I love sun, warm weather, and anything that gets me outdoors and out of the city, including hiking, biking, running, and epically long walks. I am slightly obsessed with bikram yoga, possibly due to a previously-unknown thing for torture at high temperatures.
I like exploring DC for good live music, plays, movies, and new and unusual offerings (Speakeasy DC--live storytelling, check it out), and I'm always up for a good dive bar.
Some of my best memories involve random nights in with the people I'm closest to, and odd yet somehow hilarious talks about nothing in particular over good drinks and good food.
I'm not much of a planner, but insofar as I think ahead about things, I would like the next year to hold a new job, at least one trip abroad (a visit to Turkey last year revved up my need to explore more of the world) and, in my wildest dreams, dog ownership. Grad school is in my future either this year or next, and I want to live abroad in the next few years.
Actually, it's probably that I'm friendly and easy to talk to. Or else something really unflattering that no one has had the heart to tell me.
Music: I really like Wilco, The Black Keys, Arcade Fire, Spoon, Josh Ritter, Jay-Z, Kanye West (personal qualities aside, the man can rap), The Shins. I LOVE good rap--how can you resist lyrics like "I pack more heat than the oven door"? Genius. And in a testimony to the success of parental indoctrination as a child, I love classic rock, especially Creedence Clearwater, Tom Petty, and Bob Seger.
Movies: I will watch anything with Daniel Day-Lewis. Lincoln was great but There Will Be Blood remains my favorite for admirably bizarre quotes. And The Princess Bride is quite possibly the very best thing.
Food: You can take the girl out of southern California...I'm not a health nut, but I try to eat well most of the time. Mexican food is an obvious and eternal exception. I could eat it daily.
2. Trail mix
3. The art of sarcasm
4. Dogs; in the absence of dog ownership, I make do with DC's dog parks and Buzzfeed's many cute animal compilations
5. Despite reaffirming all stereotypes about crunchy environmentalists: nature. I couldn't do without trees, mountains, and beaches
6. Toto's "Africa"
*Awestruck could be substituted for baffled or disturbed.