Wednesday, October 17, 2007

The Introverted Vegetarian

I got a bad review on Amazon today. I am still trying to figure out how I feel about it. The fact of the matter is, the reviewer is right. She said the book is "missing some meat" and "missing something that ties it all together." I will agree with the "meat" part. The book is not an in-depth study of introversion. It is a real-life guide from a real life introvert. If you want meat - I recommend Dr. Marty Laney's book. It is similar to mine with the meat.

Of course mine is funnier.

It is "Bring Your Baby to Starbucks Day" here at the Ballantyne Starbucks in Charlotte. There are three people (men and women -- so I know it isn't just a "mommy" thing) with their table-top-tots happily sleeping through their parent's caffeine fix this morning. I feel like I need one too. Luckily for me it is also "wear your black velour track-suit pajamas day" here, and I at least did that. I am half-cool. They should offer us discounts.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

The Introvert at the Carnival

We had a spectacular neighborhood carnival yesterday, and it was great to see so many of our neighbors out enjoying the beautiful day. I did, upon introspection, realize I did not meet to many on those neighbors however. (I say with a tinge of embarassment). Caught up in my own little world, taking care of my son, I did not really use the opportunity to get to know the people who know live up and down the street from me. And that is really too bad. We live in neighborhoods so that we are near other people, so that we can build friendships and create a community. While the carnival made me appreciate the new neighbors, I did not let any of them know that. And shame on me. I guess as an introvert, I reverted to my base behavior in a new setting. That is probably a classic personality trait. But it should be no excuse.

--sigh--

However, I did learn something valuable, (besides to be more outgoing!) and that is to get people to come to you. One of the reasons for my success in my former life (i.e. BC - before Carolina) was that people knew to come to me. Yesterday a woman recognized my name (written on a contest entry form) from the neighborhood newsletter. She complemented me on the good job and said she had wanted to add something to the next edition.

Now, I am by no means anything more than a contributor to our little neighborhood newsletter, but it was certainly nice to be recognized (even if just by name). I guess I missed that. And it is a good kick in the rear to realize that as an introvert, sometimes the best way to meet new people is to have them come to you.

In other news, I have booked the flight to Hawaii - a lifelong dream and one of my 90-day goals. granted, it has almost been a year since I created that goal for myself, however, as with "stretch" goals, it is nice to just accomplish them, even if the timeline doesn't always work. I am very excited to fulfill this dream, and we leave at the end of November for a week.

Between now and then, I get to go to Miami Beach for a couple days and then plan for my little guy's 4th birthday.

Confessions of an Introvert news: I am looking at the possibility of working with a traditional publisher. This will open some doors into bookstores that will be wonderful. I will keep you posted if a relationship forms.

Thanks for reading! Have a great day.
Meghan Wier

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Autumn in the South

Well, Autumn has descended on the South and we are enjoying the beautiful 80 degree days. I am told that this is warm for this time of year, but you won't hear me complaining. I like the heat.

We are in draught however -- and it is very dry. (I suppose a draught, by definition, indicated "dryness," huh...) I have never lived in a place where there was not enough water. It makes me really think about the consumption of things like water -- (and electricity, and gasoline...)

I have never been a wasteful person - but I also have never really worked to lessen my use of these resources. Living in a place that requests you take 4 minute showers and use your dishwater to water your shrubs makes you really understand that there is a limited amount of certain things in this world. And we can work to be a bit more mindful of how and how much we need.

I am going to go turn out a light.

Happy Autumn.