Tidbits about me, since I don’t really know where to begin:
from Albany, NY
(reminded all my life that my name is, indeed, a palindrome that rhymes with Banana.)
born October 25, 1985
5’8″ with very curly hair and blue eyes
recent Vassar graduate with A.B. in Anthropology
am living in Lima, Peru, where David and I are working to open our own espresso bar, which means we spend a great deal of time researching coffee, finding different Peruvian coffee suppliers, roasting and blending coffee, tasting coffee, making coffee drinks, practicing latte art, etc, not to mention dealing with the more businesslike and artistic aspects of our aspiring business.
I have recently finished reading Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, which I THOROUGHLY enjoyed, and am now delving into War and Peace. Very slowly.
I think sheep are great. I can’t help but smile whenever I hear them.
I cook and bake all the time, and I love it more and more. Sweet things I have recently made: chocolate chip cookies, lemon squares, brownies, carrot cake (without raisins, because I dislike raisins in my baked goods), gingersnaps, gingerbread cookies, peach pie, apple pie, chocolate mousse pie, tiramisu, arroz con leche, etc. Salty things I made recently: vegetarian chili, salsa, vichyssoise, quiche, eggplant parmigiana, penne puttanesca, home fries (mananoes, as my dear friend Marissa affectionately calls them).
I’ve studied Hebrew, Spanish, Chinese, German, and Quechua. the only one I can actually speak with any fluency is Spanish. I aspire to learn French someday, and to keep studying German at some point.
A few summers ago, I spent 6 weeks on an archaeological dig on Adak Island, one of the Aleutian Islands that trail off the mainland of Alaska. While I’m not eager to rush back there, it was a good learning experience and I’m glad I had the chance to do it.
I really want to be a midwife someday. I spent my last college semester volunteering at a hospital with a nurse-midwife, and was lucky enough to witness many births, and to be there to translate for a lot of Spanish-speaking patients.
I have a lifelong fascination with birth, and also with the many variations that can happen when a person is conceived: multiple/conjoined births, for example. And on a somewhat related subject, if you hang out with me at night, i’ll probably make you watch some gross surgery show on TV, because I find that stuff endlessly fascinating, too.
I fell off a 40-ft cliff when i was 13 and broke my leg (tib/fib), shoulderblade, two vertebrae, and a rib or two. I was airlifted to the hospital via helicopter. It was on the local news. I was in the hospital for a week, and in a wheelchair for several months. I was lucky and made a full recovery. This story defined me for a long time afterwards, but not so much anymore. Now it’s just another tidbit.
I have two small tattoos — a double crescent moon in the middle of my upper back, and a simplified “wheel of life” design on the back of my right calf, right above the ankle.
I’ve always been a crafter/artist. I’ve always particularly loved to draw, but I’ve dabbled in jewelry making, weaving, painting, stained glass, pottery, embroidery, quilting, sewing, etc. When I was a child, my mom would sometimes find me sitting on the couch with a needle and thread, mending any rips in our upholstery. One time my uncle gifted me with a huge bag of cloth scraps — i was like a kid in a candy store with that bag, oh man, I made EVERYTHING i could think of. Doll clothes, costumes, pillows, etc. My grandmother first taught me to crochet when i was around 8 or 9, although I eventualy had to reteach myself when i was older. I would thread her needles for her when she sewed buttons on my grandfather’s shirts. During the week my grandmother died when I was 10 years old, my great-aunt Adele taught me how to knit. Since then I have made countless hats, scarves, legwarmers, vests, mittens, stuffed toys, and a couple of sweaters. the more I make, the more I want to make!!!