Lazy blogging today, but I thought I’d use a profile I put together for a work magazine (without too many of the work bits, so I can remain faintly anonymous). It was quite fun to put together.
My favourite energetic pursuit: Triathlons (although it’s been over a year since I did one)
My favourite meal: Pancakes and maple syrup on a Sunday morning at a local café with my husband and two boys, after I’ve done a triathlon so I can eat as much as I like
Sport I most like to watch: I like soccer, particularly when Australia is winning, but to give myself a better chance of watching Australia win, I love watching women’s basketball
The last book I read: The Baroque Cycle, by Neal Stephenson – a fantastic romp through the history of physics in the 17th and early 18th century, with a dollop of economics history thrown in for light relief. Neal Stephenson is one of the cyberpunk greats, but has lately moved to historical fiction.
My favourite CD: Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Shaka Zulu
My favourite film: The Princess Bride
Interesting/quirky hobbies: Blogging
My ideal weekend day: A sleep in, a coffee, a bushwalk with my family and some friends, and a late lazy lunch in the spring afternoon sun by the water
What I would take with me if stranded on a desert island: a flint (I’ve watched Survivor)
The person I would most like to meet: Marie Curie, who was one of my early heroes
What gets my goat: people who write “the data are”
What I wanted to be when I grew up: a concert pianist. Fortunately I realised early on that my mathematical talent exceeded my musical talent.
The person who has been most influential on my career (& why): I’ve had some great mentors throughout my career, but my husband, who has encouraged me to get outside my comfort zone at crucial points in my career, has had the greatest influence.
If I could sum myself up in 4 words, they would be: persistent, straightforward, calm, feminist.