Serving the Extrovert…and Yourself

We all Need to Eat
Regardless of gender, sexuality, race, religion, or kingdom, we all need to eat.  Whether we eat alone, with others, whether we make it ourselves or have other people make it, we need nutrients for survival.

I’ve always loved food and eating, but as the saying goes: too much of a good thing is never a good thing.  With obesity rampant, we have to not only be careful of what we put in our mouths, but how much.  Nonetheless, I’m a firm believer that food isn’t just fuel for the body, it can be an avenue for creativity or a plate of art–made that much more poignant because it must be demolished to truly be appreciated.

I love them.  But, I hate them.  This love-hate relationship stems from the fact that I don’t always have everything a recipe requires, but neither do I want to run out to the store.  I don’t like buying on a whim, but I’ll create (with what I have) on a whim.  Usually, what this results in is either an exhaustive search on the interwebs until I either find a recipe that mostly just uses what I have, or (more likely) I frankenstein together multiple recipes hoping that the end result turns out well.  The gods must smile on me, since they (usually) do.

What I’m Serving Up
We’ve all been in a situation where we’ve needed something for a group (potluck for work/school, gathering of friends), but how many of us have copped out and bought ice cream or cake from the store?  My goal is to share recipes which are not only easy to make but are easily substituted with what you might have on hand.

While my focus isn’t going to be on health food and I don’t count calories, I’ll present healthier substitution options as well.  If you’re looking for calorie counts, leave a comment (or send an email) with what you’ve made and your variation and I’ll reply with the calorie information.

Have you ever had a gathering that you wanted to bring in food for? What did you do? Did you buy something or make something?

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Introspective View: Voicemail, part 1

Why Voicemail is Terrible

Video Game Character Voice Mail Calls

Missed Calls => Voicemail

Suffice to say that I detest them. Voicemail is the bane of my life. I can understand how, in the days of ore (landlines), voicemail would be an incredibly useful tool.  But, we’re in an increasingly mobile world—do we still need voicemail?

It’s an awful feeling, the idea that I’ll be in the midst of something important (meeting, writing, dinner) and I’ll notice a sound, an awareness, a something at the edge of my perception…
That is when the realization hits; this is the buzzing that indicates I’m fast approaching two options:

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An Introvert in an Extroverted World

I am an introvert. Whether I’m happy or sad, proud or sorry, the fact remains that this is what I am. I can no more change this reality than I can deter the expansion of the universe or diminish the strength of the earth’s gravity. Being as it can’t be changed, I might as well embrace it.

Unfortunately, we live in a world for extroverts.

Etiquette and society itself are defined by extroverts. Perhaps it’s the introvert’s fault–we let them do it. We are so busy with our own inner world that when we looked up, society and the rules of interaction became defined by those focused on the outer world. But, now we have to live in it.

How can we survive, let alone thrive, in a world that not only isn’t made for us, but doesn’t understand us? We are taught from a young age to socialize and network and that it is these skills, more highly regarded than work ethic or even intelligence that will make or break our futures. Out of the cradle, we are encouraged to make friends with the other children at the daycare/school/playground; and if we have a chance, we should definitely make friends with father’s boss’ daughter.

Being with others is supposed to make us happy, feel fulfilled. But,I’d really prefer to be by myself. That’s not to say that I don’t welcome social gatherings (sometimes) or grabbing lunch with a friend (almost always), but at the end of the day, I want to spend some quality time doing whatever it is I want to do without anyone else to bother me.

Introverts have a bad reputation. The word is associated with loners, wallflowers, the shy, outsiders, the timid and unassertive, as well as brooders, narcissists, egoists and misanthropes. But in reality, an introvert is simply a person who is more concerned with internal thoughts rather than external happenings; someone who is energized by being alone rather than being with others. An introvert might be outgoing, popular, a class clown, and/or outspoken, but when all is said and done, they want to be by themselves for some period of time to recharge. While they might not always prefer to sit quietly reading by themselves (blogs count), there comes a point where they still want that time alone.

My family moved around a lot and I quickly learned how to cope with new schools and new faces. I learned to talk about sports teams I didn’t watch and the celebrities I didn’t follow, to smile and flow with the rest, trading the social inanities expected by everyone but forgotten before the next introduction. Strangers found me well adjusted, friendly, and social; they’d be surprised to learn (and those who became closer friends were surprised) that I’m not an extrovert at all, but an introvert.

I had learned to followed by example; an introvert trying to survive in an extroverted world.

Do you also consider yourself to be an introvert? What methods have you used to cope with stressful social situations?

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