And now I'm looking for good company to join me out and about (or staying in with dinner and a movie). What is good company? Someone interested in the world around them and keen to see more of what's out there.
I'm most passionate about my child and my career, but I have opinions on other things, too. My days are consumed with thinking about genetics and digesting the scientific literature, so I love to hear about what's going on with the rest of the world at the end of the day. I like to listen to other people's stories and I love to learn about new things. The world is a fascinating place, and in a parallel universe I'm a historian or political scientist.
Books are great, music is great, TV is (sometimes) great, museums are great, parks are great, movies are great. There's something to be enjoyed in most things and the right company makes all the difference.
I'm not outdoorsy. I go outdoors (willingly!) and I like nature (except the bugs), but I'm not the sort of person who gets antsy if they stay inside all day. I do like bike rides, horseback riding, and driving in the mountains.
I have a fantastic 11-year-old son (I'm not at all biased).
And starting career number two. Or is it three? Making good use of the degrees in biochemistry-type stuff and doing my best to have a positive impact on at least a few people.
Favorites, huh? This is tough. I read or have read many genres, but none of them too deeply. Fiction-wise I like historical fiction, have read some sci-fi/fantasy, some mysteries/thrillers, some classical literature. Non-fiction depends on the topic.
Maybe I'll just go with read the most times: An Equal Music, Good Omens, Pride & Prejudice, the Inspector Rebus novels, Jasper Fforde (nice and easy reads for when my brain is tired). Had a great deal of influence: A Terrible Beauty by Peter Watson, History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell, Blue Flame by Kahlil Gibran. Read most recently: Fates and Furies; Wealth, War, and Wisdom; a collection of short stories by Neil Gaiman; The Big Short; A Casual Vacancy; Between the World and Me.
Movies: Hmm. Again, seen the most times: Desk Set, Ronin, Heat, The Philadelphia Story. The Thin Man movies are great. Pretty much stick to Classics/costume dramas and Action/Thriller/Mysteries. Don't like many modern comedies, although Simon Pegg movies are usually good/great.
Food: If someone else cooks it, I'm there! Which isn't to say I don't appreciate it when someone puts in the effort to cook, just that I rarely turn my nose up at a good meal regardless of what's in it.
The meaning of life. Or, to be less vague, what I have to do to get the most out of life.
My reading list. Lately that's been wishful thinking, but I'm going to count it anyway.