I find beauty in some strange places (well, strange to most people), like the flight path of an arrow being released from a wooden bow, the first sprouts of seedlings pushing up through soil, a trickle of water running through the sand, the humming of a honeybee hive, and a well-executed knee-wheel throw.
In general, I'm a fairly introverted and reserved person, but in the right setting I can be quite gregarious.
I live with my two partners (see below), and we share our space with three cats.
Update: we now officially own 23.5 acres of forest and farm land up in Granite Falls. Due to this new development, and all the work I'll be putting into starting the farm and building our cob house (yep, house made of cob, :D look it up), I have even LESS free time than usual. Unless it's snowing. In which case, screw it, I'm staying inside or going skiing.
Yay for progress towards our goals, but it means I have little time for extracurriculars these days .
Note: I am polyamorous (NSPP, yay!) and am currently in happy relationships of various levels of seriousness with some lovely people.
Outside of work, I spend a lot of time practicing and teaching kung fu, and regardless of the directions my life or career take, that will always be a part of it.
With the free time I have after work and training, I like to cook, hang out with friends, play in the forest, catch up on my reading, and play games (either the computer or table-top RPG varieties).
Staying calm and optimistic in almost any situation.
Identifying edible or poisonous plants and fungi.
Offending people with bad jokes.
Being a mediocre archer.
Skiing like a maniac (I'm not particularly skilled on the slopes, but when I strap on a pair of skis, I apparently lose all fear and inhibition).
Also in the list of things I love to read: XKCD, Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, Questionable Content, Girl Genius, Order of the Stick, Something Positive, Girls With Slingshots, Strong Female Protagonist, and Sinfest.
Movies: just about any cheesy sci-fi, action, or martial arts movies. I also love to laugh at horror movies!
TV: Firefly, S.H.I.E.L.D., Game of Thrones, Arrow, Sherlock, Star Trek, ya know, the usual nerdy shows.
Computer games: though recently I have had very little opportunity to play, gaming is still a guilty pleasure I indulge every once in a while. I usually play computer games because I enjoy the plot lines and the characters' stories, so they are usually filed in the same parts of my brain as good books and movies.
Music: melodic power metal, 80's rock & pop, eurobeat, happy hardcore, dubstep, heavy mahogany
Well, I have a great fondness for Chinese, Thai, Indian, and Italian, though I guess there isn't much that I don't like.
Oh, and I will do just about anything for good chocolate.
I am also a huge fan of mead and scotch; always looking for interesting types to sample.
However, my life would be significantly less enjoyable were it not for:
home cooked food
a mattock pick (most useful tool ever invented, I swear!)
sunny days in the forest
time to practice and teach
Also, during almost any conversation, there will be a nearly constant stream of bad puns (or AWESOME ones, depending on your point of view) running through my brain. The frequency with which I voice them depends on my mood at the time.
For the sake of filling out this profile though, I'll admit I still watch cartoons sometimes. There's definitely a part of me that is just a kid at heart.
P.S. I would be especially interested in hearing from the types of people that know how to tell the difference between a crow and a raven, understand the relationship between baguazhang and taijiquan, can discuss the merits or drawbacks of THAC0, or know what a "Fesnyng" is, without looking it up. Simply put: animal lovers, martial arts nerds, and gaming geeks.
...actually, ya know what, screw it, I will likely get along well with anyone who can feasibly describe themselves as being nerdy or geeky in any way at all. Passion and intelligence are very attractive to me.