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My self-summary
I was born and raised a military brat, primarily in Germany, which I consider to be my first home. Then I received my English and Theater degrees at NMSU and taught public school in New Mexico, which I consider to be my second home. Now I've been attempting to grow some roots in Seattle for the past 8+ years. My extended family lives mostly in Puerto Rico, the mother land!

I graduated with my Master's degree in Teaching from UW in June 2012, then landed an unexpected job in an unrelated field, although I still get to educate. I am taking it as a positive opportunity to discover a new path in life by remaining open to any and all possibilities. I absolutely love my job!

I enjoy learning - reading, mainly fiction, but I dabble in philosophy, history, or science - writing - bicycling - theater - singing - dancing - traveling, whether internationally or a local road trip adventure - teaching - hiking/backpacking - water activities, e.g. kayaking, white water rafting - roller coasters - film - friendship - food - being a child at heart - finding ways to make my friends and my (hypothetical) partner happy. :)
What I’m doing with my life
I am a Cancer Information Specialist and Tobacco Cessation Counselor at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Awesome work being done there. I love being a part of it. I can also be found performing with the Seattle Men's Chorus from time to time.

I am getting much more serious about fitness, now that I am in my 30s and the amazing metabolism that has allowed me to eat anything I want and sit on my ass all day is beginning to dwindle. I have started to get into bicycling, having trained and ridden in Fred Hutch's annual Obliteride fundraiser two years in a row. I completed the Warrior Dash last year and hope to do something like it again this year. I am a member of Orange Theory fitness, which has been awesome! Along with all that, I am learning how to best adjust my diet for a much healthier lifestyle overall.
I’m really good at
I am good at showing kindness, compassion, and empathy. Listening. Communicating. Basically, all the things that I need to do my job well.
I am great with maps, which pairs well with my kick-ass road trip/vacation planning skills.
I will be the best sous chef you've ever had. At the very least, I will be very enthusiastic about cooking with you.
I am really, really good at wine tasting.
I don't know if I'm good at my artistic interests, but I enjoy them. These include singing, performing, playing the sax, etc.
The first things people usually notice about me
I truly don't know, but someone did give me this amazing compliment once: "If a smile made a sound, it would be the sound of your voice." That was really sweet.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Currently enjoying dystopian & scifi fiction. Most recently read (and loved) Ready Player One. Working my way through the Wool trilogy now.
Movies: Too many to mention. I enjoy funny or otherwise uplifting movies with heart, whether in comedy or drama form. I love it when a movie offers me a good cathartic cry.
Shows: RuPaul's Drag Race, Downton Abbey (you know, just the classy stuff)
Music: eclectic...
Food: Italian, German, Puerto Rican, Mediterranean, and southern comfort/soul food
Six things I could never do without
My laptop, or other means of writing
Amusement parks
My friends
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Where I want to travel next, and how I can get there.
On a typical Friday night I am
Either resting from a busy and exhausting week, or figuring out something fun and chill to do with my friends.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I love Disney. And the holiday season. Yeah, I know...I can't help it. At least I got that off my chest early.
You should message me if
- You are a sweet, genuine person who wants to make a real connection
- You enjoy travel and adventure
- You are a romantic at heart
- You appreciate the arts and have the ability to humor deep philosophical conversations every now and then
- You have maintained a youthful sense of wonder
- OR maybe you just want to have a coffee. :)
The two of us