life, Reply All, Invisibilia, Snap Judgement, All Songs Considered, Freakonomics, Judge John Hodgman, Pop Culture Happy Hour, Note to Self, Savage Lovecast.
The six things I could never do without
Post-its
My incredibly supportive family and friends
Wine
My library card
A chef's knife
A camera
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How I'm going to get to 10,000 steps every day (woo, Fitbit!).

How to bribe my way to the top with pastries. So far, this has gotten me an upgraded computer at work so I'm well on my way.

How to survive an apocalypse.
On a typical Friday night I am
Infiltrating a gang in order to gain access to the bouncy castle at the house across the street from me.

It really depends. I could be relaxing at home after a hard week at work, hanging out with friends playing board games, out at a bar, or up in the city at a show. But in all honesty, probably trying to get into that bouncy castle.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I stole a pint glass from a bar within the last 2 months. I'm not proud.*

My friend asked if I would be writing my OKC profile all in haiku. My response:

Obvi, that is the
Only way to find a man
In my opinion

*update: It has been much longer than 2 months at this point and I think the additional time since I committed the transgression has made me less remorseful. This pint glass has become a treasured possession and a point of pride for me.
You should message me if
You're GGG.
You want to go adventures.
You want to introduce me to new music.
You don't take yourself too seriously.
You know what you want and are decisive.
You know of an awesome dive bar you'd like to show me.
You can cut an onion without crying (the ultimate turn-on).
You look good while pouring me a glass of wine.
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