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Overview

  • 16 References 13 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning French, Georgian, German
  • 73, Female
  • Member since 2009
  • Software UI designer, retired.
  • Over-educated: Degrees in psychology, art, computer science.
  • From Milwaukee, WI, USA
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Presently Peace Corps English Education volunteer in the Republic of Georgia, trying to have fun and inspire kids to like learning English.

ABOUT ME

Historically, I have not gotten to a location by a straight route, or by single-minded persistence. I've traveled extensively in the US and Europe, lived in Greece and Am. Samoa, and am determined to improve my French so that I can speak, and write, (almost) like a native. This is definitely not an easy task, although I am progressing. I specialize in inventing words and making new and different grammatical errors.

PHILOSOPHY

Live life with no regrets. Don't put off forever something you'd really like to do, hurt people, burn bridges, or forget to tell people you care about them.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I hosted people coming through the Tri-Cities, and participated on forums now and then. I surf sometimes when I'm traveling. Since I now live in a village in Georgia, the opportunities to couchsurf are fewer, and my obligations are more numerous.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

All of my contacts with people from CS have been really positive.

Interests

Foreign & independent films, languages, software design, hiking in the mountains, puzzles, code, art/sculpture especially clay, fiber arts (knitting, spinning, weaving, dyeing). I've recently been recycling the wool from sweaters, which I sometimes dye before knitting it up again. I love spinning and have knit some hats from llama wool that I have spun.

  • arts
  • design
  • festivals
  • movies
  • traveling
  • puzzles
  • knitting
  • coding
  • hiking
  • software
  • mountains

Music, Movies, and Books

My favorite film of the moment is "Quartet," Dustin Hoffman's first directorial effort, which I think was pretty near perfect.

I've been borrowing books from the library to read on my Kindle. I'm reading "Those Angry Years", about the run-up to America's entry into WWII at the moment, but maybe I'm not reading it fast enough. Everyone has been angry for a very long time. Weeks. It feels like the present day.

I also study Georgian, try to do a good job teaching English, and not mess up too bad culturally.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I dove in Palau and saw a forest of 6 ft. tall orange sea fans all oriented in the same direction. I walked to the edge of a reef and snorkled along Ngmelis Wall. The small bright-colored reef fish, groupers, sharks, sea turtles, were all arrayed below me along the wall, which dropped off precipitously to a deep, deep blue. The wall itself was covered with tiny creatures, fish and corals. It was magic, on both micro and macro scales.

Teach, Learn, Share

I know a lot about film, was president of the local film club, and went to the Seattle International Film Festival for many years. For 10 years I was a member of a software development group, doing user interface design and usability, retiring in 2010.

If you want to learn with me about spinning, dyeing with natural dyes, or knitting, I know something about them. I am a member of Desert Fiber Arts Guild in the Tri-Cities and could introduce you to some wonderful, knowledgeable, generous people, should you encounter me there.

I've traveled alone by motorcycle through Europe, gone overland by bus from Turkey to Nepal and lived abroad for extended periods of time. In 2010, I walked some 400 km or so (mostly up or down, rarely on the flat) through the French Alps. For 2.5 weeks in 2011, I worked on a French archaeology project studying petroglyphs in the French Alps, and an archaeology survey project in Mongolia in May 2015.

What I Can Share with Hosts

Travel stories; what it's like for a single woman to travel alone for extended periods. I'll probably have a knitting project with me.

Countries I’ve Visited

Afghanistan, American Samoa, Belgium, Canada, Cook Islands, Denmark, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guam, India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Marshall Islands, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Palau, Samoa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom

Countries I’ve Lived In

American Samoa, England, Georgia, Greece, Micronesia, Federated States of, United States

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