Now for some more detail :) 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 right back 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'd love to settle into a lifestyle that balances outdoor pursuits with urban cultural activities -- to really try to embrace all that Toronto has to offer. So far, I 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, enjoying TIFF, and reconnecting with old friends. Winter has brought new challenges and I'm happy to say that my ability to withstand the cold hasn't totally disappeared. I have joined a great swim club and started to work my way through Toronto's theatre offerings. Once it starts to snow for real, I plan to learn how to cross-country ski -- my winter coping activity :) What's missing of course is a wonderful partner with whom to share all of this!
I aspire to be an honest, genuine, thoughtful, generous, kind 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 can navigate the metro systems of many cities in the world with aplomb. I'm fun to go grocery shopping with. 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 and partner in all things. I'm looking for someone who'll enjoy cooking a meal 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 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.