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My self-summary
If life is a road from start to finish, then I'm the dude with a backpack and a machete, blazing my way through the backcountry. I'm an epicurean, a crafter, and a sex-positive feminist with an appreciation for clever wordplay.

My greatest joy in life is in bringing happiness to others by doing something with my hands and my wits. I'm particularly fond of cooking for crowds, getting groups ready for the next Tough Mudder, and making useful things out of wood, leather, and metal. I'd add "dropping bombshell puns" to this list, but those sometimes blow up in my face.

I believe in the art of storytelling, clean prose, dirty thoughts, and that Slytherin is the best house.
What I’m doing with my life
I love being outdoors and expressing myself physically. Camping, kayaking, trail running, Crossfit, and longsword fencing are regular activities for me. These 90+ degree summers we have? Love em! I dabble in the Primal/Paleo lifestyle, though never to the exclusion of new adventures.

I'm fascinated with creating things, and dabble obsessively. Leatherworking and jewelry-making are my go-to hobbies, and it's a rare weekend when I don't get spattered by leather dye or metal shavings. I've also been trying to up my woodworking skills with wood-burning and figuring out how to make a snug dovetail join. I love to fail often, fail hard, and try again!
I’m really good at
Cooking. I span the gamut, and demand good mise en place in my kitchen. Over the past year I've been particularly proud of my cassoulets and tagines. My resolutions for 2016 are to develop a better eye for presentation, and - after binge-watching The Great British Baking Show - getting awesome at baking pastries. Suggestions always welcome, though you may end up tasting a test batch!

Planning vacations. I like to balance scheduled activities with spontaneity, and always have backup plans, depending on how the group is feeling. Failing to plan ahead is a pet peeve of mine, and nothing gets more more excited about a trip than putting an itinerary together, even if we end up throwing it to the wind.

Whistling. In tune, mostly.
The first things people usually notice about me
My shoes. Or lack thereof. I saunter around barefoot as often as I can get away with it, and otherwise tend towards the most minimalist footwear that decorum and weather permit. Despite this, to my chagrin, I still have a pretty large shoe collection.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
BOOKS: I'm a big fan of soft sci-fi, especially the classic stuff. A few items sitting on my shelf:
- Starship troopers, Stranger in a strange land, The Ethical Slut, Romance of the three kingdoms, Snow Crash, Watchmen, Sandman, Kitchen Confidential, Sex at Dawn

- Gangs of New York, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Shall we dance (the Japanese version), Braveheart, Red Cliff, The Artist, Gran Torino, Letters from Iwo Jima, Princess Bride, and nearly anything by Pixar

- Doctor Who, Breaking Bad, Battlestar Galactica, Game of Thrones, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and anything by Joss Whedon.

BOARD GAMES (since music doesn't jive with me):
For small gatherings, Pandemic or Carcassonne (Settlers of Cataan is no longer welcome at my house). For parties, Curse of the Temple, Cash n Guns, Once Upon a Time, "Aye, Dark Overlord!", Betrayal at House on the Hill, and pretty much any other co-op game with crazy backstories and a propensity for funny accents. Aspirationally, I've wanted to get into Twilight Struggle, though I fear it's more trouble than it's worth.

- Tonkatsu. Or katsudon. Or katsu-kare. Just bring on the breaded, fried pork!
- Pasta bolognese. The darkest, reddest, meatiest one we can find, that's been cooking so long that the meat fibers all but dissolve in your mouth.
- Most Vietnamese food fits the bill. Very fond of banh mi and thit nuong. Eden Center is like a second home to me.
The six things I could never do without
An abundance of agape
A nearby park or forest
A sharp pocketknife
The opportunity to do good things for others
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Don't think. Do.
On a typical Friday night I am
Some highlights from the past few months:
- Making carrot halwa to incorporate into a Swiss roll cake
- Karaoke
- Taking an impromptu weekend to North Carolina
- In the gym, either moving heavy barbells or spending some quality time in the pool
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm an introverted, poly, feminist nerd, and while I keep it private from most, I'm quite proud of my identity. I've LARPed, I've crossdressed, and I look amazing in eyeliner. In fact, I've been around a lot of counterculture in my life, and quite a bit of it jives with me. Tell me what makes you weird. I'll probably cheer you on!

I'm a huge fan of pedicures, and painted nails are an occasional pleasure. It's a shame more dudes don't do them.
You should message me if
You think picnics are severely underrated. Bonus sexiness points if you're up for cooking on wood or charcoal.

You're down for a drink, swapping stories, and keeping small talk to a minimum.