*Chicago city limits only, please
I'm an outdoor person, plant and dog lover, and a voracious learner. I prefer to be around enthusiastic people. If smiling bothers you, I'm not your girl. I'm packed and ready to go camping at any moment.
I talk to strangers.
I don't believe in "no regrets" - if you don't have regrets you haven't learned a d*mn thing.
I was enamored of the jungle in Laos, but I fell in love with the jungle when I volunteered at an orphanage and school in Guatemala. The corn was taller by the afternoon, the bugs were giant, the air was thick.
I'm serious about social justice and race equity.
If you're the asshole who reported me for having a photo of my dog in my profile, don't message me; and screw you.
I majored in English and African/Black Diaspora studies.
I danced professionally (classical ballet), and have been teaching ballet for 13 years, and I teach once a week now that I've got the real job locked down.
I'm looking for someone I can have serious conversations with, followed by equal amounts of seriously silly.
When I go out to eat I like it to be food I wouldn't be able to put together at home.
This list is constantly changing but Tom Robbins is always on my authors list. David Mitchell (Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet over Cloud Atlas), Alice Walker, Barbara Kingsolver is my guilty pleasure for lazily enjoying some fiction.
I watch a lot of documentaries; I like justifying laziness and lounging with learning and discovery! I'm a sucker for awful-bad awesome movies: The Three Amigos is in my disc drive right now.
My musical taste tends to be fairly old school and international with some current "indie" artists mixed in. I listen to a ridiculous amount of Leo Kottke, John Fahey and the like during work, which a couple years ago morphed into a lot of Kora music (African gourd thumb-plucking harp-like instrument). I need some new music now that I'm re-entering the non-school world of the living. I still wake up amazed that I can enjoy a whole weekend and not have 30 hours of work ahead of me.
1. I've gone without clean water for a couple days in the jungle. I got a raging eye infection and couldn't see out of my right eye for a month so clean water is definitely up there.
2. Candles. I can put up with not having electricity, but there are so many hours of the day that are dark!
3. Luna the dog