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My self-summary
I am a survivor- extremely resilient, and intelligent. I'm a great friend, and pride myself on being there for others. There will always be things that we will not like about ourselves, but I try not to focus on them, rather I try to make sure that the things I can change, I do, and for the better. I am trying to make the best choices for myself and my daughter, so I am very picky about who I let into our lives...can never be too careful. I see my friends struggling in their relationships, and it makes me glad that I didn't make the same mistakes. I am me, I know who I am and what I want...and I think this scares away a lot of possible mates, but it is probably for the best, because if they can't handle a strong woman, they are better off without me :) On a side note, I wrote a short MG book that I am attempting to have published, and I wrote a business plan for a renaissance themed living history museum based in sustainable agriculture and alternative energy- love ren fests, but they are SO inaccurate. Just need to find the 16.5 million in funding ;)
What I’m doing with my life
BACK in the National Park Service- finally back East. Enjoying the time I have off, spending a lot of time getting involved in my daughter's life.
I’m really good at
conflict resolution...among other people ;) I am good at being frugal
The first things people usually notice about me
My hair, I guess? I don't know- I have never asked. I have a nice smile.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I just recently read Wonderstruck by Brian Selsnick, it was good, and way shorter than it appears. I like fantasy, Tolkien and Rowlings are pretty easy choices. I had a goal of reading are the literary classics, and then after braving through most of Lady Chatterly's lover and The Sound and the Fury and eventually getting them on audio book and suffering through the last of them, I decided maybe I should be more choosy. Just because they were 'Greats' in the 1900's doesn't mean that they are 'Greats' forever. I have not read Twilight, and I haven't seen the movies, but I considered reading Hunger games, after watching the movie. I am not a fan of vampires. I loved The Good Earth and To Kill a Mockingbird, and I LOVE foreign films (most of the time) and usually anything with the Fiennes brothers. I think it is the cinematography I like the best. I like museums, and certain art, I like french impressionism. Carnegie is the BEST! I have been trying to take my daughter to the theatre as much as possible, we have been lucky with our options here. I like an eclectic array of music from Barry Manilow to some top 10, I mostly like popular 80's music and hair bands...I can leave Jazz, Blues, and Country. I have worked at various ren fests since 1999 and enjoy some of the music there, but I wouldn't play it driving down the road. If fact unless it is Christmas or on long road trips, I usually leave the radio off- talking with my daughter is more important.
FOOD: I have a love/hate relationship with food. I am trying to lose weight and usually I don't have issues when I am with someone, it falls off me (it is probably the sex), but I love dairy, but dairy doesn't love me. I like the best cuts of steak, and I have only had 2 hamburgers in my life. The first was Kobe beef with smoked Gouda and applewood bacon, with a side of truffle and duck fat fries. The second was a cheese burger at my friends house (it was a close second). I don't cook well and would LOVE for someone to teach me how to cook (and find creative ways to eat veggies- cause I prefer mine raw and dipped in something) I have been sneaking leafy greens into smoothies just so I will eat them. Which is really fun, because who knew that drinking something that looks like poo could be so good. I bet that if I made a few small adjustments I could be a size 8 again in a few months...I just need the motivation to do it.
Six things I could never do without
My daughter- We clash a lot, which means that I have raised her well- independent in her thoughts, and compassionate in her actions. She definitely keeps me on my toes
Facebook- my friends all live so far away, it is the only easy way to stay in touch
My goals- the only thing that gets me out of bed in the morning
A good book- I LOVE to read- not every day, but I like to have something in the works
My pets- they are old and I will miss having them around, so I enjoy them while I can
Dairy...I love cheese even more than dessert...
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Where I want to be in the next couple of years. I miss traveling... I have been mostly at home raising my daughter, and now that she is 6, I need to get back to work. Hoping to pick up where I left off. I miss the mountains, and wish that I could move closer to home (Pittsburgh, Pa) but as long as I land near Virginia, I should be happy. I have been looking at all these profiles where people have gone to distant countries and it is pretty depressing, because I envy those who have had the means to do it. I have dreams of going to Tanzania, Cambodia, Hungary, and others, but it just isn't something I can financially do...someday. UPDATE: My daughter is now 9 1/2 and we started traveling last year! We went to a ton of places in the southweast, Down the East Coast, and we are now living in Boston for the summer. Where next?! Hard to say!Update to the update: we bought an RV and are living in Maine! a lot can happen in 1 1/2 yrs.
On a typical Friday night I am
Most of the time I am at home, but I would love to be sitting around a campfire, talking with close friends. I am not a social person, I have very good friends, but I am not interested in going out every night, I would much rather get to know people better in a more intimate setting, than have to scream over noise in a bar
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Wow...I don't have many private things, so those that are private will remain so. I am pretty out spoken, so ask me anything. If I don't answer, that was one.
You should message me if
You actually READ my profile! And we have SOMETHING in common. And please don't write, 'Hey, how's it going' or compliment me...Show me you have some depth!
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