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My self-summary

I don't typically enjoy using this many sentences involving the word "I". (It would be nice to have things to say involving "we"!)

Here is some blah, blah, blah about me and my interests....read on for a bit more substance and what I am seeking in a partner.

I am a passionate, artsy, intelligent, and fun woman. I have talent for singing and languages. I love to dance, and to watch most dance performance, theater, and to go to musical performances and outdoor music festivals. When time and finances permit, I love to travel. I am a very visual person, and I thoroughly enjoy art, museums, architecture, and antiques.

Lately, I have been spending time planting lovely flowers in my yard, a newfound passion, and ripping out the horse hair plaster walls of my kichen in preparation for renovations. So I have been spending a fair amount of my summer covered in dirt or plaster dust!

I enjoy long walks and hiking and being outside when it is warm. Kayaking is fantastic. I find it really peaceful to be on the water. In winter, I prefer indoor activities.

I like taking pictures, but hardly can say that I do photography. That would imply there is some artistry to it. But I have a decent eye.

I love to travel and explore new places and cultures and to try to use my languages, or learn new ones. I wish I had more money for this, but there is only so much you can do on a teacher's salary. I still backpack around Europe like a college student. I love day trips and weekend getaways to explore and have little adventures.

I am always trying to become an even better version of myself. I think everyone has room for improvement in some way.

I am typically articulate, unless of course you manage to get me tongue-tied. Or I forget which language I am speaking at the moment....this particularly happens meeting people from many places while traveling.

I am incredibly loyal and supportive of my friends, family and loved-ones. I am a very giving person.

I love shopping for antiques, and going to flea markets and yard sales. It is kind of an addiction...

I like to have a great time and to go out and be social. And I also value some time to myself.

Although my writing here gets fairly serious, and I can be fairly intense at times, I am really much more light-hearted than it may seem. I'd even say I am slightly loopy at times...in a good way! (At least I think so!)

I am seeking a serious relationship. Otherwise, new friends are always welcome in my life.

Perhaps what I am seeking will give you some more insight into who I am, and what I value...


You are interesting and INTERESTED. (And you actually get that...)

You are passionate about something.

You don't smoke. Ever.

You are intelligent, open-minded, and well-educated. And that does not necessarily mean that you have spent years of your life in pursuit of a Master's or a PhD. I don't believe all learning needs to take place within the walls of academia.

You have something to teach me - although I believe everybody does. You enjoy sharing your experiences. You enjoy learning new things.

You are willing to work for the things you desire in life.

You'll challenge my ideas and ways of looking at things if we disagree. I want someone who can stimulate me on every level, intellectually ranking pretty high up there!

You have the capacity and the desire to articulate what is on your mind.

You are able to call me on it if I behave poorly. (I have my moments, like anyone else!)

You can laugh at yourself and make me laugh. You have a side that can be silly, absurd, or even childlike at times...and no, I don't mean childish. You enjoy laughter, and you want to enjoy life.

You are also capable of being serious and responsible.

You try to be good to other people.

You value your family and friends.

You can handle being with someone who can be organizationally challenged. (I am REALLY working on this!)

You are willing to let someone in, and intimacy does not freak you out.

You want to do things -with your life, and with your partner. And yet you don't mind being mellow at times.

I am looking for someone to share things with, but I also believe there should be a balance where each person has space to pursue individual interests and maintain friendships. How else do you have unique experiences to bring back to the relationship?

It's all about a healthy balance...

You enjoy giving and receiving.

You have your act together.

If the right woman entered your world, you could see yourself in a serious relationship and you are open to the possibility of a future with that person.

If you are not ready for something real and lasting in your life, I respect that. But kindly do not bother to contact me.

I am an amazing woman, and I am looking for someone exceptional to share my life with. I am not interested in "settling" for the sake of being with someone.

Bonus points if you can dance, you are handy, and/or you can cook! :)

I am salsa, merengue, and bachata.... (from the days when OK Cupid asked for three words....)

If you have come this far and find you are interested, reading my answers to questions will offer some more insight. I dislike many of the black and white answer options, so I qualify many of my responses.
What I’m doing with my life
Teaching 7th and 8th grade French, enjoying life, attempting to improve my skills at Latin dance. Renovating my kitchen.
I’m really good at
singing, languages, and being an amazing friend.
The first things people usually notice about me
Smile, hair, eyes, the obvious....whatever. I just had the best thing related to me....Having been introduced to a friend's friend a few nights ago, my friend told me, "So and so really liked you. She said you had no pretense. My friend told her, "That's why I love her!"" To me, this is a huge compliment. I am always true to myself, even when that may be unpopular or difficult. I do not believe in sacrificing my integrity to play a game to please someone else.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: on one end, period romances-Bronte, Austen; French literature-Proust, Gide; I think Rushdie is brilliant! On the educational spectrum-books dealing with addressing issues of race and ethnicity in society and in the classroom; Anything that awakens my mind, stirs my imagination or teaches me something. I seek that in people as well. Recent reads I have loved: The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, and A Thousand Days in Venice. I have an obsessive love affair with Venezia, and more recently, Toscana....just can't get enough of la bella Italia!

Movies: foreign, independent and art films (At least a third of the movies I watch have subtitles!)

Music: Quite diverse, but not a fan of rap or hip-hop. U2 and Coldplay are favorites. I am a classically-trained singer and enjoy opera and art songs, grew up on 80's alternative so I still have a weakness for it, anything I can dance to, world music and so on...

Food: World cuisines: Indian, Moroccan, Thai, Ethiopian,etc., but I could live on Italian food. Comfort food is essential, too. I like fine-dining foodie experiences and hole-in-the-wall dives, and everything in between. They all have their charm!
Six things I could never do without
Family, friends (although these first two do not constitute "things", they are the most important to me), love, art of all sorts, good food, and enjoying the beauty of the world around me
I spend a lot of time thinking about
what path I am moving on in life... my teaching... things about which I feel passionately.... Let's leave something to discuss!
On a typical Friday night I am
at a club dancing with friends....salsa, bachata, merengue and cha-cha-cha!....although lately there has not been a typical Friday. I am going to lose all my dance moves!
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I am incompetent with technology.

Really, it is embarrassing when your 12- and 13-year-old students have to explain to you how to use your computer or cell phone...
You should message me if
....at least some part of what I have written resonates with you.

....you want to go dancing, hiking, kayaking, exploring, etc.

The idea of a serious relationship doesn't scare the hell out of you. I am not looking for someone who just isn't ready.

One last detail....I rather hate texting. If I give you my phone number, it is because I want to talk. Text messages lose any tone that might indicate how the other person feels, communication is not spontaneous and natural, and things get screwed up in translation. I value real dialogue and the warmth of a voice.

Well, one more thing....please have a photo that clearly shows your face. I'd rather see this than the shot of your torso in the bathroom mirror. Your abs may be flabby in 10 years. I'd rather know that you have a lovely smile and beautiful eyes I would still enjoy gazing into a decade down the road.
The two of us