I'm an introvert with extroverted qualities... meaning I can be shy, but I so love talking to people and learning about their personal histories that I am known to break out of that shell, a lot. I'm very friendly and can strike up a conversation with almost anyone, and I love getting to know new people. For this reason, I'm buddies with the produce guy at my grocery store, the girl who sells me my coffee, and clerks at various stores everywhere. I used to be a punk rocker, and have since mellowed, and now I think of myself as pretty normal but I've never stopped being afraid of thinking outside the box. I'm charmingly neurotic as a woman from a Woody Allen film, but I'm also as calm and collected as Lauren Bacall. I'm a mix in every sense of the word. I am a very hard worker and very career-focused, but I've never lost my sense of wonder. I'm constantly exploring new recipes, new haunts, new restaurants, new activities (latest is rock-climbing).
I mostly read non-fiction. Finding someone who also reads (and I mean READS, like books, not magazines or something you found online). Oh, and I can actually sit and read a cookbook. Cover to cover. I love to do this. I'm about to finish the amazing "Three Cups of Tea," and I'm very eager to start "Delivering Happiness," which is about the philosophy of inserting more joy and creating happy employees and happy customers, written by the founder of Zappos.
Another thing: I'm can be pretty sarcastic, and I look for humor in almost anything. So, you gotta be able to roll with the punches with me! On the other hand, I am also a great listener, compassionate, and caring. Rest assured that I don't ever make jokes at someone's expense...err... least I try not to!
I used to sing (opera and whatever), and I used to dance (Dance Major in college... doubled with Classical Studies). I'm a one-woman Broadway show that can also speak Latin!
I gravitate toward people who not only can be diligent and work hard and be goal-oriented, but are also curious about the wonders of the world. If your main interests are to make money and buy nice clothes and nothing much in between, we won't have much in common. If you still see animals and shapes in the clouds, or you enjoy trying new things, both cooking (very, very big on my hobby list) and eating new foods, new music, we just might get along. And perhaps most importantly, I look for someone who is on a path toward authenticity to themselves and to those around them, through their actions, their words, and their intentions.
What else? I love animals. I am a huge supporter of shelters and rescue foundations. I used to volunteer at one as a teen... until I brought home a dog one day. Sorry, Dad... I now live with my two rescued cats, and hope to one day have a rescued doggie as well, when life permits.
And, for the really cliched segment of this profile, I suppose that if someone were to play me in a movie, it would be Christina Ricci or Ellen Page. Or, so I've been told. Honestly, I found "Juno" really annoying, so try not to tell me this.