I am a true bon vivant and enjoy life immensely. I like to laugh, have fun and do active things (scuba diving, hiking, cycling, etc.) but also enjoy relaxing by the pool or watching a movie on a weekend afternoon. I work very hard and manage a team within a Fortune 500 company. I am very proud of the team that I have.
I consider myself a kind and conscientious (but also witty and playful) woman. I am passionate about life and (at least try to be) compassionate in my approach to it. I enjoy travel -- especially abroad because culture fascinates me -- but am equally thrilled to spend a week lounging on a warm beach with a great book -- as long as fruity drinks and scuba diving are involved!
I thrive on dynamism, great dialogues, communicative gesticulation and occasional lively banter.
I love reading many genres of literature (think: Michael Chabon, Kurt Vonnegut, Tom Robbins, Jack Kerouac), watching engaging comedy (e.g., Sarah Silverman, Richard Pryor, Chris Rock, The Family Guy, Jon Stewart), drinking quality wine (a favorite is pinot noir -- mainly No. Cal. and OR), watching films (pronounced “FIL-um”), including everything from the reliable classics like Harold and Maude and The Godfather to superior new stuff -- especially the Coen Brothers, lately.
The short list of other things that thrill me include dark chocolate, shoes (*blush*), Billy Joel (that may be a joke, but then again, maybe not), traditional French cooking (Anthony Bourdain is my own personal demi-g*d), Russian River, Everything Italian (did I mention margherita pizza?), ice cream, Shakespeare and dragonflies.
About my ideal fellow: Most importantly, he is self-aware, honest, kind and capable of following (or at least making a sincere effort to follow) The Golden Rule in all of his relationships (even the less important ones).
My only selfish requirements are that my companion should have a healthy sense of humor and be a somewhat adventurous eater.
Other than the basics, I am reluctant to impose too many parameters. Suffice to say, I know the characteristics that I admire when I see them (the opposite holds true as well). I don’t expect flawlessness. In fact, idiosyncrasies tend to be the qualities that I find most fascinating and endearing.
Finally, I believe that mutual respect and effort are critical in a relationship.