I'm happiest when:
a) I'm making stuff -- with other people or on my own
b) I'm out in nature doing something active
c) I'm being creative or silly with people I love
I spend time with people I love.
I get outdoors.
I ride my bike as much as I can, but not as much as I'd like.
Growing up I loved The Phantom Tollbooth, The Westing Game, Hatchet, Bridge to Terabithia, stuff by Tolkien, Madeleine L'Engle, Roald Dahl, etc... Later on I fell in love with Catch-22, Ender's Game, The Crying of Lot 49, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Memoirs of a Geisha, White Teeth, The Magus, Kavalier and Clay, Motherless Brooklyn... too many to list.
The Goldfinch was a recent favorite.
In terms of movies, Brazil is my favorite. I also love The Princess Bride, Groundhog Day, Edward Scissorhands; Beetlejuice is another Burton fave. Stand By Me, The Game, Wet Hot American Summer, Fight Club, Hot Fuzz, so many more. From way back in the day I would say Gremlins, Goonies, Flight of the Navigator and Batteries Not Included... But having recently watched Gremlins and finding that it was really not very good, I've now sworn off re-watching old favorites (although I know that Goonies holds up).
Cabin in the Woods was the most fun I've had at the movies in ages; The Life of Pi was amazing in 3D. Boyhood, which I enjoyed a lot despite its unevenness and flaws. Snowpiercer was totally delightful.
TV Series I love and have finished: The Wire, Breaking Bad, True Detective. (although I felt the final episode was a let-down).
TV Series I love but haven't finished: Six Feet Under, Deadwood, Downton Abbey, Friday Night Lights, Mad Men... I was all caught up with The Walking Dead, but now I've fallen behind again.
Crucial Podcasts: This American Life, Radiolab, Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, Planet Money, Serial, Startup...
Music: Fountains of Wayne, Radiohead, Santigold, Arcade Fire, Rilo Kiley, Belle and Sebastian, Modest Mouse, The Decemberists, Talking Heads...
Neutral Milk Hotel, Desmond Dekker, Spoon, Interpol, Tegan and Sara, Wheatus, Elliott Smith, Portishead...
Kanye, Jay-Z, The Streets, Hello Nasty-era Beasties, Young M.C.'s album "Stone Cold Rhymin'"...
Foundations: Dire Straits, R.E.M., The Police, The Beatles, Nirvana, STP, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, Green Day, Better Than Ezra, They Might Be Giants, Ben Folds Five, lots of ska (especially The Pietasters), Weezer...
also all of the eighties and early nineties one-hit wonders and classics.
I'm a snob about maple syrup. I love macoun apples. I wish I were a pescetarian but right now I'm an omnivore.
Okay, I guess it's a fairly comprehensive sampling.
at the same time, you'd love to find someone with whom to make a life, and are ready to find the person who is as important to you as your work.
you think spontaneity is sexy.
you're pretty funny sometimes.
communication is how you tackle / approach interpersonal challenges.
exploration and discovery make you happy.