Life Story--I grew up in the South. My dad was a judge and my mom was a teacher. I'm the middle child with a little brother and a big sister. I was a competitive swimmer growing up, and the competitive streak never left me.
I attended Vanderbilt, Auburn (undergrad), and University of Georgia and Purdue (grad). I'm a maniacal Auburn football fan so you will probably find yourself football widowed on Saturdays in the fall. I spent 5 years in Chicago working as a headhunter in advertising before relocating to Sarasota almost 3 years ago. My company likes me enough that they let me work remotely, which is cool, because I probably would've frozen to death if I'd stayed another winter.
I surround myself with even-keeled people who "don't sweat the small stuff." I don't imagine life is much fun for people who can't laugh at themselves and their mistakes. I'm a very warm, accepting, and forgiving person, and I'm about the farthest from judgmental as anyone could ever get.
I'm very real, and I'm a heart-on-my-sleeve, die-hard romantic. Chivalry and manners seem to be a lost art these days. I like being treated well, getting flowers, having my car-door opened, etc. I'm not looking for a man-child or anyone who identifies more with Beavis than Clark Gable. On the other hand, I'm not high maintenance. I'm not afraid to get my hair wet. I like to fish, hike, and camp, and I'm not above putting my hands into a bucket full of squid guts to catch red snapper.
In terms of my style, I'm comfortable in jeans, t-shirt, and flip-flops. If there's something fancy going on, however, I love nothing more than to get all dolled up in a killer dress and painful heels (I'm 5'9" barefoot-if you have issues with tall women wearing heels I'm probably not your girl!). I can play trivia in a dive bar, but I also know which fork goes with what course.
My friends would describe me as funny (laughing with as well as at), warm, genuine, with a borderline disturbing and sometimes goofy sense of humor. I'm just a tad odd, and I'm very smiley.
I work best with even-tempered people. If you've ever punched a hole in the wall, I'm probably not your girl--My heart bruises easily, and I will not, under any circumstances, tolerate being yelled at, abused, or insulted.
I really like being outdoors when I'm not working, so I'm not going to be found sitting on the couch watching a television marathon on a beautiful Saturday. I like anything water-related, and I would love to learn stand-up paddleboarding and golf at some point.
I love intelligence, logic, wit, and reason. I'm spiritual with good morals, but I'm not into religion at all. If you are, that's fine, but I'm never going to be a church-goer.
I'm a very social being, so I need time to be with the girls! I have a healthy respect for guy time and both of us having our own lives outside of each other.
I'm very domestic, and I loooove to cook, host, and entertain. I've been known to cook a four-course meal for twenty with four hours notice.
I can hold my own in any conversation, so I like guys who are socially adept. I love positive people, and I can't handle negative, overly-critical or passive-aggressive people.
Chicago ruined me for mediocre food, and I'm a foodie. Please don't ever ask me to eat from a drive-through!
What else can I say? I'm adaptable, spontaneous, kind...no meanies ;)
(P.S., I don't answer winks...if I wrote all this you can write something! And I don't do IM-I don't always log in/out so I'm probably not even on when you're messaging me. Finally, if half of your profile is "I'll tell you later," and you are in sunglasses in every picture I probably won't respond ;-)