I am a super outgoing and adventurous girl. Who grew up spending 6 months a year on both a ranch outside Dallas, TX and a cabin in CO. I love laughter, genuine and honest people, and just enjoying my time in the moment. Of course, there are plans for the future, but that's secret...I don't even know you yet!
I moved to the DC area after living abroad for six years working in international development. It has been interesting trying to figure this place out and I've met some interesting people along the way. Before D.C., I lived in six countries in six years, so it was a difficult transition getting back in touch with the U.S. I was actually completely blind-sided with the challenges I faced upon moving back, but I think I may finally have the hang of it again. It's also been really nice being closer-ish to my family and reconnecting with the many friends I left during my 20s - a decade of wanderlust. Staying put is great too. I appreciate home, solid relationships, and the U.S. now like I never would have without leaving.
I can be happy doing anything with people that I care about. I value individuals who in a certain sense, wear their hearts on their sleeves. Those with passion for something, whom are giving and empathetic, have a story(ies) to tell, and the ever curious are my types of folks. I tend to surround myself with dependable and honest (even brutally honest. No need for candycoating) people. Luckily, I've been able to find many lifelong friends such as this around the globe. The salary you earn and what material possessions you own are at the bottom of the importance hierarchy.
Other than that, I am still finding pleasure in simple things I missed while living in developing countries. For example, peanut butter that is readily available less than a 5-hour bus ride away...yes! I also practice yoga several mornings per week, cycle regularly and enjoy taking in live theater and comedy. Mostly, I'm just trying to find balance, contentment and also, maintain the spark of excitement in this little life we're living.
A little of everything: mostly indie rock, but also enjoy blues, r&b, rap, salsa, cumbia, and some jazz. The first 10 artists currently on my playlist are: the Lumineers, Matt and Kim, Jack White, Atlas Genius, the Wombats, Hot Hot Heat, the Black Keys, the Strokes, Tupac, and Biffy Clyro. Hmmm...Tupac seems largely out of place in that lineup.
The neighborhood I work in has introduced me to Go-Go, which is a nice representation of the soul of D.C. When Chuck Brown died it was a party in the streets outside my school. Pretty cool to take part in.
I don't have cable T.V. (typical, I know), so what I watch is found on Netflix.
I like Wilfred, Parks and Recreation, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and South Park, the Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margerat, the Walking Dead, amongst others.
Exit Through the Gift Shop, Blood Simple, Midnight in Paris, the Tree of Life, Trouble the Water, Trees Lounge, Moscow on the Hudson, This is England, Death to Smoochy, Amadeus, King of Kong, Lonesome Dove, Winnebego Man...so so many more
good cheeses, fruit (insert tear for the tropical Ecuadorian fruits that are sorely missed), artichokes, soups, Southern comfort food
I love to read, but have had to sacrifice leisurely reading since being in grad school and working in education. The last book I read was A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson.
Creative ways to maintain order in a classroom full of 16 to 20 year- olds when they are usually much bigger than me and outnumber me by far. Also, how to teach them to understand higher order concepts when often they read at a 2nd or 3rd grade level.
Why people in D.C. don't use blinkers.
How to somehow make money while simultaneously spending most of my time hiking, biking, kayaking, and sleeping in the woods.
I've also been wondering why there have been so many beaver attacks against humans in the VA area over the past year. Haha! I can tell you some stories about that one, if you ask.