The one thing I am passionate about...
Learning. Expanding my horizons. Cramming my brain as full of useful (and occasionally useless - that stuff's fun) information as it'll let me. I'm self-taught in my career and am generally happiest when pursuing several new interests at a time. I'm also mad keen on writing fiction, practicing aikido and scuba diving, and if I won the lottery, I don't know that I'd quit my current career, but I would definitely start a bakery cafe with a lot of allergy-friendly goodies on the menu.
I typically spend my leisure time
Lately, I'm working on entries for a baking competition, taking martial arts classes 2 - 3 times a week and writing fiction whenever I can. And studying for an IT certification. And throwing cooking classes into the mix (no pun intended!). I'd like to pick up archery this year and try for my advanced open water SCUBA certification, but I'd also like to have a social life and save time and funds for one international adventure and three US trips. Miraculously, I still have free time on top of all this...
The most influential person in my life has been
I'd like to find someone who's open - both to new and varied experiences, and in communication. I try to make a point of doing something new on a regular basis, such as traveling somewhere I've never been or picking up an unusual hobby or even an experience as mundane as cooking with chilis (note to self: never bite one to find out if it's hot... ai!). I'd love to be able to share this impulse with someone - better still if he's often the one saying, "Let's go try _____!"
The first thing people notice about me
I can't say I've ever asked anyone, but people seem to assume I'm a friendly neutral party on first sight. I'm used to people striking up conversations with me or asking my input on things even if they've never met me. A close friend who's extremely shy once told me that the first thing she noticed about me when we met was that I wasn't scary. Take that however you like. ;)
The last book I read and enjoyed
Just finished "The Checklist Manifesto," by Atul Gawande - on how a simple checklist can make complex processes (such as those in medicine) successful. He also provides some intriguing examples of other industries in which a checklist is crucial. I'm now working my way through Richard Dawkins' latest, "The Greatest Show on Earth," on evolution and why it's indisputable; Patrick O'Brian's "Master and Commander"; and the latter half of "In a Sunburned Country" by Bill Bryson 'cause I'm a touch homesick.
The three things which I am most thankful for
- My family. I have a small family but a very close one. My father, brother and I all work in the same industry and have surprised people by how well we've worked together on some projects. They're my friends as much as they're family.
- My friends. Mine make up a very diverse group and the world would be an empty place without 'em.
- My health. I've never been seriously ill or injured in my life ('scuse me while I knock on wood) and that seems to rare and definitely worth being thankful for.
The one thing I wish MORE people would notice about me
Not sure there's anything in particular - perhaps that I'm not as shy or disinterested as I may seem sometimes. I'm more often hesitant to approach people, or just deep in thought (on everything from current events to a story idea to how the heck I should go about solving a software bug). I try not to worry what people do or don't notice about me, though - self-consciousness is a trait I'd really like to ditch.
Friends Describe me as
Creative, Generous, Good listener, Intelligent
A little more about me
I enjoy getting to know people in general and am here with no strict expectations or lists of requirements. I believe a lasting relationship takes time to build and I hope to find someone who feels similarly. Feel free to say hello, I never bite and I am always up for a chat. (And I make mean desserts...)