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My self-summary
Iowa girl just moved back to the Midwest after four years away. Excited to be back in a part of the country that cares about college football and cornfields.

I'm committed to making the world a better place, and want to work on gender-based violence issues. I meet deadlines, I run on time, and I take my responsibilities seriously. I also love to laugh, be ridiculous, and generally have a really positive outlook on life. I love to dance (even though I'm not any good at it) I tend to chair dance when working at a desk. I don't like loud bars generally (although I'm not strictly opposed), I prefer more chill places where I can actually talk with people or shoot a game of pool.

I love traveling, but now that I'm finally settled into a full time job instead of living the grad school life I don't get to do as much of it as I like. My favorite place that I got to live for a while was Ramallah, Palestine.

I enjoy going to the movies, my favorite are action or superhero movies (very excited about this new Superman movie featuring Batman, although still very dubious about the casting). But I also like a good evening of Netflix binging on the couch with a glass of wine, especially once it gets too cold to spend a lot of time outside.

I also love college football, my user name is a homage to my favorite team. Fall is definitely my favorite season.

I am happy, focused, and honest.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm a lawyer at a non-profit. I just moved to the area and am trying to find a social life here and explore generally. I'm enjoying biking the Fox River trail, and intramural sports around the area.

Currently getting back into playing ice hockey now that I live in an area with an ice rink, not any good, but I love to play. I'll join any intramural sport that will have me and my fairly uncoordinated self, I just really enjoy team sports.

I spent time in college and law school living/studying/working/wandering around the Middle East/Africa, and hope to make it back there eventually, although I still don't know how that fits into my picture of the future.
I’m really good at
Laughing. I love to laugh and I have a very low bar for what I find funny. My friends say they feel funnier when they're around me.
The first things people usually notice about me
My laugh, you'll probably hear me before you see me.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Jane Eyre, Harry Potter series, Ender's Game series, Their Eyes Were Watching God, East of Eden, Cry the Beloved Country, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Alchemist, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Everything is Illuminated, Plainsong, The Color Purple, the Game of Thrones series.

Movies: Wedding Crashers, Crash, Erbs am Halb Sechts, Dot the I, Boondocks Saints, Fight Club, Spiderman I and II, Casino Royal, Lucky Number Slevin, Star Wars (the originals), Indiana Jones (the first three), The Fugitive, Fried Green Tomatoes, The Three Muskateers, When the Wind Shakes the Barley

TV: The West Wing (I could watch seasons 1-4 on repeat for the rest of eternity possibly), Doctor Who, Castle, How I Met Your Mother, NCIS, Law & Order (regular and SVU), Downton Abbey, Bones (a recent addition to my TV watching, the ridiculous gore in the opening scenes cracks me up), Game of Thrones.

Music: I love country music, more a fan of stuff from the 90s and earlier, Garth Brooks will always be my favorite country singer. But I also enjoy pop, oldies, some rock, etc. Snow Patrol is perhaps my favorite band of all time.

Food: I'll try just about anything. Ethiopian (injara is just so tasty), Vietnamese, and Middle Eastern cuisines are among my favorite. Also, there's almost nothing that beats a good cheeseburger.
Six things I could never do without
1. Learning (doesn't matter what, education is everything).
2. Family/Friends (they keep me sane, happy and going strong).
3. Communication
4. Music (I listen to music no matter what I'm doing).
5. Good food/cooking
6. Strawberries
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Ways to reduce gender-based violence on a community scale. I believe it's possible to keep survivors safe if community partners are willing to engage. I really do spend a lot of time thinking about this.
On a typical Friday night I am
There is a good chance I'm at the movies (I love going to the movies, I'll even go alone when other people are busy). Trying to find someone to go to concerts with me possibly. Otherwise maybe a lazy evening at home, making dinner, who knows!
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I have a (totally irrational) fear of walking down stairs.
You should message me if
You're going to write more then one word. No really, if your message consist of only "hey" or "hello", or any other one word messages, I'm not even going to look any further. I'm not asking for a novel, just a complete sentence. On the plus side it helps me weed out people who never even bothered to read my profile.

You're relatively happy person and would like to get coffee or a beer something similar (I actually don't like coffee, but it sounds better than "let's get a diet coke"). Also, you should have some interest in the world around you, politics (domestic or international), or you've traveled, or want to travel, etc.
The two of us