Some might call me artsy. I’m certainly not beret-wearing artsy, but I’d agree that I’m creative. I am by no means a scrap booker, but I really enjoy making things, especially in the kitchen. I love the fact that if something is homemade, it’s entirely unique, without precedent. Art, music and books rock my world. Not sure how to explain it without seeming cheesy, but a good book, painting or song carries me to another time and place, taking me away from my current life, to a life I once lived or would like to live. The only speeding ticket I've ever gotten in my whole life was due to the fact that I was listening to a really absorbing audio book (And The Dark Sacred Night by Julia Glass). FYI, state troopers patrolling the Taconic State Parkway do not look kindly on speeding due to audio book distraction. They do not find it cute or charming or funny. I suppose they're just doing their job ...
When I first got on OKC, I focused on creating a really good advertisement for myself. However, I'm realizing that it's also important to include who I'm looking for. I'm trying to get better at asking for what I need. So here goes. I want someone who can commit confidently and wholeheartedly to things: their work, their interests and of course, me. I need someone who respects my choice of career and my decision to pursue a passion not a large paycheck. I need someone who understands that nine times out of ten, I'm not looking for a solution, I'm looking for a hug and some sympathy. I also need someone who can make me laugh, especially at those moments when I am just about to cry.
I love travelling but haven't made it happen too much over the last 15 years or so. I went to grad school in England and I adored living abroad. It was wonderful to live in a different country for an extended period of time, to find a favorite grocery store, park, radio station. If I could've gotten a job in England , I would've stayed.
I can't think of many places in this world that I don't want to visit. I want to go back to all the place I've been: England, Ireland, Scotland, Europe, Korea, Greece, the American South and Southwest. But there are so many new places I'd love to explore, Scandinavia, Alaska, Prague, Japan, Morocco, California Wine Country. Lately, I've been daydreaming a lot about retirement, not so I can sit around but so I can travel, hike, camp, read and make complicated meals.
I am an NPR addict. Sticher changed my life. When I start up the app, it states the number of hours I've spent listening and it's something like 50 billion at this stage.
Films: Muriel's Wedding, The Commitments, Beetlejuice, Empire of the Sun, Trainspotting, Fargo, Junebug, Strictly Ballroom, Buffalo 66
Artists: Cindy Sherman, Egon Schiele, Waterhouse, Turner, Bosch, Rothko, Chagall, Brancusi, Matisse, Wyeth, Toulouse-Lautrec, Sargent, Julia Margaret Cameron, Bronzino
TV: Mad Men, Masterpiece Theater (Poldark!!), Happy Valley, Broadchurch (the Brit version), Northern Exposure
Podcasts: Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me, Splendid Table, Selected Shorts, The Writer's Almanac, Dinner Party Download, The Moth
Music: Massive Attack, Throwing Muses, the Stone Roses, Jesus & Mary Chain, This Mortal Coil, Belly, Liz Phair (but just the first two albums), Tom Waits, Wedding Present, Magnetic Fields, Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, Brandi Carlile, Neko Case, Cat Power, Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, Langhorne Slim, Mountain Man
Food: The Duck Fat & Short Rib Fries at Village Whiskey, Banh Mi, Artichokes, Pickles, Crudite, Lobster in any form, Avocados, Cheese, Oysters, BBQ, BLT's, Eggs Benedict, Chana Masala, Bi Bim Bap, Ethiopian, Bulgogi, Kebabs in England, Tsatsiki, Sushi, Chocolate with Sea Salt, Creme Brulee
Drink: Zinfandels and Malbecs, Bloody Marys, Mimosas, Victory's Golden Monkey, G&T's, Baileys Irish Cream & Hot Cocoa. And, actually, as long as it doesn't taste like licorice or coconut, I'll drink it. But, if I were to dedicate too much of this section to drink preferences, I'd probably be sending the wrong message.
3. Flowers (but not those gross bouquets from superfresh)
4. Good food & drink
5. My cat