34Palo Alto, United States
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My self-summary
I'm an East Coast transplant (lived in CT, NYC, MA, and PA) who has a probably unhealthy relationship with coffee and thinks that a night spent debating the finer plot points of a book is more fun than a loud bar. My sense of humor is pretty sarcastic; while I'd like to blame my energy on working with kids all day, I'm pretty sure it's just me.

I moved to the Bay Area seven (!) years ago to be near extended family and find a school-teaching job and I've loved it ever since.
What I’m doing with my life
I am an elementary school teacher and love the hilarious/frustrating/amazing things that my students do. If nothing else, it's an adventure every day!

Otherwise, I love to read, cook and play ultimate frisbee. I'm trying to get into the idea of running for fun--I've done three 5Ks and can't wait to do another.
I’m really good at
reading (almost anything)
baking cookies
building IKEA furniture
knowing the words to a song (especially if it's from a musical, too much theater in high school/college)
figuring out who did it in a crime show
having amusingly intellectual (or intellectually amusing) conversations
playing ultimate frisbee
using parenthetical asides
The first things people usually notice about me
my sense of humor (sarcastic but well-meaning). Also, I guess I'm kind of tall?
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: I'm criminally good at borrowing books from the library and sheepishly returning them late. I'm in the middle of reading "What I Talk About When I Talk about Running" by Haruki Murakami.

Other favorites include American Gods, A Song of Ice and Fire series, the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Nero Wolfe mysteries, anything Sherlock Holmes and a hold over nostalgia for Stephen King novels (I was a morbid 12 year old apparently). I also have a renewed love of all the little kid picture books I read as a child and now reread to the first graders. My non-fiction tastes run to the historical or the food/culture vein--Michael Pollan is highly quotable as well as readable.

Plays: RENT, Jersey Boys, Coram Boy, Avenue Q, Sweeney Todd, and I really want to see The Lion King sometime (the extravagance when Disney can throw money at a musical is kind of incredible). I love going to see BATS Improv in SF as well as ComedySportz in San Jose. Can't wait to see what amazing unknown play experience will be my favorite next month!

Shows: U2 is mind-blowing, Dar Williams is a great time, fairly recently saw Pat Benatar and Steve Miller Band at Shoreline (wow) and would (only slightly jokingly) kill someone to see Mumford and Sons live.

Movies: Casablanca, V for Vendetta, Clue, LA Confidential, The Usual Suspects, Sherlock Holmes, Iron Man, Gattaca, Labyrinth, Charade, Shawshank Redemption, Star Trek, Brick, Inception, The Brothers Bloom, all of the Muppet movies. I'm more of a drama/action fan and I love seeing movies in theaters!

Shows: Criminal Minds, Elementary, Grimm, NCIS, Top Chef, So You Think You Can Dance, Avatar: the Last Airbender, and (only somewhat ironically) in love with the Food Network.

Online: TED talks--especially this one ( and this (, xkcd, food blogs, so many awesome things to read and learn about (and sometimes waste time with, let's be honest).

Music: Mumford & Sons, Florence + the Machine, Vienna Teng, Dar Williams, My Chemical Romance, The Civil Wars, Avett Brothers, the Beatles, the Who, Paul Simon, classical (Bach and Handel over Beethoven), Broadway soundtracks ;)

Food: Great fondness for Italian and Chinese food, huge frequenter of the many different Mexican places around Palo Alto/Mountain View. My go-to comfort food might have to be roast chicken and a baked potato. Dessert? Definitely something with chocolate :o)
Six things I could never do without
a book
a pillow
my cat, Perry. And bonus for dog people: he's a cat that plays fetch, the best of both worlds!
I spend a lot of time thinking about
what book I should check out from the library
what email I should send my friends to plan our next party/trip/event
why people either seem to love or hate cilantro
On a typical Friday night I am
either out with my friends (an excellently nerdy bunch who enjoy ultimate frisbee, board games, karaoke and other hilarity) or hanging at home decompressing from working with the crazy fun (and crazy high energy) kids.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I have more books than pairs of shoes.
You should message me if
you found this amusing. Or if you'd care to debate the need for more classic novels to have zombies in them. Or if you want to get a cup of coffee :)
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