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My self-summary
I think the most astute and flattering compliment that I've gotten from somebody lately is from an acquaintance that I've recently gotten to know quite a bit better. He said to me the other day, "I feel like I could ask you anything and you would answer honestly." I think that's pretty much me in a nutshell.

I'm kind of an Amy Pond. What I really want is a Rory.

Also I have an extreme appreciation of big words and I love to combine them in non-traditional ways so you may occasionally hear me refer to my sleeping roommate as my hibernating habitation partner.

I guess I come off a little serious here, but I can assure you that my silliness is often commented upon. I laugh really loudly. Like... really. That kind of laugh where people turn and look at you. I can't seem to help it.

I love to tell stories about my life. Some of them are cautionary tales. One of my friends from school once told me that she was going to cancel her cable and just listen to my stories. That made me giggle.

About a year and a half ago I started doing pole fitness. It is seriously the best thing that's ever happened to me. I've never enjoyed working out but this is something that I can be passionate about and enjoy while getting in shape. It is amazing and I love it. Yes... I can do a striptease. No... I don't take my clothes off for money... but I have thought about trying it.

My new favourite chemistry related pick up line: "you're what happens when copper and tellerium form a compound."
What I’m doing with my life
I just moved here from Ottawa to start grad school at UBC in chemistry. My specific area of research will be in development of novel types of quantum dot biosensors. If you know what I'm talking about that's cool... if not, I love talking about my research because it is super badass and I'm really excited about it.

Eventually I want to become an instructor/professor. I used to teach high school and junior high and I really love teaching but hate the public school system.

I'm still getting used to Van. I like it so far but I'm still feeling a little out of place because I don't have all the furniture I need and I don't have a vast web of social connections with constant things to do. I'm sure that will come with time.
I’m really good at
-Being forthright - SERIOUSLY... people don't really get this, then they meet me in person and they go "wow, you really are honest and up front aren't you?"
-Having passion
-Pole dancing
The first things people usually notice about me
I don't really know but probably that I'm - well, some people call it obnoxious, but I like to think of it as charmingly forward. I don't have much of an inner monologue so I pretty much always say what I'm thinking. Some people find it rude, but it's not like I'm mean about it. I am just not ashamed of my opinions. Also, I am pretty outgoing you can pretty much ask me anything. I am an open book.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Authors: I'll read anything and everything pretty voraciously. I have some favourites that I always go back to and they are mostly of the fantasy/sci-fi genre, namely Terry Pratchett, Guy Gavriel Kay, and most similar things.

Movies: I don't really have favourite movies. I mean... I see movies and like them but probably the movies I remember most are the ones I saw when I was a kid... Disney movies... and Star Wars... and Back to the Future...

Shows: Firefly... Community... Doctor Who... How I Met Your Mother... Archer... Sherlock... House... But mostly Doctor Who.

Music: Well, anything really. If you put my iPod on shuffle you might hear an indie song, metal, classical, pop, country... all in a row really. I grew up playing music and singing and I love it all.

Food: I like to try new things but I don't get to very often because I am a grad student (synonym: constantly broke). I love to cook though so sometimes I try new stuff at home, but cooking for one is no fun.
Six things I could never do without
I don't really know. If you think about this question seriously, it's pretty hard to answer. I mean... what you HAD to live without this stuff. You probably could physically - barring the basic essentials.

I think the only thing that I would not be able to survive without is sarcasm.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
... how far I've come and how far I want to go
... how fantastic the world is and how amazed I am that it works the way it does
... how to apply nanomaterials to chemotherapy drugs to make them safer for consumption
... the fact that most of the stars we see at night are already dead by the time their light reaches us
... many other deep and intelligent things
... why the hell my cat can't cough up his damn hairballs somewhere without carpet
... what would happen if I randomly dyed my hair pink
... how many more times I can hit the snooze button before I'm late to class again
... how long I can avoid calling my mother for before she starts to freak out
... sex
... many other random things that are neither deep nor intelligent
On a typical Friday night I am
There are several things I could be doing - in fact any combination of the following is possible:
-Hanging out with some friends
-Aimlessly surfing the internet
-Getting drunk
-Going dancing
-Cooking dinner for some friends
-Doing homework/research
-Playing piano
-Pole dancing
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I am a lot more funny than this profile indicates.
You should message me if
... you appreciate honesty
... you really like sarcasm.
... you're the kind of person who would call me up to go for a walk around the city or a drink or a coffee at midnight on a Wednesday just because you couldn't sleep.
... you are going to write something more than "hey" or "what's up"
... you're okay with something a little more casual and seeing where things go.
... DON'T message me if your idea of a pick-up line is "I wish I was your homework so you would do me all the time."
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