Things that wake me up in the morning include:
Travel. I picked the Bay Area because I'd been all over Europe and the eastern US, but didn't set foot west of the Mississippi until the day I arrived here (March 12, 2014). Now I am going to do the other half of this country - Alaska or bust. And when that's done, China.
History. I am really interested in anything related to the eighteenth century in particular. Feudalism, Jacobites, the Enlightenment, and revolutions are some of my favorite things to read about. Other fascinating topics include Mughal India and the Raj, Meiji Japan, and the Ottoman Empire. I think that the early modern period is so fascinating as a period of transition between the medieval world and something recognizably modern.
Strategy games. This is usually on a computer, but I enjoy a good game of Risk or Monopoly. I also will play Diplomacy with anyone who dares.
Baseball. I missed going to baseball games when I lived abroad. I love the experience of going to the ballpark. Apparently the Giants have the best ballpark food in the MLB, so I'm all over that.
Cooking. I am an avid farmers' market aficionado. In Scotland all of the meat was from the Highlands and the fish was wild caught from the North Sea. It was glorious.