Monday, January 30, 2006

On being an introvert...

- shy, reserved, withdrawn, reticent, diffident, retiring, quiet; introspective, introvert, inward-looking, self-absorbed; pensive, contemplative, thoughtful, meditative, reflective.

Growing up as an introvert is not easy, and though it has gotten a little better with age, it's still not easy as an adult. It's so difficult for people to get to know you because you don't have a comfort level with others until you have spent time with them but getting to spend time with them is difficult because it's awkward since you don't know each other yet and don't have a comfort level - ugh - what a messy catch 22. And now in the modern world that we live in we introverts are "enabled" by email, instant messaging, text messages etc. We get to communicate without having to face our fears of talking to REAL LIVE humans face to face. I envy a lot of extroverts that can just go out into the world, start having a conversation with anyone they come across, and be completely comfortable doing it. I have so many thoughts in my head but nobody would know it because those thoughts don't seem to transfer from my brain to my mouth. My opening line when meeting new people should be - " I may seem like an idiot but really I'm not, trust me." : ) I have been told several times, by people that are now my friends, that they thought I was a stuck-up *itch when they first met me because I was so quiet and difficult to talk to. Thankfully they gave me a chance and did get to know the me "inside" - THANKS FRIENDS, I TRULY APPRECIATE YOU!!

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Wintertime Fun Day

Today was a great day of fresh air and exercise sledding at the Tom O' Leary Golf Course. It was exhilarating and exhausting all at the same time, I guess that's why it was so fun! I think we will all sleep like rocks tonight! Here are some pictures of our sledding posse having a blast. Enjoy!

Aren't these 2 just FUN moms, out sledding with their kids!!

Sommer and I getting ready to head down the hill for a ride...

...and here is Sommer and I in a heap after our wipeout! No one was hurt, just a lot of laughing occured!! : )
(Notice Jacob and Kennedy at the bottom of the hill watching us crazy adults tumble down the hill)

What a cute snow bunny!!

Jake and Kennedy ready for yet another trip down the hill together. They had so much fun together once they got warmed up to each other!

I think our smiles sum up the day - fun for all!!

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

"Road Not Taken"

I fell in love with the Robert Frost poem "Road Not Taken" while in high school, was inspired by it for one of my college design projects and have been thinking about it a lot again lately, so I went back to reread it once more. Something about this poem just keeps bringing me back. Do we EVER know if we are truely on the right path in life? A question for the ages I guess. (I hope my very talented friend Jason doesn't mind I used his gorgeous photograph here!)

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that, the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
two roads diverged in a wood, and I --
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Sunday, January 01, 2006


RAH, RAH, RAH - actually, no, more like blah, blah, blah. As my sister so eloquently put it a couple of days ago "New Year's is dumb!"

Everyone puts all of this hype on New Year's Eve and the "events" of the evening. In all of my 33 years I have yet to have an "exciting" New Year night. I have tried many different ways of spending my "new eve's" and it's always turned out to be just another night with time ticking away. I think the most fun times I remember is when I was in grade school and actually got to stay up late with the adults, eat snacks and see the new year start (if I could stay awake that long.) Yeah, those were some good times.

Well, no matter if your New Year's Eve was great or not so much I hope everyone has a wonderful 2006 with lots of happiness, adventure, fun and love!! So HAPPY NEW YEAR - and this time I mean it!!