Also, I find I need to put this near the top because people don't see it otherwise: though they don't live with me at the moment, I do have kids. I'm not looking for anyone to take care of them. I've got that covered. I'm JUST looking for friends in the area.
I am an artist (drawing, singing, and writing -- as soon as I get a room to work, though, I'm getting into sculpting), and I am constantly trying to push myself to become better. I take a lot of pride in pretty much everything I do, even if it doesn't seem like it. There's always room for improvement, after all. Other than that, aesthetics mean a lot to me, but they're not everything. I appreciate most things for what they are if such can be done. This may make it seem that I "like everything," but I can assure you this is not the case! I can dish out constructive criticism just as well as the next guy, provided I know the subject.
I'm very introverted. I'm not used to meeting new people, and small talk makes me a little uncomfortable. The idea of a large party with lots of people does not appeal to me. I'd prefer something a little more intimate: a handful of close friends hanging out, perhaps. Speaking of which, my friends are very dear to me. Should one gain my complete trust, I do my best never to let him or her down. I'm a hopeless empath, so I love it most when people (particularly my friends) are smiling and laughing. Similarly, I dislike conflict, and I'll go to great lengths to avoid it.
I became a bit of a gamer a few years ago. Probably not the best thing to follow "I don't like conflict," but there it is. I mostly stick to RPGs, and when I play online, I prefer to play with my friends rather than strangers. Maybe it's because strangers usually bring conflict or that I feel uncomfortable with new people (yes, even on LIVE) or both, but I mostly enjoy playing with my friends because that allows me to hang back and take up a support role: buffing, healing, etc. I prefer not to take the spotlight. I'm also really bad in the thick of things, so it works out! =D
Music also means a lot to me, and I miss singing in a choir. I did go to school for voice, hoping to become a high school chorus director; however, I dropped out when I realized that I didn't want to make music work. All the studying was kind of sucking the magic out of it, so singing is now a hobby and a sort of release. I'm way too shy to do it in front of people, though, as I feel it bothers them (even when they say it doesn't), so there will be days I go without singing. It's great when I get a moment to myself, though. =3 Though I like individual songs from more genres, my favorite is jazz, and classic rock is a very close second. I also love Christmas music, so it's not uncommon for me to whip out Winter Wonderland in the middle of July. There are also a few instruments I enjoy playing (electric bass, piano, and violin), but I'm not particularly good at any of them.
Expanding on my being a happy person, I am an eternal optimist. Nothing dampens my spirits! ...well, that's not true, but nothing dampens my spirits for long, be it unemployment, cancer, or the heating coil in my oven shattering! I just prefer to smile. People might find it annoying, and perhaps it makes me selfish for saying so, but... I really don't care.
And... that's about it, I think. Should you wish to know more, shoot me a message! Just keep in mind that first impressions are important.
Note: If your profile picture has blatantly been taken to cut half of your face out of the frame, I'm going to assume you are an exile who is trying to catch the Avatar in order to regain his honor. Also, if you ask me something that I've mentioned on here, I reserve the right to make something up.
(Currently reworking my profile. Please, excuse the dust!)