November 13, 2016 § Leave a comment
When I was in high school my friend and I created a “Gripe List”. The list contained names and ideas that were frustrating and gripe-worthy for a high school and college student. After I was married, I found that notebook and continued to add to it for a few years. Today, I have no idea where that notebook is, but many of the items that I recall stand true for me at this age.
It is funny that within the content of Banana Suzy-Qs, Girls with syrupy-sweet personalities, studying intently and getting a C+, ballpoint pens that leak and breaking a fingernail was the “Entitled Wind Bag (ie, Donald Trump, etc. ).” Having satellite TV did wonders for the Gripe List in the late 1980s. I watched a lot of East coast television and some of their local commercials and programming content included Trump and his socialite wife, Ivana. She was beautiful and he just seemed to be all about self-promoting. An outspoken bag of hot wind, equal on my opinion scale with some of the people I knew in school.
When the Presidential race began and Trump threw his hat in the ring, I couldn’t believe he was serious and was completely skeptical. Entitled Wind Bag turned politician blah, blah, blah. I am not a political person; Eric is just the opposite and to him I am apathetic-yep, that’s me. Politics make my eyes glaze over. My husband was in with Trump from the beginning. I just couldn’t let myself get on the band wagon, because of my old perception was that he was out to enhance his ego and add to his list of accolades. Then, the unthinkable happened and I let myself listen to what he was saying and paying attention to him. It sounded great, but was is too good to be true? There was no way that this sleeper was going to get very far with the public. A year ago, I would never admit that I even liked what was being said for fear of the let down, and yes, ridicule…always keeping that Gripe List entry in the back of my mind. I’d always perceived him ridiculously larger than life, why would I like him now?
Eric is so outspoken about who he does and doesn’t like about a candidate, I was trapped. Political talk radio was everywhere in my house and it was stressful. Listening to his vitriolic tirades over anything the current administration/Hillary Clinton said or did was a guaranteed part of my day. If you’ve ever seen the movie “Mars Attacks”, Eric would imitate her in the alien voice; it was a rather good impression, I must say. Her voice irritates me just as much.
I deleted my Facebook account in January because of the hatred I saw spreading through the internet for Trump and my own emotional angst as I slowly drank the Kool-aide. When Trump became the Republican nominee it was obvious that I would not know peace until November…and even then it was iffy. I clung to hope for the better outcome, pondering that should Eric be satisfied with the President-elect, would I be seeking for a therapist because he wouldn’t have anything more to rant over? My ‘normal’ for the last eight years would change drastically.
The elections are over and I am proud of Mr. Trump. I am still not a political person, but this process has been utterly fascinating for me. More so, for my own transformation into a person that sees that change is coming and I am excited to see what happens next. Mr. Trump thank you for not quitting and I believe you can be the ‘hope and change’ we never saw. Maybe because I am not a politics fanatic, I never did see this race as the ‘better choice between the two evils’. Although not perfect, Trump continues to be the perfect, clear choice for my conscience.
The turmoil continues just days after the election and Eric is still fired up as usual. As for the “Not my President” protestors when are your flights out of the country? I’d like to be there to see you off. Just my thought, Trump should offer his plane to fly a bunch of them out of here and drop them off somewhere else.
I am still not looking for a therapist, but looking forward to the future with President Donald J. Trump. That is still a head shaker for me. I can’t believe he got there, and can’t believe that among the 700+ entries in a notebook of ‘serious’ gripes (that I can’t find), 30 years later I would ever want to erase an entry.
October 31, 2016 § Leave a comment
Fall is my favorite time of year. The leaves, harvest time and the spookiness that is Halloween! This basket of Johnathan apples will become applesauce very soon. I took a trip up the canyon and took fall leaf pictures. I collected some leaves for my table in the house.
Luckily, the weather has been perfect this week. I will have the week off…to include Halloween! I love the time to enjoy my holiday and relax with some of my favorite things: Halloween Radio has been playing since September, scary movies, knitting, sitting on the porch with a hot cup of soup and/or coffee, Jujube fruits (our trees had quite a few this year) apples, and all the “terrorific” things that this time of year brings.
The lawn rake is one of the best investments I ever made. Everyone should have one. I sucked up all the leaves from the front yard and Eric cut the grass and sucked up the leaves/clippings in the back. I picked apples. There are 3 trees that haven’t quite let loose with all the leaves yet, so I am sure we’ll take another tour around the back yard.
Mojjo will be hanging out on his coat rack to ‘greet’ the Trick-or-Treat kids. I am hoping he stays put this year (I’m not really wanting to have another Samhain Snake Hunt like last year). HAPPY HALLOWEEN, everyone…remember, whatever you do, DON’T FALL ASLEEP!
July 27, 2016 § Leave a comment
Does anyone recognize this guy? Apparently the wasps did and stung my sweet man on the tip of his nose and right side of his upper lip. That ended his plan to go to St. George with me on Sunday to my nephew’s mission farewell. While he was trying to take benedryl, he had to use a straw because he couldn’t drink from a cup, pucker for a kiss or smile. We both laughed so hard because he couldn’t move his face. Poor guy. It wasn’t funny, but it was.
I thank heaven he’s not allergic, but man, that is a bad reaction! It took three days to look normal again. Everyone who has seen the photo has the same horrified reaction, comments and giggles.
Those nasty critters are EVERYWHERE in our yard and our neighborhood! I remember when they first started coming around and now, they are just cozy in nearly every nook and cranny of everything we have outside.
I believe they tried to take over, but Eric declared war…several of those yellow and black bombers were lost to a spray bottle full of PineSol.
July 15, 2016 § Leave a comment
Last August, my friend Sue invited me to take a helicopter ride with her around Cedar City. We reported to Upper Limit Aviation Helicopter School, but we were not able to fly because it was way too windy.
This was as far as we got that day. So many other days were also cancelled due to weather.
July 14, 2016, we finally got off the ground in an early morning flight, with breakfast to follow. Thanks, Sue! It sure was fun!
My life was in her hands as she was the co-pilot for a minute or two. Sue did a good job!
Final words before take off, Live on Facebook! I was nervous until we lifted off.
Our bird’s eye view of Cedar City from 7,000 feet.
Back on the ground. I didn’t get a good photo of the pilot, but he was nice.
June 15, 2016 § Leave a comment
A while ago, I took a Briggs-Myers Type Indicator (MBTI) personality test. This test was mentioned in my Social Psychology class, but didn’t go into depth. I do recall that it had 16 different personality profiles and was grateful I didn’t have to learn about it all; I hated the class and didn’t care. In the last few years, I’ve done much introspection and decided to take the test after my cousin took it, then took it again a year later with the same result:
I – Introversion preferred to extraversion: INFJs tend to be quiet and reserved. They generally prefer interacting with a few close friends rather than a wide circle of acquaintances, and they expend energy in social situations (whereas extroverts gain energy).
N – Intuition preferred to sensing: INFJs tend to be more abstract than concrete. They focus on the big picture rather than the details, and on future possibilities rather than immediate realities.
F – Feeling preferred to thinking: INFJs tend to value personal considerations above objective criteria. When making decisions, they often give more weight to social implications than to logic.
J – Judgment preferred to perception: INFJs tend to plan their activities and make decisions early. They derive a sense of control through predictability.
Additionally, it seems common for the INFJ to display Highly Sensitive and Empath traits. This is true for me. Many INFJ’s (not all), also identify as Old Souls, I do not. I read someplace that INFJs are the more extroverted of the Introvert group, which can be confusing for both sides, so I am basically an ambivert. Being in a small intimate group or one on one is best for me. Even better if it’s people I know and trust.
If you haven’t taken the MBTI test, you really should look into it. http://www.myersbriggs.org
My Pharmasister took it and is the opposit of me, ENFJ. I think it’s really interesting.
Today, I attended the online “INFJ Idea Party” (webinar) as did 30 other INFJs from around the world. It was an impulsive act signing up for it an hour prior to start time, but it was just what I needed today (keeping in mind that I cancelled a hair appointment for training at work and then decided this was more important). I don’t regret it one bit! It was amazing to see that questions posed by the hosts of Introvert Spring led to chat entries similar to mine on fill in the blank questions and how we would handle certain work and social issues as an INFJ. So many things rang true with me. There were prizes (BOOKS- Makes it even more fun!) and good ideas posed by everyone. It was nice to have others who appreciate and want the same things, like deep, meaningful conversations as opposed to chit chat or small talk. I work on a crew of introverts as opposed to the other crew that I was originally assigned to that mainly consist of extroverted personalities.
I loved the description that our secretary gave to a new agent, “You can’t describe Stephanie, you have to experience her”. She told me this with the love that she had in our friendship and I adore it, because it’s not the first time I have been ‘described’ this way to someone. 🙂