Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The Haps.

Things that have gone down. 

Swimming in Green Lake.
Made really good brownies. 
Played french Waldo in Where's Waldo fhe.

Bite of Seattle Festivaled.
Ate a peanut butter and bacon burger on the Kirkland water front.
Volunteered at the Bellevue Arts Museum fundraising auction.

Had the best sandwich of my life at Paseo.
Got hooked on the Bachelorette.
Interim boss at work.

A weekend away.

 My buddy Mike and I decided to take a little trip to Utah for the weekend. 
We got there Thursday, hit up some Sconecutters for some spicy fries and hang at Monica's. 
The next morning Monica made me go to PureBarre the next morning at 6. 
Our plans to go hiking were cancelled, darn, due to inclement weather. 
So we went to Provo, cruised around campus.
 I had lunch with some old work buddies, 
then we went back to Monica's and hit the pool. 

After some napping and finally showering for the day we went to Red Iguana for some delish Mexican.

That night we cruised City Creek.
Checked out Temple Square. 

Then on Saturday I headed down to Provo while these two kids went horseback riding.

I spent the day with bff Caitlin. We did our usual routine, ate lunch, went to the mall, saw a movie, ate dinner, went to target, fb stalked people. 
It was the best. 
This picture is front Caitlin's point of view, I promise she was there. 

Sunday morning I went to her ward for church and then I spent the rest of the day at brother Brandon's house. 
I gave the kids some Sounders socks. 

Zoey wanted a picture of her feet too.  

The boys have an awesome mini motor bike. 

Monday morning, after some bball practice, I was picked up by Mike and headed back to SLC chill with Monica.

First up was a tour of the state capital. Caitlin works for the House of Reps and we got to go behind closed doors. 

 Then after much debate on how the spend the rest of the blistering day until Mike and I's flight, we ended up at the zoo.  

It was stupid hot outside. 


And then we went to airport and flew back to WA. 
It was a great trip. 

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A little mythology.

Some of these rang very true, some are a bit extreme in my case.

Myth #1 – Introverts don’t like to talk.

This is not true. Introverts just don’t talk unless they have something to say. They hate small talk. Get an introvert talking about something they are interested in, and they won’t shut up for days.

Myth #2 – Introverts are shy.

Shyness has nothing to do with being an Introvert. Introverts are not necessarily afraid of people. What they need is a reason to interact. They don’t interact for the sake of interacting. If you want to talk to an Introvert, just start talking. Don’t worry about being polite.

Myth #3 – Introverts are rude.

Introverts often don’t see a reason for beating around the bush with social pleasantries. They want everyone to just be real and honest. Unfortunately, this is not acceptable in most settings, so Introverts can feel a lot of pressure to fit in, which they find exhausting.

Myth #4 – Introverts don’t like people.

On the contrary, Introverts intensely value the few friends they have. They can count their close friends on one hand. If you are lucky enough for an introvert to consider you a friend, you probably have a loyal ally for life. Once you have earned their respect as being a person of substance, you’re in.

Myth #5 – Introverts don’t like to go out in public.

Nonsense. Introverts just don’t like to go out in public FOR AS LONG. They also like to avoid the complications that are involved in public activities. They take in data and experiences very quickly, and as a result, don’t need to be there for long to “get it.” They’re ready to go home, recharge, and process it all. In fact, recharging is absolutely crucial for Introverts.

Myth #6 – Introverts always want to be alone.

Introverts are perfectly comfortable with their own thoughts. They think a lot. They daydream. They like to have problems to work on, puzzles to solve. But they can also get incredibly lonely if they don’t have anyone to share their discoveries with. They crave an authentic and sincere connection with ONE PERSON at a time.

Myth #7 – Introverts are weird.

Introverts are often individualists. They don’t follow the crowd. They’d prefer to be valued for their novel ways of living. They think for themselves and because of that, they often challenge the norm. They don’t make most decisions based on what is popular or trendy.

Myth #8 – Introverts are aloof nerds.

Introverts are people who primarily look inward, paying close attention to their thoughts and emotions. It’s not that they are incapable of paying attention to what is going on around them, it’s just that their inner world is much more stimulating and rewarding to them.

Myth #9 – Introverts don’t know how to relax and have fun.

Introverts typically relax at home or in nature, not in busy public places. Introverts are not thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies. If there is too much talking and noise going on, they shut down. Their brains are too sensitive to the neurotransmitter called Dopamine. Introverts and Extroverts have different dominant neuro-pathways. Just look it up.

Myth #10 – Introverts can fix themselves and become Extroverts.

A world without Introverts would be a world with few scientists, musicians, artists, poets, filmmakers, doctors, mathematicians, writers, and philosophers. That being said, there are still plenty of techniques an Extrovert can learn in order to interact with Introverts. (Yes, I reversed these two terms on purpose to show you how biased our society is.) Introverts cannot “fix themselves” and deserve respect for their natural temperament and contributions to the human race. In fact, one study (Silverman, 1986) showed that the percentage of Introverts increases with IQ.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Foodie Trucks

I've recently discovered that there is a different food truck parked at the Barnes and Noble behind my office building every day of the week (well sans Tuesday as it turns out). 
I have completed my journey of trying out each truck.
First is the Waffle Wagon.

Potato cake waffle with cheese, bacon and sour cream.

Next is jambalaya and beingets from Where ya at Matt?

Then the fried chicken sammy and poutine fries from Skillet. 

And finally the Cuban bowl from Snout & Co. 

Skillet was the best, I could eat friend chicken all day long. 

Star Spangled

For the 4th this year, sister Megan and her fam were in town. 
A couple days before they all came up to Seattle and we rode the ferry over to Bainbridge Island for some dinner.

Dad, Megan, Mike, Me and Calvin

Eating Goldfish on a boat.

Pappa et Mama.

And me and my significant other.

 After much debate, we ate at a Mexican place. And Calvin had lots of fun:

Main Street and the Dresser Family.

Professional model Calvin

Working the light.

After dinner, the g-parents took Calvin home. I took Mike and Megan into the Capital Hill neighborhood for some dessert. We went to Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream. It was delish, I had the Molly Sundae which is a scoop of Salted Caramel and a scoop of Melted Chocolate, topped with whipped cream, hot fudge and candied hazelnuts. We ate outside and watching some bike polo at the park across the street. 

I went down to Olympia to hang with the fam for the 4th. 

We decorated cookies.

Patriotic Manicures.  

We lounged.
Then we BBQed and roasted mallows. 

That night we went onto Joint Base Lewis McChord for the firework show. 

A really bad picture of us waiting for the Fireworks.

Slightly better.

Dad was feeling sheepish.

And blurry.
People were passing out 3D like glasses for us to watch the fireworks with, it was pretty neat: