I find that I don't get on here that often, so if you should happen to message me and don't hear back from awhile, it's been a crazy summer and I am behind on returning emails in general, so I may have just not had a chance to reply yet.
I have a lot of hobbies and interests, and I'm good at them but probably not really good at them for the most part. But perhaps I'll get there eventually. A few are:
Horseback riding (hunt seat style - English)
Reading (well I guess that's one I'm good at with no caveats; being a reader was one of my most well-known qualities as a kid and still to the present)
Some things I used to do better than I do now, but can still do moderately well:
Things I am not that good at but am learning:
Playing the viola
Playing the guitar
Horseback riding (dressage)
The last year or so I've been doing a lot of reading about education. Issues such as achievement gaps, education policy, school choice, racial issues in education, failing schools, teacher evaluations, standardized and otherwise testing, and so forth, are things I'm really digging into and trying to gain real understanding about. I hope to learn enough that maybe I can do something to help with the situation one day.
Movies...lots of good ones. I like the Princess Diaries, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, LOTR, the Sound of Music, Remember the Titans, Good Will Hunting, Star Wars, and many more.
TV - I have recently been watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which is excellent...I also enjoy Merlin, Sherlock, Downton Abbey, Psych, Monk, The West Wing, Gilmore Girls, Glee, Stargate SG1, The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, The Cosby Show, Home Improvement, Pushing Daisies. I will add in Dr. Horrible's Singalong Blog since it doesn't quite have a real category. I really enjoy a number of TV shows, but I like the ones that are well done and have good characters and deal with important issues. It's not a matter of blobbing on the couch and turning off my brain. *ahem* reality tv...(ugh).
Musicals is not a category, but I love Rent, Wicked, 9 to 5, and the Lion King. Also A Very Potter Musical and its sequel, amateur musicals only viewable online which are simply hilarious. I haven't seen that many musicals yet but I enjoy musical theater a great deal. :) Very much looking forward to seeing The Book of Mormon in Chicago sometime while they're there, the Les Mis movie, and the Les Mis musical which will be performed in Madison next fall. My most recent musical obsession is Next to Normal which is just excellent.
Music - quite a range, I guess. I enjoy a lot of musical theater people's albums; you probably haven't heard of Idina Menzel, Kristin Chenoweth, Stephanie J. Block, Shoshana Bean, Sutton Foster...
Perhaps you know Josh Groban, and presumably Coldplay. If you haven't heard Emily Bear's music, you should. She's a young piano prodigy, about 10 now I think.
I also love Sarah McLachlan's music, and enjoy Owl City for light, peppy music. I enjoy classical music although I like it best live.
Then there's some oldies; Jars of Clay, Caedmon's Call, Switchfoot...
I like mostly what I refer to as "normal food..." this typically encompasses traditional American food plus the most common types of various ethnic foods. I tend to prefer to know what all the things in a dish are and be able to say their names without having to speak French. I like simple food that tastes good, but I do enjoy trying new foods too.
An occasional visit to a forest
Also. Come on now. People, this question asks what is the most private thing you ARE willing to admit. Perhaps this is something innocuous like you like pizza. It's not very private, but it may be the most private thing you're willing to admit. It's not cute to say "well then it wouldn't be private anymore," it shows you didn't read the question. You could also leave this blank or say you don't care to fill it out, but be intelligent about it please!