Introversion

I’ve been a real hermit lately, even on the Internet.  Assuming you’re all still here, you’ve noticed this is my first post in a few weeks.  Sorry about that.  I just sort of lost myself into a deep state of introversion that I just plain didn’t feel like coming up with any blog posts.

As I work my way back into a blogging routine (because I’m now realizing that I’ve missed it) I’m going to keep this post short.  Instead of another list of things that go through my mind, I’m going to share with y’all a few pictures I feel describe me as an introvert perfectly.

alone not lonely

introvert things

visit

parties

leaving

Honestly though… that last one is definitely the most accurate.  Especially as of late.

Can any of you relate to these pictures?  Or are you more extroverted?

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Seeing the Sequel First

Why would anyone do that?  See the sequel of a movie first?

Well, since you asked, one reason I can think of would be that you promised your best friend to go see a movie, even though you hadn’t seen the first one because honestly you had no interest in the first place, but hey, she’s your best friend so you go see it with her.

… yes, this is exactly what happened to me.  Twice.

The first time this happened was to see Iron Man 2 when it came out.  I told my best friend and another friend I’d go see it with them, despite the fact I had no interest in Marvel films at the time (and really, other than Iron Man and Avengers, I still have no interest in the others).  I went in knowing that I wasn’t one for these type of films, and that it would most likely be a waste of my time, but boy was I wrong!  I loved the film, and Robert Downey Jr., and it wasn’t too long afterward that I saw the first film… and got my mom hooked on them too.

Two summers ago, I let it happen again.  My best friend and I were planning on seeing a movie she was excited for, but she had changed her mind because she wasn’t in the mood for that film that day, and instead we went to see How To Train Your Dragon 2.  Again, I was pretty sure I wouldn’t care for the film that much, but guess what?  I’m in love with the franchise!  I’m even currently watching the Dragons: Race to the Edge series on Netflix that is a spin-off of the movies.  It took me a little longer to see the first movie afterward, but I did eventually see it and subsequently got both movies for Christmas.

From my experience there’s really no harm in seeing the sequel first… I mean, it’s a movie.  It’s not life or death.  But seeing the sequel first can leave you a little confused at first unless you have an awesome best friend who will explain the important points about the first movie during the previews.  Overall, it’s not too much different than when a movie comes out, then years later a prequel is released (Star Wars, Monsters Inc.).  Sure, it’s not the same, but you get my point.

And before I end this, let me say that there was one more time this happened to me, back in 2002 when Spy Kids 2 came out.  I saw that one first because I again, I went to see it with a friend who wanted to see it.  The only difference was that I had wanted to see the first one the year before… I just hadn’t gotten around to watching it before seeing the sequel.

So yes, I have seen sequels first and the only impact it’s made on me is that I’m more partial to the second movie than the first one in a franchise.

I know, I’m weird.

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When in Doubt, Consult the Book Jar

You sit there staring at your pile of unread books, but have no idea which one you should read.  How can you decide?  They’re all great books!  Here’s what you do…

You consult the Book Jar.

thebookjartitle

First of all, I am not taking credit for coming up with this idea.  It is something that I saw on Facebook about a week ago and it’s been on my mind to do this… so I did.  This is just my way to share the idea with my fellow bookworms.

I wish I knew who did come up with this idea so I could personally thank them.  Not only is this a good idea to decide what book to read next, but it was a fun little project to do.  Even though the steps are simple, I’m going to show the pictures to walk through what I did.

paper

cut up titles

Obviously the first steps are to write down the titles of all your unread books, or even ones you want to read again soon, and cut them into small pieces of paper.  Luckily I already had colored paper to use for this.

folded titles

Then there’s the fun part of folding each piece.  Yay.

For me it wasn’t too bad of a task since I don’t have nearly as many books as some book bloggers I follow.  I mean, I wish I had that many books.  I suppose I could gather a list of library books I want to read as well to add to the jar.

mason jar

Then you get a jar that you want to fill.  I was originally going to use a mason jar bank that I’m not using (since we have a ton), but it’s painted and I wanted to at least be able to see the colored paper scraps.  So I went to Michaels and bought a cute little jar with a hinged lid – like the one I saw in the original book jar post.

I don’t think it really matters what kind of jar you use.  It’s a matter of personal preference.  If you want to use a painted jar, where you won’t be able to see the paper, that’s fine too.  In fact, that’ll make your choice more of a mystery since you can’t see the colors of the paper.

Then you fill said jar.

full jar

And BOOM!  You have a book jar for whenever you can’t decide what to read next.  If you’re anything like me, you’ll be using this a lot.

What do you think of the book jar?  Would you make something like this for your books?

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My Future is in Good Hands

I’m just going to admit this… I was a mess this morning.  An emotional, worrying, crying mess.

Because of the immediate future.

Gods will for my future

The lease is about to be up on our place, and my mom and I are considering moving.  We found a place we want in a new town and we sent in the application.  The thing is, without going into detail, the only way we can get this place is through God and if it’s in His will for us to move there.

Why was I a mess?  Scared of the outcome, I suppose.  I was attacked by numerous thoughts of doubt for both ends – on whether we get the place or have to stay where we are.  I’m ashamed not only because of my doubt, but because yesterday I was so full of faith and there was no reason for me to pull a complete 180.

It’s amazing how quickly God can speak to you when you crack open your Bible for your morning reading and suddenly you realize all that worrying was for nothing.

I’m currently reading Romans and instead of stopping where I planned after chapter 7, I continued on to chapter 8 and read a verse that I know, but constantly forget where it is:

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” – Romans 8:28 (NLT)

For some reason this verse made me think of another one I know well, but it hasn’t been in the front of my mind as of late (you know, until today):

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)

After reading both of these verses this morning, I felt the relief and comfort wash over me.  I know that God isn’t going to let us get this apartment if it isn’t the right move.  My mom and I have both prayed that we want whatever God’s will is for us when it comes to this decision.  While we might not have gotten an answer about whether we should’ve applied or not, I came to the conclusion that applying is the step we needed to take to see if God will open this door for us or keep it closed.

“Everybody’s scared to death
When they decide to take that step
Out on the water
It’ll be alright”

(What Faith Can Do – Kutless)

Was I still scared to bring the application in?  A little, maybe.  But before I even left the house to drop off the application I was restored in faith knowing that God has control of the outcome, and that only His plans for us are going to unfold.

“…yet not my will, but yours be done.” – Luke 22:42 (NIV)

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Tribulation Force [book review]

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Synopsis (via Goodreads):

In one cataclysmic moment, millions around the globe disappear.

Those left behind face war, famine, plagues, and natural disasters so devastating that only one in four people will survive. Odds are even worse for enemies of the Antichrist and his new world order.

Rayford Steele, Buck Williams, Bruce Barnes, and Chloe Steele band together to form the Tribulation Force. Their task is clear, and their goal is nothing less than to stand and fight the enemies of God during the seven most chaotic years the planet will ever see.

Kicking off right after the end of Left Behind the four characters are all feeling their calling from God and how they are supposed to serve Him during this time of tribulation.  Though reluctant because they do not want to split up their core group and they might find themselves working for the Antichrist himself, they reason that it might be the best way to witness to others under his influence.  They know that soon enough the time of tribulation will officially begin and hard times will soon befall the earth.

Despite the serious tone of the book, there are still little accounts of humor between the characters as misunderstandings happen, which I think really adds to it.  They’re still human after all, and they’re all undergoing constant character development as new believers in Christ.

Like in the first book, I still found myself thinking about when the actual event of the Rapture happens.  I felt motivated to really pray for my loved ones and that somehow God will use me to bring others to Him.

And again, I’m not trying to push away non-believers to read this series.  I might only be two books in (out of twelve), but I can tell this is a series that is worth the time to check out.

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Opposites In Love?

We’ve all heard the phrase, ‘opposites attract.’  If you haven’t… oh, who am I kidding?  You’ve heard it.

It makes sense that we like to say that.  When we think of magnets attracting each other, it’s the opposites that do.  When it comes to atoms, the positives and negatives attract one another.  So it only makes sense that this would happen with people too.

But the other day when I was listening to ‘Perfect Match’ by A*Teens a thought occurred to me… does it really work out that way with people?

opposites in love

I can see being attracted to someone who is different than you.  Their way of life might excite you and you want to learn more about them.  Beyond that, does it still work?  Unless you pull a Danny and Sandy and make changes to yourself for the other person, then most likely.  However, if you aren’t willing to change for a person, then you probably shouldn’t be with them.  I’m not saying you don’t love them though – because I’m thinking in my own terms if someone asked me to give up my relationship and belief in God for them… then see ya sucker!

At the same time though, if a couple has too many similar interests they’ll probably become bored with each other.  They might not though.  I’m the furthest thing from a love expert, so I don’t know for sure.  This is just my thought on this topic.

Personally, I think a little of both is good.  Being with someone who enjoys some of the same stuff you do, but also has interests of their own.  I like the idea of being able to do my own thing while my future husband does his without any complaints, but I’d also want to go on little adventures together that possibly involve photography.  Again, that’s just me.  Some couples might want to do everything together and I think that’s great.

I guess the most important thing though is that you love and trust the person you’re with.  As long as you have that, and communication, you should be okay.

What are your thoughts?

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I Went On a Blind Date… With a Book

I’ve seen this trend of going on a blind date with a book on social media plenty of times and I always thought it was an interesting idea.  We’re so quick to judge a book by it’s cover, or even the first few pages, that we can end up missing out on a good book.

So when I saw a section of these in Barnes & Noble a while ago, I couldn’t resist buying one that sounded very interesting.

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The system that Barnes & Noble uses with their blind date books is to tell you what genre the book is and give three main points of the book as opposed to a synopsis.  Here’s what mine said:

Book Genre: Fiction

  • A cantankerous bookseller main character for readers to either empathize with… or despise.
  • A theft in the dark of the night, precious and rare words stolen.
  • An original and exemplary tale of character development.

I’ll be honest, what really got me on this description was that it was about a bookseller.  After reading Karen Kingsbury’s The Bridge and my desire to own a bookstore there was no way I could resist a story where the main character is a bookseller.

Now I didn’t read this book right away, since I was in the middle of a different book at the time and had planned on reading Left Behind next.  So intend of opening it right away, it sat in the dining room for a while… still a complete mystery as to what book it could be.

Then one morning I finally said to my mom that I was going to open it because I really wanted to know what it was.  And as I predicted, it was a book I’d never heard of before…

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

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Even though I had never heard of it, I was still excited to read it.  Like I said, I was interested in reading a book where the main character was a bookseller.  Plus, you know, I paid for it.  I might as well read it, even if I didn’t end up liking the synopsis on the back of the book.

Thankfully, I did.

If you want to know what I actually thought of the book, you can check out my review over on my new book blog – Books We Left Unread.  Spoiler alert: I liked it.

Overall, I enjoyed the ‘blind date with a book’ experience and I would gladly try it again.  It’s a cool way to discover a new book that you probably wouldn’t have picked out otherwise.  I can tell you right now that I probably wouldn’t have given this book a second thought just based on the name.  Yes, it’s shallow… but it’s the truth.

Have you ever tried a blind date with a book?  If you haven’t, would you?

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The Chance [book review]

Who doesn’t want a second chance?  A second chance for love, family, friendship and for faith in God.  That’s what we find in Karen Kingsbury’s The Chance.

the chance review

Synopsis (via Goodreads):

Years ago, the day before Ellie moved from Georgia to California, she and her best friend Nolan sat beneath the Spanish moss of an ancient oak tree where they wrote letters to each other, and sealed them in a rusty old metal box. The plan was to return eleven years later and read them. But now, as that date arrives, much has changed.

Ellie, bereft of the faith she grew up with, is a single mom living in a tired apartment trying to make ends meet. Sometimes she watches television to catch a glimpse of her old friend —Nolan, now an NBA star, whose terrible personal tragedies fueled his faith and athletic drive in equal measure. But Nolan also suffers from a transcendent loneliness that nothing has ever eased.

We follow the story of Ellie and Nolan through the two themselves, but also through the perspective of Ellie’s mother and father.  We see how the characters’ journey in faith and their personal relationships with God change throughout the story – from growing stronger in faith, to losing it, to realizing what true faith really is. This story is definitely a tear-jerker of both sad tears and tears of joy.

After reading The Bridge, I was definitely excited to read another book by Karen Kingsbury.  I love her style of writing and how she can make the faith her characters, or lack of, believable and relatable.  I noticed that both books I’ve read by her so far are about second chances at love, not just with a person, but also with God.  These stories are encouraging in knowing that this type of redemption is really possible, as long as you believe it is.

So not only do I recommend The Chance, but I also recommend checking out any book by Karen Kingsbury (despite only reading two by her).  I know I will be reading more by her and she’s definitely making her way up as one of my favorite authors.

[Note: I know I have the new book blog I’m co-hosting now, but I will still be posting book reviews here.  I just need to figure out how to split up reviews between the two.  Or maybe I’ll just post on both after this… it’s a work in progress.]

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Would You Rather? (Bookish Edition)

Alright, I was tagged by Johnny to do this fun, book version of Would You Rather?  I’m excited to do this because… books.  Need I say more?

So let’s get started.

would you rather books

Would you rather…
  1. Read only trilogies or stand alones?  Stand alone.  There are just a lot of great ones out there that I’ve read and so many more that I haven’t.
  2. Read only male or female authors?  Female.  I’d say that all but one of my top authors are female.  
  3. Shop at Barnes & Noble or Amazon?  Barnes and Noble… no questions asked.
  4. All books become movies or t.v. shows?  TV shows.  Do you even know how much better Harry Potter would’ve been as one?!
  5. Drop your book in the toilet or watch it fall into a wood chipper?  I guess I’d handle the toilet better than a wood chipper…
  6. Read only 1 book a year and remember everything or read 100 books a year and remember nothing?  Read 100… because I can’t read just one book a year.
  7. Read only the 1st page of a book or only the last page of a book?  First page.
  8. Get locked in a library or locked in a bookstore?  Does it matter??  I guess bookstore though.
  9. Drop your book in a lake or accidentally set it on fire?  Ugh… lake.
  10. Have the end of a book spoiled or never know what happens?  Never know what happens because I have a great imagination and I’d just make up like 10 different endings myself.
  11. Read a book that is missing the middle chapter or read a book that is missing the first and last chapters?  Middle chapters.
  12. Have to start every conversation of your life with a quote from a book OR not be able to remember any quotes from any books but be able to speak normally?  I’d start every sentence with a quote.  Normal is boring.
  13. Never be allowed to read the last chapter of a book but be able to read as many books as you want OR only be allowed to read one book a year, but be allowed to finish it?  Never be able to read the last chapter.  Again, I can just make up the endings myself.

And that’s all folks!  Like Johnny had said in his post, this isn’t actually a tag post, but I’m going to go ahead and tag Manda of White Sage Beauty and Sly of 99+ Sly Thoughts to do this challenge if they wish to!

If you do this challenge, let me know!  I want to see your answers too!

And speaking of books, go and check out my new collab book-blog – Books We Left Unread!  I’ll still be doing book-related posts here, but I will be doing even more over on that blog along with Donatella from Ciao Donatella.

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Thoughts of an Introvert (v. 1)

For being an introvert, I seem to know a lot of extroverted people.  At least, they seem to be extroverts.  They could just be introverts who are really good at making themselves seem more outgoing.  I’d like to know how they do it, because I’m probably the most introverted person I know… and people know it right away.

But I thought it’d be fun to take a look into the mind of an introvert (but it might just be me…).

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1.  Oh no, I’m going to have to sit in the middle of this crowd of people.  I wanted a corner seat.  Whether it’s a bookstore or a local Panera, my eyes immediately search for an open seat that isn’t surrounded by people.  If I’m in the corner or on the edge of the crowd, I’m safe.  If I have to sit in the middle of a dining area I feel like everyone is watching me and judging me – how I eat, how I’m sitting, etc.

2.  Well, that conversation did not go like I planned in my head.  If I’m not comfortable around someone, I can get awkward during conversations… especially when there’s nothing left to say.  I might tend to babble and stumble over my words, then I have to make some kind of joke out of why my mouth is spazzing out.  This is the reason I’m better at writing papers than public speaking.

hagrid shouldnt have said that

3.  I made these plans, but I really don’t want to go.  But I made a commitment, UGH!  I’m not like this with everyone… it really depends on what I committed to.  If it’s a party or group gathering where I don’t know a lot of people, I’m more likely to back out… or think about it anyway.  However, if it’s just a few of my close friends, I’m usually okay for however long we hang out.  Then I go home and pass out from exhaustion.

4.  Public speaking projects were the worst thing a teacher could assign me in school.  All the way up through my final college course… I hated having to present a project in front of the class.  Even if it was a group project.  I’m honestly surprised I never passed out because I would shake so much while standing up there.  And I had the hardest time making eye contact with my classmates if none of my friends were in that class.  If anything, I just talked to the teacher or the back wall.

5.  I really want to hang out with, but it’s my only day to myself this week.  What am I going to do?!  I know I should spend as much time as I can with my friends and family, but sometimes when I only end up with one day to my self the entire week I’m a little hesitant about going… even if I want to.  It’s nothing against my friends/family, I just need that alone time if it’s been an unusually busy week.

dinner with me the grinch

6.  Why hasn’t this person texted me?  I mean, I would message them first, but I don’t want to bug them.  I’m always afraid to text someone first, even my close friends, because I feel like I might be bugging them.  Is it irrational?  Yes.  But that doesn’t stop me from thinking that I might be a pest to someone if I’m always the person who texts them first.

7.  Wait, what did I just miss?  Crap, I hope it wasn’t important.  Just smile and nod.  I’m always losing myself in my thoughts… always.  Sometimes I can’t control it… my mind just wanders off.  You know when people say that a person is present in the room, but not in the head?  Yeah, that’s me, but for a different reason than you’d think.

8.  It’s just a phone call, you can do this…. Well, that couldn’t have been any more awkward.  I don’t know about the rest of you, but I spend too much time before making a phone call freaking out and rehearsing what I’ll say.  Most of the time I do okay, but there’s those few times I mess up and am hard on myself after I hang up.

mcgonnagall telephone

9.  Oh good, my friend knows this person and I don’t.  I’ll just stand here and phase out of the world slowly.  I’m the worst when I’m hanging out with a friend and we run into someone they know.  Sure, they’ll introduce me and all, but once they start talking I kind of disappear.  I never know if I should actually pay attention to their conversation or not.  Sometimes I feel like it’s eavesdropping, even though they know I’m right there.  On the rare occasion I can throw myself into the conversation, but I think that’s only happened twice in my life.

10.  YES!  The plans were cancelled!  I mean, I feel bad it’s raining out, but  I can stay home and don’t have to put regular pants on!  I’m so guilty of being happy when plans I’ve been dreading are cancelled.  Who isn’t though?  Even if it wasn’t a huge event, if I decided I didn’t feel like going (but I was going to anyway) it’s the biggest relief to not have to go anymore.

11.  I’m only getting married to someone who can understand that I just want to sit there and read, but with him reading next to me.  Can I be honest?  This gif from Up pretty much summarizes what I’m looking for in my future husband.

up reading

And those, ladies and gents, are real thoughts that go through my mind.  If you’re an introvert, I’m sure you can agree.  If not, you probably know someone like this.

Are you an introvert or extrovert?  Or a mix of both?

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