26 Wichita, United States
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My self-summary
Born and raised in Kansas City, went to college in Iowa, and just finished graduate school in Boston. Now heading back to my home state to start my first "real" job in May! I haven't spent much time in Wichita since I was about twelve, so I'm excited to explore what is, to me, a new city!
What I’m doing with my life
I just finished my master's degree in public health, focusing on community education and adolescent health needs, last year, and will soon be starting a job as a health education coordinator in Wichita. Just to put it out there, most of the health education I do is in regards to sexual and reproductive health. If this bothers you or inspires you to make inane quips about my private life, for the love of Cheesus, please grow up.

I'm also studying for the Certified Health Education Specialist exam (October 2015) and relearning Spanish to help me be better at my job.

When I'm not talking about STIs and LARCs, I spend a lot of time experimenting in the kitchen, particularly with interesting extracts and flavorings. I'm also a huge stand-up comedy junkie, and I spend an embarrassing amount of time following my favorite comedians on Youtube and Twitter. Occasionally, I get on stage myself and let loose a joke or two.

During graduate school, I adopted a tuxie cat named Lucas, who I completely adore. He's headed to Wichita with me, and is the reason all my white items of clothing are now covered with a fine dusting of black cat fur.

I'm hoping to continue some of my hobbies in Wichita, mostly dancing and kayaking (okay, I've been kayaking twice in the last year, but I really liked it and want to do more!), so if you have any suggestions of places for me to look, message me!

Finally, I am on a neverending quest to find the best cheeseburger in every city I visit. Suggestions welcome.
I’m really good at
School, apparently, since I managed to complete eighteen grades in a row. That might just be masochism, though.

Baking things. Unfortunately, I can only eat so much, I hope you can help me out! I ALWAYS have baked goods on hand.

People watching. Having majored in anthropology in undergrad, I can take it to the next level.

Three point turns.

Retaining and recalling odd bits of trivia. Trust me, you want me around when you play pub quiz.
The first things people usually notice about me
I have really long eyelashes. No, they're not fake, I promise.

I tend to talk very quickly, with lots of hand gestures. My friends say I show *enthusiasm,* but what I think they really mean is that I need to slow the hell down. I can't help it, I'm Midwestern. We talk fast to make up for our lack of discernible accent.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Movies: An Education, Moonrise Kingdom, Star Wars, and Charlie Bartlett. But really, I'll watch most anything. I recently saw Snowpiercer and it BLEW MY MIND.

Books: I have so many books I've loved over the years that it's hard to choose just one. I recently read The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty and enjoyed it very much. The Power of One by Bryce Courtnay will always be a perennial favorite, along with Harry Potter (duh). I've also really gotten into non-fiction and memoirs over the past few years, favorites including Gulp by Mary Roach and Alex and Me by Irene Pepperburg. Currently working my way through The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson.

TV shows: Right now, I'm slightly obsessed with Parks and Rec and Orphan Black but I also like Dr. Who and the Mindy Project. I watch a lot of BBC documentaries and stand-up specials on YouTube, too.

Music: Alex Goot, Boyce Avenue, movie scores (right now, the Hunger Games and Brave), Emeli Sande, Matt Nathanson, Celtic Woman, Ed Sheeran, Lorde, Janelle Monae, selected EDM, and my guilty pleasure, Taylor Swift.

Foods: Dessert, any and all kinds. I love sushi and Italian food, as well.
The six things I could never do without
1. Coffee. Cofffeeeeeee. Given that I'm not a morning person by anyone's definition, coffee enables me to, if not be bright and chipper, then at least be coherent before noon.

2. My smartphone, mostly for the built-in GPS. My sense of direction is nonexistent, so this feature has saved my ass more times than I can count.

3. Comfortable footwear. I don't do heels that lead to sore feet. Sorry.

4. Skype. My friends are literally scattered around the world, and these make being away from them much more bearable.

5. My memory foam mattress. Best night's sleep ever.

6. Dark chocolate almond butter. My two favorite things in ONE JAR.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
What my strategy would be if I were thrown into the Hunger Games.

How humans came up with the idea of consuming another animal's milk. I mean, don't get me wrong, I love cheese and yogurt, but, if you think about it, it *is* a really weird practice.

Jokes. Lots of jokes.
On a typical Friday night I am
Baking and Netflixing. Saturdays are generally when I go out.

Every night: Trying to find where I left my glasses.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I once attended the annual "Best Mullet" competition at the Iowa state fair, and I have a picture with the winner to prove it.

I never learned to ski, ride a bike, or play chess. I know, I was raised by wolves.

I was not, in fact, raised by wolves. I was raised by lawyers.
You should message me if
-You consider brinner (breakfast for dinner) to be one of the greatest culinary concepts of all time.

-You think a zombie apocalypse would prove to be a fascinating social experiment, if a little grisly.

-You want to teach me to ski, ride a bike, or play chess.

My family is located in Kansas City, along with the main office of my organization, so I'll be bouncing back and forth between KC and Wichita a lot. If you live in the KC area, don't be afraid to say hello, even though I'll be based in Wichita.