Thursday, August 29, 2013

Seven Quick Takes - Vol. 8

In this post last week, I discussed some of the good and the bad of my introversion/shyness.  Rebecca left a lovely comment on the post about the 4 Temperaments, which I found very helpful.  I looked up a 4 Temperaments test online and took it, and, surprise surprise, I'm a Melancholic!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

I'm Not Angry, Dagnabbit!!

My mouth naturally turns down at the corners when I'm not smiling.

I have two all-too-frequent frown lines between my eyebrows, because bright light causes a glare that makes me unconsciously furrow my brows in an attempt to protect my eyes.

Apparently, I look angry most of the time.  I'm not, actually.  But I've had several people tell me that I look like it, when all I'm doing is just sitting there and being!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Learning to Love Myself (Vol. 4)

There is one part of myself which I have always hated.  Call it what you will:  shyness, introversion, social awkwardness, difficulty connecting with other people and making friends.  (Or all of the above, really.)

You know how little kids will hide behind their parent's legs when introduced to someone new?  I'm 34 years old and that's still what I want to do when I meet new people!  It's frustrating, lemme tell ya.  It makes making friends hard-to-impossible, and going to a party FULL of people I don't know?  DON'T EVEN GET ME STARTED ON THE LEVELS OF STRESS THIS CAUSES!!!
Being awkward:  Because I couldn't possibly feel more like an ass than I already do.

One of the worst things is that I think back on my life and wonder

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Seven Quick Takes - Vol. 7

I love me some thrift store shopping!  The thrill of the hunt for that perfect bargain balances out the frustration of searching through horribly disordered racks and shelves for something in my size and style.  Every so often, if you're really lucky, you come across a little gem like this, as I did when searching the men's section for jeans for the husband.
Because what lord of creation doesn't need "Constant Elevation" plastered across his ass?

Or how about this snazzy piece?  Neon yellow with gray striping.  Perfect for those nights when you feel like impersonating a TV with no horizontal hold.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Learning to Love Myself (Vol. 3)

OK, this may sound a little odd, but one thing I really like about myself is my large bone structure.

You may be thinking to yourself, "Hunh?  Who in the world loves their bone structure?!  This lady is grasping at straws."  Why yes, I am grasping at straws, thankyouverymuch.  (It's a lot harder to find things I like/love about myself than I thought it would be.)  But please, allow me to explain.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Inexplicable Me

You know those people that are difficult to get along with?  There's just something about them: either they rub you the wrong way, or they mystify and annoy you with their oddness, or they bore you so much that you dread talking to them.  The people that it's so easy to forget about because that's so much easier and more pleasant than being with them. 

Yeah.  I'm pretty sure that's me.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

7 Quick Takes - Vol. 6

Why, Texas?  Why do you have to be 105 face-melting, energy-draining, will-to-live-sapping degrees?  My car gets so hot inside after a day in the sun that I expect to hear sizzling anytime my skin touches ANY non-cloth surface.  I love slow-cooked barbeque, but I don't want to BE slow-cooked barbeque, so please, a little cool front would be fantastic!

Apparently, I'm getting my wish.  I decided to consult the weather forecast after writing my first take, and check this out!
Dallas 7 day Forecast
WOW!  Look at all those days under 100.  Downright chilly!

I'm a catechist at my parish.  For those who don't know that word, it means

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Learning to Love Myself (Vol. 2)

You know what?  It's really hard to identify things I like about myself.  Good traits.  Things about me that are  lovable.  I had to sit and ponder for a while before I came up with something.

I am a thinker, and I love that about myself.  I haven't always, though.  There have been (and still are) times when my analytical mind has been frustrating.  For example,

Thursday, August 1, 2013

7 Quick Takes - Vol. 5

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In a post earlier this week, I shared that I am combatting negative thoughts that I think about myself.  I am learning to love myself a little better, and I'm doing so by finding and sharing one thing about myself that I like or love every week.

I know that negative self-thinking is probably far more wide-spread than I realize, so consider yourself invited to join me in acknowledging your lovely, lovable qualities every Wednesday.  If you have a blog and decide to share your lovely qualities with the blog-o-sphere in a post, please come share the link to the post in my combox so we can all go read about what makes you lovable!

I've been rereading Pride and Prejudice lately, as well as reading a few other Jane Austen novels for the first time, specifically Emma and Mansfield Park.  I love how witty the dialogue is, and I really love the sweetness of the romances.

But I have discovered something else...