The one thing I am passionate about...
Three years ago, I would have said politics. That's still very important to me, but it appears that I'm mellowing a little bit. (Who knew?!!) Because I am a Chicago transplant, these days I am much more focused on being content, working hard, but also meeting and spending time with great people.
I typically spend my leisure time
I love to spend time with my beloved dog -- he is, without question, a most loyal and loveable companion. I also enjoy exercise (mostly Bikram yoga), being outdoors, socializing with friends, playing volleyball or golf, and seeing performances of almost any sort (ballet, symphony, theater, stand-up, live bands).
The most influential person in my life has been
Honesty. Hands down.
The first thing people notice about me
I'm told I have a lot of presence. (Why does it not feel that way on the inside?!)
The last book I read and enjoyed
I love to read, but sadly, I've not been able to finish the last two books I began, though I enjoyed (what I read of) both. One was "What Is The What," by Dave Eggars. The other was "The Pillars of The Earth," by Ken Follett. Both books are perched dutifully upon my nightstand, waiting to be read, but continue to lose the battle for my time to one very cute dog and legal briefs!
The three things which I am most thankful for
- My immediate family members. I have a really big family and they are all awesome.
- My dog -- he is loveable and smart!
- My health and high metabolism. :)
The one thing I wish MORE people would notice about me
Well... I am a little intense if you see me in a professional setting. But I have a really silly and vulnerable side, it just doesn't surface right away.
Friends Describe me as
Ambitious, Articulate, Hard Working, Intelligent
A little more about me
I'm crazy about my dog. I adopted him about 5 years ago from an animal shelter at which I volunteered, after many people had passed him up. He came home with health problems, behavioral problems, and a history of neglect. After much training, love, and rehabilitation, he's the most laid back, affectionate pup in the world, and his chronic health conditions have resolved entirely. Because a big part of my happiness revolves around the bond that my dog and I share, and because I'm an animal lover in general, I really appreciate people who are inclined to love dogs and other animals, as well.