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My self-summary
Hi! I'm here looking for a meaningful connection. Not a fling, not a hookup.

I'm smart, I'm kind, I'm genuine, and I am witty. I like asking questions, I'm always learning, I read a LOT, and I love to laugh.

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

I've lived 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.

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 don't drive. Never have, never will. Except in Mario Kart.

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 (it is as vital to me as air), 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)

Just started this Beachbody workout program to get myself back into shape
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. My favorite book is probably "East of Eden" and "Ready Player One" was super awesome (hooray, they're making it into a movie!) Oh. And "The Monster At The End Of This Book" is glorious.

Movies - Favorites include:
Deadpool, Brooklyn, the Marvel Universe movies happening right now (Guardians of the Galaxy 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. Also some of the old musicals, and I watch "It's A Wonderful Life" every Christmas with just the tree lights on.
If there's a movie Pixar does, I want to see it!

TV - "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt", Archer, American Ninja Warrior, random shows on HGTV or the Food Network, and BBC's Sherlock.

I'm a fan of BBC comedies and I love searching Netflix for whatever awesome thing I can binge-watch next -- I'm hearing Stranger Things is something to check out, and I will be very happy when the Gilmore Girls new movies are released.
I miss Jon Stewart so, so much.

I love live theatre! Just scored a ticket to Hamilton in NYC this December, "Come From Away" was one of the most beautiful musicals I've ever gotten the opportunity to see and I promise to try very hard not to geek out about my love of theatre too much.

Music feeds my soul. I like almost everything. From Mozart to Madonna, from Frank Sinatra to Fitz & The Tantrums, from 80s pop to some electronica, contemporary a cappella to indie accoustic stuff, from Led Zepplin to Beastie Boys...I would continue but my profile is very wordy.

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? The grilled watermelon/haloumi cheese situation at Palette 22.
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
I'm either at a happy hour which has somehow turned into dinner that randomly turned into coffee after a long day at work, or I'm home hanging with the cat watching something on Netflix. Or I'm on a train to visit friends for the weekend.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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.

-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 have no photo/a fake photo/the only one is a creepy close-up of your eye, or your left nostril or something, or a tree or a cartoon character.

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