I have been divorced for several years now. I have three kids ranging in ages from 19 to 12. I love them and they keep me sane, at least on the weekends when they are with me. I have a strict policy of not introducing my kids to whomever I am dating until the time is right, and that is usually a while and in a neutral location. It just makes sense to me. All that is to say that we are not looking for a replacement mom.
I prefer to follow current events and politics over following professional sports. It's more fun to play than to watch.
On the more mundane side I spend my days in front of a computer putting together textbooks at a publishing company. It is worthwhile work, we make textbooks for the eldercare industry. It pays the bills, and it's really a great place to work. It must be a great place to work, I've been there 16 years.
On the personal side I am working on being in the moment. Narrowing my priorities, trying not to over-extend myself.
I now have chickens in my backyard. It was an impulsive decision, but I'm good with it. That is in addition to a beehive. It seems that I am becoming an accidental urban homesteader.
==update== My neighbor's dog got at the chickens, and my beekeeper friend found out that she is deathly allergic to bees. My backyard feels really empty now.
I really enjoy working with my hands making things or fixing things.
Sort of following a recipe. The results are almost always good.
Mold making, casting, and sculpture.
Actually the more I think about it, it's probably my 10 pound miniature rat terrier. I often have to say "My eyes are up here!" He is easier on the eyes than I am, so I understand.
I'm open to just about any movie. It's terrible because I tend to become invested in a movie within the first 10 minutes, and I have to see it through. Because of that I have watched many terrible movies, and have no regrets. It's the commitophile in me. With that said, Italian Neo-Realism is where it's at. The Bicycle Thief, Nights of Cabria, and Vidas Seccas are at the top of my list.
With netflix it's great to be able to watch a whole series without missing a show. Yup, I tend to binge watch a series that I like. I recently watched Shameless(UK), and that was fantastic. I prefer sci-fi, but will enjoy anything that is thought provoking. I love a good documentary.
I'll be honest and say my music tastes have stagnated. I don't have much new music in my life anymore. I do tend towards more punk and classic rock. I am also fond of bluegrass and some country. I generally avoid the over-marketed flavor-of-the-day type stuff. Having said that, I would like more music in my life. Send me a suggestion, and I'll give it a listen.
And here is what my iPod says: the transplants, tim armstrong, sublime, the beatles, the doors, social distortion, red hot chili peppers, this listing of shit is boring, offspring, nirvana, no cash, minor threat, leftover crack, janis joplin, green day, flogging molly, eagles, dropkick murphys, the distillers, cypress hill, aggrolites and so on and so forth.
Food? I'm open to anything. I will say I am craving some cafeteria food right now. Yes, that is odd, but I have fond childhood memories associated with BIA(Bureau of Indian Affairs) cafeteria food. I am planning a vegetarian January again, possibly tack on February as well.
Local brews and local food. Once I get my backyard garden going I'll have some truly local food.
Visiting far flung places and integrating myself into new societies.
How things have evolved to become what they are. I mean things, like keyboards, the computer mouse, cups, spoons, etc.. Basically I wonder about all the things we take for granted, and that once upon a time it was a huge breakthrough for someone.
Possibly taking up throwing clay. I know I would enjoy it, and be really good at it. Possibly a second degree in something like Anthropology?
Getting the VW bus running, and ... going camping.
I know we are on a dating site, but I've made several good friends here.