41San Mateo, United States
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My self-summary
I enjoy spending my days investigating problems, trying new ideas, helping others achieve, mixing in new technologies/techniques to better current practices, and telling bad jokes related to the functions of the human body. I'm anatomy & physiology instructor (hence the bad jokes) and work on many other school projects, which means I'm highly over-scheduled. I'm becoming a pro at rolling past the little annoyances; finding the good in most everything, no matter how hard; and laughing at myself when I screw something simple up.

I used to be a very physically active person, but a herniated disc and two back surgeries have now put me in a place that I'm approaching with both curiosity and trepidation - I need to find new activities that interest me. For the time being, those need to be pretty sedate, but I'm hoping that I can get back to full force eventually even if that means no more contact sports.

Some factoids:
- I hate shopping, except at flea markets & REI
- I have season tickets for the SJ Earthquakes and ACT
- I'm sometimes too straightforward, which means I'm also not easily offended
- can bake kick-ass brownies and peanut butter cookies
- my cat thinks she owns the house
- school breaks are for traveling - been to 20-something countries so far (prefer ones with poor internet access)
- newest "hobby" is wine tasting, so my collection is growing
What I’m doing with my life
Trying to figure out what it is going to look like in the future.
I’m really good at
Explaining things; seeming organized when I'm really not; not worrying if I get lost. Massages.
The first things people usually notice about me
(Aren't I the wrong person to be answering this question?)

Apparently, you can hear me laughing all the way down the hall. I've had students on the first day of class tell me "so you're the one with the laugh", good to be famous for something!
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I'm typically reading biology or education related books, thankfully this works for both entertainment, interest, and work. The three authors who's books I always buy when they first come out are Robert Sapolsky, Jared Diamond, and Richard Dawkins. I also read historical accounts on countries that I'm visiting soon/just visited.

I'm more of a Netflix fan than a TV viewer; haven't had cable for years. Netflix thinks I like cerebral dramas and romantic comedies, which seems to be right.

For music I tend to like individual songs, especially since that is the way they are purchased these days . . . my usual pandora station is Airborne Toxic Event or Empire of the Sun, but I'm sometimes in the mood for the "Bon Jovi" one. In the car, NPR is usually on.

I love all food except shellfish. Cooking is a joy when I have time to experiment, as is trying new restaurants. I get addicted to getting the perfect recipe for a dish - I've tried about 20 different mac&cheese recipes but haven't found the perfect variation yet.
Six things I could never do without
Friends, family, a book, sunshine and green, 8 hours of sleep. (All, except the sleeping) are highly supported by caffeine.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Work and trip planning. How I wish I didn't have to work so much so that I could go on more trips.
On a typical Friday night I am
Don't really have a typical one - movies, having dinner with friend, at the theater, getting ready for Saturday activities. (Do I dare admit that I spend a few grading homework?)
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I went to a New Kids on the Block concert when I was in 8th grade; my walls were plastered with posters.
You should message me if
you want to!
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