Creative, independent, transparent, healthy and caring woman. I'm self-reliant, secure, somewhat shy, but social and interested in the many things listed above.
Activities I enjoy are reading, live theater, movies. I volunteer at our public library, at the Ceres Community Project (providing meals to individuals touched by serious illness) helping with fundraisers and kitchen prep, Senior Center kitchen, Red Cross, 5 local theaters doing costume alterations, stage painting, sales, etc. On occasion I substitute teach in grades 2-12 including special education.
Volunteering, cooking, walking, gardening keep me active. I love ethnic cooking for the tasting and creative process. Finding new foods is one of the benefits of travel and a great reason for sharing meals with friends who also like to cook. For me it's hard to get enough of exotic travel (Marquesas Islands, Amazon jungle, India, Arctic circle, Costa Rica, Peru, Thailand) to spark my imagination and color my life. I wouldn't pass up mainstream (European) travel for the food, culture and change of scene. Places high on my list to visit are Vienna, Venice, Amalfi Coast, Russia, Australia, Budapest.
Interested, however I don't follow politics or world affairs everyday. I am environmentally aware, though not extreme.
When I listen to music, I enjoy classical, jazz, popular, opera, alternative, blues, Loudin Wainwright, Jimmy Dale Gilmore, Robert Earl Keene, Eric Satie, Rod Stewart.
In meeting someone:
I'm open to the small steps that often lead to a larger commitment: friendship, just being around one another and seeing, feeling, what that time is like, mutual understanding, leading to emotional intimacy and a long term relationship.
A level of intimacy including honesty, politeness, choosing compliments over criticism, and allowing that beauty and comfort don't necessarily equate to the most expensive item. I appreciate people who have healthy habits, are responsible, have a sense of order and make an effort to maintain friendships. I also value a sense of humor, willingness to compromise, knowledge, self reliance, attention to detail, as well as creativity on many levels.
I have a preference for social, flexible, and well-mannered friends and partners. I think that shared values are important, but understand the significance of tolerance and compromise.