Food: I love ethnic food: Thai, Indian, Chinese, Mexican, Lebanese,
Greek, Japanese, Italian, French, Spanish . . I love trying new
cuisines . . . although I admit to being a bit squeamish when it
comes to offal. One of the best things about Portland is the
amazing food scene. Food carts, diners, brunch spots, high brow,
low brow, and it's pretty much all amazing. I'm a good cook and a
great baker: my homemade bread is amazing!
Books: As the daughter of an English teacher turned children's
librarian, I read a lot! Laurie R. King, David Sedaris, Ann
Lovejoy, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Bill Bryson, Amy Tan,
Elizabeth George, Jane Austen, Will Thomas, Cara Black, Sharon K.
Penman, James Herriot, the Brontes, etc. I'm always nose deep in at
least one book, but I often have several on my plate.
Movies: I will watch most movies at least once, but my favorites
are those that fall in the smart and/or dark comedy catergory
(Juno, Kevin Smith flicks, Better off Dead, Grosse Point Blank,
Mumford, High Fidelity, Waiting for Guffman, The Royal Tenebaums
(anything Wes Anderson really), Silver Linings Playbook, I Love You
Man, etc). I like movies for the escape they can provide, and for
me laughter is such a great release, so most of the time I would
rather watch a movie that will make me laugh vs. one that will make
me cry. I see a lot of sad shit in my job, and it's nice to watch a
funny flick and have it all erased, at least for awhile. But
overall I am just a movie fan, so whether it's Star Wars or Empire
of the Sun, I'm in.
Television: The United States of Tara, Downton Abbey, In Treatment,
Dexter, A Bit of Fry and Laurie, The Office (British and American),
Little Britain, Bored to Death, Boardwalk Empire, It's Always Sunny
in Philadelphia, The Big C, Fawlty Towers, Deadwood (Ian McShane is
the man). . .
I love live theater, ballet, art museums, gardens and any event/or
exhibition that can teach or show me something new. I enjoy trivia,
board games, hosting dinner parties and/or game nights. I'm also a
live sports fan. For the most part I can't stand watching sports on
TV (unless it's with a large group or KU basketball during March
Madness), but I love being part of a crowd, rooting for a team and
the insane exhilaration of a great win. Timbers games are a
favorite, but I'm down to watch pretty much anything as long as
I've recently discovered the joy of birding, and hope to continue
to expand my skills . . . I love being out in search of the
elusive, never knowing what I might find or see. I'm also trying to
practice yoga on a more regular basis, as I took a 12 week course
and loved it . . . now I just need to make it a home habit.
Music: If I'm out dancing I want hip hop, pop or 80's music. I want
to be able to sing along as I dance. I have very fond memories of
dancing to "Footloose" with a group of friends on stage in a
Portland club and equally fond memories of dancing to Tupac's
"California Love" in a Paris nightclub. At home or in my car I will
listen to pretty much anything. I'm not a big country fan, but I
love rock, emo, blue grass, local . . . I have been blessed with
some very musical friends in my life and I entrust them with my
musical education. And while I don't often seek it out on my own, I
love live music as well, preferably on a smaller scale (ie: in a
local dive vs. a big stadium).