I'm also working on the largest, widest, most challenging writing project of my life, and it's fiction too, so it's absorbing my creative energies and free time lately (when I'm not dating, naturally).
Food -- sushi, Italian, Moroccan, mexican, french.
Lately I read novels and non fiction about countries I plan to visit in the near future. Too many to list.
2 -- integrity/ honesty
3 -- the ability to write
4 -- stimulating and engaging conversation
5 -- friends and family in regular contact
6 -- hiking boots /snowboards/ kayaks (3 things? sorry)