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My self-summary
I'm one of those rare people who pretty much has my act together. I'm smart, I'm kind, and I am witty. I'm also very curious and love learning about a wide variety of things.

I own my condo, and rescued my cat almost 2 years ago - she's such a good girl, yes she IS!

I've been on the East Coast for almost 15 years now (first in NYC, now in DC) but hail from the Midwest. Midwest-nice is a real thing.

My social calendar is often full of fun and shenanigans, and I wouldn't have it any other way (but I absolutely welcome nights in, too). Yes, it seems like I'm busy, but if you are important to me, you'll quickly become a part of the things that I do.

I love going to concerts and seeing live theatre and comedy.

I hate ice in my drinks and mushrooms in my food.

I love *not* camping.

I use parentheses a lot.

I'll probably beat you at Cards Against Humanity.
What I’m doing with my life
How I earn my paycheck: I work for trademark and patent attorneys.

What I actually DO with my life:

I love music, and work with the Women's A Cappella Association (before that, I was on the Board of Directors for 12 years for another a cappella organization).

I love planning parties and events (for 4 years, I directed my condo's special events committee)
I’m really good at
Dinner parties and hosting something fun at my condo (I have gotten lots of compliments on my lasagna and homemade pecan pie).

Successfully running the lives of the attorneys I work for (most of the time).

Discovering more delicious stouts and porters, sours and ciders and reds and whites.

Being there when people need me. I'm a good listener.

Making small children laugh really hard. (I am a fantastic aunt - love hanging with kids)

Bringing good snacks on road trips.

Board games and bar trivia. (Seriously, I have a great trivia team)
The first things people usually notice about me
My red hair, the huge dimple in my chin, and my retro glasses.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Love Neil Gaiman, Nick Hornby, Jonathan Tropper, Jenny Lawson, Cathy Lamb, Diana Gabaldon, and Bill Bryson (to name a few). My favorite book is probably "East of Eden" and "Ready Player One" was super awesome (hooray, they're making it into a movie!)

Movies - Favorites include:
Guardians of the Galaxy (Groooot!), Deadpool is amazing, Brooklyn, the Marvel Universe movies happening right now (Guardians is in a category all by itself), The Way Way Back, 20 Feet from Stardom, Argo, Station Agent, Princess Bride, Never Again, Spaceballs, Once, Shawshank Redemption, Coming to America and anything from John Hughes.

I also love Audrey Hepburn movies, indie films and some documentaries. Indie theatres, like E Street in DC, the AMC in Shirlington or the Angelika in NYC are fantastic.

If there's a movie Pixar does, I want to see it!

TV - "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt", Archer, American Ninja Warrior (my friend is competing this season, she's a bad-ass) random shows on HGTV or the Food Network, Archer, and BBC's Sherlock.

I'm a fan of BBC comedies (Coupling, The IT Crowd) and I love searching Roku for whatever awesome thing I can binge-watch.
I miss Jon Stewart so, so much.

I love live theatre! Just scored a ticket to Hamilton in NYC for later this year and I cannot wait!! I promise to try very hard not to geek out about my love of theatre too much.

Music feeds my soul. Anywhere from Mozart to Mumford & Sons, from Etta James to Frank Sinatra. From The Cure to Billy Joel to (early)Tori Amos to Tool. Love Bruno Mars, The Script, The Rescues and The Bird & The Bee... from NWA to Led Zeppelin. Pete Yorn, Gavin DeGraw, O.A.R., Bon Iver, Fitz & The Tantrums, Broken it. 80s music, especially brit pop, YES PLEASE.

I'll listen to basically anything except for death metal, prog rock, hard core rap and throat music.

I am deeply suspicious of people who don't enjoy tacos. I also like Thai, Vietnamese, Indian, some sushi, a good deep dish, and cheese. All of the cheese. Except the really hard cheese. But even then, probably I want that. I miss soup dumplings from my days living in NYC.
And Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs.
The six things I could never do without
1. My Keurig - it's my 2nd favorite kitchen appliance
2. SmarTrip/MetroCard/Uber and Lyft apps (and Amtrak rewards points)
3. Meaningful connections with friends and family
4. There's this grilled watermelon/haloumi cheese situation at Palette 22 that is mind blowing.
5. Music/Theatre/Art/Creativity/cool science stuff
6. A vacation every now and then
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Is there a better ratio of peanut butter to chocolate than the Reese's Peanut Butter Egg?
I really want to take more swing dancing lessons.
Also, how a lot of people here seem to go to Machu Pichu. Is that a secret OKC requirement?
On a typical Friday night I am
My Friday nights are never what I'd consider "typical" --you never know what I might (or might not be) up to on any given Friday.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
You get 2 things...

I don't drive. (Yes, seriously - I've never had a driver's license and have no interest in getting one)
I have mad GPS programming skills, I bring good snacks on road trips and my Uber/Lyft apps usually work well, as does my trusty taxi hailing arm. I'm not afraid of public transportation, either.

If the song "Celebration" by Kool & The Gang comes on when I'm out somewhere, I leave the area until it is over. I hate that song. It makes me twitchy.
You should message me if
-You actually want a relationship, with the potential for something long term.
I'm a lady who has her life together --I want a guy who is looking for the same kind of thing I am. (And if you enjoy music, theater, discovering or other artsy type things and are generally awesome).

-You're happy, you're healthy (physically and emotionally), you take care of yourself, and you have your life together as well.

-You fit in my age range of what I'm looking for (give or take a few years, as I definitely don't feel like I'm in my 40s!)

You should NOT message me if:

- your opening message is something along the lines of: “hi ur cute! whats up? LOL”

- If you call me "baby", "sweetheart", "beautiful", etc. in your first message to me -- that's just super awkward for both of us.

- you just want a fling - I'm not here for that.

- You have no photo/a fake photo/the only one is a creepy close-up of your eye, or your left nostril or something, or the main profile photo is of your dog or like, a tree or a cartoon character (I don't date animals, trees, or cartoon characters. Gotta draw the line somewhere).

substance required if you want a response, as well as the ability to write full sentences. capitalization is clearly optional.