-I read (fiction, the NY Times, health magazines, food...) and discuss current events, politics, movies, cheesy TV, etc. I watch lusciously romantic Jane Austen movies, and I'm now watching a British baking competition on PBS which is completely charming.
-Interested in how people in other parts of the world live. Smitten with dogs and am impressed with their ability to live in the moment...I play tennis and occasionally dabble in Yoga, especially the easy poses like Child's pose and Corpse position. I like the occasional baseball game and beer, and a martini makes me feel fancy (one or two martinis is my limit--after that I'll be wearing lampshades and dancing on the bar).
-I cook and eat (shrimp with garlicky olive oil and quinoa--my latest creation). Chocolate is always on my mind. I'm interested in the arts and theatre (I do some acting in local community theatre), and I like a swanky bar or a tiny hole-in-the-wall joint.
- On a night home with friends, I wouldn't be above playing charades, twister, monopoly (and baking a fabulous but probably lopsided cake to go with the evening). Also, I have the bad habit of always being on time. I tend to be an early riser.
-I think my students would say I am a charismatic and creative teacher (at least that’s what I’d like them to say).
I occasionally go to the Tuesday night drop-in meditation group down the street (where sometimes I actually meditate, and sometimes I just think long and deeply about what I'll have for dessert when I get home).
Books: Everything from health and cookbooks, all of Jane Austen, Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl, The Tender Bar...Mindy Kaling from The Office wrote a very funny book...The Bronte sisters...I'm reading Salmon Rushdie's latest memoir. (sidebar: I had to stop reading Rushdie's memoir--but he was exhausting.)
TV: Downton Abbey, The Americans, John Oliver, Homeland, that British Baking Show on PBS where everyone is so insanely civilized and bakes the most fabulous creations! Also, I just started watching Masters of Sex...which is titillating :-)
Movies: Silver Linings Playbook, Every version of Pride and Prejudice, Bridesmaids (how refreshing to see that women can be as repulsive as men), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Strictly Ballroom, Mad Hot Ballroom, Rebecca, The Birds...there are just too many.
Food: those Italian rainbow cake/cookies that have jam in the middle and chocolate on the outside. Avocados, Strawberries, Eggplant, Chopped Liver (that's right, I said chopped liver), fresh ginger, dumplings of all varieties, cheese, champagne!
Music: Big band music, jazz, blues, rock... almost everything.
Shows: I either love live theatre or hate it (bad theatre is like slow torture)-- I see a bunch of community theatre because I have actor friends and because I act and write.