Though I grew up in Toronto, I left for grad school (in mathematics) in the Bay Area in California and then "hit the road" pursuing an academic career after graduation. This led me to Berlin, then Toronto, then back again to the Bay Area, where I lived until just recently. During my second stint in the Bay Area, though, I decided to do the unusual thing (in academia) of changing fields (into computer science). Amazingly, and quite happily, this decision ultimately resulted in my job in Toronto. So at the beginning of this summer, I packed my bags and drove across the USA to end up back right here, leaving my sun-drenched California life behind me.
I am very happy to be able to say that I have found a job that I love and that is very well-suited for me. (I do miss teaching math though.) However, I also believe in living a balanced life and I try to spend my evenings and weekends doing other things. I have a great variety interests and am looking forward to incorporating these as best I can while building my life here in Toronto. Above all, I especially love connecting with friends and family through shared activities, fun conversation and a great meal.
I used to spend my days engaged in the full Bay Area lifestyle, commuting back and forth between outdoor activities in the countryside and cultural activities in the city, with bike rides into the hills behind my home to round it all off. I'm not sure how much of that I will be able to reproduce here, especially when winter comes. I think the key to my happiness will be to embrace all that Toronto has to offer while injecting the occasional Californian flair :) So far, I've spent my summer months biking up in the gorgeous farmland north of Pickering (I say: Land over Landings!), sailing dinghies on the lake, attempting to grow tomatoes in my mom's backyard, searching for furniture to fill my apartment, seeing plays in Toronto and at the Shaw Festival, selecting TIFF films, and reconnecting with old friends. What's missing of course is a wonderful partner with whom to share and discover :)
I aspire to be an honest, genuine, thoughtful, generous and supportive person. I feel that some of my positive traits are: I am calm, (er, usually) rational and patient. I can be independent and resourceful. I can lead by building consensus. I have a booming voice when I need it. I am a good listener. I am polite. I'm very tolerant and can see things from different perspectives. I eat a lot of fruit. I have my Dad's sense of humour. I have a lot of energy and enthusiasm for the things I like to do.
I would like to meet a positive, intelligent, educated, sporty woman with a lovely smile who will be my best friend, my lover, and my partner in all things. I'm looking for someone who'll enjoy cooking a meal with me, or hosting a dinner party with me, or playing a sport with me. Or someone who'll want to mix up our circles of friends and see what happens. Or someone who will go for a 10 km walk with me. Or someone who'll have lively, multi-faceted, sometimes deep, sometimes whimsical conversations with me into the wee hours.
I'd like our connection to eventually develop into a serious and long-term relationship. The woman I'm hoping to meet will be someone with whom I can share my thoughts, interests and pleasures; someone I can learn from and be inspired by; and above all, someone with whom I'll share a joyful and meaningful life.