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My self-summary
I grew up in New Berlin outside Milwaukee visiting the library a lot and spending my free time reading, climbing trees and playing with my dog and guinea pig. Now I work as a UW grad student in physics, and spend my free time with friends, reading, riding horses, playing frisbee, baking, and playing games.
I find that I don't get on here that often, so if you should happen to message me and don't hear back from awhile, it's been a crazy summer and I am behind on returning emails in general, so I may have just not had a chance to reply yet.
What I’m doing with my life
I just finished my PhD in physics in July 2014. I've been teaching at UW Fox Valley since then, physics and astronomy. Other than that, keeping in touch with friends, hanging out with my dog, seeing family, and keeping active with hobbies. I also am active in community theater musicals.
I’m really good at
Well, I'm good at science. It's what I do. On a related note, I'm good at and enjoy explaining science to people. I like to find phrasings and wordings that people can understand easily. Also I enjoy making analogies for science concepts to help relate them to everyday experiences.

I have a lot of hobbies and interests, and I'm good at them but probably not really good at them for the most part. But perhaps I'll get there eventually. A few are:
Horseback riding (hunt seat style - English)
Ultimate Frisbee
Reading (well I guess that's one I'm good at with no caveats; being a reader was one of my most well-known qualities as a kid and still to the present)
Some things I used to do better than I do now, but can still do moderately well:
Playing piano
Things I am not that good at but am learning:
Playing the viola
Playing the guitar
Ballroom dancing
Horseback riding (dressage)
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm not too sure. Generally I'm not overly talkative when I first meet someone, so I assume they don't notice me too much. Perhaps they might notice my long hair, or if it's wintertime that I have a lot of layers on. I do my best to stay warm when it's cold out. I have occasionally been told that my eyes are interesting to look at (being kind of layered in colors), but I hardly think most people would notice that unless talking to me for a fair amount of time.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I love the Little Women books...I also have a lot of childhood books that I enjoy re-reading. Many of these involve people who have dogs or horses. I have read and continue to read a lot of books about the Apollo missions. I like historical fiction. Oh and the Lord of the Rings. And Narnia. I enjoy wilderness-survival type books, like Swiss Family Robinson and My Side of the Mountain. There are several series of Christian fiction that I like.

The last year or so I've been doing a lot of reading about education. Issues such as achievement gaps, education policy, school choice, racial issues in education, failing schools, teacher evaluations, standardized and otherwise testing, and so forth, are things I'm really digging into and trying to gain real understanding about. I hope to learn enough that maybe I can do something to help with the situation one day.

Movies...lots of good ones. I like the Princess Diaries, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, LOTR, the Sound of Music, Remember the Titans, Good Will Hunting, Star Wars, and many more.

TV - I have recently been watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which is excellent...I also enjoy Merlin, Sherlock, Downton Abbey, Psych, Monk, The West Wing, Gilmore Girls, Glee, Stargate SG1, The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, The Cosby Show, Home Improvement, Pushing Daisies. I will add in Dr. Horrible's Singalong Blog since it doesn't quite have a real category. I really enjoy a number of TV shows, but I like the ones that are well done and have good characters and deal with important issues. It's not a matter of blobbing on the couch and turning off my brain. *ahem* reality tv...(ugh).

Musicals is not a category, but I love Rent, Wicked, 9 to 5, and the Lion King. Also A Very Potter Musical and its sequel, amateur musicals only viewable online which are simply hilarious. I haven't seen that many musicals yet but I enjoy musical theater a great deal. :) Very much looking forward to seeing The Book of Mormon in Chicago sometime while they're there, the Les Mis movie, and the Les Mis musical which will be performed in Madison next fall. My most recent musical obsession is Next to Normal which is just excellent.

Music - quite a range, I guess. I enjoy a lot of musical theater people's albums; you probably haven't heard of Idina Menzel, Kristin Chenoweth, Stephanie J. Block, Shoshana Bean, Sutton Foster...
Perhaps you know Josh Groban, and presumably Coldplay. If you haven't heard Emily Bear's music, you should. She's a young piano prodigy, about 10 now I think.
I also love Sarah McLachlan's music, and enjoy Owl City for light, peppy music. I enjoy classical music although I like it best live.
Then there's some oldies; Jars of Clay, Caedmon's Call, Switchfoot...

I like mostly what I refer to as "normal food..." this typically encompasses traditional American food plus the most common types of various ethnic foods. I tend to prefer to know what all the things in a dish are and be able to say their names without having to speak French. I like simple food that tastes good, but I do enjoy trying new foods too.
Six things I could never do without
My family
My friends
An occasional visit to a forest
I spend a lot of time thinking about
So many things...let's see. I think about my plans for the future, whether next week or next year. I think about my family and friends and who it's been a while since I talked to. Honestly, I spend time thinking about different dog breeds I'd like to own one day and sometimes what suitable names would be. I think about what songs I'd like to try to play on my viola or guitar, and the songs I want to learn that I heard on Glee this week. I think about problems in the world like injustice and inequity, and how they might be fixed. Then I think about how big those problems are and how little I can do. Then I remind myself that I can only do what I can do, but I ought to do what I can do. I think about how I can be a good aunt to my niece and nephew and big sister to my little brother.
On a typical Friday night I am
hanging out with friends, playing games or watching movies. Occasionally at the theater or orchestra. Or sitting home reading about issues, or discussing them with friends, if it's one of those philosophical types of Friday nights. ;)
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I talk to my pets. :)

Also. Come on now. People, this question asks what is the most private thing you ARE willing to admit. Perhaps this is something innocuous like you like pizza. It's not very private, but it may be the most private thing you're willing to admit. It's not cute to say "well then it wouldn't be private anymore," it shows you didn't read the question. You could also leave this blank or say you don't care to fill it out, but be intelligent about it please!
You should message me if
You're interested in making a new friend...I would like to find someone to date, but would really want to get to know someone before moving past friendship. If you are a Christian seeking a Christian. If you believe sex is intended for the context of marriage. If you think I'm someone you would like to spend time getting to know and finding fun things to do with. If you can put three or four sentences together and not just message "hi."
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