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My self-summary
I'm a transplant like many of those populating Portland. Originally from the midwest, I've also lived in Upstate New York (as an AmeriCorps volunteer), Northern California, the United Kingdom (as a Willing Workers on Organic Farms volunteer), and now here. I've traveled a lot in Europe and across the U.S., but would love to extend my traveling experiences to other continents. Australia is on the top of my list, despite all the many deadly creatures that inhabit its vastness and may eat me, poison me or just give me the evil eye (if you haven't read "In a Sunburned Country," you should.) New Zealand is way up the list too. And Greece. And everywhere. I'm also enamored with exploring my own native land, and want to see all 50 states, national parks, giant cement creatures in the middle of nowhere, etc.

I have a degree in Journalism, which I have never used directly, but which I value for its many indirect uses (ie. I have decent grammar, and can edit the hell out of just about anything ).

I would love to someday have at least a little bit of land on which to grow my own food and have as many animals as I want. Maybe a B&B or some eco-cabins, a small cafe or a food cart . . . always plotting how to spend my time cooking, taking care of animals, and growing things . . .

I love hiking, camping, great food, going out, staying in, exploring Portland and the surrounding state(s), spending time with my too numerous pets, dancing, laughing at and with my amazing friends and exploring new avenues of knowledge.

I thrive on being creative. I love to be challenged by my partner as long as it comes from a positive place. I value humor, intelligence and honesty above all else. I am looking for someone to explore the world and all its facets with, whether its trying a new restaurant, hiking a new trail or facing a new obstacle. Preferably while talking for hours, and laughing our asses off . . .
What I’m doing with my life
I am currently working as a doctor's assistant at a very busy veterinary practice. I love the variety of my job. Every day is different and I never know what might walk through the door next . . . and then you add in puppies and kittens! Gold. That being said I returned to school two years ago, and just graduated with a degree in zoo animal biology and management. I finished several internships in the field, and now am plotting my next steps. Something conservation education related would be ideal . . .
I’m really good at
Cooking, gardening, nurturing, my job, listening, creative outlets, traveling, laughing and I'm a font of random information . . . Did you know that a Vaux's Swift flies the equivalent of 3 times around the Earth in one year? Damn they're awesome.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm tall for a girl. People comment on it. A lot. But I'm really not all that tall . . . but I do get asked to get things off of high shelves at work . . . a lot . . .
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Food: I love ethnic food: Thai, Indian, Chinese, Mexican, Lebanese, Greek, Japanese, Italian, French, Spanish . . I love trying new cuisines . . . although I admit to being a bit squeamish when it comes to offal. One of the best things about Portland is the amazing food scene. Food carts, diners, brunch spots, high brow, low brow, and it's pretty much all amazing. I'm a good cook and a great baker: my homemade bread is amazing!

Books: As the daughter of an English teacher turned children's librarian, I read a lot! Currently working my way through a lot of autobiographies by funny women (Lena Dunham, Mindy Kaling, Tina Fey, Sarah Silverman, Jenny Lawson). But I read a bit of everything. Laurie R. King, David Sedaris, Ann Lovejoy, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Bill Bryson, Amy Tan, Elizabeth George, Jane Austen, Will Thomas, Cara Black, Sharon K. Penman, James Herriot, the Brontes, etc. I'm always nose deep in at least one book, but I often have several on my plate.

Movies: I will watch most movies at least once, but my favorites are those that fall in the smart and/or dark comedy category (Juno, Kevin Smith flicks, Better off Dead, Grosse Point Blank, High Fidelity, Waiting for Guffman, The Royal Tenebaums (anything Wes Anderson really), Silver Linings Playbook, I Love You Man, Bridesmaids, etc). I like movies for the escape they can provide, and for me laughter is such a great release, so most of the time I would rather watch a movie that will make me laugh vs. one that will make me cry. I see a lot of sad shit in my job, and it's nice to watch a funny flick and have it all erased, at least for awhile. But overall I am just a movie fan, so whether it's Star Wars or Empire of the Sun, I'm in.

Television: Bones, Six Feet Under, The United States of Tara, Game of Thrones, Orange is the New Black, In Treatment, Dexter, A Bit of Fry and Laurie, The Office (British and American), Little Britain, Bored to Death, Boardwalk Empire, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Walking Dead, Fawlty Towers, Deadwood (Ian McShane is the man). . .

I love live theater, ballet, art museums, gardens and any event/or exhibition that can teach or show me something new. I enjoy trivia, board games, hosting dinner parties and/or game nights. I'm also a live sports fan. For the most part I can't stand watching sports on TV (unless it's with a large group or KU basketball during March Madness), but I love being part of a crowd, rooting for a team and the insane exhilaration of a great win. Timbers games are a favorite, but I'm down to watch pretty much anything as long as it's live.

I've recently discovered the joy of birding, and hope to continue to expand my skills . . . I love being out in search of the elusive, never knowing what I might find or see. I'm also trying to practice yoga on a more regular basis, as I took a 12 week course and loved it . . . now I just need to make it a home habit.

Music: If I'm out dancing I want hip hop, pop or 80's music. I want to be able to sing along as I dance. I have very fond memories of dancing to "Footloose" with a group of friends on stage in a Portland club and equally fond memories of dancing to Tupac's "California Love" in a Paris nightclub. At home or in my car I will listen to pretty much anything. I'm not a big country fan, but I love rock, emo, blue grass, local . . . I have been blessed with some very musical friends in my life and I entrust them with my musical education. And while I don't often seek it out on my own, I love live music as well, preferably on a smaller scale (ie: in a local dive vs. a big stadium).
The six things I could never do without
My Pets (2 dogs, 3 cats . . . scary (maybe even terrifying?), I know!). The danger of working in the veterinary industry . . . I often think of it like this: Their combined weight is less than 60 pounds, so in reality all I have is a smallish lab with a multiple personality disorder.

My Family (They are mostly far away, and spread across the states, but it only makes me value them more)

My Friends (I am blessed to have truly wonderful, funny, soulful friends)

Books (movers hate me, because of the sheer volume of books I tote around with me) . . . I have yet to succumb to an e-reader, I still love the feel of a book between my fingers.

Travel (coast, mountains, desert . . I love them all)

Great Food (mexican food, sushi, and desserts involving chocolate especially)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
My next camping trip, what to do on the weekend, the books on my current reading list, my job, where I want to travel to (I plan a lot of vacations in my head, now I just need to make them a reality), my intentions and goals for the future . . .
On a typical Friday night I am
You may find me cooking a good meal and watching a movie or out dancing with my friends. I love to go out and I love staying in and relaxing, drinking a glass of wine and having a great conversation. There's also nothing better than taking a walk in the perfection of a warm Portland evening . . .
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I despise coffee and beer. Yes, I admit it. In a town of beer and coffee obsessed individuals I drink neither. I love my morning cup of tea, and will take a nice dry hard cider over most alcoholic beverages, although as a rule I'm not much of a drinker. Feel free to judge me, but know that you won't convert me!
You should message me if
You are . . .
Honest (All the time)
Passionate (about something! or many things!)
Fun, semi-adventurous,
Outgoing is good, but as an introvert I'm ok with that too
Intelligent, witty, a smart-ass, etc.
Easy going
Happy (at least most of the time)
Romantic (at least some of the time)
Willing to try new things

Or if you . . .
Love trivia
Love books
Love travel
Love animals
Love conversation
Love the outdoors/nature
Love sharing your passions with others
Love art, music, culture, etc.
Love food (cooking, eating, sharing)