For starters, I'm a very laid back and relaxed individual who leads a mild life free of stress and drama. I have a job doing what I've always loved to do and it pays the bills to get me by. I've never been, and will never be a financially motivated individual. As long as I have enough money to keep a roof over my head, food in my belly, and a little to spread around for leisure activity, that's all I need to be happy with my life as it is.
I don't mix well with drama, or stress at all. This is not to say I can't handle those occurrences in my life; I actually handle them better than most. I just have a strong desire to keep them out of my life as much as possible. I'd rather spend my life laughing and enjoying my time with people than angry and bitching about the things that went wrong. Shit happens. Fact. Sometimes you can't avoid it, and most times you don't deserve it. Move on and get back to enjoying life.
The only certainty in life is death, and when your time is up, you take nothing with you. What matters is what you leave behind. Material things break down, wear out, and move on just as we do, but the friendships, laughter, and compassion we seed throughout each and every day of our lives are the impressions we make on others' lives, and will shape their future long after we're gone. This is the philosophy that drives my life, and leads me to reflect upon my choices and my actions.
I work what used to be a "normal" schedule, but now it seems so odd; Monday through Friday from 9am to 5:30 pm, I'm working. Occasionally there's work to be done on weekends and holidays that's unexpected and part of my responsibility, but those occurrences are few and far between. Outside of work, I spend my free time with my family and friends, playing video games, watching movies/tv shows, cooking, and dabbling in other various hobbies that are relaxing and invigorating. I'm not a hiker, biker, climber, runner, speed walker, scooter...er? Anyway the point is that I'm not really at all an athletic/exercise-liking person. I altered my diet and eating habits specifically to reduce caloric intake so I could lose/maintain weight without having to exercise.
To clarify, that's not to say that I'm some shut-in hermit who only peers out the windows to give the stink eye to kids playing on my lawn, mind you. I go out with friends and family and go to movies, malls, parks, etc from time to time, but the vast majority of my free time is spent at home. Mainly on TV/Movies and Video Games. I find them relaxing, and I enjoy them. I say this here mainly so if you are (still) interested, that you have the understanding that whether single, or in a relationship, my preference is, and probably always will be, to stay at home and do something relaxing rather than go out and be "active".
I know most people hear that and think "lazy" and who knows, maybe by society's standard that's correct, but I don't consider myself lazy. All my life I've dreamt of building my own MMORPG video game. Well I've finally gotten to the point in my life where I feel confident enough in my abilities to make that happen. So I've been spending a lot of time planning, designing, architecturing, and tediously programming to keep that dream moving. Will it ever be finished? Make money? Who knows. Who cares lol I don't consider myself lazy because my preference in activities happens to be an array of things that are done from home. If there's something I want to do: I. fucking. Do. It. And that's why I don't consider myself lazy ;)
I've never been a big drinker or partier, and I've never really understood the appeal of paying largely-inflated sums of money for alcohol so you can get shitfaced in a room full of strangers. Rest assured, I'm not judging you if that scenario is enticing to you. I'm merely stating that I, personally, have never liked nor understood it. So if you're looking for a "bar buddy", I must regretfully decline.
Honestly, the last time I sat down for some reading... was to bury my head in two 66 and 88 page PDF books outlining and detailing the documentation of the SCORM data/API model so that I could build a compliant integration into a piece of learning management software we built at work for a client. i.e. I don't read much for leisure ;)
I enjoy all kinds of movies, and I'm not really one to pick favorites. I actually kind of think the concept of arbitrarily ranking anything to assign a value of how much you like the "things" on that list is slightly archaic to begin with. I prefer to operate on a much simpler principle whereby I either like something and would do it again, or dislike something and would not do it again. That's probably why I've probably seen Kung Fu Panda upwards of 20 times in my life :P but I do enjoy most movies of any genre, and I make my assessment based on the individual experience with each movie I encounter in much the same way as I do with all things in life.
A slightly open-ended topic, but as I don't indulge in actual live shows much at all, I'll apply TV "shows" to this area. In keeping with the system outlined above, some of the shows I like (in no particular order): House, Big Bang Theory, Doctor Who, Merlin, Family Guy, American Dad, New Girl, Bones, Testees, Firefly, Psych, Grimm, and I'll conclude the list with Glee. Yep, that's right. Straight, single guy who watches Glee voluntarily. Granted that I completely disagree with many of the plot choices they make which almost promote bad ideas and stupid decisions in today's youth who are already prone to bad ideas and stupid decisions, thus giving them confirmation that what they're doing is "ok". However, coming from a guy who has a Grooveshark playlist of about 120 cover songs, I just really enjoy the music. I just think it's neat to hear how a group of people interprets and reproduces popular and iconic songs.
I started to ramble onto this topic above, but I listen to a wide variety of music in many genres. The two that I don't voluntarily listen to are country and rap. I've never cared for either save for a few individual exceptions. I have quite a few playlists on Grooveshark that I rotate through while working, and continue to expand in my free time. They range from electronic/techno/trance/etc to classic rock to top 40 to a playlist made up entirely of covers and acoustic versions of songs I personally enjoy more than most. Here's a few random band names from my library on Grooveshark for those who want specifics: 3 Doors Down, Boyce Avenue, Breaking Benjamin, Coldplay, Daft Punk, Deadmau5, Elysium, Enya, Evanessence, Gavin Mikhail, Green Day, Howie Day, Incubus, John Mayer, Linkin Park, One Republic, Owl City, Sarah McLachlan, Seether, Shinedown, Skillet, Soundgarden, Stone Sour
At last we've come to the section where all our decisions are based on self-indulgence and not nutrition lol I love to cook. I've always enjoyed it, and unfortunately I'm somewhat adept at it. I've recently been re-inventing recipes to reduce their caloric, sodium, and fat content to make what used to be fattening and heart-attack-inducing meals into something delicious that you don't have to feel guilty about afterward. I'm Italian, so naturally I cook a lot of Italian food. My most successful recipe in that lineup is by far my Lasagna recipe which is incredibly delicious and weighing in at a mere 270 calories per piece with only 4 grams of fat. I'm also a fan of grilling my food weather permitting, so I've been trying to work out a recipe for Turkey Burgers that more accurately simulates the taste and consistency of a real burger, but cuts the calories in half and the fat down to almost nothing. That one's in the queue for progress this summer. In terms of what I typically eat, it's honestly going to be mostly Italian food. Sometimes I'll mix in some Spanish/Mexican, or some Asian-inspired stir fry, and occasionally some good ol' American recipes like BBQ or steaks. I'm not one for "weird food" and I would definitely be considered "less than adventurous" when it comes to my eating. I don't like seafood, but apparently despite the fact that I can't even remember the last time I ate seafood, I can cook it just as well as anything else. I basically stick to pork, chicken, beef, and turkey when it comes to my carnivorous selection.
1. Computer & Internet
2. The amazing sound and picture quality of my HTC One M9
3. My sense of humor
4. My friends & family
5. Two additional things I would choose at random if this were ever actually important to decide
TL;DR - Sitting in front of a computer.