After all, I’m more than just a pretty face. ;)
I’m an American expat experiencing all the world has to offer.
After having lived in Spain, Ecuador, Mexico and Brazil, I moved to Europe last year and now work as an international educator in Luxembourg.
I’m naturally curious and love learning first-hand about the world around me. Each place I’ve lived has shaped who I am today.
As dedicated as I am to my students during the day, I try to keep evenings to myself. Lately, I’ve gotten back into exercising, enjoying the physical and emotional gains of working out. I’m also taking French -- this beautiful, mellifluous language that emerges from my lips as garbled as a mouth full of marbles. It’s been a good for me as teacher to take on the role of a student -- even if I’m learning more about humility than French grammar.
Taking pictures - I would be a photojournalist, if I wasn’t a teacher.
Remembering birthdays - A once impressive skill, that has since lost its charm and utility thanks to Facebook.
Appreciating movies - I love watching and talking about films.
Planning travel itineraries - A benefit I offer my Stateside friends to entice them into visiting.
Organizing closets - Yes, I confess, I can be a bit obsessive.
Listening actively - I used to be a reporter. I learn more by listening, than speaking.
Packing light - Having moved around so much, I’ve learned what I can do without.
Costume parties - Next to Christmas, Halloween is my favorite celebration. It’s a family tradition to come up with elaborate and clever costumes.
(I may seem a little reserved at first. But, like a fine wine, you’ll like me even more over time. :))
I studied journalism and I tend to appreciate remarkable, true stories that read like fiction.
My all-time favorite is “In Cold Blood,” thoroughly reported and beautifully written by Truman Capote.
I’ve enjoyed reading Jon Krakauer’s books, most of which are modern-day adventure stories: Into the Wild, Into Thin Air, Under the Banner of Heaven, Where Men Win Glory: The Pat Tillman Story.
Malcolm Gladwell packages research into easy reading that makes me feel smart: The Tipping Point, Blink and Outliers.
David Sedaris usually sends me into inappropriate public fits of laughter: Holidays on Ice, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Naked, When You are Engulfed in Flames.
Junot Diaz’s writing is gritty, heartfelt and real: This Is How You Lose Her, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Drown.
I recently finished reading “The Night of the Gun,” an incredible memoir about addiction written by the late New York Times reporter, David Carr
I tend to like anything that is thought-provoking / original. There are so many, and for so many different reasons. Here are just a few:
Good Will Hunting, Y Tu Mama Tambien, El Laberinto del Fauno, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Memento, Kolya, Carlito's Way, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Graduate, Cidade de Deus, Schindler's List, Spellbound, Grizzly Man and Casablanca.
I’ve resisted the urge to watch some of the incredible cable series that have been popular lately. I know I’m missing out, but it’s for my own health. Once I start, I know I’ll get sucked into binge watching and won’t be able to pull myself away from the screen.
My musical tastes are eclectic, but I have a soft spot for classic Rhythm and Blues and Soul. Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Van Morrison, Ray LaMontagne and the Alabama Shakes are some of my favorite artists.
I also love National Public Radio (NPR) and listen every day. Some of my favorite podcasts include: This American Life, Fresh Air, and Radiolab.
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Lately, I’ve also been thinking about meeting someone to share my life with.
Catching what is playing at the movies.
Working on my time machine that would lengthen the hours of Saturday and Sunday. :)
My memories of seeing the sun rise over Machu Picchu are still as fresh in my mind as they were a decade ago. I can’t remember, however, the day last year when I signed up with a cell phone provider and got a new iPhone.
You’ve connected in some way to what you’ve just read.