34 Galesburg, United States
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My self-summary
I like being upfront and honest. I'm not looking for anything casual. Being nonmonogamous and being not serious are different things. Don't panic! I won't try to propose on the second date or anything. I just mean that if serious relationships aren't an option for you, we'd both be wasting our time. FYI: my version of nonmonogamy only includes sexual nonmonogamy, not romantic and only after a firm primary relationship has been established. Maybe that will change someday but right now I'm pretty set on it.

I am looking for someone who fits in the life I'm already pretty happy with. To that end, I present some immutable facts about me.

1. Animals are very important to me. I will always have cats.
2. I'm probably smarter than you. That's not hyperbole, just statistics. I'm also a compulsive teacher.
3. I'm apparently much more optimistic and patient than most people. Sometimes this gets me in trouble but usually it's a good thing.
4. My very large extended family is part of this package. I don't have kids and don't want them but I have literally hundreds of cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
5. I am weird and I prefer to surround myself with weird people. Do you: break out in random song, see humor in placing a gnome in your bathroom that stares at people when they pee, or cosplay? We might just get along. Everything can be funny. I laugh all the time.
6. I'm about as liberal as they come. I like to talk politics. I am a pacifist, a socialist and a feminist.
7. I do not care for sports, hunting, guns, cars or the military. If any of those are important to you, please move along.
8. I have a platonic life partner. He is my ex. He is part of the package. Feel free to ask me about this.
9. I'm a giant nerd. Cosplay, LARP, conventions, you name it. My particular passion is tabletop games, though I enjoy video games as well.
10. I like a lot of alone time.

So what am I looking for in a partner? First and foremost, a serious sense of humor. Life is too important to be taken seriously. I find that in order to see the funny, people need to be smart, clever, well informed and to a degree, risk takers. Ambition is important. I don't believe anyone ever reaches their full potential. There is always some way to be better. The desire to keep working on yourself and the world around you is very attractive. Kindness is vital. I will totally judge you by the way you treat the wait staff.
What I’m doing with my life
I am passionate about science and teaching. I place a high value on education. I have a B.S. in zoology, a B.A. in psychology and an M.S.Ed. in Environmental Education.

I'm a teacher.Currently subbing, I'll be starting school to get my certificate next month. I have plans to build a Tiny House. I want to move to England to teach.

In my free time I make things. Usually things you can eat or wear.
I’m really good at
I sew, knit, cross stitch, make jewelry and decorate cakes.
I'm good at finding the humor in most things.
Absorbing information.
Being passionate.
Being compassionate.
Being honest.
Problem solving.
Seeing the big picture.
Finding patterns.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
TV: Dr. Who, Sherlock, Black Books, The IT Crowd, Kingdom, Star Trek: TNG, ER, SuperNatural, Eureka, Firefly, Inuyasha, The L Word, Queer as Folk, anything Narrated by David Attenborough, The Joy of Painting, Better Off Ted, Stranger Things, OITNB, David the Gnome, Veronica Mars

Authors/Poets/Books: Terry Pratchett is my favorite author and I have a minor obsession with Discworld. Douglas Adams is also at the top of my list. Anne Rice (before she got all religious). Neil Gaiman. Saul Williams and Robert Frost. The Color Purple, Walden Two, House of Leaves, Tuck Everlasting, The Boxcar Children, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pitman, The Year of Living Biblically. I like short stories, especially ghost and horror stories. It's rare that I read a book I really don't like. A few of the stand outs: Redwall, Steinbeck (The Grapes of Wrath wasn't bad but The Pearl was awful), Lonesome Dove (It was great until I discovered it had no ending), Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison.

Movies: The Goonies, What Dreams May Come, Hotel Rwanda, The Life of David Gale, The Game, Neverwhere, Silent Hill

Music: Bush, Nirvana, Presidents of the USA, Barenaked Ladies, Maroon 5, Billy Holiday, Janis Joplin, The Beatles, John Mayer, The Tossers, Green Day, old Metallica, Regina Spektor, Alanis Morissette, Michael Buble, Weird Al, Twin Atlantic, Fallout Boy, Tom Waits, Gregorian Monk Chants, Credence Clearwater Revival, Ella Fitzgerald, Garth Brooks, Third Eye Blind, Candlebox, Matchbox 20

Food: Carbs. Pasta, potatoes, bread, chocolate. I also really like sushi, coffee, good wine, Guiness and vegetables (pretty much all of them).
The six things I could never do without
1. Family. I come from a huge family and we are fairly close. If you want to be with me, you have to get along with them as well.

2. Books. I love the smell of libraries.

3. Pets (preferably cats)

4. Laughter. Everything can be funny. Nothing is sacred.

5. Science. There is order to the universe and if you test it properly you can discover it.

6. Chocolate. I'm a girl.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
My future. My optimism gets me in trouble sometimes.
What makes people tick.
What else I can train a dog to do.
How to make things.
On a typical Friday night I am
I like to try new restaurants, new beers, and I'm trying to make myself meet new people. I like to go for walks in the park after dark. Mostly though, I like to stay home, watch TV, play games and nap.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
One time I got stuck in quicksand and had to be rescued by firefighters.

I can blow bubbles with my eye.
You should message me if
You've gotten this far. Don't be shy.

A note to the guys: Want to make your profile better?
1) Post close up pictures of your face WITHOUT hats or sunglasses and not taken in a bathroom.
2) Fix ALL the typos. Use complete sentences with proper grammar, spelling, capitalization and punctuation.
3) DON'T use the following terms: laid back, easy going, "females" (Ugh! We're not cattle!), lonely (you'll seem desperate), I hate online dating/making a profile (why are you here then?)
4) Write about what makes you unique. What are your goals? What do you value? Show off that sense of humor.