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Well. Given that DW is something of a new beginning regardless of how long I think I'll ride this train, I'm going to follow in the footsteps of others and do a "Here's who I am" post. My user info gives you an idea, but not a very clear picture.

Things About Me
I am an optimistic realist. I believe in the essential goodness of people when they can just think a little outside themselves. It doesn't happen often, but I believe that potential is inside every human being. I love life and I believe it is to be LIVED, not just allowed to happen passively. I have no urge to remain anonymous online. I have been told that to get to know me online is to know me IRL, because my online presentation prepares one perfectly for meeting me IRL. If you expect to meet a short redheaded lady who acts and thinks like she's 10 feet tall and bulletproof, then you're probably right on target. I'm introverted, but I have an absurd amount of self-confidence and am at ease interacting with other people, so most people are surprised to find that out.

I am a doctor of nursing and a nurse practitioner. A friend of mine paid me the highest compliment, once upon a time. She told me that some people choose nursing as a profession, but that some people are chosen by nursing. She believes I was chosen by nursing, and I was completely honored to hear her say that. I hope it's true. I have a passion for helping people in some of their darkest moments, and honestly I'm not an organizer of big groups. I don't work on a large scale; my abilities are much better used on an interpersonal basis.

I am good at & with people. Most times, I know what to say and how to say it to get the response I want or need out of someone. If I was evil, this would be called "manipulative" but as I am largely a good person, this is called "working well with others." :)

I am quite good at seeing my own flaws. Sometimes I see flaws that other people tell me aren't there. Mostly my biggest flaws are absentmindedness and distraction. I compensate for those things by being obsessively organized in things where it's important, such as work. In the past, though, my caregiver personality has itself been manipulated to get something out of me. Quite dramatically & for a very lengthy period of time. I suppose if the worst that can be said about me is that I gave too much, well then, I feel all right about that.

My circumstances
I am currently an emergency department nurse practitioner. According to the folks at work, my biggest assets are my "jump in" attitude and the speed with which I learn new things.

My husband, Bryan, is a high school math and programming teacher. He started out his 2nd degree in computer science, switched to math, and began teaching...then this year took the PRAXIS for programming and certified to teach it. He's all about that full circle kinda thing. Bryan's interesting quirk is that he's probably a math genius and didn't find this out until he was 26 years old. We got married in 2000, so it's way easy to keep up with how many years we've been married. The DMB song "Crush" is my favorite song because of the way it reminds me of Bryan.

We have one son, Ganon, who was born July 24, 2006. We named him after the bad guy in the Legend of Zelda videogames, not just because we're fans, but because it's really a very beautiful, masculine name. With the 2017 release of Breath of the Wild, he's a big fan of the LoZ franchise now, and wants to cosplay link at DragonCon this year. Like his parents, he's an introvert, and when he's had enough he will tell us "my bubble is popped." He likes Minecraft, Pokemon, goofy memes, and dogs.

I grew up on a farm in Weiner, Arkansas. Seriously, I'm not joking. <3

That's about it for the basic, really important stuff. I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone here on DW and seeing where the site goes!


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