My life is like hitting 'shuffle' on Spotify, you never quite know what might pop up. I've had an incredibly eclectic set of experiences - excavating a 16th century shipwreck in Croatia, surviving a tornado hit to my camp in Mexico, and even choking on jello. I try to fill every day of my life with adventure, curiosity, and a passion for things I love. My adventures may not always go as planned (never), but I live as much for the journey as the destination.
I end up laughing at myself often and am the best at putting myself into embarrassing situations. If thinking of the perfect comeback 3 seconds too late were a super power, I'd have my own Marvel movie, complete with action figures and a Netflix spin off.
I love the outdoors, filling my ears with live music, exploring obscure shops and museums, festivals, and trying to cook a new recipe without having the fire department called. I'm a big sports fan and am trying to figure out this whole hockey thing (Texas doesn't prepare you very well for that one...), but I'm all in for college/professional basketball, baseball and football. I'm also an avid photographer, SCUBA diver, and not afraid to put myself out there to try new things. I'd love to ski one day, but I'm worried how many small children I may take out on my tumble down the mountain. Otherwise, a good run, game nights with friends or Netflix, spontaneous road trips, and witty conversations complete me.
Finishing up my PhD in underwater archaeology from Texas A&M University (Finishing up my dissertation writing here in Maryland - almost done!) and just finished directing my own project exploring a sunken 19th century port city on the Texas coast. No, not Atlantis...mostly sharp oyster shells, jellyfish, and murky water.
Regardless of what some might say, underwater archaeology definitely isn't like underwater basket weaving. We find the basket hundreds of years after someone has done the work for us and try to figure out why they would do something so ridiculous in the first place.
When not busy weaving fancy underwater baskets, I spend my time working out, figuring out how I managed to get the latest phantom bruise/scratch somewhere on myself, and soon, taking every opportunity to explore what MD and VA have to offer. I'm still not very keen on this whole "get dark at 4:45" thing, though.
Music. Sometimes the air drums and guitar. Sometimes real instruments.
Interpreting historical artifacts and shipwrecks into an accurate story of how people lived in the past.
Mario Kart - Who said all childhood skills die?
Physically, my blue eyes and big grin.
Books: LOTR, 1984, Fahrenheit 451 (I love dystopian novels), Rendezvous with Rama, World War Z, Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and most any well-written historical fiction. Also a big fan of Twain, Thoreau, Clarke, Hemingway, Orwell, and Shakespeare.
Music: My taste in music is quite eclectic - Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, The Black Keys, Shakey Graves, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Muse, The Shins, Radiohead, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, as well as an absurd amount of Classical and Jazz. Music is a passion of mine and it's hard to box that into a handful of musicians or genres.
Movies: The Big Lebowski, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Tucker and Dale vs Evil, Jurassic Park, Shaun of the Dead, The Exorcist, Insidious, Cabin in the Woods, Step Brothers, Interstellar, The Blues Brothers, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Pulp Fiction, the Bourne movies, and a ridiculous number of documentaries.
Shows: Archer, South Park, Doctor Who, Venture Bros, Cosmos, Daredevil, Firefly, Top Gear (RIP), Rick and Morty, TEDTalks, The Dollop, Stranger Things.
Food: Can't beat fresh seafood, Texas BBQ, and Italian pasta. I love trying new foods, especially in countries I'm visiting and attempting to recreate them here in my kitchen stateside.
- Humor, sarcasm, and wit
- Push signs on doors that look like they should be pulled - it's a 50/50 shot to embarrass myself in public every time.
- Live music and the arts
- My friends and family
Could I really survive the zombie apocalypse?
How would it have been to live at a certain place at a certain time in history?
What was going through the mind of the person who last touched this artifact hundreds of years ago?
What am I going to do when I finally make it to Iceland?