I moved to the Bay Area seven (!) years ago to be near extended family and find a school-teaching job and I've loved it ever since.
Otherwise, I love to read, cook and play ultimate frisbee. I'm trying to get into the idea of running for fun--I've done three 5Ks and can't wait to do another.
reading (almost anything)
building IKEA furniture
knowing the words to a song (especially if it's from a musical, too much theater in high school/college)
figuring out who did it in a crime show
having amusingly intellectual (or intellectually amusing) conversations
playing ultimate frisbee
using parenthetical asides
Other favorites include American Gods, A Song of Ice and Fire series, the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Nero Wolfe mysteries, anything Sherlock Holmes and a hold over nostalgia for Stephen King novels (I was a morbid 12 year old apparently). I also have a renewed love of all the little kid picture books I read as a child and now reread to the first graders. My non-fiction tastes run to the historical or the food/culture vein--Michael Pollan is highly quotable as well as readable.
Plays: RENT, Jersey Boys, Coram Boy, Avenue Q, Sweeney Todd, and I really want to see The Lion King sometime (the extravagance when Disney can throw money at a musical is kind of incredible). I love going to see BATS Improv in SF as well as ComedySportz in San Jose. Can't wait to see what amazing unknown play experience will be my favorite next month!
Shows: U2 is mind-blowing, Dar Williams is a great time, fairly recently saw Pat Benatar and Steve Miller Band at Shoreline (wow) and would (only slightly jokingly) kill someone to see Mumford and Sons live.
Movies: Casablanca, V for Vendetta, Clue, LA Confidential, The Usual Suspects, Sherlock Holmes, Iron Man, Gattaca, Labyrinth, Charade, Shawshank Redemption, Star Trek, Brick, Inception, The Brothers Bloom, all of the Muppet movies. I'm more of a drama/action fan and I love seeing movies in theaters!
Shows: Criminal Minds, Elementary, Grimm, NCIS, Top Chef, So You Think You Can Dance, Avatar: the Last Airbender, and (only somewhat ironically) in love with the Food Network.
Online: TED talks--especially this one (http://www.ted.com/talks/sarah_jones_as_a_one_woman_global_village.html) and this (http://www.ted.com/talks/eric_whitacre_a_virtual_choir_2_000_voices_strong.html), xkcd, food blogs, so many awesome things to read and learn about (and sometimes waste time with, let's be honest).
Music: Mumford & Sons, Florence + the Machine, Vienna Teng, Dar Williams, My Chemical Romance, The Civil Wars, Avett Brothers, the Beatles, the Who, Paul Simon, classical (Bach and Handel over Beethoven), Broadway soundtracks ;)
Food: Great fondness for Italian and Chinese food, huge frequenter of the many different Mexican places around Palo Alto/Mountain View. My go-to comfort food might have to be roast chicken and a baked potato. Dessert? Definitely something with chocolate :o)
my cat, Perry. And bonus for dog people: he's a cat that plays fetch, the best of both worlds!
what email I should send my friends to plan our next party/trip/event
why people either seem to love or hate cilantro