I'm a family girl and love to spend time with my folks (local) and sister and cousins (out of town) as much as possible. My dog is also a huge part of my life (she's a rescue that I've had for 7 years) and she's very protective of me (it's in her genes, but I'm a pretty awesome mom to her, too!), so you would have to be a dog lover (of big dogs, especially) with the patience and willingness to work at building a relationship with her if you're interested in pursuing one with me.
I love sitting down with a cup of good coffee, a glass of nice wine (preferably a raisiny Napa Valley Zin, but really I love many kinds), a cold ale, even just a glass of lemony ice water--to share with a friend or loved one and just shoot the [stuff]. Put me outside in a screened-in deck with birds chirping and leaves blowing in a soft breeze and it just doesn't get much better than that. (I love the outdoors and fresh air and am not a fan of bugs--so really, what IS better than that? OK, maybe the beach in Grand Cayman, or the Mediterranean, or the South China Sea...)
What kind of guy am I looking for? You need to laugh at yourself, at me, at the world--humor is SO important in life. Other random things that I find important in a mate (as I find them important in myself): You need to have a good balance of intelligence and common sense; one without the other will drive me crazy. You need to be responsible about finances. You need to have a great relationship with your parents or at least the capacity to understand mine. You need to be outgoing and social. You need to be a dog lover (see above). Oh, and if you're not a good driver, I will relentlessly poke fun at and exile you to the passenger seat. Physical attraction is very important to chemistry, but personality can really boost your level of attractiveness to me. I wouldn't go so far as to say looks don't matter, but they're certainly not at the top of my list.
When I'm not working, you can find me trailing behind my dog, picking up poop. Or playing fetch. Or watering my garden. Do I need a date or what?
Movies are not a high priority these days but I do really like them, especially when there's someone special to share 'em with. Some of my all-time favorites (there are many) include The Sound of Music, When Harry Met Sally, The Fugitive, The American President, Air Force One, Executive Decision, A Perfect Murder, Sleeping with the Enemy, Erin Brockovich, The Bourne Trilogy, Runaway Jury, The Shawshank Redemption, The Thomas Crowne Affair. Wow, I could keep going, too.
As for food, my mom's cooking, Thai, Italian, Mexican, NY pizza, burgers and hotdogs... any of those will make me happy.
Music tastes are diverse and I'm open to most types, especially if it's live. I like a lot of current music, but I'm also a bit of an old soul and love music from the 50s and 60s. My Pandora channels of choice lately are Sinnerman (Nina Simone), Buble, Mraz, and Dido.
My reading has waxed and waned over the years--when I last read voraciously, it was fiction and non-fiction that was mostly related in some way to forensics or behavioral science (i.e., FBI profiling); lately I haven't read any fiction and occasionally I still read non-fiction. I edit all day long, so on any given day I have read about a hundred pages or more at the office and don't particularly desire to pick up books at home nights and weekends.
--The friendship and support of my family
--My car (well, not necessarily my car--any car would do)
(b) You don't live more than an hour from Raleigh.
(c) A reasonable person would honestly, objectively say we may be compatible.
(d) You are not opposed to the idea of children and if you already have them are willing to try for more.
(And no, that isn't meant to be multiple choice.)