My last relationship was 13+ years and when I first wrote this profile, I knew it was too soon to get into another long-term one, but wanted to get myself out there and leave myself open to the possibility. Now that I'm coming up on 4 years single, I'm feeling much closer to being ready. But I'm not 25 anymore, so I feel the need to take my time and plan for the next relationship to be my last. I intend for that person to be the one I wake up to every day for the rest of my days, and I want to be sure we actually like each and enjoy each other! I'm looking for that person that will help me laugh our way through old age. ;) In the meantime, I love meeting new people and experiencing new things. I'm pretty open regarding age range, however, if you're younger than my oldest son (29), you are definitely too young to date me, but I'm always happy to make new friends (and maybe you have cute older friends you can introduce me to, or you can be my wing man). And on the other end of the spectrum, if you think I am too old to wear kick-ass high heels and dance til the wee hours, you are probably too old for me. I was recently told I have a "contagious, youthful exuberance about me". Thought that was a nice compliment. I do love having silly fun, but am also the person people come to when they need consoling or just some good non-judgmental advice.
I love the outdoors, but I'm not a rock climber or a mountain biker like I hear so many girls on here seem to be (I'm more of a bike path kinda girl). But I can hike a mean trail and pack some fabulous food to eat at the end. I also love day or weekend road trips to cool and unusual places, as well as repeat visits to my favorites.
I have a great sense of humor and expect the same in my friends/dates, etc. I was born and raised in the Midwest and still have those down-home qualities such as always being willing to lend a hand where needed, and the belief in treating people the way you expect to be treated (and I'm not talking about just your friends and acquaintances). Being raised in the Midwest made me very self-sufficient...I can fix things...like a guy, but with more pizzazz. ;)
I LOVE live music (and randomly break out in song - sometimes gets me strange looks at Trade Joe's), I enjoy walking; hiking (especially near water), eating great food (I'm not one those girls that doesn't eat - I LOVE food!), exploring, and road trips (am out of town many weekends doing just that). I consider myself to be witty (and downright silly at times), smart (real blondes are smart because they haven't suffered brain damage from the hair dye seeping into their heads), kind, sweet, drama free, and fun to be around.
I like a man with a quiet confidence. He knows his appeal and his qualities, but he's not arrogant about it. He is smart, but kind and polite. He is respectful to waiters/waitresses (I did my time as a waitress when I was young and that's one of my tests I put a date through - except now you know that test, so it's not such a secret anymore, so you should pass that one with flying colors!). He has a fabulous sense of humor and can exchange witty banter. Bonus points if you know the difference between there, they're and their, or your and you're. A man that can make me laugh and take my breath away with his kiss is the perfect combination.
Someone asked me what my intentions are at this time in my life. After some thought, I came up with this list: make new friends, date, see new places, taste new food, hear new music...basically enjoy all the good things life has to offer. I haven't enjoyed enough of it in the past and need to make up for lost time! Along the way, I hope to find that person that I will happily grow old with.
There is a quote by Dr. James C. Dobson that I saw posted somewhere once and I think it sums up what I am looking for in my my next relationship: "Don't marry the person you think you can live with; marry only the individual you think you can't live without."
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