55 San Francisco, United States
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My self-summary
Let's can I distinguish myself from the endless sea of women who all claim to be charming, warm, extremely into cuddling, very together and mildly brilliant? I probably can't accomplish all of that in an online profile, but in real life I think I stand a good chance.

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?
What I’m doing with my life
Enjoying it, expanding it, appreciating it, anticipating what's next...
I’m really good at
expressing myself and listening -- really listening -- to others. I am a good problem solver. I'm good with kids and dogs and I am a good friend, sister, daughter and a great mom. I'm a loving, fun, caring and very affectionate girlfriend. I am a great kisser. I can write well and I'm a pretty good cook. I'm a teacher, and I'm good at it. I sound a little like Mary Poppins here (except for the kissing), but I'm also pretty good at having a really fun time!
The first things people usually notice about me
not sure....let me know when we meet!
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I love indie movies as well as dumb comedies. I also like foreign films and the occasional blockbuster. This list is somewhat dated, but more recently I enjoyed The Big Short, Spotlight, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Birdman, Boyhood and Chef, and other favorites include Memento, Fargo, 50/50, Moneyball, name a few. Galaxy Quest and School of Rock always make me laugh. TV is not a big part of my life but I think Louie C.K. is brilliant and Jon Stewart was almost always on target. (We miss you Jon!)

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.
The six things I could never do without
*my family
*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)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How did our country become so divided? How can I make a difference? What will the next chapter in my life look like? On a more practical level, I also think about when will I get some exercise into my busy week, and recently I've been thinking about when and where to take my next, big trip.
On a typical Friday night I am
I am usually hanging out with a few friends, often at my house. I own a warm and comfy home, the kind of place where friends like to gather. After a long work week, it is nice to relax and if I don't feel like socializing after work, I may go to yoga or to the gym (and afterwards, possibly, meet up with friends). If it's baseball season, I might be listening to or watching the Giants (or at least checking the score). But there really is no "typical" Friday night and I'm open to new things -- what do you like to do on Friday night?
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Are you kidding?! Admit it here? Not gonna' give it up that easily guys.
You should message me if are happy with your life and you're interested in meeting a smart, fun, sensual, caring, communicative, energetic, attractive and confident woman who is happy being 55.