Monday, December 12, 2011

An Ornament Exchange

Bicycle / Gin / Wire Bird / Sushi / Stocking / Cardinal / George / Pinecone / Reed Chair / Margarita / Colander / Tree / Whale / Flowerball / Cucumber / Polka Dots

I'm headed to an ornament exchange tonight. Wish me luck! New people and social events are always a recipe for disaster when it comes to Type-A. 

Oh yes, ever the eternal optimist... 

No, but really, I don't know what it is, I just have the hardest time being myself. In the past, I've set this awful precedent by putting my foot in my mouth. I think the more I worry about it, the worse it gets, and I'm afraid to just be myself. How's that for a dose of self-fulfilling prophecy? I handle these sorts of events SO much better when I have a trusty wingman. If only I could bring one of you with me. I know I'd feel instantly at ease. Wouldn't it be grand? 

So, what's the big deal? Well, we've lived here for awhile, and I'm a bit ashamed to admit that we still don't have a ton of friends. Womp womp. As a classic introvert, I haven't made it top priority, and that's just a shame. Over the past few months, we've had several visitors, and we've adjusted to our new place and Flyboy's new schedule. We didn't really put it to the forefront. We're the kind of couple that really enjoys our time together, and since he comes and goes a lot, our time is über precious. But now that things are coming together and we've got a good grasp of what life will be like for the next three years, it's time that I make it a point to branch out and meet some more people.

It's been a little rough to persuade myself to attend these sorts of events. I always find some sort of excuse, and I'm tired of being so darn predictable. It's a Type-A flaw. I'm in no way perfect, so there's always room for improvement. I guess it's most important to be aware of your flaws and fears and try to face them head on. It's been especially hard this time around because we don't live on the air force base. Nope, we live on a secluded hill. It's a rather serene retreat, which I like. However, it also reinforces my introvert ways. On a good day, I'm lucky if I see my neighbor on his roof in his banana hammock. Woah, brown chicken, brown cowwww....

So, here's to a night of fun and meeting new people. For those of you who know me quite well, I aim to avoid my typical nervous chatter. Instead, I'm going to let this little guy do the talking for me. 

Happy Happy Monday!
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  1. Good luck!! That sounds like a lot of fun. I've always wanted to host a party like that.. or a book exchange! Let us know how it goes!:)

  2. I love that ornament! Good luck tonight, hope you have lots of stories to share. Tonight I'm hosting a cookie exchange, it'll be interesting to see how it goes.

  3. He's adorable! Don't sweat tonight too much; even if you have an awkward moment, it could still turn out great. I mean, do I have to force-feed you the examples? :) I'm proud of you for taking the bold step out; it can be scary, even for me. I recently joined a fitness group and was scared to death, but I'm really enjoying it. Just own your fabulous self & have a smidge of gin for the jitters, and you'll be great! Big hug of encouragement!

  4. I hope you have a grand time! I can be awkward in new situations, too, but let people get to know the real you; you'll be fine!

    I've lived in Nashville for about two years, and I barely know anyone. It's hard to meet people once you're out of school. We must power through, though.

  5. As always, you guys are just too sweet to me. Thanks for the words of encouragement. It would be too easy if I could just have all of you around every day:)

  6. such a fun idea to go to an ornament exchange. im sure you'll meet people this time. i could only imagine how hard it would be to meet new people b/c i think we both are the same people. its a difficult thing to do, though, and takes time. dont worry! hopefully tonight is your jump off to new memories with new fun people. and just LOVE the ornament you picked :)

  7. it's always difficult to make friends wherever you go... but congrats on putting yourself out there!!!

  8. that turtle ornament is freaking adorable. I wish I could go to an ornament swap, that sounds delightful! Hope it was so fun, can't wait to read about it :)

  9. I hope you had a great time at the swap! Way to put yourself out there!

  10. That ornament is so cute...and judging from your blog, you have a wonderful personality..let it shine!:)