Ok, so I'm just going to write some random facts about myself:
I like to cook & bake for people--I'm totally the spice queen. I enjoy strange & exotic plants. I have a lot of plants! Jasmine is one of my favorites.
I love horses, but I haven't gone riding in a super long time. I like watching birds and other animals 'do their thing'--they can be pretty entertaining. I was obsessed with birdfeeders last summer and seeing what kind of birds I could attract....I managed to get hummingbirds, orioles, goldfinches, northern flickers, and some grosbeaks! (as well as the occasional pesky squirrel).
I also went over to Victoria for a bit in February and managed to rupture my anterior cruciate ligament while skiing at Mt. Washington....so I've been doing lots of yoga, aquafit, and physiotherapy exercises while I wait for my appointment with an orthopedic surgeon....I enjoy swimming & hiking--camping rules, but I haven't done that in ages either. Wakeboarding is awesome! I am a member of the local roller derby league, but I won't be playing full contact for a while because of my knee instability....:(
I have a hunting license and a PAL, but I've only ever gone hunting once....and I did get 2 ducks. They were delicious!! I went fishing this summer, but I didn't catch anything. :( I'm not into catch and release, I'm into catch and have dinner....:)I slaughtered a lamb at my friend's farm back in November, and I'm having the hide tanned for use as a rug. It will be fantastic.
I enjoy traveling and exploring new cities. Going on road trips is fun. Just went to Oslo, Norway last June for a conference on polar science. It was excellent. I brought back a reindeer skin, and ate as much reindeer as I could while I was there. They have reindeer meat in the grocery store, as they herd them commercially in the north.
I sew enough to fix my own clothes, but not enough to make new stuff. I'm artistic, and I have a few projects on the go....but I take forever to finish them. I might be working on illustrating a sci-fi graphic novel in the near future...we'll see what comes of that.
I received my Civil Engineering degree in 2010, and I've been working in FSJ for about 10 months now. It's been pretty good, but it would have been nice to get out in the wilds a little more than I did last summer. I bought some camping equipment, and I plan on having adventures this summer.
I like hot, dry climates...but I'm also fascinated with the north/arctic regions....I've really enjoyed the climate in the Okanogan Valley....it might be a good place to live eventually....especially since you can grow fruit in your backyard. Yum! I'd totally do some canning if I had fruit in my backyard. I did make some pies with Saskatoons from the farmer's market this summer, but I haven't made any preserves...yet!
I used to work construction, so I have a bit of a mouth on me....and I can be pretty blunt/tactless (but I mean no harm)....I enjoy dirty jokes, sexual innuendos, and hanging with trades people--they keep the engineering work entertaining and lighthearted.
I (used to) work part-time as a model for art classes.... Probably my fave piece was a huge clay sculpture based on my physique. For a lady that didn't get much attention in high school, having somebody base artwork on your body is pretty flattering. I've done a bit of work for photographers, but nothing too serious. I obviously don't have the body of a 'traditional' model, but I do OK. :)
I just moved, so please don't expect prompt responses from me. I keep myself pretty busy and am only on this site infrequently....and I'm not into the Instant Messaging, so don't bother sending me one.....
~~~Another thing: I have a real pet peeve regarding poor spelling, grammar, and punctuation. I know that not everyone can write well, but if your message is only 2 sentences long, please try! Even though I try not to be judgmental about this kind of stuff, I can't help it because it drives me crazy. So, if you want to get off to a good start, please heed my advice!
Ok, I confess: I hate dating. It makes me feel awkward. I'd rather do something fun & active (but not too sporty or competitive) for a date rather than the typical 'dinner and a movie' thing. Weather permitting, some ideas could include going for a walk in the park or going canoeing. In the winter, we could go snowshoeing or cross country skiing. I'd prefer to make dinner together rather than go somewhere, but maybe that is more of a second date kind of thing. Something along those lines...I guess coffee would do in a pinch....
I just sort of meet people and talk with 'em. If there is a connection, then I follow up on it. Whether things are short term or long term depends on the kind of person you are....I make my decisions based on how you fit with me.