I'm a government lawyer by day and love my work, but have found a way to balance my career with outside interests. I love to cook, garden, swim, walk, hike, sing (I sing with a major symphonic choir), and read (NY Times, good books, Food and Wine Magazine). Also enjoy theater and indie films. About to start a silversmithing class. I also love to just hang out with friends and have good food, wine, and conversation. Travel and adventure, of course, are part of the mix, including a wonderful Tuscany cooking vacation two summers ago and a trip down under, in the land of kangaroos and koalas, last fall. Visited my son in Budapest and did a side trip to Prague this past spring. So fun to explore new places and cultures.
On a more personal level, I'm quite good at being a reliable, trustworthy, and honest friend. I don't play games with people (other than boggle, scrabble, and now "snatch"). I'm very much a straight-shooter. I am what I say I am and who you see.
Oh -- am I'm a good lawyer, parent, and decent musician, and feel good given that I can hang out with real ones and not get kicked out of their club.
Movies: I watch mostly independent and foreign films and other odd films shown at Bethesda Row and the E Street Landmark Theater. AFI is pretty cool, too. I don't hit the mainstream theaters much because there's rarely anything there l'm interested in seeing. Thought Nebraska, Philomena, and 12 Years a Slave were excellent. The Past (Iranian) was also excellent.
Theater: especially enjoy seeing plays at Studio, Landsburgh, Arena, Theater J, Round House, and the like.
Music: mostly classical, jazz, world, classical guitar and, of course, 80's music. I come from a musical family and my kids are both musical, especially my daughter, who is a serious cellist and hopes to go professional. So, I gravitate toward the music they play. Since I sing, I also listen to vocal works, mostly classical. But, I'm adventurous, so almost anything goes. I enjoy going to concerts (mostly classical), but they vary from orchestral and chamber performances to solo recitals. I've gone to two operas in the few years and loved them. Now I want to try out the simulcast version in the movie theaters.
TV: Not a big tv watcher although I loved House of Cards and Orange is the New Black. Seen some of the new Sherlock but need to remember to start earlier in the evening if I want to keep up with the pace! Your suggestions?
Food: anything healthy; all ethnic types. I've become something of a "foodie" in the last few years and have begun some adventurous experimentation. I've also taken some classes at L'Academies de Cuisine (and in Tuscany). I can handle a vegetarian (both my kids are vegetarian), but you have to tolerate my eating habits and cravings, too. Oh -- and I can't live without lots of good fresh fruit and chocolate. Some red wine is nice, too.