I think my friends would describe me as thoughtful, sincere, irreverent, playful and maybe a bit eccentric. I feel I'm at my best around people who are passionate about ideas, comfortable in their skin, who have a strong affinity for coffee shops/caffeine, and who are emotionally and socially curious. I really like learning from others (and in more recent years, teaching students who genuinely care about a topic).
My favorite two people in the world are probably my little nephews (who excitingly just recently moved from London to Seattle)-- though my baby niece is surging up the ranks. All three are very cute, and my nephews are scarily observant little guys with a merciless knack for Uno. Bono is somewhere in my top ten. Admittedly, I watch way too much television. Mainly reality shows (all 30 seasons of Survivor) and sports (with strong loyalties to my Vikings, but also many hours of NBA, golf, tennis - hoping that poor Fed can capture at least 1 more Slam before he fades into the champions tour), unless its a campaign year in which case, like everyone else, I make time for Meet the Press. However, I'm not averse to the quality scripted drama or comedy (e.g., GOT, Veep, Rome, Silicon Valley -- the Wire, House of Cards, Breaking Bad and early West Wing are on the docket).
I have an insatiable appetite for (persuasive) social psychology research, some aspects of pop-culture, politics, and movies (and movie critique). Chris Nolan, Sam Mendes, David Fincher, PTA and well, Spielberg are current (living) favorites. I've been battling a lip balm addiction for 15 years, and a caffeine addiction for seven years. I'm curious why people do the things they do, and i feel lucky that i get to study that for a living.