I love reading and learning languages. I'm fluent in Norwegian and speak it pretty much on a daily basis (because I live in Norway, fyi). I'm even trying to learn a dialect (dork/crazy?). Decent in Spanish comprehension but can't really speak it anymore because Norwegian pushed it out of brain. I learned how to read Middle English a la Chaucer in college. I cherish proper grammar and spelling. I'm kind of a dork like that. :) I get along really well with musicians and people who have travelled a considerable amount--I even seem to unconciously float towards musicians. I play viola and hardanger fiddle, which is a really crazy awesome nine-stringed sympathetic Norwegian folk violin. It's called hardingfele in Norwegian, sounds rather ethereal, and sometimes people compare it to a kinder, gentler version of bagpipes.
Often I am reading, making jewelry, knitting (mmm...textiles), writing poetry, articles or papers, speaking Norwegian, swing dancing (lindy hop), cooking, or playing music--essentially, engaging in some form of creative self-expression. If I'm doing something, chances are I'm extrememly passionate about it. That said, I do enjoy new experiences and am usually pretty much game for anything. Living in a foreign country has contributed to a wide variety of new experiences throughout the past year, some of which I knew I was getting into and other which I didn't, but did not regret them in the end. I suspect this year will be much the same, and yet totally different...
quickmatch people: verbivore
I am patient, quirky, and game for most things
a) Books/literature: Nearly anything by Shakespeare (Measure for Measure, Titus Andronicus, Much Ado About Nothing, Measure for Measure again and again), The Canterbury Tales, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Liar's Club, The Phantom Tollbooth, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the Harry Potter books, Erlend Loe--Naiv Super, and Kurt Quo Vadis... Latest conquest: Watership Down. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Vern.
b) Movies: Quills, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Batman Begins, The General's Daughter, Billy Eliott, I Heart Huckabees, Run Lola Run, Buddy, Bare Bea, Eternal Sunshine, Elling, The Count of Monte Cristo, Rushmore, Garden State, Amelie, Elling, Hero, Gosford Park, Eddie Izzard's "Dress to Kill," Pirates of the Caribbean, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Closer, Shakespeare in Love, Monty Python's Holy Grail, MP Life of Brian, also Flying Circus episodes, Black Adder, Fawlty Towers, Simpsons, Family Guy.
c) Music: Beck, The Postal Service, Death Cab for Cutie, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, J.S. Bach, The Fire Theft, Cake, Norwegian hardanger fiddle/hardingfele, Swedish folk music, Frou Frou, The Fiery Furnaces, Ani DiFranco, Stravinsky, Radiohead, Elliot Smith, Sondre Lerche, Sondre Bratland, Ravel, Shostakovich, Rebecca Clarke, Bloch, Royksopp, Modest Mouse, Jeff Buckley, Kent, Bright Eyes, swing music like Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, much more, Missy Elliott, Eminem, Miles Davis, Thom Yorke, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Andrew Bird, Rasputina, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The White Stripes, Iron & Wine, Nick Drake, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Black Eyed Peas, The Faint, Ani DiFranco, Nina Simone, reggae music, salsa music, Tenacious D, Ben Folds Five, Fiona Apple, The Albumleaf, Colin Hay, PJ Harvey, The Chemical Brothers...and the list goes on.
d) anything I can come up. I adore gourmet ingredients but rarely get a hold of them. Pesto and fresh tomato and mozzarella slices, fresh salmon, fresh mountain fish (ørret), pumpkin pie, good red wine with linguini and homemade sauce (onion and garlic are welcome), blue cheese omelettes, potatoes in all forms, Norwegian heart waffles, Danish pancakes, cheddar cheese (I'm a bit snobby with my cheese, but I like a wide variety), good coffee, green tea, Yorkshire tea, red wine from Chile, pear cider, Norwegian akevitt, South African Amarula, gin & tonic, whisky, tequila (especially in margeritas), Mike's Hard Lemonade and Cranberry, Corona while in San Diego, Guinness and bitters when in London, Blue Moon while in the Midwest.