Well, I am divorced and have an adorable (and sassy) 4-year-old son. The kiddo is living with his father in Virginia, while I finish school. It is difficult, but I try to see him as often as I can.
I am on the last leg of my 6 year journey to a PhD in clinical psychology. I currently work between several hospitals downtown, providing mental health services to children and families. Not surprising, my dissertation takes up a lot of my free time. However, when I can, I like to do pretty much anything. Things that I particularly enjoy include: engaging in intelligent conversation, biking, running, hiking, theater, art, live music, photography, cooking (I'm a vegetarian and good food is important to me, but I love to cook just about anything!), exploring new places, road trips... The list could go on, I suppose. At the end of the day, I love being outside and will find any excuse to do just that.
In terms of my personality, I am very outgoing and social. I love meeting new people. I can be pretty outspoken at times and certainly strong willed. I am pretty comfortable in who I am and laugh at myself often. I'm spontaneous and rarely make specific plans. I like to laugh a lot. I have a pretty sarcastic sense of humor. Some would call it snark. I try to find humor in everything.
In terms of who I am looking for, I suppose I shouldn't put too many "rules and regulations" on it. Primarily, I am looking for someone who can appreciate a variety of things. A walk by the waterfront at sunset. A bike ride through the Highlands. Sneaking away for a coffee together on a slow afternoon. Sharing the experience of a good book together. Enjoying live music. Getting dressed up and going out for over-priced cocktails. Spending a whole afternoon cooking and sharing wine.
I should also say that I'm not looking for a serious relationship. I'm not completely ruling it out (what kind of scientist would I be if I did that?!), but it's just not something that is on my radar at the moment. With that said, all my favorite things are best enjoyed with a companion!
I have a pretty strong sense of values and beliefs. I don't necessarily need someone that agrees with me completely. What I do expect is that person is also comfortable enough in where they stand. I find that I've learned the most about my beliefs through allowing people to challenge me. I like to be challenged and I like to challenge others (as a psychologist, this is my job!).