*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.
I'm a reader, but lawyering made it hard to read for fun for a while, but my friends and I started a feminist book club, and the student in me is now motivated by a due date. Formative reading experiences: The Souls of Black Folk kicked off a dedication to resisting structural racism, Tom Robbins is always on my authors list (he makes me feel unweird and sexy), Barbara Kingsolver is my guilty pleasure for lazily enjoying some nature-based fiction, The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson was a revelation for both content and form.
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.
Movies: Moonlight, Boyhood, Birdman, Harold and Maude, Fever Pitch, Uncle Buck
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 African Kora music (a gourd-based string instrument). I need someone to feed me new music. With all the time commitments, it's something I neglect to work on.
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
5. Good food - I learned in Guatemala that I cannot eat rice and beans 3 meals a day for 6 months without suffering mental harm.
6. My people, whether here or not