Update as of Oct 2012: houseboat living is coming my way. I'm now the happy owner of a large and well-appointed Lake Union houseboat in a prime end-dock location with views galore. Moving in over the next few weeks. Can't wait! A long-term dream is realized...
Feb 2013: on the lake!
I feel like such a late bloomer! Where have I been all this time?
Full disclosure about why I'm here: I'm not looking so hard to dive into a big relationship - just friendship is great to start out with, and it's fine if that's where it remains. A big committed exclusive relationship doesn't appeal to me much. I'm not saying never - who knows what life can send your way? I've been down the marriage and long dating relationship route for 20 years and am taking a break from that and exploring other things and discovering who I am outside of a relationship, and get ideas about what I truly want in the rest of my life. Do some growing up, dammit. Very interesting times and overdue for me. I do really like my own time, autonomy, and space. I'm enjoying being on my own and learning to stand and walk in my own shoes. Strong chemistry with you could smack me on the rear and surprise me, I'm open to that, and to You. Otherwise, friends? Travel and adventure partners? FWB? On-the-casual-side dating? I'm single, I'm open, low maintenance, financially stable, non-clingy, and able to have some adventures of different kinds. Try me - who knows?
I just don't want to waste your time or lead you on if you're looking for The Big Relationship. That's fine, it just isn't me right now.
I was married for 11 years, divorced since 2006. Some dating since then, relationships up to 3 years. Not being in a big relationship at this point doesn't worry me much. There are definitely certain things I miss about it and other things that I do not miss so much. The meaning in my life feels less defined now by being in a relationship or by seeking one. I'm having an interesting time now by learning who I am and living my own truth. Some of society's conventions are less dear to me now than in the past. Do you enjoy most the mainstream path? I won't judge that, I just don't believe it is the only one out there. While the more traditional is often the more safe and comfortable feeling, I am finding much wonder in this new landscape I travel outside the typical. You might want more in a relationship. That's just fine. You oughta have what you want. Sound ok? Something longer-term is actually appealing; just not the traditional thing at this point.
You'll find me open-minded, accepting, low-maintenance, understanding, compassionate, very non-clingy, and tolerant.
I really enjoy traveling - done a decent amount of it, mostly the US, Canada, and western Europe. All of these places by bicycle (multiple months at a time), car, train. I try to do an overseas vacation trip at least once a year, sometimes involving a marathon or adventure hike in an interesting place. Plenty of places still on my go-to list: Sweden, Norway (fjords!), Iceland, NZ, Baltics, Italy, southern Utah... I enjoy revisiting past places too.
I'm quite active but I don't require that of you. It'd be nice if you were at least a little active and relatively fit. Hopefully you can at least still see your toes in the shower. While I'm fit, I'm not intense or terribly competitive. I'm so very not the heavy duty racer type who absolutely has to win at all costs. I like trail runs, bike rides, kayak paddles on lakes & Sound, road runs around in the city, weight training, indoor bouldering and climbing. I love those endorphins and the idea that I can still be moving and strong and running and active and enjoying life when I'm 90. It'd sure be nice if you could be active and enjoying it all with me when you're 90 - I'd just love that!
I like a lot of things and have liked them pretty much most of my life. Like reading, Gothic architecture (gothic cathedrals!), movies, NPR, stained glass (have built a few small things - want to build a 4' cathedral rose window), cats, computers, coffee shops, long walks, bike rides, ferry rides... Travel! Bakeries! I have a mile-long sweet tooth. An Italian/tex-mex/burger/sweet-potato-fries-with-bbq tooth too - I like to eat. I dress for comfort more than for style.
I work part-time - by choice for a long time. My job is mobile but I find I can be particular about where I live and the friends I make. I have not chosen (yet, anyway) to try and jump off the cliff and live in 10 different places in as many years. I lived in CO for 30 years, mostly in the mtns, before relocating to the NW in '10. I can definitely become attached to certain kinds of places. I think Seattle is a most interesting and beautiful place, along with the rest of the NW. I've always wanted to see what it would be like to live here, so here I am, with my 2 cats. Hanging out on my Lake Union houseboat. I fell in love with Vancouver BC after running the marathon there in '12. On my way back for the marathon in '13. What a city... Victoria is beautiful too.
So color me up with lots of your crayons - not-quite-traditional and a little out of the mainstream but still pretty down to earth and trustworthy and real and solid. Kind and considerate. Thoughtful. Patient. Traditional religions aren't my thing; I'm pretty spiritual and feel more closely aligned with Buddhist ideas/practices. I like to explore my inner landscape as much as the outer one. Real conversations about real things are very appealing. Thanks so much for stopping by - I hope something here piques your interest!