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My self-summary
**Update: I'm sick of the pressure to meet someone and know if you want to date them right away. I'm more about meeting awesome people and seeing what happens. And on that note, a hint: if you write me, you will be way more likely to get a response if you reference something from my profile. Bonus points if you then either connect that to something about you, or tell me some otherwise cool thing about you or about the world. Let's learn from each other!**

When asked to describe me in three words, my friends responded with the following:
outgoing, erudite, worldly
brainy, introspective, inadvertent
charming, ebullient, adorable
thoughtful, outgoing, and dead-sexy
introspective, open, brave
wickedly intelligent, mindful, maker-of-sweet-juices
Goodatdecorating, greatatmakingfajitas, evenbetteratmakingmargaritas

I used to consider myself more of a thinker than a doer, but as I've gotten older, I've worked to change that. I love dancing, driving, running, hiking and trying new things. Recent shenanigans include performing improv in front of 700 people, something I had no business doing, and making a goal of completing 6 half marathons in 2016. (Sadly, this goal is on hold because I hurt my back while in Peru this summer.) I do still think an awful lot though.

I love the outdoors and natural beauty—wherever it can be found, be it in waterfall fog tumbling over the hills of the California coast or one of my middle school students showing genuine kindness to another. (I now teach college students--they're much less adorable, but definitely have their own perks. I am humbled every semester when I read their "turning-point" essays and realize what they have overcome to make it where they are.)

I'm an ENTP with F tendencies.
What I’m doing with my life
studying how people learn
wrangling college administrators
figuring out how to host a really good salon
obsessively following the election polls (I come from a family where presidential elections are the only sport we follow)
I’m really good at
playing with ideas
drinking tequila... and maybe getting you to
beating you at Mercy
The first things people usually notice about me
smile, laugh, eyes, brain
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Favorite read in the last year: Between the World and Me. Previously: How We Decide, Black Ice, The Poisonwood Bible, Man's Search for Meaning... I tend to get more infatuated with ideas than books, honestly.
Movies: Pan's Laberynth, 25th Hour, You Can Count on Me, American Beauty, Smoke Signals, Six Degrees of Separation
Music: Rodrigo y Gabriela, Jose Gonzales, Imogen Heap, Chris Pureka, Tiesto... just starting to explore country, which I thought I'd never do.
Other: Radiolab, Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, TED Talks, the blog waitbutwhy (If you like this blog, I'm sure we'll enjoy each other's company)
The six things I could never do without
Meaningful work
Mascara (go ahead, judge.)
Natural beauty within running distance
Spell check
I spend a lot of time thinking about
everything... it's a problem
On a typical Friday night I am
The plan is to go to yoga before going out with friends (or out with you!) but truth be told, I'm not great at sticking to plans...
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I can’t spell to save my life (something that comes up often on my student evaluations), I get really bored with cooking and, despite teaching reading, I’d rather you summarized a book for me, or gifted it to me on iTunes, or—ideally—read it to me (but I’d be really happy to talk with you about the ideas in it at length).
You should message me if
you liked my profile
you also define as sapiosexual
you have a great TED talk or podcast you think I'd like. :-)
you agree that ghosting people is ridiculous and believe in direct communication
you're cool with meeting as friends and seeing what happens

Note: I've found match percentages to be really useful. If we are under a 90% match, you're working at a bit of a disadvantage. If we are under an 80% match, your message will most likely be filtered. Sorry! (It's a cold, hard world.)