Things I like: Visual media (fancy phrase I made up for movies and TV haha). Developmental and clinical psychology. Yoga. Tennis. Kayaking. Going to good shows/concerts. Dancing of all kinds (swing, blues and salsa mostly, but I'd really like to get back into tap and tango at some point). Scottish Fold cats. Seeing plays in Ashland during the summer with my family. Trivia-type and verbal-type board games, like Taboo and Trivial Pursuit. Playing bridge (the card game- NOT just for old people). Compulsively making to-do lists in my Google calendar. Occasionally appreciating/making connections with art. Engaging in philosophical conversations with little kids. Singing my heart out in the car and not worrying (too much) about whether the people around me think I'm ridiculous. Also, private karaoke rooms with friends are the best.
I'm a non-pretentious movie-phile. Tops (but there are OH so many more...): The 7-Up Series, The 1940's House, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Company (2007), Donnie Darko, Easter Parade, Funny Girl, High Fidelity, Lady & the Tramp, Legally Blonde, Mad Hot Ballroom, Moliere, Mary Poppins, Monty Python's Life of Brian, Ms. Doubtfire, Pirates of Penzance, BBC's Pride and Prejudice, Proof, Sabrina (1954), Sense and Sensibility, Some Like It Hot, Stranger Than Fiction, To Be and To Have, Tootsie, Troop Beverly Hills, Up!, Up in the Air, and When Harry Met Sally.
TV: Gilmore Girls is my high school soul, but the revival truly and utterly butchered it. More current (and untainted) loves: THE OFFICE (obsessed!), Game of Thrones, Outlander, Forensic Files, Girls (Season 1 only, pretty much), Sex and the City, Law & Order SVU, What Not To Wear, Criminal Minds, Anthony Bourdain shows, Ace of Cakes, Top Chef Masters (Rick Bayless and Jonathan Waxman are adorbs), My Cat from Hell, and Portlandia, obvs.
Adding comedians, because I love good comedy: Louie CK, Amy Schumer, Steve Carell, Tim Minchin, Jim Gaffigan, Maria Bamford, Anna Kendrick, Emma Stone, Ellen Degeneres, Justin Timberlake, Demetri Martin, Aziz Ansari, Bill Cosby, Robin Williams, Billy Crystal. Please send new suggestions anytime.
Music: Singable/danceable music is the best, and I am entirely unashamed of loving cheesy oldies. But I also appreciate music with more substance- always open new suggestions. Some faves: Metric, Garbage, Fleet Foxes, The Raveonettes, First Aid Kit, Silversun Pickups, The Black Keys, The XX, Pomplamoose... getting new mix CD's from friends is one of my favorite things.
Food: I'm a pretty picky eater, but I'm workin' on it. I used to say "I don't believe in acquired tastes," but the whole developing-vitamin-deficiencies thing makes it difficult to hold strong to that belief.
2. Friends, family, and social support in general.
3. Cashmere sweaters. Wearing a comfy sweater is like a full day hug.
4. Yoga or dancing. Stress-relieving and fun.
5. Humor, preferably the witty, intelligent, edgy kind.
6. Motivation. I don't know where I'd be without it, in any part of my life.
...Alternatively: I like 90's country music, and some newer stuff too. It was the only kind of music my family ever exposed me to, save for ABBA, James Taylor, and movie musicals. I (kind of) wish I was kidding.
Also, I suspect I may have a mild audio processing disorder haha. I hate not being able to hear what people right next to me are saying at loud venues!