A random, eclectic mix of thoughts, feelings, observations, and experiences – LIFE

Archive for June, 2011

Me, Randomly

I’m slightly addicted to blogs. I have a few that I check out regularly, but from time to time, I search for new blogs. I may do this by randomly googling “top ten blogs,” or doing more specific searches like, “cycling blogs.” I’ll fix up my blog soon and include a blogroll, and you can be SURE that I’ll often share content from my daily blog reads. I like blogs by one dedicated writer as well as those written by a few people and/or random contributors. Whatever the case, I like to know a little bit about the blogger. It makes reading the posts so much better. I feel like I understand a little more. For that reason, and that reason only, I’ll enlighten my readers. I’m gonna tell you about myself! WOO!

My first speech for Toastmasters – The Icebreaker – was entitled “Who Am I?” I started the speech with a little something like what this post is about to become. Hang on to your seat, person!

How do we really expect people to define themselves? I always find it funny when a person says, “Tell me about yourself.” Dude, what do you wanna know? Do you know how much I am? How much is in me? How many things combine to make this fine, fine speci(wo)men in front you? NO! YOU DON’T!

I don’t identify (myself) as a member of any group or class. I’m not definable by race, age, gender, social class, religion, annual income… None of those things. For that reason, I’m pretty much always at a loss in “explaining myself” to new people. Now, when I’m asked to tell someone about myself, I choose completely random things about myself to share. The quality and quantity of the things I share depend on my mood, what I think of the person asking so far, the perceived reason for their request, etc. Since I’m pretty sure you must be pretty cool to be here, reading this, I’m going to give you some good stuff. There’ll be sprinkles of random-not-so-importantness, buuut, hey… Such is life!

– My favourite colour is LIME GREEN! Most of the things I purchase, I get in lime green where possibly. Currently owned in lime green: Glasses, iPod, BB case, Nook cover, Pandora charms, lunch container, wallet, change purse, work bag. Nalgene water bottle lost/stolen. đŸ˜¦

– I love cycling. I’m not hardcore, riding for hours or miles and miles at this point. I’ll talk about this more in another post or two or three.

– I have a hybrid bike – Tatum. She and I spend about 35 minutes together on the road on weekdays.

– I live in The Bahamas. I was born and raised here. I don’t intend to stay here. As a matter of fact, I’m looking for a way out. NOW.

– Coca-Cola is greatness. I do my best not to consume more than a can of Coca-Cola per day.

– I have a rebounder, and I LOVE it. I got it mainly to improve my circulation, increase the fun-factor in life, improve my sleep life, and a little bit for the exercise. It’s pretty cool. Whenever I have my own house, there will be space for a big ol’ trampoline, and I will use it just as much as my children.

– I don’t have any children. YET. There WILL be children. I’m hoping for 4 or 5 of ’em. I think I’m going to have to start having these babies pretty soon…

– I have water-drinking issues. It’s a work in progress. I’m doing better these days with somewhere between 12 and 24oz daily.

Forget text messaging. BlackBerry Messaging is what's up! I love knowing when my messages have been delivered and read... And sending voicenotes are GREAT for the looong stories I often need to tell. đŸ™‚

– I’m a BlackBerry user. I don’t think this will change any time soon. BBM is just too great.

– I’m on Twitter. A LOT.

– I studied Economics and Finance at St. Mary’s University in Halifax, NS.

– Religion is pretty crazy to me. Denominations (of religions) are insane to me as well.I have my own beliefs, but I’m completely aware of how ridiculous it could all be. I’m inclined, actually, to believe that I could take bits and pieces of various religions to form the best possible way for everyone to live. Love is great. Real definition and properties should be inherent, but are not, so people run around thinking they love when they really don’t. If love ruled and was our centre, we wouldn’t have to dream about peace, or preach about acceptance, or any of that stuff.

– I read a lot. I enjoy it. I spend a lot of my me-time reading. On my NOOK! đŸ™‚ I have the original black and white. I’m now eying the new one-touch. *sighs* Someday, I’ll own it.

– I have three nieces and two nephews, and I love them dearly. They are my babies. I’ll probably be calling them “my babies” when they’re in their 40’s.

– I have a lot of parents. My mother and father both worked in the hotel industry throughout my childhood, so they called for backup. My grandaunt, granduncle, great-grandmother, grandfather, and three of my cousins (my dad’s 1st cousins; the grandaunt/uncle’s children) step in and filled in the gaps. My cousins now view me as another sister. Everyone else sees me as another daughter.

– I have two brothers and two sisters. I only grew up with my younger brother. The others are older and have different fathers from my younger brother and I.

– I love food. I love buying it, cooking/baking it, eating it, sharing my dishes with loved ones… Food is just great.

– I like starchy foods. Rice, potatoes, pasta, bread… YESSSSSS!

– I rarely consume red meat. I never eat pork. I’ve been off it since the great pig farm trip of 2001. And it has nothing to do with the treatment of the animals.

– I’m not big on animals. I actually quite dislike most animals. I tolerate the pets of loved ones. That’s about it. For my house, fish is the limit. Well… MAYBE turtles. Sorry, children.

– I have a guitar. Acoustic-electric. It’s my second guitar and I bought it last year when I moved back to The Bahamas. I haven’t played it in a looong time. Months. I’d been teaching myself, but I can only really do it when I’m alone.

– The beach is one of my favourite places. Sand is my least favourite thing about the beach, though I only like beaches with sand on them. Yeah. Figure that one out.

– I don’t like pencils.

Pencils feel weird. You don't write with a pencil. You just make lead scratch against paper (or whatever medium you're using). It sounds weird. It feels weird. I don't like pencils.

– I have a bad reaction to bleach, lysol spray, bug spray, strong perfume, ammonia… My nose is very discriminating.

– I am unable to nap. I can only sleep.

– I enjoy most genres of music. R&B, Reggae, Pop, Rock, Country… Some artists I really like: Pink, Justin Nozuka, Bedouin Soundclash, Toni Braxton, Tanya Stephens, Adele, Chrisette Michelle, Alanis Morissette, Naturally 7.

– Some of my favourite books: The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold), To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee), Lullabies For Little Criminals (Heather O’Neill), A Piece of Cake (Cupcake Brown)

– I wear jeans. All the time. Well… ALMOST all the time.

– When I have money, I spend it. I buy mostly what I need, but a little of what I want too. I don’t deny myself for the purpose of piling money in a place I can’t see it just so I can watch a silly number grow when I open a statement every month. This is not to say that I do not save when I am able to.

– My socks MUST be VERY cool. Striped, checkered, smiley faced… They just can NOT be plain ol’ white. Or black. Or anything plain.

I wear the coolest socks. No one else shows up for work in non-smelly funky socks. NO ONE ELSE!

– I quite like gerbera daisies. And sunflowers. Crown of thorns are also quite amazing looking.

– I enjoy gardening. I didn’t learn this until I lived in a house with a garden that needed tending in Halifax. I grew peppers, tomatoes, and a few spices. I cut the grass and weeded as well. Good times. Never thought I would enjoy it quite that much.

– I make an amaaaaazing chocolate cake. Among other things.

– I very, very rarely tell a lie. I don’t enjoy it, I don’t see the point of it, I’d rather just be honest, so I don’t lie. I’m so out of practice that it doesn’t make sense for me to even try. It’s far to obvious if I do. I count that as a good thing.

– I’m passionate about education, youth work, and issues concerning youth.

– If I had the necessary financial support, I would go back to school. To go further, if I could afford it, I would probably study for the rest of my life. Not to the exclusion of work (likely for myself) though.

– Dirty dishes disturb me. I often wash whatever is dirty after I cook and before I clean. And I generally wash the dishes before bed, and before leaving the house. Waking up and/or coming home to dirty dishes… AWFUL.

Well, there you go. You must know me, sort of, now. Right? Better idea of who I am? No? Sorry. Ask questions any time, and I’ll answer as soon as I can.

Thankful Thursday!

Thankful Thursdaaaaayyyyy!

10 Things I’m Thankful For:

1. Beautiful Relationship

2. The sandwich I’ll be having for lunch. (It’s on COCONUT BREAD!)

3. Internet Access

4. Drinking Water

5. My parents answer the phone EVERY time I call, ANY time I call (granted the cellphone is with them)

6. My paternal great-grandmother is alive, well, funny, a great cook, and LIVING as much as she’s breathing.

7. Drew (10 year old cousin living in Louisiana) and Ryan (4 year old living in Abaco, Bahamas) are visting (Nassau, Bahamas) this week and having a BLAST together. The brothers – reunited.

8. I have a great bike that gives me great rides to and from work.

9. There are people (mom, dad, brother, sister) who will pick me up if ever I need to get somewhere. That includes home from work in the rain, to the doctor, to the grocery, to the laundromat… Wherever!)

10. I’m able to eat when I’m hungry.

Time to DO

It’s a beautiful day here in Nassau, Bahamas. The sun is shine, the breeze is blowing… Outside. I’m inside. It’s a work day for me. Yay. -_-

I was just thinking… I need to get out of here. Spending the greater part of my life, while awake, in an office with no windows, doing things I really don’t care to do… This is not living. I’m alive, but this… This is not life. Not the way it’s meant to be lived.

Motivation. Crucial. I have been motivated. It’s time to do what it takes. I have to get out of here. And I don’t just mean at 5:30pm. I mean, permanently. Unless I have the sudden need for furniture and/or appliances and this is my best option.

I have to do some things. Make some calls. Write some letters. ACT on things. Make things happen. Nothing is falling into my lap, funny enough. My degrees aren’t making magic happen. I’ve got to make my own magic. The time is now.

First, I need lunch.