I'll try almost anything once, including food. I've realized that I'm pretty traditional (having grown up in New England), but have and value an open mind (lived here since graduating from college). Example of open mind: Harbin Hot Springs (Don't need to ever go back. The image of naked oompa loompa is forever etched in my brain). More my speed: a hike or bike ride with friends followed by a sweaty, accomplished lunch. On occasion: Taking improv classes.
Despite being a bit shy at first, I love socializing. I like beer and the occasional buzz but I'm not a big drinker. I have funny, smart friends and am most happy when hiking, kayaking, or sitting around a fire with them. While some of these friendships have spanned over 20 years, I also value making new ones. Being part of a community helps me feel grounded and connected despite living far away from my immediate family (Boston and Austin, TX).
I'm a designer and notice the small things and find strangeness and wonderfulness in them. I'm directionally-challenged to a ridiculous degree. My theory is that because I notice the minutiae, a street looks like lines and concrete to me instead of north, south, east or west. When some gives me directions and says, "Go north" I laugh and think, ok, but is it a right, left, what does the tree look like where I turn?
But I don't let that stop me and do eventually make my way to nature because it relaxes and refreshes me, and gives me perspective. I'd be happy hiking any day all year long, even in the rain, which can be sweet and romantic. Ever had a beer or hot chocolate at The Pelican Inn after hiking from Tennessee Valley through the fog? It can make for a great day.
Also, I love a man with facial hair. Full beards aren't necessary at all but seeing that you can grow one if you wanted stimulates the cave woman in me. There's something about scruff. Because if you can grow a beard you can chop wood and build a fire to keep our family warm, right? It's involuntary; I can't help it.