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My self-summary
I am: smart, occasionally funny, committed to my job, incredibly knowledgeable about useless pop culture, introverted, self-sufficient, a loyal friend, observant, snarky, and thoughtful, perhaps to a fault.

I enjoy: laughing loudly, books, naps, people-watching, following tennis, outdoor seating at restaurants and bars, walking aimlessly around new neighborhoods, beaches, chai tea lattes, travel, and ironing. Seriously.
What I’m doing with my life
I teach middle school English Language Arts. I work hard at it, and I think I'm pretty good at it.

I lived in Brooklyn for quite awhile but moved back to Chicago a few years ago. I'm happy to be here.
I’m really good at
spelling, remembering really random factoids, typing quickly, screaming at the TV while watching a Grand Slam tennis match, and pointing out others' grammatical errors. I'm also a borderline narcoleptic. I can fall asleep very, very easily. I have been known to fall asleep at the movie theater.
The first things people usually notice about me
I talk quickly, lose my train of thought easily, and have a tendency to go off on tangents . . .
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: The House of Mirth, Dubliners, The Heat of the Day, Disgrace, Olive Kitteredge, The Sound and the Fury, Giovanni's Room, The Voyage Out, Mrs. Dalloway, Slouching Towards Bethlehem, A Book of Common Prayer (Didion), Lolita, trashy mystery novels, books about teaching

I also read a lot of young adult lit. It's a necessary part of my job, but I do love it. You will often find me in the teen section of Barnes and Noble. I recently read The Scorpio Races, and I thought it was beautiful.

Movies: "Lost in Translation," "Silver Linings Playbook," "Adventureland," "Juno," "Brokeback Mountain," "Breakfast at Tiffany's," "Reality Bites," "Out of Sight," "Zoolander," "Before Sunset," "Almost Famous," "The Royal Tenenbaums," "You've Got Mail," "Pieces of April," "Bring It On," and guilty pleasures galore

TV: I must say, I like some really bad TV, but I prefer escapism when watching television. I don't have cable, but you can still watch a ton of TV with an antenna and a Roku.

Music: Anything with a catchy hook. My tastes aren't very sophisticated. Top 40 poppy type stuff, mostly. Anything I can sing at the top of my lungs while driving to and from work. I've seen Taylor Swift multiple times in concert, if that drives home my point. And yes, I loved every second of it.

Food: Indian, Thai, Mexican, Italian, brunch. I enjoy most food.

My tastes run the gamut. High brow and very, very base. We probably have some common faves.
Six things I could never do without
something to read
glasses (being able to see is good)
Top 40 radio (singing loudly while driving to work is one of my favorite pastimes)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
public education, books, TV shows and movies, New York vs. Chicago, and hypothetical trips I would like to take.
On a typical Friday night I am
out for dinner/drinks with friends or sometimes watching Netflix at home.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Might as well be open about this: I get up between 5:00 and 5:30 on school days, so my bed time is rather early. I value my sleep, and I need to be with someone who respects the geriatric hours I keep. That said, I'm much more flexible with my weekends and over the summer.

Also, I generally hate this question . . .
You should message me if
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