I am down to earth, fun-loving, young at heart, (young -looking, I'm told) and easy going. "Live and let live" is a motto by which I try to live, and I do my best to avoid drama. Instead, I seek out the positives and choose happiness at every turn. I love to laugh and try to find the humor in all that life throws us. I greatly appreciate a good sense of humor and an upbeat disposition.
After spending my work days surrounded by first graders in a classroom, I am delighted to return to the peace and quiet of my home! In fact, quiet time alone has taken on a whole new meaning to me after many years of teaching young children and working with women! I've discovered that I value talk with purpose as opposed to superficial chatter that just fills the gaps. If it isn't funny, if it doesn't entertain or solve a problem, or if no knowledge is gained, then I would probably be just as happy with the gaps of silence. Don't get me wrong -- I love chewing the fat!!! I just prefer "stimulating fat," as I love to entertain and be entertained; otherwise, I'd opt for peace, quiet, or music.
Music is one of my greatest passions -- I find it has incredible powers in terms of creating moods and energy, especially live music. I love to collect it, listen to it, sing it, and, of late, try to create it (by taking drum lessons). With the aid of some waterproof gadgets, I can now combine three of my all-time-favorites -- swimming, dancing, and listening to music into what feels more like "pool dancing" than exercise! Sounds crazy, I know, but don't knock it till you've tried it! Along with bike riding, going to the gym, walking, and reading, it's one of the ways I most enjoy my alone time.
While I enjoy the company of friends and family, I try to maintain a good balance between an active, social life and time to myself. Having acquired a great appreciation for time spent alone pursuing one's interests, I feel for the people I know who tell me they hate to be alone and need constant company. I'm a believer in the idea that familiarity breeds contempt and that too much togetherness can be stifling. In mature, healthy relationships, I think people can flourish as individuals and come together purely out of desire as opposed to need or obligation. Once again, don't get me wrong! I'm not a socio-phobe or in danger of becoming the next Howard Hughes! I LOVE to be with people and welcome the idea of being part of a couple -- just one in which both people feel free to be themselves, maintaining individual interests while pursuing common ones.
OKAY -- this has become ONE LONG PROFILE and sounds, perhaps, much more serious than I am. I have rewritten it from what was once one very succinct paragraph! Sorry -- I like to write! Besides, I thought I should put it out there for anyone who really cares to know (as the Match profile heading above suggests) "ABOUT ME & WHO I'M LOOKING FOR." Everybody else can just look at the pics, the age, and whether I smoke, drink, or weigh too much!