I am ultimately looking for a monogomous, committed relationship that hopefully will lead to marraige. I am not looking to rush into anything just to get married, as I am very comfortable being alone (I think having a companion to share life and fun with is always the better alternative!). So, I am comfortable being single and want to get to know someone at a healthy pace. However, I believe when something is "right" you know it--and you just "go with it"--there is no set time schedule of how fast or what steps the relationships should take. If you are smiling alot--go for it! Important: We all go through hardships in relationships, professionally etc, -- that is normal; however, if you feel that you are "emotionally exhausted from it all" (again, normal)--please move on. I have not been in anything messy in some time, and don't feel the need to sow oates, blow off steam or be "all about me now"--been there, done that. So know yourself and be honest, because inevitably, it will only be a headache for you and me (or anyone for that matter), as we are on two different paths.
On a less serious note--I love being with family and friends and doing anything social! I enjoy both extraverted and introverted activities, ie, going out with my partner to socialize, but also staying home reading a book, with my partner next to me on the couch, or cuddling while watching a movie. I have the cutest Bulldog anyone has ever seen--she's a couch potato!
I enjoy being active--nothing specific in mind, but I would want someone who is active in their lifestyle. I also love watching and going to see sports--I love Sunday football!
People would say that I am very outgoing, funny and social--always smiling and laughing. I am a positive person in nature (my boss teases me that I am a "cockeyed optimist" lol). As social as I am, I do NOT need to be the leader in conversation or at a social event. I get just as much enjoyment out of listening to others and soaking up their company and conversation. I think there should be a healthy combination of both of what you have to say and what others do. I also learn more by listening! My friends will tell you I am also a "closet nerd" and love to learn. I definitely have two different sides--very silly, but then enjoy having a discusion on Buddhism ....life...social/economic issues. I find everything interesting--ok maybe not country music :) (apologies to those fans--Its good you know now! lol)
The only downside I see is that I don't know how to cook that many things. Unfortunately, kids were not in the cards for me and therefore, there wasn't a great impetus to learn a large array of meals; however, I am very open to learning and becoming great at it if that would make my partner happy. Hey, I'm Italian, and of course, I have a mom who is the best cook ever--so I'll be learning from the best!