31 Falls Church, United States
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My self-summary
Full disclosure: I'm planning to leave the area sometime around next february. Still interested in meeting up with those who enjoy meeting new people and sharing interesting stories, but not looking to start anything long-term right now.

I enjoy solving problems, putting things in order, coming up with elegant solutions. This applies to life, work, crosswords, and kenken. So much kenken. I have a theory that one path to modern happiness is to find an area where you really enjoy and are good at solving the problems that come up, whether that's business, tech, healthcare, childcare, whatever, and then build a career/life in that area.

One of my hobbies is trying to find places/vistas with no signs of civilization. I'm happier outside, but hate being cold.

I'm finding that my life just keeps getting better, and I can't wait to see what happens next.
What I’m doing with my life
I live, work, and volunteer all within my local community, which I find personally satisfying. Life is sweeter when I feel that I'm actively making the world better, and through experience I've found that I enjoy doing this on a micro (person to person) level rather than on a policy level.

A few years ago I started lifting weights to help with the back pain I was having at work. Unlike running, which I do with the same enthusiasm as a kid forced to eat vegetables, I found I really enjoy lifting. So that's a thing I do now.

I've never been to Peru and I've never run a marathon. I have no immediate plans to do either.
I’m really good at
I can walk up mountains with a heavy pack on my back. I can name all the US presidents in chronological order, all of the US states in alphabetical order, and all of the countries in the world in, um, geographical order. I think I'm pretty good at my job, which is nice because I need to pay rent sometimes.

I'm bad at telling non-punny jokes. Sorry/not saree.
The first things people usually notice about me
My hair, when I wear it down.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Anything by Neil Gaiman, Orson Scott Card, Douglas Adams or Ann Patchett, the His Dark Materials series, and many more. Discworld. I'm one of the few people I know who devours novels rather than non-fiction, and will often re-read ones I've already enjoyed.

Shows: Kara Thrace is my spirit animal, the Doctor is my companion, and Janeway is my captain. Mal Reynolds leads me into battle.

Music: Tab Benoit, Lumineers, Hoots and Hellsmouth, Old Crow Medicine Show, and The Devil Makes Three are my current jams. I'll rock out to some taylor swift though, just see if I won't!
The six things I could never do without
Sunshine, stories, laughter, curiosity, dessert, and family
I spend a lot of time thinking about
What it means to be a good person and how to live a good life.

How to keep the wide view and remember that in the end we are all in this together, huddled on a lonely rock hurtling through space.
On a typical Friday night I am
This is probably the worst question on this profile. How to answer it? Do I lie to try and make myself sound exciting (I go skydiving every Friday after work!)? Do I answer it honestly ("Friday" changes every week because I work random 12-hour shifts)? Or do I say something coy (ask me out and see what I say!)?

Nevermind on that last one. If there's one thing I'm terrible at, it's being coy. I'm about as straight-forward as they come.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm learning that I'm not actually a shy person, more of an introvert who's figured out how to imitate an extrovert.
You should message me if
you want to meet for drinks! Or whitewater rafting, or unicorn hunting, or cliff jumping. I'm open to ideas. Comedy show? Live story telling? Star gazing? I'm your gal. But...I'll probably want to meet somewhere public and somewhat crowded first, just until you convince me you're not a serial killer.