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My self-summary
A transit dork who likes to cook and run (they gotta balance each other somehow, right?)
What I’m doing with my life
Work: I work as an internal consultant for the MTA, working on things ranging from bus dispatching to pedestrian-bus safety to making some of our internal systems better. (Pros: I ride the subway for free. Con: when there is a service disruption I don't volunteer the fact that I work for the MTA. Eek.) I love public transportation/transit/urbanism and big cities, and while I don't think New York has the answers to everything, it is a fun place to be for now.

I've lived in New York, Boston, Chicago, New Haven and the Los Angeles suburbs for extended periods of my life. I still think pretty seriously about moving back to Chicago (it's so much cheaper than here!) though I think I've got a grass-is-greener mentality.

I like to cook. 2015 was the year of Thai, somewhat unintentionally, and 2016 is shaping up to be the year of Indian. I eat everything and anything, and love to cook for people, and have an entire wish list of kitchen tools I want to get. (Blender's up top.) I am a metric snob and like British cookbooks because they measure things in grams.

On that note, I am a bit of an Anglophile, though my ardor has cooled considerably with THAT vote: in particular, the aforementioned British cookbooks, Bake Off, Dr. Who, anything that Mary Berry is filming, Sherlock, and I was once upon a time a Downton Abbey fan.

I also like to run. I ran the Brooklyn half this year and sadly injured myself, but I'm easing my way back into it gradually.
I’m really good at
- Using lots of parentheses in my writing. (I swear I didn't even mean to type this set but it was my first instinct.)
- Getting around, especially if it involves complex forms of public transportation.
- Going on long, long walks in new cities.
- Procrastinating, sadly.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: I read a ton. Currently I'm a bit of a thriller phase, but aside from that I like reading nonfiction about food, espionage, travel and linguistics; and good fantasy, cozy mysteries, spy fictions and thrillers (in the summer)

Shows: I don't watch that much TV, but my snobby British TV shows (see: about me), Fresh Off the Boat, Looking pre-cancellation, SNL, that Phryne Fisher detective series
The six things I could never do without
1. Wristwatch. I know this seems so old school, but I've been wearing a wristwatch since I was a little kid and I basically feel incomplete without wearing one.
2. iPhone
3. Travel
4. Food and cooking
5. Sleep
6. Kindle. So I held out for SO LONG because I didn't want to get sucked into the ease of buying books online (and emptying my already-light wallet) but then I realized that you can get library books online, and also, the Kindle is great for when I am sandwiched in between people on my 4 5 6 commute
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Ruthlessly optimizing my subway commute (have you heard of the Exit Strategy app? Get it now), food plans, travel that I want to do
On a typical Friday night I am
Having a beer with friends, trying a restaurant