Of_the_Valley
28 Washington, United States
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My self-summary
I'm from the DC area originally, went away for college, and came back for grad school.

I love it when people are passionate about things. Even if it's not my thing, I love responding to another person's genuine enthusiasm.

I'm a pretty big geek, and I'm proud of it.

I have a cat, so if you're deathly allergic, we probably wouldn't be a good fit.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm in the nonprofit sector, working on community-based peacebuilding and development in conflict-affected areas. I love my job.

I've worked both in DC and abroad, and I'm happy to be based in the US for the time being. Previously, I've worked in the DRC and Burundi. I imagine at some point I would like to work abroad again, but for now being stateside suits me.

What else? I'm getting into a pretty diverse range of hobbies. I recently got certified for open water scuba diving, picked up knitting again, and I'm starting to learn how to make cheese.
I’m really good at
I really enjoy cooking, and 9 out of 10 housemates enthusiastically enjoy the results.

I think I’m a strong writer, although I haven’t written much outside of academic papers and professional reports in the last year. I miss creative writing.

I like biking, although I don’t know what level I would have to be in order to qualify as being ‘really good’ at it. The training wheels came off a good two decades ago and I haven’t crashed or fallen off in at least 8 years. That must earn me at least an ‘adequate’ skill level. I also bike commute through the winter, so that has to count for something (insanity, maybe).

I'm also really good at taking naps with my cat.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm not sure. I don't normally ask.

...I just polled my friends. "Your walk" was one, but I'm not sure what that means. "Your smile." I'm so buying that friend a drink. "Your terrible hair cut." Well, to be fair, we were only 8 years old then.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: A lot. I'm currently on a comic book and graphic novel kick, so I'm enjoying the Sandman series and Ms. Marvel (in particular). All time favorites: The Little Prince, The Giver, Catch-22, anything by Tolkien, Ocean at the End of the Lane, The Moral Imagination, and so many I can't even think of right now.

Movies: Star Wars (the original trilogy and The Force Awakens), The Princess Bride, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Toy Story, Sometimes in April.

TV: I’m pretty behind on current TV at the moment. Most recent favorite: Stranger Things. All-time favorites: Doctor Who, Farscape, Firefly, and The West Wing (seasons 1-4). I am also really enjoying Supergirl, much to my surprise.

Music: Right now, Rogue Valley, Ingrid Michaelson, Kaleo, Radical Face, Rodrigo y Gabriela, and like everyone else, Hamilton. I'm also a fan of older stuff (like Arlo Gutherie, Simon and Garfunkle, The Beatles, The Who, etc.) and I love finding new things to listen to.

Food: Sushi is always a favorite; were cost and environmental sustainability not a concern, I'd probably eat sushi several times a week. I’m pretty enthusiastic about food in general, so there is very little that I actively dislike. Since winter is coming, I'm currently super into soups.
The six things I could never do without
1. Music
2. New socks
3. Green vegetables
4. A toothbrush
5. An engaging book
6. I was going to say my cat, but I've already mentioned her two times and I don't want to seem like a crazy cat lady. So...tabletop games.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
A good bourbon.

And mass atrocity prevention.
On a typical Friday night I am
I'm just as happy to go out to a bar as I am to stay in. It's all about the people you're with -- and the food you're eating. I think there is a time and place to make plans and a time and place to be spontaneous. I enjoy getting to look forward to going to a baseball game or a concert, but I also love deciding to go to an outdoor summer movie an hour before it starts.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Well, judging by my profile, I seem to have a bit of a preoccupation with food. That’s to be expected, I suppose; I come from a foodie family.

Ok, that’s not particularly private. Let’s settle for something slightly embarrassing. I’m a little mortified when I have to tell any non-Whovians my cat’s name. I got her when she was barely 4 weeks old, abandoned and malnourished, and thought she needed a super fierce name. It was uncertain at the time if she would survive, although it was clear that she was a fighter. I also thought she was a male kitten. So, I named her Stormageddon. Actually, I named her Stormageddon, Dark Lord of All. I somewhat regret that. When I take her to the vet, I tell them her name is ‘Stormy,’ but I actually find that more shameful because that is a shit name.
You should message me if
You made it this far and find any of this interesting. DFTBA.
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