In my relationships integrity is at the top of the list. Come on, we should all treat each other like the gods and goddesses we are, walking around in these earthly bodies. I strive to underlie all of my interactions with respect and compassion. I strive. Like every other person on OKC, I would describe myself as easy going and fun loving. Sure, I'm easy going, as long as you agree with everything I say. Just kidding. Ha ha. I love fascinating questions, and most things can be fascinating if approached from the right angle. I like the brain tickle of deeper philosophical questions. Does Tacqueria REALLY make the best burrito in SF? Can I simultaneously sound impressive and humble in my self summary? Is it really worth spending $200 and countless hours to grow a few heads of chard and kale in your backyard? (Answer: yes, but don't calculate how much each head has cost you)
I love exploring new places, walking around the city, getting out of the city, eating out, live music, movies, camping, playing on the beach, gardening, reading, trying new things. I LOVE being outdoors in almost all weather (really, what's better than walking on the beach during a huge storm?) Hiking is my go-to activity. I have done tons of backpacking and camping throughout my life, and continue to get out into the mountains a couple times a year these days. I love (almost) all types of dancing -- I'm a jill-of-all-dances -- although I haven't been out dancing much lately. More dancing at home. I also really love staying home and hanging out, watching a movie, playing games, (sometimes doing karaoke with my kids).
Most of my professional career has been as a teacher of kids. For 4 years I facilitated groups (kids and adults) through a ropes course, low ropes and high ropes, out in the woods in Connecticut. (Low ropes is about team-building while solving group challenges; High ropes is about individuals facing fear, contacting inner courage and stepping forward.) I am currently teaching middle school writing, which it turns out has much in common with the goals of the ropes course. Fun + risk = bonding + personal growth -- How lucky am I?
Developing and refining writing curriculum
Helping adolescents find their voice and themselves with said
Trying valiantly (but unsuccessfully) to keep up with house and garden
projects - sometimes it seems like the faster I go the behinder I get
Cooking and eating nutritious, high quality food
Being amazed by a capable man
Being a team player
Looking for answers
Finding answers, and more answers
Remodeling old houses
Movies: All-time favorites: Network, Dr. Strangelove, The Departed, Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Food: pretty much everything ethnic this city has to offer. At home we eat real food, not from boxes. (Okay, with the occasional mac & cheese.)