(More about me in personality quiz results)
I graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a master's degree in MCDB (molecular, cellular & developmental biology).
I did my undergrad work at UC Davis, with a degree in Genetics. I also minored in Music and in Human Development (took me five years to finish my undergrad). I sang in the University Chorus as an alto, and whatever time I had leftover from studying was devoted to the UCD Gymnastics Club (3 years and I was the Secretary during my last year).
I like biology, but I don't want to be a doctor.
I am now a qualified -- and working -- group fitness instructor (teaching cardio kickboxing and step aerobics). And I just got hired to be a personal trainer, too!
I'm an atheist, but I respect those with religious faiths. But it does annoy me when people tell me I am inferior/doomed/stupid for not believing in God, and when people try to preach at me.
I care about politics, and I tend to have libertarian views. I am very ANTI-BUSH and strongly against the Iraq war. I'm also pro-choice, pro-stem cell research, anti-capitalism, pro-environmentalism, pro-gun control (screw the Second Amendment -- we don't live in the 18th century and there is no F***ING reason for civilians to carry guns!).
I am a vegetarian, but not vegan (I can't give up cheese!). I've been meatless for almost 8 years.
I am very much a cat person. Bibi is the name of my calico tabby. She's eight years old now and is the cutest thing ever.
I have a younger sister and a younger brother.
I don't drink much alcohol. (Most of it tastes disgusting and I don't think I even get "happy" drunk -- I go straight to getting sick.)
I don't smoke. (It stinks like hell, and I'd like to keep my lungs, thank you. If I had the power, I would ban smoking in all public places.)
I don't do any drugs. (I'm not stupid)
But I am addicted to caffeine -- I love my "Grande Iced Americano with a Splash of Soy Milk", courtesy of Starbucks (yeah, I know they're everywhere and are an evil chain, but I love their coffee).
I was born premature -- a month and a half early, I believe. I guess I wanted out.
Gymnastics has been the only sport for me that I've been good at. I started classes when I was 9, but didn't decide I wanted to compete until I was 15. If it weren't for being 18 and graduating high school, I would have wanted to continue competing. As it was, I quit competing for Windmill Gymnastics as a Level 7. But I competed in a few master's meets during college.
I was a gymnastics coach for 3 years and really enjoy working with kids.
I held my middle school's sit-ups record for two years.
I've been timed in doing a handstand for at least a minute and a half.
I can do all three splits.
I love baseball, specifically the OAKLAND ATHLETICS! "Got green?" I watch as many games as I can, otherwise I will be glued to my radio, making sure I get every play-by-play detail.
Other sport loyalties:
My favorite TV shows are (past and present):
Other TV shows I like a lot:
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Mad About You
Who's Line is It Anyway?
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (the guy is hilarious)
I'm a hopeless romantic:
I love romantic comedies (but not too heavy on the comedy part)
On ST: Voyager, I was (and still am!) a fan of the Paris/Torres pairing and really, really liked the Janeway/Chakotay thing to happen even though I know it really couldn't.
On ST: Deep Space Nine, Odo/Kira and Worf/Dax.
On ST: The Next Generation, Picard/Crusher and Riker/Troi.
On The X-Files, Mulder/Scully.
On Lois & Clark ... um, duh ...
I identify most with the character of B'Elanna Torres on Star Trek: Voyager.
Favorite musical theatre production:
Les Miserables, hands down! (seen
six thirteen sixteen twenty-one times -- as of June 18, 2006)
I still have the entire movie of Aladdin memorized! (since 1992)
Favorite movie: Aladdin
Other movies I like a lot:
Beauty and the Beast
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Parent Trap
The Sixth Sense
The Shawshank Redemption
Return to Me
You've Got Mail
Other musicals I have seen and like:
Miss Saigon (seen three times)
Phantom of the Opera (seen twice)
Beauty and the Beast
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Into the Woods
Evita (only seen movie, but loved that)
My favorite band is Savage Garden (to me, they still exist!).
Favorite song of all time: "To the Moon and Back" (Savage Garden, who else?)
Other pop musicians I like:
I've played the violin since I was 9. I am now trying to teach myself to play the piano.
My favorite classical music composer: Mozart (Beethoven and Bach are good, too)
As mentioned above, I sang in the UCD Chorus, but only in my last year there. I loved it so much, it's something I definitely wish I'd done from the beginning.
OTHER HOBBIES (but don't really have time for anymore)
Astronomy -- looking for deep sky objects and double stars
Fiction writing -- mainly was Voyager fanfiction, but I'd love to expand outside of that eventually
Cooking -- I know my way around a kitchen, though I especially like baking (much more room for creativity). And my TV is very frequently on the Food Network.