Here’s to Introverts

June 29, 2011

I got this list from my friend Kristen (it’s originally from here) and I had to re-post. I first read about what it really means to be an introvert last year after filling out a long questionnaire about my personality, and I felt like it was the first time I’d seen a totally spot on description and analysis of my personality type, ever. In a way it helped me understand and accept my weird self. So I love this :)

10 Myths about Introverts

Myth #1 – Introverts don’t like to talk.
This is not true. Introverts just don’t talk unless they have something to say. They hate small talk. Get an introvert talking about something they are interested in, and they won’t shut up for days.

Myth #2 – Introverts are shy.
Shyness has nothing to do with being an Introvert. Introverts are not necessarily afraid of people. What they need is a reason to interact. They don’t interact for the sake of interacting. If you want to talk to an Introvert, just start talking. Don’t worry about being polite.

Myth #3 – Introverts are rude.

Introverts often don’t see a reason for beating around the bush with social pleasantries. They want everyone to just be real and honest. Unfortunately, this is not acceptable in most settings, so Introverts can feel a lot of pressure to fit in, which they find exhausting.

Myth #4 – Introverts don’t like people.
On the contrary, Introverts intensely value the few friends they have. They can count their close friends on one hand. If you are lucky enough for an introvert to consider you a friend, you probably have a loyal ally for life. Once you have earned their respect as being a person of substance, you’re in.

Myth #5 – Introverts don’t like to go out in public.
Nonsense. Introverts just don’t like to go out in public FOR AS LONG. They also like to avoid the complications that are involved in public activities. They take in data and experiences very quickly, and as a result, don’t need to be there for long to “get it.” They’re ready to go home, recharge, and process it all. In fact, recharging is absolutely crucial for Introverts.

Myth #6 – Introverts always want to be alone.
Introverts are perfectly comfortable with their own thoughts. They think a lot. They daydream. They like to have problems to work on, puzzles to solve. But they can also get incredibly lonely if they don’t have anyone to share their discoveries with. They crave an authentic and sincere connection with ONE PERSON at a time.

Myth #7 – Introverts are weird.
Introverts are often individualists. They don’t follow the crowd. They’d prefer to be valued for their novel ways of living. They think for themselves and because of that, they often challenge the norm. They don’t make most decisions based on what is popular or trendy.

Myth #8 – Introverts are aloof nerds.
Introverts are people who primarily look inward, paying close attention to their thoughts and emotions. It’s not that they are incapable of paying attention to what is going on around them, it’s just that their inner world is much more stimulating and rewarding to them.

Myth #9 – Introverts don’t know how to relax and have fun.
Introverts typically relax at home or in nature, not in busy public places. Introverts are not thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies. If there is too much talking and noise going on, they shut down. Their brains are too sensitive to the neurotransmitter called Dopamine. Introverts and Extroverts have different dominant neuro-pathways. Just look it up.

Myth #10 – Introverts can fix themselves and become Extroverts.
A world without Introverts would be a world with few scientists, musicians, artists, poets, filmmakers, doctors, mathematicians, writers, and philosophers. That being said, there are still plenty of techniques an Extrovert can learn in order to interact with Introverts. (Yes, I reversed these two terms on purpose to show you how biased our society is.) Introverts cannot “fix themselves” and deserve respect for their natural temperament and contributions to the human race. In fact, one study (Silverman, 1986) showed that the percentage of Introverts increases with IQ.

PS: A picture from my weekend that has everything to do with this post.

Beach diner

Eeek! Day One!

November 8, 2010

For a break down of my clothes, see this post.

30 for 30: Day One!

Well I’m starting off 30 for 30 on a high note, probably because I’m just beginning and still excited about it :)

It had been cold-ish outdoors lately but this week is going to be in the 70s and 80s (though it’s still pretty cool in the mornings and at night). I figure I will make the most of the warm weather and wear as many skirts and dresses as I can fit in before the temperatures drop again. I know I see pictures of people wearing skirts and tights in weather much colder than we normally get in Florida, but when I’m cold, all I want to do is throw on jeans and a sweater (and boots…and a coat…and a scarf–what can I say, we Floridians bundle up for the short periods of time when it’s not hot!).

Anyway. I added some F21 tights and a light vintage coat to the mix. Oh how I love this coat:

30 for 30: Day One!

I just want to say that I am so excited about this challenge and all the other participants. I’ve started looking through some of the many links and already discovered so many blogs I know I’m going to love! Huge thanks to Kendi for organizing this project.

I’ve decided not to talk to my boyfriend about 30 for 30 much. I talked about fashion way too much this weekend, and I think I’ll try to save up my comments for the blog. He is nice enough to take my picture, I figure I owe it to him not to go overboard :b

So here’s a thought: This outfit (and anytime I wear others like it) make me think of Afeitar. Both the style and the colors. Actually, I think I fairly often notice that my outfits remind me of various bloggers. If I notice it again, I’ll note it. I’m still trying to figure out what the La Vie Toni style is…

30 for 30: Day One!

I am going to spend the day in the library, like I meant to do this weekend. So much for that. Here’s to a productive day!

Bonus shot of my breakfast this morning (I know, I should include a protein). I’ve been eating both applesauce and English muffins a lot lately. The applesauce is unsweetened; I just add cinnamon and it’s delicious! I hope this means my enormous sweet tooth is less powerful than it used to be…I distinctly remember thinking unsweetened applesauce was inedible the last time I tried it.

Breakfast

Snapshots

October 3, 2010

Flowers, wrongly delivered to our address along with a fruit basket. When I called the delivery company about it, they came back to get the fruit basket but let us keep the flowers.

Dining room

Dining room

English muffin, a peach, and “raspberry zinger” herbal tea.

Breakfast

Coming soon, yesterday’s purchases, including all new bedding!

Scrambled

June 13, 2010

I had never made scrambled eggs before today. When I was a kid, I knew a girl who’d cook her own in, like, first grade, but somehow I never made it passed hard boiled. Still, after yesterday’s frittata I had eggs on the brain, I’ve got a fridge full of ingredients that need to be used, and I woke up hungry. Guided by Smitten Kitchen’s scrambled egg toast recipe, I made scrambled eggs with Gruyère cheese and scallions and had them with toasted sourdough bread, cherry tomatoes, and mushrooms. SO satisfying. Good to have another option besides cereal in the mornings.

Scrambled eggs

Scrambled eggs

Scrambled eggs

PS – Some blogs I’ve recently come across and liked:

Prêt à Voyager
Infusion Fibers
Stephmodo
Moline
Fabulously Broke in the City
The Glamorous Grad Student
Eddie Ross
I Have the Golden Touch

Apartment Therapy*

June 1, 2010

PROJECT 365

Check it.

I’ve always wanted to do the whole take-and-post-one-photograph-every-day-for-a-year thing, and today, June 1, seems like a nice starting point.

Even though I already take a ton of pictures anyway, I think the project will 1) encourage me to take more creative shots, 2) force me to edit my photo selection carefully (a difficult task for me), and 3), motivate me to keep using my camera on days when I feel less than inspired.

While I like taking on new projects, I’m not always great with the commitment, but I think I can handle this. I know the end result (and of course the journey, blah blah blah) will be worth it.

I won’t post my 365 pictures here, just to avoid repetition–er, but maybe similar ones from the same batches. I tried to add a new page on this blog just to devote to the project (like my “About Me,” “My House,” and “Film Photography” headings above), but apparently you can’t update/”post” to a “page,” as I have learned. Oh well.

Anyway, here are some other photos from today. Why so many from the kitchen? Oh, because not only have I been spending too much time in it, but because I cleaned it like a madwoman yesterday. I’m talkin’ reorganized the cupboards, cleaned out the fridge and freezer (even the top), removed all the appliances to wipe down the counters underneath, etc. ‘Twas actually quite enjoyable. I almost said “therapeutic” but that doesn’t seem entirely appropriate considering I’m going to a fear clinic to address my, ahem, driving phobia later this week. A fear clinic. Now that’s therapy. (Insert “omg I’m gonna get my driver’s license before I turn 25, after all!” squeals here.)

June 1 - Morning

June 1 - morning

June 1 - Morning

June 1 - morning

June 1 - Morning

June 1 - Morning

Breakfast

June 1 - lunch

*I have begun recycling titles from earlier posts. I can’t help it. I hate thinking up new ways to name my entries.

Cream of Wheat

February 28, 2010

Breakfast from the other morning

Breakfast from the other morning

Breakfast from the other morning

Townhouse Chicks

May 13, 2009

I went to Orlando for the night, and as is required on any trip to Orlando, I had breakfast at the Townhouse diner in rural Oviedo. It is the quaintest, friendliest restaurant, and in addition to tasty food, it serves my all-time favorite coffee. Plus, chickens roam around outside freely…

I might add that getting to Orlando was a harrowing experience yesterday. Patrick, Herman, and I got trapped in an insane, apocalypse-style, hail storm. We (Herman included; he told me) were sure the windows of the car were going to break, ice was hitting us so hard.

Luckily, I was channeling Xena, Warrior Princess, and could handle anything.

And it’s storming once again, but now I can enjoy it from the safety of my home. Mmm, I feel nice and sleepy. But I can’t stop looking at retro kitchens on Flickr.