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My self-summary
If you read nothing else, take in just the next paragraph and then scroll to why you should message me.

I teach, I volunteer with animals, I sing, I laugh, I dance, I read & I'm loyal. I'm engaging but also a people watcher. As happy at O's game as out to dinner/dancing or in with a movie. I care about my work and I work hard but have learned to walk away from it to live.

For you readers out there, here's more detail on the above...

My people are important to me and I'm looking for a lover and friend to be my life partner.

Random quirks folks tend to like about me: my dimples, I'm awfully ticklish, I text in full sentences with correct punctuation whenever possible, the often unconscious 'happy dance' I do during a great meal, and I have been known to try to rescue wandering dogs beside the highway.

I like to people-watch. I've been called a recovered introvert, which makes me smile. Depending on my mood I might engage in a harmless momentary flirt (I'm a big hit with the over 65 set!), or alternatively, be completely oblivious to the world around me. I'm working more meditation into my life. I like photography and enjoy capturing the pups (my own included) at play in dog parks.

My heroes are the regular people I know well and love for their idiosyncrasies. I volunteer most Sunday's at BARCS to try to give back and so many people in the rescue community have dignity and heart I hope to learn from and emulate.

I'm extremely loyal. Others describe me as spiritual but I simply try to put out good vibes and believe that ultimately what goes around probably comes around - I don't see any higher power at play in that. I believe that getting someone's name right and knowing how to pronounce it shows a necessary basic respect, especially if the person's not of one's own nationality, and I sometimes have trouble being succinct, can you tell? :)

I am an evolved, mature, courageous, wonderful woman who knows her own mind. I am looking for a strong, capable man, who knows when to let me be in control and when to take the reins. In relationships I am wired for monogamy, emotionally honest, I own my own shit, and I know how to fight fairly. I deserve to hear the truth and to be trusted, treated like a lady, and that the person I come home to lifts me up and sees me in the best image of myself, since I will do that for him.

As my profile states, I am 5'9, and a proportionate woman, with a curve in the hip that my friends say make me sassy. In my downtime I can be found with my rescue dog, singing my heart out at karaoke, dancing the night away to a live band, or snuggling at home with a book, movie, or perhaps you.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm a school administrator who also teaches. I'm a jack-of-all-trades; I like that every hour of every day can be different. A diplomat's daughter, I can work with just about anyone. My best day is one when a student's in my office crying because that's when I have the opportunity make a real difference, which is far better than pushing paperwork any day.
I’m really good at
Compassion. Organization. Seeing both the big picture and the details. Accepting people for who they are.
The first things people usually notice about me
That I'm taller than they expect, but that's just the shoes... Or, perhaps, that three-dimensional me is even more interesting than this profile.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: mysteries and sci-fi, but also some non-fiction.

Movies: dramas/actions, comedies and the occasional chick flick. I enjoy many of the comics-made-movies but my favorites are most likely what I consider classics like Young Frankenstein, The Princess Bride, & Blazing Saddles.

Music: almost anything live, but I love singer-songwriters from the 70s, most 80s (high school flashbacks), definitely rock, blues, and I like to get funky. The best big concerts I've been to in the past few years were James Taylor & Carole King, U2 and The Eagles. I'm almost as happy walking into a place to a band I've never heard of before, assuming it doesn't kill my eardrums and has an actual beat!

Food: steak, seafood, sushi, just about anything off the grill, ice cream and a few harder to find things such as a perfect mango...
Six things I could never do without
My family.
My friends.
Dogs (mine and others')
Music, preferably live.
Sunshine or some chance to be out in and connect with nature.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Hmm ... Sometimes my mind doesn't slow down enough for me to take notes. Self-reflection ranks up there, I am sure.
You should message me if
You have an optimistic outlook on life, you are kind to strangers, and you feel some purpose in your life/job - I find these qualities not only appealing (heck, they can be downright sexy!), but also necessary in a partner.

Based on some recent dates I feel compelled to add... If you're kind to folks in service professions and generous to wait staff.
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