Tuesday, May 12, 2015

6KCBWDAY2 - It's all about You (meaning Me)

Today the challenge is to write about ourselves. Since mine is a personal blog I do this all the time, but today I think I will try to include some things about me that I haven't blogged about over the past seven years.

Day Two - turn the attention from the things we make to the things that make us

It took me years to realize I was an introvert. I thought I was, and presented as, an extrovert. I always felt uncomfortable in large gatherings and sometimes this discomfort made me talk too much, too fast and too loud. I still do this if I am nervous, or uncomfortable in a situation - but I am getting better at just being quiet and letting others fill the uncomfortable spaces.

I played French Horn for half a year, and then clarinet for the next four and a half, in my high school band. I should have taken choir because I love to sing and it would have been more enjoyable than being in band. Band was geekier. Choir was cool. In my teaching years I always found myself teaching music classes or leading choirs. I guess you can say destiny won out. I still own my clarinet, and I did play it one year when I was teaching a small jazz band at my school. I love that clarinet.

Yesterday I wished I could pick up the phone and call my mum. She passed away eleven years ago and this is the first time I wished I could talk to her and hear her voice.

I swim as a form of meditation and exercise and stress relief - and next month I am going to check out an openwater swim group that meets in the evening at one of our local ocean beaches. I am scared, and excited about this and I am certain there will be a blog post or two about it.

I love Swedish fish - those chewy candies. Lucky for me they are hard to find so when I do find them I indulge myself.



I am currently reading The Memory Game by Nicci French. It is odd but I don't really read much in the winter (except for blogs) but in the summer I am an avid reader. I love reading at the beach, on my deck, in the campsite, or in bed in the camper. I don't really like reading in bed at home. Strange, no?

I recently read Shadow Scale, the sequel to Seraphina, by Rachel Hartman and I loved it so much. If you like dragon fantasy you will love both of her books.

I am a crossword puzzle addict. Especially the New York Times crosswords. I haven't managed their Saturday puzzles yet, and Fridays are quite a challenge, but I do at least two puzzles a day. At least.

So, that's me.

Wanna share anything with me in the comment section? Come on, it'll be fun!





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19 comments:

  1. I love Swedish fish too..and can find them pretty readily, if you ever need rations sent to you...:-)

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    1. I don't know why they are so hard to find where I live.

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  2. Nice to get to know more about you. I love doing crosswords too :)

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    1. they are a great way to spend time. (maybe sometimes, too much time ;)

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  3. You know they have online crosswords, too? I enjoy doing one of those every so often. They're great because they let you know if you've gotten the right word or not.

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    1. I know! I subscribe to the new York times, and also have an app on my phone that gives me access to many many more. so cool!

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  4. Great to see your thoughts! I participated last year but don't have time right now to do more than I am already doing... I too am an introvert (hard to be, at times, in a school full of people!). Susan Cain's book Quiet is a great read on the topic.

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    1. Thanks, I will check out that book.

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    2. Thanks for the book tip! I, too, am also introvert and a teacher. (Or soon I am), hopefully it's all working out :)

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  5. I have never had those Swedish fish! Are they hard candies?

    I would really like to learn an instrument, and it's great you play a few of them. I think I need to do something about this. :)

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    1. they are a soft chewy candy - sort of like thinner ju jubes.

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  6. Nice to meet you! I played clarinet as a teenager, was introverted too and read loads on the commute (yes, wasted knitting/crochet time I hear you shout - but it's too packed for that unfortunately!)

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    1. hey reading on a commute is a perfect way to pass the time. no judgement here.

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  7. I am envious that you can play a musical instrument as I have never been able to. After years of smoking I can't sing any more either! I do like doing crosswords now and again though :-)

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    1. never too late to learn.....maybe when you retire.

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  8. Never heard of Swedish fish but if they're like jelly babies and snakes I'm there with you... And yes, not reading in bed is weird... Oh, and you surprised me a tad with the crossword addiction. I knew you love words but I had picked you for a sudoku kind of girl.

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    1. I have tried to get into sudoku, but unless they are easy I get too frustrated - too much trial and error for me.
      No Swedish fish down under? You don't know what you are missing - they are kind of like jelly babies but not as chewy and fruitier.

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  9. I so identify with the Introvert/Extrovert confusion thing. For much of my life I believed I was just plain weird, feeling the way that I do about socialising. You will always find me in the kitchen at parties? No - I don't go to the party in the first place, not any more.

    Crosswords in my life happen on Sunday evenings in bed with my DH. We do the Guardian's Prize crossword, though never send it in.

    I always used to be an avid reader but find that I read less and less these days. I am trying to get the hang of audio books but am not sure that I like them. They are useful when I am at my spinning wheel though.

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    1. yes, I have tried a few audio books, and I quite like them, but I usually just watch tv while knitting - and when I spin I still have to concentrate too hard to listen to anything but the radio.

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