All About Me, Phaedra

A blue jay watching my picnic table at Grove of the Patriarchs on Mt. Rainier.

Where I Live
Washington state, USA. I live near the city of Seattle (also known as the Emerald City) within viewing distance of Mount Rainier National Park.  I love this place.  We really have it all, a big city and a momentous wonder of nature. We have gorgeous temperate rain forest, rivers fed by glacial streams fertilize our valleys, while volcanic activity has given us the glorious Cascade Mountain range.  In the city we have amazing places to visit some of my favorites the Pike Place Market and Ye Olde Curiosity Shop.

Who am I?
Lets see... I am female, mid 30s, and a life long gamer.  Phaedra is my modding alias, my real name is Angel.

My boyfriend asked me to marry him on of August 16, 2009.  Here's the spot where he asked, a bench by Sunset Lake.  And the sun was setting behind the trees on the other side of the lake.

My pets: a cat, Grayson
; and two cornsnakes, Alex  and Aurelius (an albino); and my fiance's fat cat, Loki.

My hobbies include playing video games, reading, modding, and all sorts of that kind of geeky stuff.
I also like camping and hiking (and berry picking!), there are many campsites, hiking trails, beaches, and parks to enjoy in my home state.

My fiance and I volunteer every year for Stanley Stamm Summer Camp put on by Seattle Children's Hospital.  Its a beautiful location at the base of Mt Rainier.  We usually have 90-100 kids.  It lasts for one week and is a blast.  We are always looking for new volunteers, if you are interested the Volunteer Application is on the website.

Video Games
I enjoy both console & computer games - I've been a gamer since I was 4 years old with an Atari Joystick in my little hands. Some of my favorite series are Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Castlevania, Resident Evil, Final Fantasy, and just whatever seems fun.

I enjoy sci-fi, fantasy, and horror with a little non-fiction on the side. Some of my favorites: Charlotte's Web by E. B. White, The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle, A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess, War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells, Interview with a Vampire by Ann Rice, Homeland by R. A. Salvatore, I am Legend by Richard Matheson, 1984 by George Orwell, The Hobbit or There and Back Again by J. R. R. Tolkien.

Life would be boring without music. My tastes are varied, here are some of the bands and artists I enjoy:
Nine Inch Nails, Aphex Twin (also known by many other aliases), Sergei Rachmaninoff, The Doors, James Brown, Massive Attack, Ludwig van Beethoven, Billie Holiday.

I love zombies and dream about them sometimes. Among my zombie collection are various movies, books, comics, toys, and t-shirts, etc. I've dressed as a zombie for two Halloweens - 1998 Zombie Girl & 2001 Disco ZombieAt for ZomBcon 2010 where I was photographed by the Seattle Times and met Bruce Campbell! I finally got my fiance to dress up with me for the Zombie Ball at our friend's bar (Summer 2011).