What Are You?

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

I'm sure you've all seen these "You know you're an introvert when..." / "How an extrovert feels..." lists floating around.  When I read BuzzFeed's introvert list I started thinking, "yeah but isn't that really how everyone feels sometimes?"  Then I went and read their extrovert list and almost vomited from the anxiety of just reading it.

Ok, maybe we are different.  It's so hard for me to relate to the extroverted side and I'm wondering if they have as hard a time relating to the introverted side. Does BuzzFeed's list accurately reflect how you feel?  I mean don't you ever just want to not see people for an entire week?!

Also, the thought of "recharging" at a party or in a massive group of people just does not compute with me.

On the bright side I often feel like I am just boring or lazy but in reality I'm just doin' what I gotta do.

My friend Laura shared this Huffington Post piece.  Not that I don't trust BuzzFeed's depiction of people, but it was nice to see this backed up somewhere else.  It also provides a little more "you're not a loser, introvert" support.

The one that most jumped out at me was  #8. Giving a talk in front of 500 people is less stressful than having to mingle with those people afterward.

I don't love public speaking, but I also don't mind it.  One of the first things we had to do in my Masters program in Dublin was take a presentation workshop.  It seemed like a majority of people were severely uncomfortable doing it and more than one commented on how calm and collected I was.  A lot of them thought it was a special skill that I could smile through the whole presentation.  I didn't even know I was doing it.

I thought this meant that I was just the lamest extrovert ever but after reading that piece it makes sense.  I can give the speech but have me mingle or network after? Uh uh.

So, what are you?  I'm 100% and introvert but I'd love to hear from a few extroverts!

Wordless Wednesday

Camping, Camping, Camping

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

I hate doing delayed posts but I'd rather write certain things down late rather than never.  A few weeks ago I went on two weekend-long camping trips that were almost polar opposites of each other.

First was a weekend with the friends.  We stayed at a friend's aunt's condo/camper.  This was really as far from camping as you can get while still calling it camping.  We slept in air conditioning, had a nice hot shower each night, cooked on a massive grill, watched some Game of Thrones, lounged at the beach, and rented paddles boats to go out on the lake.  While I would barely call this camping I cannot deny the convenience of not having to set up camp and all of the other little things that come with it.  It was such an easy way to get away for a weekend with out having to do a ton of work.

The weekend after was the complete opposite.  My cousins and I camped at Lost River Valley Campground and it was pretty much the quintessential "camping" experience.  We have all been camping with our families since birth, but this was our first "cousins" trip.  We set up camp along a beautiful babbling brook and were at the end of a road so it felt like we had the place to ourselves.  We cooked everything we ate in one cast iron skillet that we placed over the fire.  I didn't shower the entire weekend but could easily jump into the stream if I wanted to.

I'll never get over this view

Food storage for the weekend = my trunk
Two completely different experiences but both perfect in their own ways.  We had such a great time on our cousins trip that we've decided to attempt an overnight hiking / camping trip.  Something none of us have done!  Oh, and I'm bringing Mac.  Yes the dog the that is afraid of puddles is going to hike a mountain with me.  I actually think he's going to love it.  He already loves his new hiking pack.

25 in 25: Start A Garden

Sunday, August 18, 2013

I am glad that I wrote down "start" a garden and not keep a garden alive and thriving.  I did exactly what  said I was going to do and I started a garden.  Then I moved into a new apartment and essentially abandoned my little plants entirely.
Everything started out great.  I'm not sure where I got the seeds or the soil but I went though all of the effort of perfectly placing them, adding the right amount of water, and put them in an area where they would get just enough, but not too much light. 

Then I moved away and asked my family to take care of them.  I think they forgot.

This was after a month or so when I remembered to check in on them.  

Like I said, I'm glad this goal was to "start a garden" because I certainly did that.  I think my gardening days are over until I'm done with apartment living but at least I know I have a lot of room to grow!

25 in 25: Start a Skin Care Regime

Well I'm less than a month away from my 26th birthday and it's time I start wrapping up some of the more long running goals.

Starting a skin care regime was one of my more lame goals but it was something that unless I wrote it down I knew it was never going to happen.  I've been very lucky to have decent skin but I know I can't assume it will stay that way forever.  I'm not really worried about wrinkles and all of that, but I want to do what I can to keep my skin healthy before it's too late.

So what did I do?

Not much.

I made a point of buying some facial moisturizer that I tried to be good about putting on each night.  I've also become almost obsessive with sunblock this summer.  I've always been a big sunblock user but this year I made sure to buy a couple new bottles (I've had a horrific experience with an expired bottle that magnified the sun instead of protect me from it!).  Even with half a dozen applications in a day I still managed to get a few burns this season but generally much better than I've been in the past.

I've also been big on the aloe after the sun and I even stocked up on body creams from Bath and Body Works (but really that was just because they were on sale and I like to smell fruity.)

So, not a very exciting post but I think I can cross this off my list.  Now the hard part will be actually keeping up with it without that ever nagging knowledge that I'll have to blog about it!

Montreal Bachelorette Weekend

Monday, August 5, 2013

In just a couple weeks one of my best friends will be getting married.  Since she is the first in our group of friends to do so, she is kind of acting as the test subject for how all of these events will go.

For her bachelorette party we decided to take a long weekend in Montreal.  Other than my road trip to Alaska, I hadn't been to Canada since sophomore year of high school.  We left bright and early on a Friday and started the trek.  I actually enjoy long car rides as long as I'm not driving.  It took about six hours with a few pit stops and some traffic at the border and getting into the city.

We were staying at the Holiday Inn in what I believe was the Chinatown of Montreal.  There was a koi pond in the lobby so it was pretty legit.  At this point we were all starving but there were some troubles at check in which resulted in us grabbing Subway which was the first place we walked by once we were all settled in.

We had dinner at a pizzeria called Bivo.  We had delicious pizza and even more delicious wine.  From there we headed out in search of a karaoke place.  It took a while and a few taxi but eventually we found it.  Anyone who knows me will know that drunken crowds loudly singing is not my thing but I was proud of my ability to hang in there.

On our second morning in the city we ended up splitting up for breakfast.  A few wanted crepes and a few of us wanted anything that would stop the hunger so we stopped in a Starbucks-like shop for a sandwich and coffee.

From there we took a stroll through the McGill campus and then headed up a small mountain.  I of course can't think of the name of it, but it provided a great view of the city.  We wanted to check out a church that was a bit of a walk away, but it was essentially just a massive park between us so we continued to stroll.

The church was interested but a little more modern than I like my churches.  It did provide another nice view of the city though so I would recommend checking it out if your ever in the city.

Later that night, and only after some fun and games and drinking in the hotel room, we headed to Bonaparte for dinner.  This was one of those fancy places with multiple utensils and more than one course.  I had the most delicious food I have ever tasted there.  I would go back to Montreal just for the mushroom ravioli.

We had plans to go out that night, but when our waiter (at this very classy establishment) heard that we were there for a bachelorette party, he said that we HAD to go to what he describe as a place for "adult" fun.  Basically a male strip club.  No, not basically, definitely a male strip club.  We of course agreed that we HAD to go.  It was by far the best part of the trip.  Pretty much the entire weekend was planned down to the minute, and yet this one random spontaneous side trip was the highlight.

It ended up being a late night so the next morning was pretty relaxed until we all clambered back into our cars and made the long journey home.

Now bring on the wedding!