The realization that I was an adult has been a slow but steady process, though starting on my fourth (!) decade (turning 30) and buying a house pretty well cemented things. I've been on the Eastside for about 6 years now, so it's almost feeling like home, but I'd much rather be sharing the experience with someone special.
Trying out new things/ finding new places to go (hiking, eating, hanging out) is something I'm getting better accustomed to: a few summers ago it was skydiving (not so good - I fall like a toolbox), this past summer it was discovering WA's parks and trails (and lugging along the nikon), next summer - hoping to have some company (@ the park, not falling like a toolbox, per se).
During the past few years I've been fortunate to have a job that has allowed me time to reflect on who I am, what I want, and what makes me tick. While I can fake being an extrovert for a short time, I find that I need to recharge afterwards. I'm an INTP (although the P is nearly split even with J) - the description of that type fits spookily well. Digging into an interesting problem, chewing on it for a few days/ weeks, trying out the possible solutions - that's the part that I really love about my job.
I tend to read - a lot. Getting a kindle a few years ago re-ignited that passion (in typical fashion, I ended up getting each person in the immediate family one), and I love to lose myself in a well formed story. Also, I firmly believe that reading the daily comics is a necessary function for remaining balanced :)
Moving away from the community I grew up in (farming/ logging community in Oregon) made me appreciate some of the things I had taken for granted, such as the tight-knit community surrounding the church that I grew up in. I've been working to reconnect with my faith (it was a bit distant in my early 20's); I have found a church that I enjoy going to that embodies the crux of my philosophy: don't _tell_ me you care/ love/ want to help, _show_ me with your actions. Their outreach programs range from a local soup kitchen to working with a sister parish in Guatemala to make quality of life improvements for the residents, such as fully enclosed stoves (requires less fuel to run, and doesn't fill the house with smoke).
About the one I'm looking for: she will be smart, fun, anchored in faith, independent and possibly able to make me laugh until I snort. She should have a good relationship with her family, be working on getting to where she wants to be in life (if not already there), and think I look good in Carhartt.