42Rockville, United States
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My self-summary
I'm smart, energetic, a little opinionated, and slightly wacky (in a good way). I've spent most of my life on the west coast, and I'm too much off-center to be a proper east-coaster. I like my humor dry, preferably British. I have four cats and no, that is not too many. I'm fluent in both geek and nerd and remember when "online" involved a modem and a landline. I'm a quirky magpie who thinks giraffe print and houndstooth coordinate because they're both neutrals. (Right?) Despite my tendency to write dryly, I'm actually quite silly and sometimes laugh so hard I'm incapable of making any sound except for the occasional squeak.

I'm a girl of contrasts. I like to dress up for fine dining or the theatre and get filthy gardening in the rain (or a having a garden hose fight. I'm flexible.) I enjoy traveling near and far and getting cozy on my couch with my slanket (don't judge!), a cat or four, and my Netflix queue. I might jump on public benches and belt show tunes to stunned passers-by, and I might try to be invisible. I reenact history-as-a-fantasy and, as often as possible, indulge in modern luxury. My major passion is cooking. Specifically, I research and try to re-create pre-1600 recipes from around the world. I can also cook up a steak that is so good that you'll never want to grill again. Two things I fantasize about are someone taking me on a vacation I don't have to plan and a bookcase wall that pivots to reveal a secret lair.

And I'm attached. Happily. I'd love to make new friends, though - especially those who like cooking, gardening, and British teevee/movies.
What I’m doing with my life
Enjoying my dream job, living in my favorite metro area (so far), researching pre-1600 food, and acquiring more hobbies than I have time for.
I’m really good at
Dirtying every pot, pan, bowl, and baking dish in the kitchen in a shockingly short period of time.
The first things people usually notice about me
My smile and the mischievous eye twinkle.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Through the Looking Glass; We; The Screwfly Solution. Movies: The Great Race; Alice in Wonderland (original Disney cartoon); From Russia with Love.
Shows: The Amazing Race, Top Chef, Masterchef, Bluebloods, Major Crimes, and a bunch of stuff I won't admit to. (Sunglasses off.) Still mourning the loss of CSI: Miami. (Sunglasses on.)
Music: The playlist currently contains: electro, neo, and classic swing; 80s/90s techno; opera; bluegrass; Broadway (but not ALW - ick!); and odd covers of other songs ("Mr. Crowley" as a tango, anyone?).
Food: Nearly everything.
Six things I could never do without
Chocolate, hot showers, a good mattress, my playlist, a well-stocked library, and my bathrobe (it's fuzzy!)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Why would someone IM me to insist that I answered one of the personality questions incorrectly? Is this some sort of new flirting technique that I'm not aware of? The other person was very indignant that I had, in his mind, selected an improper response from the suggested list, and he delivered quite the scolding. I still laugh to myself when I think about it.
On a typical Friday night I am
I'm not sure I have typical Friday nights.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Very little is "private"; I'll answer nearly any question I'm asked (with exceptions, such as answers that would betray another's confidence.)
You should message me if
You want to be a part of whatever mischief I'm concocting that causes my eyes to twinkle so.
The two of us