I taught elementary music for two years, in two very different schools, and while I loved working with kids and teaching music, the politics, over-testing, and anxious parents were emotionally and physically draining. As of summer 2016, I started a career in learning services at a software company, and I'm currently developing online courses for clinicians in England who use our healthcare products. I'm much better rested, I'm learning new things everyday, I'm surrounded by my fellow nerds, and at the end of the day, I'm in Cambridge, often with enough energy to grab a drink or a meal before I take the T home. Life is good, and I'm ready to meet more people!
Now that I'm not teaching, my voice is in better shape, so I'm singing in several choirs in my free time as well!
My life has been insanely busy. The last time I was even on OKC was like October. Spring break is giving me a moment to breathe, so I figured I'd update my profile!
... and since several people have already asked, I play viola and violin, I've learned a little cello, and I'm trying to learn piano and guitar. I guess only two of those fall under "good at," but it was an easy place to answer the question!
In order to understand how to teach them, I also learned how to play a little trombone, clarinet, and saxophone last year. Anyone who has ever played a wind instrument will understand me when I say that my mouth/lips were in a constant state of confusion. Three different embouchures plus singing=jaw tension!
Otherwise, I'm a decent cook, I can dance pretty well considering I don't have any training, I can walk in heels like a boss, and I'm a fairly good writer although I can never finish a story (clearly not my career even if I enjoy it). If it's artsy, I can probably tackle it decently, and the same goes for intellectual endeavors. If you don't like smart women, ease on down to another OKC page because I'm not very good at playing an airhead, even if I may have my ditzy moments.
Movies: Avengers, Pitch Perfect (what can I say- I was in college a cappella so it's hilarious), LOTR, X-Men, anything with Heath Ledger, Braveheart, Robin Hood Men In Tights, Princess Bride...
TV Shows: S.H.I.E.L.D., Newsroom, Doctor Who, Sherlock, Firefly, Castle, HIMYM, Arrested Development, Veronica Mars, True Blood, Game of Thrones, So You Think You Can Dance, Archer, and of course The Daily Show/Colbert Report.
Food: I love good food a little too much, because it's a big money sucker to eat at nice restaurants all the time, or to cook with really good produce, but it's worth it. I like Asian food quite a bit , whether it be Chinese (Szechuan mainly), Sushi, or Thai (drunken noodles, anyone?). I've lived in Morocco for a semester, so if it's really high quality I love me some couscous or tajine. I also live by the ocean most summers, so I will always appreciate good seafood. Otherwise, I like trying different kinds of food, and I love to spice it up.
Music: I have saved this for last, since it's kind of a big deal around here. As a classical musician, I of course enjoy a variety of classical composers, especially Stravinsky, Barber, Tchaikovsky, and Beethoven, but I am open to any type of music. I love classic rock (Led Zeppelin, Styx, Aerosmith, etc), but I'm more recently fond of bluegrass and folk music. I enjoy dancing to anything with a good beat, so I'll listen to pop if I feel like shaking my tail-feather. Lately I've been getting more into EDM as a friend has taken me to a few concerts, and it's been a blast.
Fruit (the more tropical, the better)
Cheese (Yes I used up three on food I know, but Cabot Extra Sharp Cheddar please)
NPR and 538 politics podcasts (now I take the T, I listen to the radio less, so podcasts more), plus Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me
(Now that I'm older, the previous sentence is a little exaggerated- I still love dancing, but my friends tend to do more house parties now, so clubbing is more of a rarity.)
Or if you just think you'd like hanging out with me/trying other fun things together.
Or just because you feel like it :)
PS If your message could have been copy-pasted to any profile, I will not respond. So if you got to this note, you're probably going to be ok!