though I've had trouble finding outlets to fully practice it lately (grad school is very unhelpful for these kinda things), I've always found the best way to balance work and fun is: 1. work hard, play hard; and 2. all things in moderation, including moderation.
I'm on OkC to try to find my long term companion. I know that doesn't happen overnight, that it takes time to get to know someone well enough to know whether they are the right person or not, but I'm ready for and looking for the chance to put in the time and effort to grow a relationship at whatever speed feels right in that relationship.
in short...I'm two years out of grad school and trying to get established as a public policy researcher and use some of my newly-found greater than slave wages to actually enjoy myself a bit
That said, I know my way around a grill and a kitchen, a ski slope, a computer, power tools/wood-working, and a sailboat, not to mention the research I do professionally. Whether or not I'm actually good at these things is for you to decide...
TV: Being Human (I actually prefer the US version...), Doctor Who (and a host of other Brit SciFi), BBC Sherlock, Warehouse 13, Eureka, Bones, House, West Wing. Hockey (Penguins) and Football (Steelers)
Current Music: Flogging Molly, Mumford and Sons, The Clarks, and similar, through Pandora.
What I'm more interested in experiences. I enjoy travel, seeing new places, and like trying new things, even as I often have trouble getting myself to try them; it can take an effort for me to try something but it's very rare that I regret doing so. I spent a week in Haiti for dissertation research not long after the 2010 earthquake. I was terrified of the trip, but ended up having one of the best experiences of my life. I followed that up w/ some of my own "Anthony Bourdain-experiences" trying street food in Sarajevo. One of the things I like the most about being in academia is the frequent travel to interesting places that conferences provide.