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My self-summary
I guess I should update this again. I try to keep it fresh and change things up every few months.

So you want to know who I am in as few words as possible. Difficult but I'll attempt the task. I most recently was a zookeeper at the Houston Zoo. But, I suck at the political game and offended a higher up. Mistakes were made and now I'm looking for my next path. I'm a dog owner and snake owner. I'm a reluctant graduate student. I'm an only child, who is not spoiled. I am a non-athletic tom boy who never wears makeup and likes camping more than dramatic movies. I'm an adventurer who hasn't had the opportunity to try everything I want to try. I'm a cautious risk taker who once sold all my belongings to move to Alaska to work on crab boats. And never regretted a moment of it.

I want to visit every continent (4 left), skydive, SCUBA dive, hanglide, rock climb, back pack across the Outback...basically experience all this world has to offer...and more. I can think of few challenges in this world that I wouldn't undertake. And many that I would pay to do. I'm working on getting more physically capable of doing some of the more active dreams I have. To that end, I'm working out and losing weight.

I'm pretty low maintenance. I've never asked if an outfit made my butt look too big and I don't care if you glance at a hot chick. As long as you're not a pig about it that is. :) I don't play fact I've been accused of being too blunt.

Things I like to do: read, watch TV and movies, go to festivals and ride roller coasters, travel, train animals, ride motorcycles and pretty much anything you can imagine that gets me out of the house.

Things I'd like to do: learn a foreign language, visit all 7 continents, travel the world, skydive, swim with the manatees, fly in a jet, move to Scotland (or Anchorage).

I am full of integrity, reserved (not shy), and trying new things
What I’m doing with my life
Looking for a new path to follow. I like to be constantly challenged and find that I stagnate in a job after a few years. I was a zookeeper, and I truly love the work. But, there is a little bit of a political angle I hadn't expected at my most recent position, and I messed up my chances to move up there. So, now I'm jobless (involuntarily... sexy, right?) and looking at my options. I have a back up plan (and no, it's not called Operation Sugar Daddy), and am implementing it even as I look for something that excites me.

I'm also a reluctant graduate student. After nearly dying in Alaska, I was shipped home to my father's in Houston where I was laid up for a while. So, I thought I might as well get that Masters degree. And now I'm too far to quit, so I'm kinda stuck. It WILL help me in the long run, so not a BAD decision, but one that means I will be in debt for the rest of my life.
I’m really good at
Anything to do with animals: training, soothing, feeding, etc. Oh, and noticing seemingly random patterns...not a marketable skill, but hey. Making really sarcastic comments during movies. And reading about 20 books a month. I'm also decent at cross-stitching, probably my ONLY stereotypically domestic skill.

I'd like to try all sorts of new things, like skydiving, rock climbing and spelunking. Any other ideas?
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm not really sure. I have a larger butt than is proportional to my body, so people probably notice that. I have brown hair with artificially added red low lights and green eyes. I have been told I have a nice smile.

I've been told I have a standoffish vibe...and I'm trying to fix that. I have no idea why people see me as standoffish. I am outgoing and enjoy meeting people. I'm making more of an effort to put forth an open demeanor and welcome people.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
A. There's so many, I'll just do the top 10 authors (in no particular order) Terry Goodkind, JK Rowling (Harry Potter), Dan Brown, Raymond Feist, Laurell K Hamilton, Dean Koontz, Geoffrey Chaucer, Sherilyn Kenyon, Iris Johanson and Jeffrey Deaver. I like urban fantasy and romance and mysteries. I find that even the most predictable plot still has some facet, some detail I never knew before. I learn in the most fun way possible, by escaping to a new world and benefitting from the author's research.

B. Again, 10 of my top faves: True Lies, Con Air, Harry Potter (I know there's more than one, but they only count as one for my list), Constantine, Emperor's New Groove, Lethal Weapon, The Mummy, 10 Things I Hate About You, Avatar (visually just stunning), and What Dreams May Come.

C. I listen to a wide variety (like everyone else). One of my mix CDs has Three Days Grace, Puddle of Mud, Josh Groban, Green Day, Anna Nalick and Godsmack, if that gives you a clue. The last CD I bought was Muse, and I love it.

D. Italian, Chinese, Thai, Greek...Mexican...anything really. Although, due to my recent bout of seasickness (which was incredibly severe) I have to be very careful with what I eat.

Six things I could never do without
Friends, my pets, my viola, good food, books and visual stimulation (movies or Tv).

The truth is...there't not a lot I can never do without (beyond the trite obvious food and air and water crap). I've gone without most of the above before and survived. I'm very social and affectionate friends and family are a definite must for my well-being.

I spend a lot of time thinking about
What it takes to find someone in this day and age. Computers are not really the best way for me to make an impression, and I'm very reserved when I first meet people, so I am slow to warm and be warmed to. I haven't been in a relationship in over 5 years, and I don't know why that is. Is everyone so shallow that only the mega-hot get even a shot? I don't want to believe that, but on-line is a very shallow arena to meet. You can't impress someone with your wit and charisma if you do better in person.

Also been thinking more about what I'm looking for in a relationship. I've discovered that affection (hand holding and cuddling at least some of the time) is a big must. I like to hug and sit close and all that sort of thing. That's not to say that I want to be attached at the hip to any man I'm dating...not in the least. I find that as obnoxious as anyone! Even if we're not exclusive, and just dating, you know? It's just so much a part of who I am.

On a typical Friday night I am
I don't like schedules. I avoid them when I can. There is no typical Friday night for me. If a friend calls up and wants to do pretty much ANYthing, I'm game for it. I do whatever strikes my fancy whenever it strikes my fancy (unless obligations such as job or family do not allow it).
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm pretty low maintenance. I don't freak out if my man glances at a hot chick...hell, chances are I'm glancing at the hot guy next to her. That's just life. Look, but don't touch. I don't demand constant attention. Ideally, I'd like to be in a committed relationship with a single person of the male persuasion who is affectionate without being clingy. I'm also an animal lover so I will always have a variety of animals, so my man must love animals!
You should message me if
you like boardgames such as Cranium or Trivial Pursuit. If you need a movie buddy or a book club pal. If you love animals and traveling. If you have a great sense of humor and can laugh at the world. If you like to camp or geocache. If you have a suggestion for something I should try in life.
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