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My self-summary
I only arrived in Chicago in September, so I'm still new and learning my way around. I've only gotten to know a few people here, so I'd absolutely love to make new friends!
I'm still trying to figure out what I want to do with my life. I'm really good at learning new things, but really bad at shaping my skills and knowledge into a career path. I'm hoping a fresh start in a new city will help me work that out.

Update: Well, it's been a year since I came here. Still not sure how I feel about Chicago. I work a lot, so I'm pretty sure I haven't experienced a lot of what makes it such a great city. I've met some wonderful people, though, and I'd love to meet more.
What I’m doing with my life
Working a lot! Nothing fancy--my day job is getting authorization for kids' MRIs and stuff, and my evening/weekend job is retail. They certainly keep me busy, though!

The remainder of my time is spent trying to figure out how to get one job that'll pay the same as my current two and, more importantly, trying to get out there and meet new people and try new things. :)
I’m really good at
...baking cookies and cupcakes.

...trying to do things myself (if I can order a part on ebay and I've got a repair manual, I don't need a mechanic, right???). Sometimes I'm even successful! And I don't mind too much when I'm not. It's still always a learning experience.

...traveling by myself (although I'm a little afraid to go anywhere I don't speak the language--not that I'll let that stop me).

...walking quickly in high heels.
The first things people usually notice about me
is probably that I'm short?
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Pop physics books (the kind that explain really complicated ideas in such a way that you can understand them without having a Ph.D.), sci-fi, young adult fantasy (I love re-reading the books I grew up on, like the Chronicles of Narnia), classics, etc., etc.

Movies: Sci-fi, MCU, indie, Woody Allen, random other stuff (on my computer right now you'll only find (500) Days of Summer and Filth, but I think the combination of the two of those pretty well sums up my tastes).

Shows: House, Bones, Criminal Minds, Doctor Who, Supernatural, Gossip Girl (shut up), The Daily Show

Btw, if you quote a book, tv show, movie, whatever, I probably won't get it, even if I've read or seen whatever several times. I just have a horrible memory for quotes. And names, I never remember names.

Music: Indie and/or British mostly, but (as everyone says) I like a bit of everything mostly. Except opera, I just can't get into it. I'm really odd about listening to specific music in different situations. My favorite band are Biffy Clyro, I like listening to Mogwai when I'm sad, or Sigur Ros when I need to feel better, or Beulah or Hey Mercedes or Damone when it's warm and sunny, or G!YBE or A Silver Mt. Zion or M83 when it's late and stormy....

Food: I really love Indian and Thai, and I'd like to branch out and try lots of other cultures' food.
Six things I could never do without
Books, iPod, camera, high heels, coffee, smartphone.

Update: I'm drastically changing this after living in Chicago for a year.

New list: COFFEE (large black eye, please, preferably from Emerald City Coffee), sleep, personal space, DOGS, good people, my phone. Runners-up: Comfortable shoes, the ocean.
I spend a lot of time thinking about things work or what things mean. I'm not great at school (I get bored or distracted very quickly), but I absolutely love to learn.
On a typical Friday night I am
...probably working until 10 and then going home and collapsing :P
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I wasn't too upset about leaving my family behind in Rhode Island, but I bawled like a baby about leaving the family pets. One of the dogs, who tended to hop up on my bed for about 15 minutes once I got in it but then move to the hallway to actually sleep, stayed with me all night--I think he knew I was upset. Of course, that just made me get more emotional. Charles isn't even technically my dog! He's my nephew's! God, I'm almost tearing up now thinking about how I won't see the dogs or bunnies for the foreseeable future.

Also, it seems I'm going against popular opinion to say this here, but I really don't like cats. When they're around, I'll kind of try to play with them, but I just don't get them.

Also #2, I suck at riding a bicycle. This is not going to change any time soon, so I'm probably not the right person to join you on bike rides.
You should message me if want to be friends, you want to show me where all the cool kids hang out in Chicago, you want to hang out and watch Drunk History, you can tell me where in Chicago I can get the best falafel/diner breakfast/NY-style pizza, you want to go to Fermilab for one of their Ask-A-Scientist sessions.

Or if you have a large dog I can hug. I am dead serious.
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