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Day 365: What is the most interesting question anyone ever asked you? [Jun. 28th, 2012|10:28 am]
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"Animals are such agreeable friends; they ask no question, they pass no criticisms." ~George Eliot

I guess the most interesting question anyone ever asked me was something of a vague statement when an implied question at the end of that. It was something along the lines of "Surely somebody has hit that". It was my friend Maddie randomly asking me if I was a virgin 6 years ago. It wasn't the question itself that was so interesting. It was all that followed, the many ups and downs, the new relationships and old ones falling away, and the tremendous personal growth I've gone through.

And none of it would have happened if not for Maddie finally asking me that after years of knowing me.
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Day 364: Do you consider yourself and idealist or a realist? A conformist or nonconformist? [Jun. 27th, 2012|09:38 am]
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Do you consider yourself and idealist or a realist? A conformist or nonconformist? Have you changed during your life?

I consider myself a realist pretending to be an optimist and claiming to be a pessimist.... You follow all of that?

Good, because its all bullshit. There was a time when I did actually have that exact phrasing rolling around my head to describe myself. These days though, I'm simply too happy to see myself as anything other than an optimist.

Part of the reason for my change in attitude has been the shift from trying to conform to what I felt was my place in society to just being my own individual. I spent the first 30 years of my life conforming and getting nowhere. It's amazing how liberating it has been to just let shit happen and deal with the consequences.
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Day 363: Name three things which you are optimistic about and... [Jun. 26th, 2012|09:31 am]
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Name three things which you are optimistic about and three things which you are pessimistic about?

I'm pretty optimistic about everything. The way my life is headed, the world at large, and my relationship with Ber are three big ones.
I can be pessimistic though. Cheif among those would be about any and all interactions with my family, career growth at my job, and my weight.
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Day 362: What's the most exotic place you've ever gone swimming? [Jun. 25th, 2012|09:27 am]
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I suppose the most "exotic" place i've gone swimming would be randomly skinny-dipping in a river along one of my hikes. Not all that exotic, but it's at least something other than gulf shore beaches.

Ok, technically I was swimming in the ocean around Hawaii before I was 6 months. That's pretty exotic. But I don't really count that since I don't remember it at all.
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Day 361: What is your favorite way to unwind, relax and pamper yourself after a tough day? [Jun. 24th, 2012|10:24 am]
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On particularly rough days, all I want to do is take my girl out for a couple of strong martinis. That totally does it for me.

On a normal rough days, I just need to come home to her and spend some time being close with her on the couch.

Failing that, a beer and dicking around on the internet can do in a pinch.
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Day 360: Describe your last family reunion. How large is your family? [Jun. 23rd, 2012|10:21 am]
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Describe your last family reunion. How large is your family? How many of your family members made it to the reunion? What kinds of activities did you have together?

My family has never had a family reunion of any kind. I've hardly even known anybody whose family did reunions.
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Day 359: Is there anything you wish you had told someone, but didn't? Is it too late? [Jun. 22nd, 2012|02:31 pm]
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I've gone through much of my life looking back at how I could have done something different, wishing I had the courage to say something else....
But that is all just a waste of time. Instead I'm trying to focus on the way my life is now, how wonderfully happy I am, and what I need to do to make sure the future I see opening up for me really does come true.
So, other than to say I'm sorry for any and all dick actions I have partaken in, there isn't a thing in the world that I wish I could have said to someone.
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Day 358: Do you make a big deal out of your own birthday? Other people's? [Jun. 21st, 2012|03:38 pm]
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I don't make a big deal about my birthday. It kind of makes me uncomfortable to. Not sure when that started. I can vaguely remember having parties for my birthday as a little kid. But somewhere between then and now it became very apparently within my family that parties were not appropriate any more, that they were only for kids. Now, birthdays just mean an obligatory eating out with the family that is over as quick as possible. There is no focus on whoever's birthday it is.

Still, my family is close enough that we try to all get together. :-/

It's just one more thing that I would like to change. I do not think it's right to treat special days in such a blase way. Thankfully, I have a wonderful girlfriend that helps a great deal with that. For instance, this year she and her family (her parents and kids) helped me celebrate my birthday with a fun little party. Opening presents was more of a production, emphasizing the thought behind gifts, there was a personalized dessert, and a fabulous dinner together. And then Amber and I went on a short trip together including some time in a cabin. :-)

It was all around delightful.

Oh, and I've always been one to make other people's birthdays a big deal. Any excuse to show somebody how much they mean to me is great.
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Day 357: What kind of store do you like poking around in most? [Jun. 20th, 2012|02:17 pm]
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What kind of store do you like poking around in most? A toy store, bookstore, kitchen gadget store, auto parts store, hardware store, sporting goods store, etc.?

Despite the fact that I rarely get the chance to, I absolutely love poking through gaming stores. Seeing the variety of minis never fails to get me excited about painting minis again (hence why i have a few hundred dollars worth of minis that I've never gotten around to painting). And there's always a new boardgame or rpg book out that I hadn't heard and looks interesting.
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Day 356: What food or beverage did you enjoy being served on a childhood visit to a grandparent's... [Jun. 19th, 2012|10:12 am]
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What food or beverage did you enjoy being served on a childhood visit to a grandparent's or other relative's home?

The beverage I remember most from visiting my grandparents' is without a doubt my grandmother's sweet iced tea. You would be hard pressed to find a more sugar infused tea anywhere. Yet the sweetness never overpowered me. To this day, I judge all iced teas against hers.
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