I don't live in Pflugerville any more! I live in South Austin!
I like warm, sunny days and dark, violent thunderstorms. Happy cats, grumpy lizards, serene and unaffected fish. Wildflowers picked lazily on a spring day. Long road trips involving singing along to loud music and stopping at weird truck stops and snake farms. Holey but comfortable jeans, a soft t-shirt, and old sneakers. Dressing up to the nines in a little-black-dress and heels. Cheap plastic dinosaurs and antique buttons. Running my fingers through a bucket of small beads or a lover's hair, running my toes through soft grass or wet sand. The contradictory complexities and simplicities of nature. Drunk conversations about books, evolution, or life. Jeans warm from the dryer on a cold morning. Huge flocks of birds flying overhead and long hours in an aquarium. Embroidering silly dancing vegetables or a grumpy pegasus on serious dish towels. Creepy short stories and endearing novels. Shooting stars and lightning bugs. Birdsong in the morning. The red flash of a cardinal flying by. The moment when I get to take my bra off after a long day. A cold beer after a hard day, or several after a really bad day. Camping as often as possible.
I love talking science about random things but also just love to talk to people who are passionate about what they do or who they are.
If the apocalypse happened tomorrow I'd be ready to fight zombies and happily live off the land, and I am not ashamed to admit I would loot every bookstore I came across whilst fleeing the monster hordes.
I was a scientist for a while but that got boring so now I teach and I love it and have never been happier. I've also never been busier but that's another story. Someday I might go get my Ph.D. in paleontology ( yeah evo of predator tooth morphology!) but heavy emphasis on the "might." I really like gardening and hope that some day it will rain consistently again so I can water my vegetables without feeling guilty about the water table. I spend a lot of time reading books in coffee shops or being silly at dive bars.