Fitness, physical activity, and healthy eating are very important to me, for both the physical and mental/emotional benefits.
I think of myself as a bit of a foodie. But, not the type that requires super fancy food all the time. Rather, I just really enjoy good food. If it's a great example of a burger, or a delicious, ripe peach, that works for me. If a restaurant is charging me a fortune for dinner, though, I sort of want to be amazed. I like to cook at home as well, and like to play around trying new recipes. I'm not always successful, but it's fun. I really enjoy putting together a dinner for friends, or one special person. And, I like a nice glass of wine to go with it. I'm still trying to expand my wine knowledge, but I've got a good sense of what I like.
Like most, I enjoy theater, and movies. I lived in New York in a past life, and miss being able to go see a new Broadway play whenever I want. But, I try to get up there for weekends now and then to see what's good.
I lived oversees when I was younger, and I've had the travel bug ever since. I've been to many places around the world, but have many more on my list. And, there's plenty of fun places to explore in the U.S. as well. The trick is finding the time.
Hiking and camping, or other outdoorsy-naturey activities are high on my list, too. Being away from it all is good for the soul. Though I must confess that sometimes I just want to stay home and veg out with a book or the History Channel (ok, and maybe HGTV too).
I like to play golf, but do so poorly and not nearly as often as I'd like. Big tennis fan, but play even worse than I golf.
I play the piano, but strictly as a hobby, and almost always only for myself. I suppose I have a degree of insecurity about my playing. But, even though I'm not terribly accomplished, it provides me a great deal of comfort.
I have suffered several deep losses in my life in the past 2 years. It's been difficult for me to wrap my head around, but, from that suffering has sprung a new appreciation for life. In the past year, I took up yoga, and have begun to explore Buddhist philosophy. Its message of mindful compassion really speaks to me. I really do try to look for the joy in each day and in the small moments that come along.
Ultimately, I'm looking to find a partner to share life's triumphs and tragedies, and even just the day-to-day mundane. Someone to tell how my day was. Someone to plan trips with. Someone to watch bad movies with. Someone to pick out the perfect tie and shirt with. Someone to smile at from the other side of the room at a party. Someone to grow old with.