44Redwood City, United States
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My self-summary
I love to tell stories, laugh, hug people - I hug every new person on my team at work. I'm spontaneous, adventurous and while I love to plan vacations and getaways, I also love to just go and see what happens. The beach is my place - the feel of sand between my toes, the sound of the waves - someday I dream of buying a house in Pajaro Dunes so I can be by the ocean more often. :-) I do all the California girl things like skiing and yoga as well as scuba diving (although I haven't been underwater in a while and I miss it). And I'm excited to learn new things - to watch whatever joy someone else has in an activity and experience new things that way.

I've gone through a lot of hard times during my life, both as a kid and an adult and it made me who I am and made me strong. It also helped me learn to live in the present, enjoy every moment and just 'be' in the world. Maybe growing up did that too. :-) I'm not a buddhist, but I'm loving the reading I'm doing on how to experience strong emotions - fear, happiness, anger - and not act or react - just experience the feelings and appreciate that that is what living is about.

I'm a mom and I love being a mom. My kids are hysterical and they make me slow down and have fun. I'm divorced, it was hard, but the right thing to do. And now I get to experience something new that life has to offer. I've always felt that the meaning of life was to experience everything - even the uncomfortable things - and while I didn't expect to be single again, it is another chance to explore and find joy in meeting new people and building a new kind of life. I'm actually excited because I think of my week with my kids as fun, games, soccer, dance, cuddling time - and then I have a totally different week to spend exploring who I am, finding new adventures, learning new things. I can't think of anything more exciting than getting the best of both worlds and living in the present of every moment. I'm looking for someone who - at some point - would love hanging out with me and my kids, and also love the freedom to explore and have fun when we can't be with them.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm in a great place - at the stage of my life (maturity? wisdom?) where work is something I love, but I'm not working nights and weekends to get stuff done. I have a team, I delegate, I empower, and I go home at night and might - or might not - check email. I love my job and my company - so my days are filled with people that are fun, caring and I love managing and helping them grow their skills, succeed and move up in their careers.

Outside of work - I'm filling my weekends with activities and fun. Whether it's with my kids coaching soccer (although I am not a soccer mom! haha!) or finding fun projects around my house, going out with friends, getting away for the weekend... whatever fun thing I can dream up. I love to dance - so am thinking about learning to LindyHop or Salsa. Don't be intimidated if you don't want to learn - that's totally fine - but if you do... well let me know! I have a friend at work who plays the guitar so I'm getting back into singing - just casually - but maybe we'll perform for my 40th birthday or something. Sugarland, Sara Barielles, Sheryl Crow and a little Pink (although my voice is a little sweet sounding to cover Pink!).

But I'm open to try whatever my friends like too - just let me know and we'll go!
I’m really good at
Singing - lots of people say this, but for me it's real. I spent my high school and college years studying music and voice. I wish I had more opportunities to sing. I read somewhere that music is an outlet for emotions - so true. Singing brings me joy, gives me a place to express pain and heartache, but in a way that is beautiful. I especially love harmony - can't help but harmonize with anything on the radio and have done a lot of back-up singing just for fun.
The first things people usually notice about me
My smile. It's always there - unless I'm concentrating and really problem-solving. I have been joking lately that I'm smiling so much that it's giving me wrinkles. I suppose these are the good kind of wrinkles - joy wrinkles. :-)
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Hard to say - I'm pretty open. I used to say I like all music except for Country - then I fell in love with Sugarland. So I guess I just love music when it comes from the heart and tells a story. Or maybe when it just has a good beat. Yes. I pretty much enjoy Ke$sha and Katy Perry too.

And - sometimes people laugh but - I'm a sci-fi/fantasy gal. I went toe-to-toe with a developer on Firefly references and have watched all the Stargates, Star Treks, Star whatevers that have ever been. Love reading too, Terry Prachett, Harry Potter... and yes even Twilight. :-)
Six things I could never do without
My kids, my health, my choice of happiness. Everything else is easy to replace (although I do love my iPhone, Starbucks and my new car).
I spend a lot of time thinking about
new adventures - places to go.
On a typical Friday night I am
There's nothing typical about any night - could be anything from snuggling with my kids in the movie theater, reading a good book with a glass of wine by my firepit on my deck or out dancing with friends in the city.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I love my car - it's a new convertible and I've never been a car person, but all of a sudden I am. Weird and unexpected.
You should message me if
If anything above sounds cool to you - let me know. But keep in mind, I'm a girl and I'm not really looking for a pen-pal, I'm interested in being asked out. So get on with it. ;-)
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