I recently completed a long and difficult architecture graduate program. I finally got there after significant amounts of hard work.
Overall I am a low-key person. Like a hobbit, I like places that are quiet, dark, and cool.
I tend to be low key most weekends. Grad school was pretty intense, so I like to chill out a lot. I do get out and hike at least every few weeks, but not every weekend.
I love to hike, ski, go for bike rides, walk, and hang out in Somerville and Cambridge when I am able. I train 5-7 days a week on cardio equipment. I am a weekend warrior with a list of sports injuries. One is chronic but under control. I learned the hard way that I have to do strength training during the week and on weekends when I'm home. High humidity times of year are my least favorite. Sitting still for long periods of time gets old, so I'm glad to be done with the 165-page Thesis and two 100+ page graduate portfolios.
I listen to the BBC and NPR almost every weekday.
I love the dry articles they required us to read in graduate school, like the ones on the De Stijl manifesto, the Constructivists, Patrick Schumacher, and parametricism. I'm not always serious and certainly like to laugh, and find many things to laugh at and people with whom I can laugh. I was a serious student. I like getting away from Boston periodically but like what it has to offer as well. I'm a hiker girl. I can't hike every weekend, but make a point to go on a consistent basis. I eat meat, but I avoid gas station hot dogs like the plague. I eat vegetarian meals at times, and like vegan salads because of the low cholesterol. I avoid gamey meats in general. I recycle as much as I can, but the environment is not my religion.
I think that my long years in architecture school and in design competitions have made me tomboyish. I know how to vertically use an ice axe, crampons, & plastic mountaineering boots with a fixed rope. I love craft beer. Society certainly has all kinds of expectations for people. It's fun to challenge those expectations. I'm not one to keep up with the Joneses. I ignore societal pressures as much as I can. Fashion can be cool, but fashionista is not.
Activities that I like:
-Hiking, hiking, hiking
-books (I'm reading The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho)
-live music in small venues
-spa outings when possible
-backpacking in California
-going up north for a weekend to ski and swim in outdoor heated pool when possible, sleep in and relax.
-board games, watch movies in theatre and on video
-ethnic food outings.
-biking to work (30 mi rdtrp.)
-swim in local ponds and lakes, the beach.
I go on a weeklong backpacking trip in California annually, carrying a 40 pound backpack with a large group, stoves, bear cans, and all else. Totally roughing it but I go with groups. I know it's not for everyone, but doing it for 5-7 days is ok. I would go backpacking more often if I could. It makes me appreciate modern amenities. I have seen and heard bears in California, and heard them in NH. I know where to find amazing boreal forest blueberries. I have no fear of breaking a nail, because mine are short anyway.
I grew up close to the Mason-Dixon line, but am absolutely culturally a Northerner.