For me, at this moment, there is a glass of tres pinos red wine - in a non-wine glass - sitting next to the most recent issue of yes! magazine. This issue is all about food - "how to eat like our lives depend on it" and "why this doctor wants us to eat a little dirt" and "6 ways to feed a community." Scattered across the top of the magazine is the charger for my running watch; a girl's got to log those runs somehow. Boston is so twisty and turny, the distance between places is sometimes deceiving; enter running watch. Right behind the yes! magazine is a small jar of lavender body butter I bought at a lavender farm in Harwich. Imagine a misty late-May morning standing in fields of lavender. Magical.
And right next to the lotion is a CD (yes. I still buy them in CD form.) - Chris Thile Bach Sonata's and Partitas Vol. 1. If you are a Nickel Creek / bluegrass / mandolin / classical music fan, this CD is a must listen. Behind the CD and lotion is an old big dark blue library book the spine of which a friend of mine covered with purple paper and stamped to use as table markers for her wedding; altered books are fun to make. On top of "table nine" is an assortment of markers - all different colors - for the spontaneous art project or note that needs some flair.
For the rest of my self-summary: I am a Southern California girl, who spent time abroad, in the midwest (land of corn and woo pig sooie), and has now settled in New England. Some things that make me happy: cooking, being outside, spending time with friends (community is very important to me), doing art, running, and being near the ocean (I love the smell and the way the air feels different). Oh - and one of my goals is to attend a Wait Wait Don't Tell Me live show and/or win Carl Kassell's voice on my home answering machine. :)