Who knew: You can take a girl out of the midwest, transplant her to the west coast....and get a damn charming mash-up of the two in one person. Namely, this person.
I'm a poet turned pastry chef turned nurse to be, who grew up on Lake Superior but decided it wasn't a big enough body of water, headed for the Pacific, and found Home. The best compliment I've ever received is "you taught me to Dream Big". But what's more important is that I try to pursue said dreams. I'm a big follower of the work-to-live philosophy rather than live-to-work. Spare time gets spent as follows: general frolicking, foodie-ing, concert / museum-going, lazy afternoons in the park.....fill in the blank, really. And yeah, that can sound generic, but a person's quirks are far more fun to discover in person than by pen. I'm happy to live life currently in a choose-your-own-adve nture book style (remember those?). I'm a tennis junkie, fan of salsa dancing, been on skis since before I could walk, always keeping tabs on a baseball game (totally predicted a Giants-Tigers WS, check), and still have some small-town sensibility left even though I love the city ever so. I don't do bull unless it's of the witty banter and reparté over a drink manner. Don't swill coconut water, own a fixie, wear any ironic-nerd-chic fashion, or feel the need to have a designer's $200 logo stamped on my (it looks great in jeans from the Gap, so I hear). Am a published writer and have blogged in the past, but am hugely turned off by folks using the internet to shill when they don't have talent in the first place.
My circle (and I'm not talking Google+) includes incredibly brilliant chefs and writers, designers / producers of incredible PBS content, the brains behind your favorite apps, professional athletes / an olympian, congressional aides, passionate teachers and professors, musicians, nerds galore, and the genius behind Feminist Ryan Gosling. I can be a cynic (hope is a rope with which I hang myself..) but I'm deeply, deeply curious at the core.