I have an interesting, chaotic past and am relieved to have found a peaceful, simple life now. I plan on keeping it that way - whether alone or partnered with someone.
I have a decent job analyzing contract language, and I'm enjoying the peace my simple life brings. I don't do anything obsessively or extremely. I like to do things based often on the weather. Bike rides, moderate hikes, movie nights, an occasional new dinner recipe, paint landscapes, garden, toss the ball for my dogs. I don't do clubs or bars - or for that matter, loud, crowded restaurants (anymore). I've seen all of that and it bores me now.
I'm a grown woman, nobody's fool (anymore lol), annoyingly smart and kind of an airhead at the same time, intellectual, funny, down-to-earth, meaning I accept my own deficiencies as a human being. I can admit when I am wrong without being pissed about it. Life is way too short for that. I'm friendly right away but it's superficial. If I really start to like you and relax, I'll talk a little smack to you, but in a teasing way. It takes a while for me to bare my neck to a person (be truly emotionally vulnerable). I can't just hand it out to anyone who asks for it, even if we have amazing chemistry together.
I strive for some material wealth because good things feel nice. But I also strive to transcend the absence of some of those material desires in favor of just choosing to be happy and grateful for my life, which by comparison to most of the world's population, is very, very rich.
I realize that these days all the rules of dating have gone out the window for many people. But I still have some. So let me tell you...
I would expect one or two casual meetings before any DATES. Something short - like two hours - in casual dress, inexpensive, no pressure, each paying our own way, maybe doing something, but not too athletic or that requires too much constant focus so we can still talk - mini golf, nature walk, horseshoes, bocce.
Then, to be perfectly clear, IF you are still interested, I would expect you to ask me on a proper date,pay for everything, make all the plans, tell me what they are (so I can dress appropriately and look pretty for you), dress nicely yourself, display good manners, romance me like a proper gentleman. I'd expect to be asked on a few dates with you in this same manner if you remain interested to see where they lead us. After that, if we are still dating, then we could be go on less fancy, more casual dates, and share expenses.