IvyJoy
59 Columbia, United States
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What I’m doing with my life
I just returned to town; having spent the previous 6.5 years in my childhood home of So. California taking care of mom.

It's great to be back and wonder about my next adventure. I'm still unpacking boxes and wondering what happened to all the 'space' I had in my house. Unpacking boxes and unpacking old friendships - - meeting new friends on the porches of my neighborhood.
I’m really good at
listening. and laughing ... and looking for the silver lining {and it's shadow: awful-izing - - makes me good at planning for disasters : plus I was a lifeguard, then trained as rescue-diver, then a nurse.. I must got awful-izing in my blood!}
The first things people usually notice about me
hard to say: probably a stranger would notice my size; clothes, long hair and great teeth [since I smile often, and try to laugh a lot]

I have a good smile and a warm personality.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
to quote a friend "Beej55": 'I like books, movies, shows, music, and especially food, but what might tell a little more about me than long lists of the aforementioned, are a few quotes that have meaning to me:

"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming WOO HOO what a ride!" - Hunter S. Thompson

"Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I'll meet you there" - Rumi

"I don't necessarily agree with everything I say." - Marshall McLuhan

“All things are subject to interpretation; whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.” - Friedrich Nietzsche

"Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity" - Robert J. Hanlon

And a little more about food: recipe adventuring with tried-and-true American cuisine OR, especially - finding things at the local Asian and Middle Eastern market and creating from there. I'm newly back to town so haven't done that much here... the Asian markets in So Cal were awesome!
The six things I could never do without
I hardly know how to whittle the list down: a feeling of balance, something to look forward to, I like electricity a whole lot, camping gear a pillow and my toothbrush.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Wondering what exactly, do I want to do for income now that the world is wide open to me; then there's the good ol' standards: Letting go of the illusion of control; without confusing that with 'having a direction' or a 'goal' and pursuing that. To listen if the universe has a different idea than I on the topic of using my strengths/talents.
On a typical Friday night I am
I suppose I do not abide by that normal "friday night" syndrome thing. First I was married; then I was in college [and Thursday night was our night 'out' to Hula's] since then I've either worked out in the country on a farm, or the night shift and weekends OR as with the last segment of years - - just been a stay-at-home parent caregiver.

On a typical Friday night I am happily doing whatever it is that's come up to do. Happily. Chatting on a porch, gardening and chatting with friends and neighbors walking by.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I make plans based on winning the 38 bazillion-dollar lottery, but I never buy a ticket.
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