Thursday Things

1. A couple of days ago, a (male) coworker said to me, “This is probably a long shot, but you don’t happen to have any ibuprofen on you, do you?” It always fascinates me when I’m asked this question, because of course I have ibuprofen on me. I’m a girl, after all, and without that magical medicine, I am quite literally unable to function when my body’s coming to terms with the fact that it is, once again, not pregnant. I find it weirder that there are people who walk around in their normal life without ibuprofen on them than that I carry a small bottle with me pretty much at all times. Is this abnormal? If so, I blame my mother.

2. In a most tragic twist of fate, I got an e-mail containing my Zooma race day pictures last week, and the pictures, of course, turned out great. How does that even happen?! There’s one in particular that is, hands down, the best picture that’s ever been taken of me running, although, to be honest, there’s not really that much competition for that title:

10Kend

Bahahahaha. Oh, the things you all missed in my early blogging days! Also spotted: New Balance 890s. I still miss you 😦

Anyway, I have zero desire to spend a single penny more on anything related to Zooma, so I will not be ordering any prints of my photos. The injustice of it all! Hopefully the photogs at the marathon will capture me looking as majestic as I look in one of my Zooma pictures, because I fully expect that I’ll be dropping some $$$ on marathon photos.

3. All right team. Real talk. What’s with the Internet’s recent obsession on whether you’re an introvert or extrovert? I’m mostly looking at you, BuzzFeed, but then the Huffington Post felt like they needed to throw their hat into the mix, and I’m just flabbergasted by all of this. Do we all need this much validation on our personality types? Can someone just write a comprehensive list, “53 Signs You’re Insecure About Who You Are As A Person And Need Justification For How You Feel About Things Via Every Internet Resource, Ever” so we can call it a day? Personally, I think most of these lists are a bunch of baloney anyway. For me, at least, they’ve done nothing but make me think I’m half extroverted, half introverted. And ultimately, do we all really need the Internet to tell us that some people like their alone time and some people don’t: that we’re not all exactly the same? Hey! What a novel concept!

Do you have things other than basic necessities you always carry with you? Like, for example, ibuprofen…
Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Even though I tend to be quiet, I really think I’m more of an extrovert than an introvert, if for no other reason than that I rarely enjoy alone time. Usually the only time I actively choose to be by myself is if I don’t want to deal with a particular person, not people in general.

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17 thoughts on “Thursday Things

  1. Ha ha ha! I was wondering the same thing about the obsession with introverts and extroverts lately…. and like it’s a proud thing to say which you are. LOL. Just figure out what makes you happy, people, whatever you are! Interestingly, since you say you are in between, here is another article about that, which Erin sent me http://diplateevo.com/2013/06/on-ambiverts-why-distinguishing-between-extroverts-and-introverts-is-inadequate/.

    I don’t carry ibuprofen on me! I don’t think it actually does anything. Whenever I have an injury or whatever, I forget that I can take medicine to help with it. Oops.

  2. That pic is beautiful- it’s definitely worth the money to get it blown up huge and hang in your apartment. I think I would like to hang it in mine as well.

    I have a drug store in my purse…

  3. Isn’t Zooma crazy expensive? I’d think that they could let you guys have one free download….

    Anyway, I think I have some sort of variation of tylenol/advil/ibuprofen in my bag but I never use it. I try not to take medicine unless I absolutely have to … unless its tums which I’m quick to pop if I have any sign of stomach discomfort. You can probably guess I also keep tums in my purse.

    • Uh, yeah it is. Like up to $125 crazy expensive. A free download would be nicer than a steel water bottle, imo. Probably because I have so. many. water bottles.

      Yeah, ditto with the medicine thing. I prefer to solider on until I get to the point where I simply cannot handle whatever it is that’s ailing me.

  4. I never buy race pictures… I usually just illegally screen capture them. Ooops, don’t tell anyone I said that 😉 I carry advil/ibuprofen with me when I’m traveling and to track meets and things, but I only carry around a wristlet as my wallet so I don’t really have room to truck around a bottle of drugs. And I noticed that too about the introverts/extroverts! It’s ridiculous. I think it kind of goes with the blogging trends. One person will post something and then the entire blog world does the same thing a day later. It must be an internet thing or something…

    • Ha, I considered doing that, but I’d feel bad! Also it’d be all watermarked, which is not ideal for a profile picture 😛 You have a good point about the blogging trend thing! It’s like once one person does anything everyone else has to jump on that same train. I should try to start a blogging trend. Haha.

  5. See, I find it fascinating that OF COURSE you have ibuprofen (I always do, too) but don’t carry your ID. Didn’t your mom always carry her ID, too? 🙂

    My best Chicago Marathon photos were actually ones that my family took. My husband had no shame about climbing up on things to get photos. So, uh, recruit friends and family as photographers!

    As for the whole introvert vs extrovert articles, I think the glut of them recently is because I believe Sophia Dembling is doing the media circuit to promote her book. There have probably been all sorts of interviews with her which means every media outlet is coming out with something. Regardless, I love reading those articles because as a true introvert it can be difficult to explain to people why I act certain ways. Having a handy list is quite nice 🙂

    • HAHAHA well, yes, but she had to drive places! Speaking of my mother, though, she is the one who took that stellar 10K photo of me in this post. Maybe I’ll recruit ALL of my family to be my photographers. One of them is bound to get a good picture, right?

      Well. That goes to show how out of touch I am, having never heard of Sophia Dembling. Fail. If it’s not in the RedEye, it doesn’t exist to me! Hahaha. And it does seem to me that introverts tend to like the lists more than extroverts, which makes sense, since I think our culture tends to expect people to be extroverted more than introverted. I imagine the lists are helpful for things like that!

  6. Omg, I ALWAYS have ibuprofin with me. It’s the one thing I will NEVER forget when I need to buy it at the store. Lifesaver to a T! I totally agree with you, too…definitely buying a marathon pic (if they’re offered) if my fam is lame and fails to take any. Finishing a first 26.2 is a huge accomplishment. They have no idea what they’re in for in terms of the celebration I’m planning. We’ve worked our rears off the past few months for this. I can’t even imagine what it’s going to feel like to cross that finish line, but I know there will be laughter, tears and the hobbliest happy dance known to man 😉

    • I have EVERY expectation that I’ll be in tears when I finish. Also, true life: I have only half-jokingly been referring to marathon day as my wedding day. Haha. With so many friends of mine getting married/already married, I felt like this was kind of (in a not really at all sort of way) the same thing…lots of preparation that all comes down to one big moment, planning your outfit for months, huge milestone in your life, strict and careful eating up until the event and no holds barred afterwards…you know. Basically like getting married, I think. Hahaha.

  7. Hahaha I laughed so hard at #1. Believe it or not, I actually rarely have any medication with me! The only thing I carry religiously is charcoal – it’s natural and helps stop stomaches and reduce bloat. Miracle I tell ya! I suspect it’s a Russian thing though…most of my American friends never heard of it. If you’re interested, check Whole Foods 🙂

    And about #3 – I actually recently noticed that too! So weird…but I totally found myself sucked into these articles. I guess it can be interesting to read exactly why I am an introvert.

  8. DEFINITELY agree with you about the introvert/extrovert lists. isn’t everyone a little bit of both? my favorites are the ones that talk about how to treat introverts or extroverts, as in, if you aren’t one, you must be completely insensitive to those different than you and need a course in how you should interact with such an alien species. 🙂

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