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Ten fun facts about me

  • I have a black belt in Tae Kwon Do (but don’t worry, I haven’t practiced in about 10 years). I’ve also trained in karate, modern arnis, thai boxing, and other cool martial arts.
  • These days I mostly just do a lot of yoga. Ommm.
  • I like to travel – some of my favorite trips were my very first one (summer backpacking across Europe when I was 24) and later to southeast Asia (especially Malaysia)
  • I ride my bike, even in winter (Peter Skott at UMass and Sigrid Stagl at WU were my role models for this)
  • At the risk of reaching back too far to my high school glory days here: I’m still proud that the Francis Lewis High School softball team won the 2002 NYC championship and that I was named the city’s player of the year!
  • I’m a huge fan of the Liberal Arts and Sciences approach to education
  • I have a totally cool 2 year old kid
  • I actually enjoy assembling Ikea furniture =P
  • My celebrity crush since I was 12 years old: Derek Jeter. Derek, if you’re reading this, let’s hang out!!
  • In our high school yearbook, in the space where we could state what we wanted to be when we grew up, my best friend entered “happy” (best answer ever) and I… I wrote “Emperor of the World.” =D

Three great novels I’ve read in the last three years

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

The Road by Cormac McCarthy (read during COVID lockdown; that wasn’t a great idea)

Mislaid by Nell Zink

Bonus: Cribsheet by Emily Oster – very helpful information for a particular subset of the population 🙂