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My self-summary
Here are some fun facts about me...

I've been on a game show and lost; I've experienced a volcanic eruption, an earthquake, and a grasshopper swarm; I've had a meeting at 13,000 feet without leaving the office; Adam Duritz of the Counting Crows helped me write a paper in college; I've climbed the Due Torri and to the top of Notre Dame, sailed around Santorini on a catamaran, and walked through the streets of Kyoto dressed as a geisha (sans makeup); and I hope this is only the beginning.

Now for more pertinent information...

I've been in NWA for almost two years but I spent my whole adult life working and living in New York so I'm a NYC girl at heart. I'm a fraternal twin who is very close to my family. I like traveling near and far, trying new restaurants or recipes, exercising (to offset the restaurants and recipes), curling up with a good book (indoors or out), cheering on my sports teams (either live or from a bar stool or my couch) and catching up on my DVR on rainy weekend mornings.

I'm looking for someone who can make me laugh, someone who can challenge me to try new things, someone who hopefully likes to stay active and fit, someone with whom I can enjoy long conversations as well as long silences, and someone who appreciates me for both my best and worst qualities.

There's a lot more to know about me so feel free to ask.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm a creative services account manager at a photo studio/design/digital agency after years in the magazine industry.
I’m really good at
Scrabble, trivia, and holding myself in plank position. I'm a fairly decent dancer. I can carry a tune but only minimally while doing karaoke (odd, I know). I consider myself a good cook-- I make a great turkey burger, butternut squash risotto, and sausage & spinach gnocchi...but I'm still trying to perfect my crab cakes. I'm really good at meeting new people and making them feel welcome. And I've been told I'm an excellent friend.
The first things people usually notice about me
I would have to say my eyes and/or my smile. But you'll have to tell me over a drink whether or not that's true.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Short version of a long list: The Fountainhead, The Count of Monte Cristo (but only the unabridged version), the Harry Potter series, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, People of the Book (I love books about books), the Art of Racing in the Rain.

I love movies. I love smart humor, epic genre films, and watching stuff blow up. I even enjoy the occasional double-hanky film. Here are a few just to give you an idea:
Classics: It's a Wonderful Life, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Terms of Endearment (while not a classic in the strictest sense of the word, it still gets the most visceral reaction from me every time I watch it)
80's films I know all of the words to: The Goonies, Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Footloose, Clue
Movies I will watch every time they're on TV: The American President, Love Actually, The Shawshank Redemption
Fairly Recent: Imitation Game, Boyhood, Citizenfour
And I love a good trilogy or series like Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, Harry Potter, and LOTR; Can't wait for the new Star Wars Trilogy. JJ Abrams can do no wrong.

TV Shows: a few of my must-not-miss shows are: The Americans, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Orphan Black. I'm loving Transparent and Catastrophe on Amazon. And I'm currently mourning the loss of Mad Men and The Daily Show. I still pine for Breaking Bad, Fringe, The West Wing, LOST, ALIAS and Friday Night Lights

As far as music goes, if I can put it on my iPod and it will get me through my run or my workout, then I love it. I love 80's cheese and 90's hair bands for karaoke. But I'm always looking for new tunes so I welcome suggestions.

Food: (I'm a huge fan) cheese, guacamole, wine of any color, key lime pie, anything spicy, anything chocolate & peanut butter, brunch on Sundays, burgers & beers while watching sports. I am always on a quest for the perfect plate of nachos. I also like to cook so hopefully you can at least boil water.
Six things I could never do without
The obvious: my family, my friends, my iProducts, a great book, my passport, and a great bottle of wine

The not-so-obvious: key lime pie, jigsaw puzzles, my sister's backyard, a day without an alarm clock, morning movies, and sunscreen (I'm very fair!)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The state of the world, my next meal, and why so many men on this site don't smile in their profile photos!
On a typical Friday night I am
My Friday night plans usually depend on how my week treated me.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I was a Hot Box Dancer when I was younger. Bonus points if you know what that means without Googling it.
You should message me if
If you can make me laugh. If you know where to find a good plate of nachos. If you find anything I've said remotely interesting. If you can make me laugh. Oh, I said that already...but it's important enough to say twice.
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