I am warm, smart, upbeat and optimistic -- not a perfect woman, but happy, confident and enjoying my life. I know this is a cliche, but I'm definitely a "people person." I have great colleagues, many wonderful friends and I tend to connect easily with others (humans and canines). Now I am looking for someone special to really click with.
I tend to see the positive things in life and to appreciate the small things. My glass is usually half full but I am not a pushover. I love to read (usually literary fiction), can get completely caught up in a baseball game (go Giants!), will whip up a delicious meal with ease (though the kitchen may be a mess afterwards) and I love to be outside -- hiking, walking and exploring -- in cities as well as in nature. I am quite active and enjoy many types of exercise -- yoga, biking, hiking, and going to the gym, but I leave the heart monitor at home and enjoy exercise and outdoor activities without going into an obsessive uber-zone. I love the ocean and the mountains and believe that a sunset on Tuolumne Meadows may be the most extraordinary place on earth. (On the other hand, I love Manhattan too!) I have the time and the means to travel, and I've recently started to travel more. I want to see more of the world.
I am a teacher and I love my job. (Although hanging out with 11-year-olds all day can be exhausting, it is also interesting, rewarding, a lot of fun and it definitely keeps me young.) I'm politically liberal -- always have been, always will be. I have two children in their 20's, both college graduates and doing really well in their own lives, and I am very close to both of them. I also have a dog that I love.
I am down to earth, independent, adventurous and pretty easy going. My friends and colleagues consider me very intelligent, open-minded, a good problem solver and insightful. I'm also fun, have a quick wit and am quite funny (even though this profile seems to contradict that claim).
I am not into relationship drama. I was married for a long time and now want to meet a guy who is fun, engaged in the world, communicative, thoughtful, emotionally available, VERY sensual (gotta' have chemistry!), can make me laugh (which isn't hard) and enjoys life. Is that you?
I read a lot (well, I go through phases of reading a lot). I tend more towards literary fiction, but also enjoy memoirs and have recently been reading more non-fiction. Some favorite books include The Hours, Olive Kittredge, The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, most Alice Munro stories and many essays by Adam Gopnik and Malcolm Gladwell. I always read (and never finish) The New Yorker and I love The Sun magazine. I read a lot online.
My musical tastes are eclectic -- rock, bluegrass, jazz, anything Latin, some classical and even a little rap. Michael Franti is a favorite and so is Bruce. I'll never tire of the Beatles, Prince (how did we lose him?) and I love Ozomatli, Manu Chao, and Orishas -- even though I can barely understand the Spanish lyrics. The arts are also important to me. I enjoy many different art forms (including music, literature, film, theatre, photography and painting) and while I appreciate innovation and experimentation, I have low tolerance for pretension.
As for food, I enjoy a great meal and also love the offerings from the local taco truck. Ethnic food is at the top of my list -- Indian, Burmese, Thai, Sushi...but I am a very adventurous eater, so most foods appeal. I need my veggies and I love summer fruits. There is always some dark chocolate in my pantry.
*my friends (I have a terrific "posse")
*kissing (I mean good kissing)
*walking/hiking outside (that's one reason I love the Bay Area)
*a good book and/or The New Yorker
*my ability to have a good laugh
*my headlamp (it's always the first thing I put in my suitcase no matter where I am headed)
*NPR (I listen to the news and love This American Life and The Moth -- I'm an NPR junkie)
*olive oil (OK, that's #9...I'll stop at 9)