cherflip
53 Chicago, United States
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My self-summary
Widowed now for just over 6 years - and I seriously thought I'd never make it. My four amazing young adults continue to give me a reason to get up each and everyday. It's been hard, but I'm starting to learn to live again.....slowly.

I enjoy hanging out with friends, listening to live music -any and all kinds, trying new restaurants, traveling, playing with my nieces and nephews - who I absolutely adore.

I'm a people-person and I'm always willing to help. I try to donate, both time and money, to my church and as many charities as possible - as I'm always trying to "pay-it-forward".

I love laughing loud, singing off-key, watching sun-rises/sunsets, acting goofy with my god-son, pop-up dance parties in the kitchen with my daughters, any and all Chicago sports - especially the Blackhawks, Cubs and Bears.

I've learned to never judge a book by its cover. So if YOU are looking for a swimsuit model, then I am definitely NOT for you. (I only say this early so you won't have to waste your time reading through anymore of this!!)

My husband's death has taught me that life is full of moments in need of memories, to live each day as if it were your last, to never put off to tomorrow what you can do today and to tell all the people in your life you love them - very often and very loud. Although my life is still a blank canvas, I'm finally picking up a brush and starting to learn how to paint.
What I’m doing with my life
Although it's been six years, I'm still just trying to make it "one day at a time". A few things that help me with that is....

Our lake house up in Wisconsin that I purchased a few years ago. It's close enough to get to for a quick 4 day weekend, but far enough away to make it feel like a mini-vacation.

My puppy that I rescued in 2013. Payton is just over three years old now and she's a German Shepard/Rottweiler mix. She weighs about 65 pounds but still thinks she's a puppy and a lap-dog. She's very smart and will give you a "hug" on command. She was named after the late/great Chicago Bears superstar, and definitely has a "Sweetness" about her. She lives part-time with me and part-time with my youngest daughter.

Watching my kids moving on with their lives. I know they have all put their own lives on hold - waiting to see how I will do. By them moving forward tells me I've come a long way toward moving on as well.
I’m really good at
Raising my kids. Everyday I get another request from friends (and family) for them to drop off their child(ren) for me to "change". I find it funny, but will not hesitate to admit that my kids are pretty darn great!!
The first things people usually notice about me
That I look younger than I am. I had my children before I turned 30, so I was able to "grow up with my kids, not old".
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I'm not much of a reader, and most of the things I read are off the Internet.

Most movies I watch are on DVD, because I feel it's a waste of money for me to go to a theater....as soon as its dark, I fall asleep! But I do love 'live' theater, which tends to keep me awake a bit longer!

I'm an 80's girl, so I'm into the "hair-bands". I also love Country music. For the past six summers, I've been a VIP season ticket holder to Hollywood Casino Amphitheater (formerly First Midwest Bank Amphitheater) in Tinley Park, and just renewed my seats for this summer. I can easily go to 25-30 concerts a year. Looking forward to seeing Journey again this summer!!!

I'm a vegetarian/pescatarian.
The six things I could never do without
My oldest son
My oldest daughter
My youngest daughter
My youngest son
My friends
My family
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The future.
On a typical Friday night I am
No Friday is "typical" in my house!!
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
The future scares me.....
You should message me if
You're looking for a new friendship. I'm still not ready for anything more right now, but I won't rule anything out in the future. I just need to take things slow. If that's not something you're looking for then I must apologize to you - in that you had to waste time reading through all this.
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