57 Iowa City, United States
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My self-summary
My right AND left brain are in overdrive most of the time and struggling for full control. (Don't worry! There is only one integrated personality in here.) I love science!!! I am the quintessential geek, but I am outdoorsy and love to be active. I am a political liberal, but I live a conservative personal life. I don't naturally expect the worst from people; I realize that life just simply does with us what it will sometimes. I am very fortunate to have lived the life that I have--to be healthy and able to learn as I do are both priceless gifts. As for the true love of my life, I miss France every day, but would miss my family here in the U.S. too much if I ever moved there full time. I would love to find a job that would take me back and forth on a regular basis.
What I’m doing with my life
I felt like a big-city girl living in small-town Iowa. Then, I hit my head really hard on that darned glass ceiling, so I went back to college and completed two degrees. In the process, I learned about the world AND myself. In the last few years, I have undergone an incredible evolution--from writer, to photographer, graphics designer, videographer and animator, and now I'm knee-deep in HTML5, CSS and other miscellaneous client-side and social media technologies. When I wake up with a creative idea, I might as well get up and rev up the computer because I can't turn my brain off; I find this a very good thing.

See one of my animations on YouTube at:

I believe the very best products of work arise when teamwork is encouraged, ethical behavior is nurtured from the highest levels, and back-stabbing kept to a minimum. For over 10 years, I saw too much corruption and too many people doing mediocre performance raking in $150K/yr. paychecks in Washington, DC. At the risk of sounding like Dorothy, at least for now, I feel that my greener pastures really are in the Midwest where people are more genuine, hard-working, and honest, and certainly not in the Land of Oz.

I'm certainly not afraid to get my hands dirty. I like being physically active in the gym, and I like to be outside when the weather isn't too cold.
I’m really good at
(I know this is going to sound like something I would say at a job interview, but it's at the heart of who I am, so here goes...) I am good at big-picture assessment and building strategies based on fundamentals. I am curious about almost everything. I can memorize a list in no time. I have become very good at conveying messages through images, or so they tell me. : ) I am good at learning languages.
The first things people usually notice about me
I think people just usually notice I'm alone. I am very independent, and I am out and about by myself quite often.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I tend not to read books, except as they have to do with web sites, graphics or the romance languages (i.e., Spanish, French, Italian). I enjoy watching PBS and Smithsonian online, and love reading National Geographic, Scientific American, and Smithsonian Magazine. I can actually watch a baseball game or soccer every now and again, and I like watching travel, nature, and science shows on TV, BUT I don't really watch TV and don't even own one. With a fascination for moving graphics and special effects, I am learning to create. I love a lot of the comic book characters that have recently found new life on the silver screen. The Iron Man and Batman are special favorites. As for movies, I'm a little like a child in my tastes sometimes with Enchanted, Despicable Me, American in Paris, Matchmaker (yes, Matchmaker), Legally Blonde, and Bridget Jones at the top of my favorites list, but I also really enjoy action movies including the Jason Bourne and the more recent James Bond films. Johnny Depp is a god among men; I can't believe he's from Kentucky.
The six things I could never do without
I don't even want a whole lot of stuff. Life, to me, is about experiences and engaging with people I find interesting.
1. Travel
2. Tools that help me learn and create, such as computer and Adobe CS5
3. Learning
4. Intelligent, ethical, compassionate people
5. Work and Play (it's not always easy to tell the difference)
6. Family
I spend a lot of time thinking about
France; French and other romance languages; graphics and ways to communicate creatively; travel; my family.
On a typical Friday night I am
It just depends. I like to see the new movies when they come out, but I would wait until they came out in DVD if I had someone special to watch them at home with me.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Victoria provides most everything in my "privy" drawer.
You should message me if
I really hope I haven't loved for the last time in my life, but I want to find a worthy distraction. The thing is, I would rather fly solo than be in a bad relationship. So, if you're "desperately seeking Susan," please look elsewhere. But if you're willing to take the time, and looking for a hard-working, passionate girl with which to be a real partner and have a monogamous relationship, send me a note.