OK?I might as well admit it?I have a tender heart. I have a hard time saying no to an animal that's abandoned, a person who needs help, a worthy cause that needs a volunteer, or a friend who needs a shoulder in the middle of the night. I know how totake care of myself, but my genuine interest is in taking care of others. My schedule often includes an event I'm decorating for, a newsletter I'm editing for a not-for-profit organization, or a group of ladies who want me to teach them floral design. I am equally at home with long-held values and beliefs as with new ways of thinking and believing that grow out of my intellectual curiosity. Though having a strong work ethic, I can lay it aside, "crank up the music and play like a child. "Recently a blog highlighted a story about a woman who lived a pretty "simple life. " Turns out the woman highlighted was me. That's somewhat true - the "Material Girl" I'm not. I don't need nor particularly like the spotlight, and don't crave flash and attention; I treasure quality and depth. I like sunrises, sunsets, the change of seasons, mountains, all animals, music, cooking, laughing, camping, fishing, boating, football, ice hockey, bowling, figure skating, off-roading, ghost towns, zoos, museums, swap meets, and a lot of artsy-craftsy stuff. I'm old-fashioned, raised by parents who taught me the difference between a woman and a lady, and I am a woman by gender, a lady by choice. Though not high-maintenance, I don't roll out of bed ready for the HDTV camera either. From my past relationships, I have found that if you know you're dating the wrong person, have the guts to get out. Every minute you spend in a bad relationship is one minute less you'll have to share with the person you're meant to be with. I believe in keeping the element of surprise in my relationships. Romance lives at the intersection of ?Unexpected' and ?Delight' and tends to grow stale at ?Predictability'. I also believe that rather than marry the person I can live with, I'd prefer to save marriage for the person I cannot live happily without.