I am passionate about my two daughters (12 and 15), animals, traveling abroad, New York, left wing politics, friends, family, and great food. I am easy going but hard working, silly but serious, and a truly genuine, straight forward person. I am from a big and very close family. My friends are very dear to me, and many of them go back to childhood. There is very little that I don't enjoy doing--meeting friends to try new restaurants, returning to my favorite ethnic dives, going to movies, (both mainstream blockbusters and offbeat small films), going to museums and galleries, braving it on crazy roller coasters, horseback riding anywhere anytime, week ends away, (You can always count on me for a spontaneous road trip or a last minute week end in NYC!), spa days, hiking, swimming in the ocean (with or without my boogie board). I also love my down time--sitting on my bed with a good book, listening to music and singing off key with my daughters, or doing the daily crossword. I have traveled a lot and am interested in different cultures and in seeing as much of the world as I can. My bucket list is still quite long and includes South Africa, China, Turkey, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Portugal, India, and so many more places. I care deeply about humanity, social issues, and the state of the world. I am educated and thoughtful, and I enjoy being with others who are well informed and interesting, not simple or superficial.