Hi and welcome to CF! First off, just remember that no question is dumb at all. Even if it's something that we've already answered to others, we can try to help point you in the right direction.
I couldn't help but laugh when you said that you start sounding like a little girl when you talk about the kitties.
I catch my husband baby talking to ours sometimes.
He was the cat person when we got together. I was always a dog person, but it wasn't because I disliked cats. Actually, I loved them, but I suffered from severe allergy issues as a child and couldn't be around them. Fortunately, as I got older those allergies diminished. There is a lot of information on this forum about allergies. When you have a chance, go to the search option and look up allergies. I know I posted a few things just recently that I do to help family members that visit and are allergic to cats, such as bathing or rinsing my cats off once a month, vacuuming/sweeping regularly, keeping all litterboxes clean, running a HEPA filter, etc. Also, keep in mind that just because a cat is short-haired, it doesn't mean that the cat won't cause allergy issues. The allergens isn't the cat, but the dander.
I agree with checking your local shelters and rescues. We have several cats and each one of them has a story behind them. Some of them are extremely sweet and loving, one keeps to herself, one is stand-offish when it comes to picking him up or petting him, some are "talkers", some are playful...you get the idea, I'm sure.
You'll, also, find by visiting with cats and kittens, you'll find the right one. It can take time, but it's worth the wait. Cats tend to pick their owners...not always, but a lot of the time. When I lost my cat, Smuckers, after having her for 11yrs, it took me 3yrs to find that special connection. Even though I love cats, it took that long to find that specific connection that I was looking for. Now, Queen Teya (as she is typically known as) could never be any closer to what I was looking for. She is my baby, and even with as many as we have and I have a bond with each and every one of them, she comes out on top. It doesn't mean that I love the others any less, it just means that she and I share a special bond.
Ok, enough rambling.
Once again, WELCOME! Good luck on your search and stick around for awhile. I'm sure you'll meet some wonderful people and find tons of useful information.