Beyond the shopping list, good people, good conversation, and the occasional bit of mischief make my world rotate. Work is just one part of life - more than a means to and end, but it's definitely not the only thing that matters. Some of the true pleasures in life include a perfectly made grilled cheese sandwich, a run by the water when nobody is around with some music blaring through your headphones, a drink with a good friend and good conversation in a dark and cosy bar, a book you keep thinking about when you stop reading, or that guilty film you're not supposed to like but you do anyway.
I have my solidly pretentious moments where the world revolves around high-art, music, theater and literature, but I can always be tempted away by anything that gives an adrenaline rush or a good belly-laugh. My happy place is the top of a mountain somewhere with a few friends, looking down on an untouched snowy descent.
Spotting things that most people don't
Making the perfect food to match any craving
Getting myself into heated debates, and just occasionally admitting that I'm wrong.
My accent - Irish (although I'm told that Americanisms are starting to slip in - why did you take the I out of aluminium?)
All kinds of music, from the Black Keys to Daft Punk to Big Black Delta. Shockingly, not a big fan of Taylor Swift, so there are some exceptions.
Was an English major and a writer, so I read a lot, and love anything by Salman Rushdie, Gabriel Garcia Marquez or Kurt Vonnegut. Recent pleasures have been 'Diary of an Oxygen Thief' and 'Mortality'.
I don't have a TV connection because I find most of what's on absolutely terrible, but I do like a good film and have been known to stream the occasional episode of something exceptional like Breaking Bad or The Wire.
Conversations that flow
Something to read
Occasionally getting out of Dodge and finding some space