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My self-summary
I recently completed a long and difficult architecture graduate program. I finally got there after significant amounts of hard work.
Overall I am a low-key person. Like a hobbit, I like places that are quiet, dark, and cool.

I love to hike, ski, and go outdoors often, but not every weekend. It’s good to get away from the city regularly. Otherwise I like to hang out in Somerville and Cambridge. I train 5-7 days a week on cardio equipment. I am a weekend warrior with a list of sports injuries. One is chronic but under control.

I listen to the BBC and NPR as much as I can.

I love the dry articles they required us to read in graduate school, like the ones on the De Stijl manifesto, the Constructivists, Patrick Schumacher, and parametricism. I was a serious student with a strong sense of humor. I eat meat, but I avoid gas station hot dogs like the plague. I eat vegetarian meals at times. I have environmentalist values and recycle, but they’re not my religion.

I’m tomboyish. Perhaps my long years in architecture school and in design competitions have made me so. I know how to vertically use an ice axe, crampons, & plastic mountaineering boots with a fixed rope. I love craft beer. Society certainly has all kinds of expectations for people. It's fun to challenge those expectations. I'm not one to keep up with the Joneses. I ignore societal pressures as much as I can. Fashion can be cool, but fashionista is not.

I also enjoy:
-spa outings when possible
-board games, watching movies in theatre and on video
-ethnic food outings.
-biking on the Minuteman path (25-30 mi rdtrp.)
-swimming in local ponds and lakes, the beach.

I backpack for a week in California annually, carrying a 40 pound pack, stoves, a bear can, and all else. I know it's not for everyone. I have seen and heard bears in California and in NH. I know where to find amazing boreal forest blueberries. I have no fear of breaking a nail, because mine are short anyway.

I grew up a 2-hour drive from a formerly Confederate state, but am absolutely culturally a Northerner.

Rest and relaxation are just as important as work and activity. I really enjoy sleeping in. One’s personal life is important, too. I have a lot to offer in this regard. Let’s go find a hot spring somewhere!

And even though I was busy in graduate school, I still found time to amass a good collection of lingerie. Madonna would be proud. :) Would you like to check it out? ;)
What I’m doing with my life
Living large in the land of the Great Satan and loving it.

Burning bras by day.

Transitioning from my former graduate student lifestyle to a professional's schedule and life.

Planning the next fun thing to do. Care to join me?
I’m really good at
Going against the grain and beating the odds.

Thinking of burning bras. It's a dichotomy.

I'm good at drawing, painting, and making diagrams, anything creative.

Laughing about Yanni Live at the Acropolis, Ben Stiller's Blue Steel look, or cheesy board games.

Playing Candyland with my niece. :-)
The first things people usually notice about me
My shyness and introverted demeanor at first.

Don't be fooled! I'm quiet but that doesn't mean I'm oblivious to what's going on. Many young American women are just too loud, inflated, and primarily interested in the social status that a relationship brings. I am atypical in this regard.

Hipsters are puzzled by me, and that's just fine. The hippie generation had a long arm that extended into the 70's. I'm more Generation X, not Millenial. I am a huge fan of punk but that might not be blatantly apparent.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air, Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, anything by the Brontes, Les Fleurs du Mal by Charles Baudelaire, Alcools by Guillaume Apollonaire, The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho, Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer
French Symbolist poetry
-Books with pictures are good. Too many words are just too many words.
Movies: Lord of the Rings (All)
Music: electronica, classical, Chemical Brothers, Propellerheads, the Prodigy, Bach Cello Suites, anything eclectic, Led Zeppelin, CCR, James Brown, Beastie Boys, Janis Joplin, David Bowie, New Order, Joy Division, Sex Pistols, The Cure, Public Image Ltd., Keith Levene, Green Day, Black Sabbath, the Doors, alternative in general, Dirty Vegas, Bruno Mars, Iggy Pop, Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams, Rage Against the Machine, Lou Reed, Velvet Underground, Sublime
-I love concerts at any size of venue or style of music.
Six things I could never do without
Men (one is enough), coffee, fresh salads, a hairdryer, hiking boots, skis, sketchbook, my lingerie collection
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Sam Eagle from the Muppet Show. He is just hilarious. And also Janis and Zoot.

What color bra I will wear on my date with you ;)

Inappropriate jokes that I can't tell at work. :-)

Dreaming of my next vacation.
On a typical Friday night I am
Chilling out, or driving up north, or socializing/happy hour.

Did a lot of professional development on Fridays during thesis and immediately after, making an effort to do more relaxing now.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I laugh at my own jokes all the time. There was a Scotsman, an Irishman, and an Italian....

I hate to admit I once briefly dated an American Austin Powers. Oh, behave!

Oh and my mother was a French prostitute named Chloe with webbed feet.

Entertainment Tonight is my favorite show.

I admit regrettably that I have gotten superficial frostbite on some of my outdoor adventures....
You should message me if
-You like to be outside in the winter or outside in general.

-You would like a meaningful and affectionate relationship.

-You are ready for a relationship.

-if you never want to hear surf music ever again

-You would like to hear my bad jokes. I have a new joke about the Pope's recent US visit

-you would like to see me in my lingerie collection.

-you think that settling down sounds like the pinnacle of excitement
The two of us