I absolutely need someone with a sense of humor. My most favorite thing in the world is to laugh. I revel in the ridiculous/embarrassing/awkward moments in life and am able to laugh in even the worst/hardest of situations.
I am looking for someone who, most importantly, is a good communicator. I do not want to play games and need someone to can express themselves and their feelings well.
I am down to earth, educated, outgoing, silly, affectionate, family-oriented, and fiercely loyal to those I care about. I would love to meet someone who mirrors these qualities.
I have an amazing daughter who is 18months old. I am taking great care to raise a happy, well-adjusted, curious, smart, and well-mannered little girl. I would obviously be looking for someone who enjoys children. I also have a 3year old (rescued) Pomeranian. The three of us are a package deal :)
I have a Bachelors in English and a Masters in Information Science. I am certified to teach K-12 in NJ. I teach 1-2 English 101 classes at a community college each semester but my primary focus is raising my beautiful little girl and making sure she is happy and healthy :)
While in school I worked for a Veterinarian's office for 9 years and have done a great amount of rescue and foster work over the years with dogs and particularly cats. I have also worked with wildlife for half my life at wildlife refuges, occasionally fostering baby squirrels or baby birds in the summer months. Since I am such an animal lover I could only date someone who shares my love and respect of animals and wildlife.
I am crafty and love nothing more than losing myself in some sort of project, whether it is painting/decorating a room, spackling & sanding/caulking the garage, creating random artwork for the walls, making elaborate handmade gifts such as diaper cakes (it's a girl thing) or crocheted blankets. I have a knack for taking and editing photographs; friends & family will often ask me to hold photo-shoots for them or their kids which I happily do just for fun.
I love to bake and have started cooking within the past year. I am one of those freaks-of-nature that can eat anything I want without ever gaining weight but I still like to exercise, usually by running, several times a week. About 5 months ago I was enlightened regarding the evils of added sugars and have almost entirely eliminated them from my diet. However I will still sneak the occasional Klondike bar lol
I am not a materialistic person. The only material possession I truly value is my DSLR camera and only because it can capture what is REALLY important to me: family, friends, and memories.
Deal-Breakers for me:
Absolutely no smokers
Absolutely no hunters