I smile and laugh easily and face challenges with enthusiasm. I love trying new things--from new foods to exploring new countries and cultures. My last adventure was to SE Asia last fall where I traveled through Cambodia by bus and sampled fried tarantula on a dare (it was...crunchy). Generally, I love exploring places off the beaten path and finding where the locals eat and hang out. My friends and family are a huge part of my life. I absolutely love being an Aunt: I have two adorable nieces who I love to spoil. I have lots of friends throughout the Bay Area and I love organizing bike rides, picnics, dinner parties to get the gang together. I would definitely describe myself as an optimist and I spend a lot of time thinking about ways I can make a positive contribution to my community .