Thursday, May 18, 2006

It's All About Me

It was only a matter of time until I succumbed to this narcissistic meme. Everybody else is doing it, to quote my teens. So here goes...

I AM what I am, by God's will

I WANT a peaceful life

I WISH that I was a better mother

I HATE making mistakes

I MISS my family and friends who live far away, and my good friend Art, who died of AIDS 15 years ago

I HEAR nothing at the moment except my typing on the keys

I WONDER how this life will end

I REGRET almost nothing

I AM NOT a sales person


I CRY very little, but always at certain sporting events (swimming, running, and bicycling) when someone shows guts and determination; and at most animal movies (Babe, March of the Penquins, Seabiscuit, etc.)

I AM NOT ALWAYS sociable (but I prefer Jim's answer here..."I am not always nor do I want to be") ;-)

I MAKE WITH MY HANDS meals and jewelry

I WRITE a journal when I travel

I CONFUSE myself

I NEED alone time

I SHOULD be more sociable (God did not intend for Man to live alone)

I START lots of projects

I FINISH what I start but not always on time

I TAG Ellen and Susiebadoozie and Mis Nomer (if y'all have done this already, I missed it, and regrettably request that you do it all over again, for my benefit) ;-)

Update: And since Lyn(don) is blogging, I also tag him! If it means not blogging to you, Lyn, you can just post (I mean leave your answers) in my comment section. ;-)


At 9:59 PM, May 18, 2006, Blogger Lyn said...

Everyone is a sales person. :-)

At 10:09 PM, May 18, 2006, Blogger Gwynne said...

I'm not! I'm not! ;-)

At 10:14 PM, May 18, 2006, Blogger Eric said...

I'll be interested to see if you continue your travel journaling after becoming a blogger. I'm not sure why, but I can no longer maintain a written journal...I don't seem to have the patience for it. I don't think that's a good thing, but that's the way it is.

I love reading my old dive logs and associated journals, but I think I'd need a waterproof notebook computer to restart the practice.

At 10:26 PM, May 18, 2006, Blogger Gwynne said...

Eric, I have also long since lost the patience for hand written journaling. I always take my laptop with me, but it's not waterproof. ;-) It's also a complete waste of luggage when you forget to take the proper converters and adapters. On our last trip abroad, I used up the entire battery writing about our experience just getting from Kansas City to Chicago during a winter blizzard (maybe I'll post that part someday :-). Once we got to Europe, I plugged in my brand new printer and burned it up! After that, I was afraid to plug anything in and went back to paper and pen. Oy! I could not/would not make myself write complete sentences or anything detailed, so it took me awhile to translate my notes when we returned home.

At 6:19 AM, May 19, 2006, Anonymous Brian said...

I think it's funny how many people who keep blogs think of themselves as "not social."

Don't get me wrong, I think the same of myself. But it seems like "not social" and "write publicly and encourage commenters" don't really go together. Hmm.

Don't stop with the hand-written journals! They're so much better than ones that are only typed. So much more personality in those - especially for travels.

At 7:43 AM, May 19, 2006, Blogger beth said...

It's much easier to be social on a blog than in person though - you're not subject to the insecuritites that come with face-to-face, spontaneous communications. You can erase, rephrase, whatever, to your heart's content before publishing (comments or blog posts) - so you always show the best side of you and never make the loud, embarassing comment just as the music ends and the room goes silent and suddenly being naked in front of millions seems potentially less mortifying. :)

That said, I still do pen/paper travel journals simply because I can't bring myself to lug a laptop on trips. I'm all for travelling light. Thus I just suck it up and deal with my bad handwriting and writer's cramp. It's about the only time I actually write vs. type anymore though.

At 12:51 PM, May 19, 2006, Blogger Gwynne said...

Brian, that's true. My philosophy is that while we don't consider ourselves social in the one-on-one or personal sense, we all crave social interaction. That's human nature, I think. And what Beth says is true too. I hate the phone, because I always think about what I should have said after I hang up. And there's not much room for pregnant pauses on the phone. I also don't like how the phone can just jump in and interrupt what you're doing. The telephone does not have the "right" to be answered, imo. So thank goodness for answering machines!

Oh, and I always save any handwritten portions of my journals and shove them in the photo album with my typed version. Not as romantic or artistic as a true handwritten journal, I know, but I do appreciate the cryptic notes later on.

Beth, while what you say is very true and is indeed what makes blogging more fun than a cocktail party, I would not say that I always show my best side here. Sometimes, I may be less diplomatic on my blog than if I had to immediately face my jurors (such as my whiny post about my pestering clients back in tax season). ;-)

And typically, I'm a very light traveller too. The laptop is a luxury because I really don't have patience anymore for hand writing anything that might require edits. And our recent trip to Croatia was a joke! I swear, we could have fit our rental car into my luggage! I was embarrassed for myself. ;-)

At 2:19 PM, May 19, 2006, Blogger beth said...

We had that car in Ireland! :) Though we did amaze and astound our friends that Tim and I went overseas for 14 days with one suitcase and 2 backpacks. And no laundry or rinsing while we were there - I do draw the line there. Unless I'm going for over a month, I will take enough clean undies to avoid sink "cleaning". Bleh. My thing with our laptop is literal - the thing is ancient and weighs like 12 pounds. I'm just not lugging that.

As for cocktail parties...I can think of dental procedures that are way more fun than cocktail parties. I detest large groups of people. I just don't function well in them. More than 10 and I'm outside my comfort zone in a big way.

At 3:10 PM, May 19, 2006, Blogger Gwynne said...

I can think of dental procedures that are way more fun than cocktail parties.

Heh. Same here. :-) And I'm glad to hear others feel the same way. As a public accountant, I'm usually expected to just grin and bear it at those things. But I don't function well at all in that environment. One-on-one I'm usually okay, but I'd still rather have someone slide my work under the door and leave me alone. ;-)

At 2:55 PM, May 21, 2006, Blogger Badoozie said...

i've been off other peoples blogs for a few days, as you can probably tell from the fact i am making about 90 comments today. so i'll do this meme on my next post, be yee warned in advance. don some depends.

At 5:59 PM, May 21, 2006, Blogger Gwynne said...

Susie, looking forward to that! Putting Depends on the grocery list now. ;-)


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