I'm looking for the real-deal. Of course, I'm not averse to keeping it casual and having a little fun while I get to know someone, but I'm definitely dating with an eye for something potentially long-term.
As for the rest, let's see. I love my job, and I enjoy getting better at it. I'm easy to talk to and pretty open about myself. I'm equal parts serious and goofy. I'm passionate and attentive (enough to make your friends jealous), and I'm respectful and responsible (enough to make your parents like me). And if you can't tell from that last sentence, I like to try to be funny. (But damn it if it isn't hard to do in writing! I wish I could get David Sedaris to write my self-summary.)
What else? I do red wine over white. I prefer sarcasm, irony, and wit; if we don't have the banter, that's probably a deal-breaker. I like wit, intelligence, and I've got a little of the geek-chic thing going on. Oh, and there's a special place in my heart (and stomach) for chocolate covered raisins.
Outside of work I'm hanging out with friends. I enjoy hitting the bar, going dancing (anything from hip-hop to salsa to the random 80s party), throwing/attending a dinner party, or just chilling with a movie. I keep active by going to the gym after work, and I'm looking to have my first yoga experience sometime soon. I like reading for work and pleasure, and I'm hoping to experiment more in the kitchen.
This past few summers I got to spend some time in Barcelona working for a study abroad program designed for high school students. They come to the city and study for 4 weeks, while the deans and other administrators try to keep them busy and safe. I started as a Dean, and now I go back as the Director. I like to tell people I meet that "I summer in Barcelona." (So what if it's actually work?)
Having these summers abroad has really activated my travel bug. I've been to Rome, Florence, England, Paris, and Cuba.
I make people laugh. I'm good at using sarcasm and getting away with it. And I'm good at making my most gullible students believe almost anything; I once had a class convinced that dolphins communicate telepathically.
I like to think I'm a good cook, though I'm no gourmet. There are some dishes I'm really good at, but with everything else I like to improvise. I will say, though, that I make the best mojitos my friends have ever had.
I'm also really good at matching a dress shirt with a tie, when I have to.
Books: Invisible Man, Their Eyes Were Watching God, The Great Gatsby, How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accents, Narcissus and Goldmund
Movies: The Remains of the Day, "O", Best in Show, The Three Amigos, and a ton of probably unmentionable big summer blockbusters (even if I know they suck, I still enjoy some of them).
Music: There's a bunch I like, though I'm not good with artists. If it plays on Live 105, I probably like it. I also have a ton of 80s music; you never know when someone is gonna need a dance party.
Food: If it says "con queso," I love it. But my "favorite" foods are, luckily, all over the Bay: Mexican, Indian, Thai, and Italian top the list.
What I want my backyard to look like at my first house (which I just moved in to).
What can I say? We got work to pay for our trip!