I love to travel. I spent some years of my youth working onboard cruise ships so I've seen about 60 different countries. Which also means I call a mean game of bingo, play shuffleboard with the best of them and can host your next company karaoke party. The feeling of sitting on a dark deck at night looking at a sky full of stars is still one one my favorite things.
My son is everything to me. So if you're not down with a kid, no worries - I'm just not the girl for you. I'm the mom who teaches my 4 year old Salt-n-Pepa's "Push It..." just so he can run around saying "Ahh... Push it. Push it real good." And then I laugh. I coach his t-ball team. Which is equal parts fantastic and exhausting... pretty much sums up parenting.
I like to do ridiculous things just because I can. Because I want to be one of those little old ladies one day who can have enough amazing stories that my grandchildren will be both embarrassed yet proud. Skydiving, scuba diving, circus lessons, pole dancing classes, whatever. I just got back from a solo trip climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro followed by a few days on the beach in Zanzibar. The more people who told me it was crazy, the more I wanted to do it. My next trip is booked! Thailand. Some of it solo at a crazy retreat yoga place. I don't do a ton of yoga. I do even less silent meditation. I wanted a different kind of challenge.
I just recently started competitive ballroom dancing... like spray tans and all. It's this fantastic combination of feeling like a sport, mixed with some sort of rhinestone covered cult, meets dog shows. Like if you've ever seen the movie "Best in Show" - there definitely needs to be one of those about ballroom dancing. I actually was just featured on a reality show episode on amateur ballroom dancers that's currently airing in Europe. So like David Hasselfhoff, I'm HUGE in Germany ;)
I tend to make off color jokes at the most inappropriate times. I don't always wear makeup. I don't even own a strand of pearls. So if you're looking for a proper southern lady, I'm probably not for you. However, if you like good old fashioned Midwestern, always know where you stand, look no further. I'm honest to a fault, a bit of an open book. I love to laugh. Politics make me kind of hot. John Stewart is my hero.
What am I looking for? Well, first off, take that bluetooth headset out of your ear if you're not talking to anyone. And at the first sign of texting me a picture of your junk, we're done.
Smart is sexy. Smart and sarcastic, even better. I want to learn things from you. Sit and tell me about your job. I'll ask a million questions. Are you showing me that you're some sort of subject matter expert in something... awesome. I like to know what you're bringing to the party. Speaking of parties. You better be fun. Not like, "let's grab our glowsticks and get all up in the club til 4am" fun, cuz let's be honest, I'm not 22 anymore. But more like, "Heck, it's an awesome day - let's hit the road for the weekend." kind of fun. You love your kids... or want to love some kids in the future. You work hard but you know what's actually important in life. You're a good friend. You love dogs. Take a look at my profile pictures. Dogs are part of the package deal. You're curious about the world around you - you've realized as an adult that you sometimes miss learning stuff so you do it whenever you can. You're open with your feelings - you're into someone, there's no question about it. You're pissed off, you let 'em know that too. You are always striving to be a better person and you want to help someone else be better as well.
But fun. You gotta be fun.