Here is my contribution to Share Your World for this week. (Scroll to the bottom for more info on SYW.)
I can’t believe it’s been over a week since I’ve posted anything. I’m finally settling into my new job and getting somewhat comfortable with all the changes going in my life right now. Hopefully I’ll get back to blogging more regularly now.
What is your most vivid memory of the kitchen in your childhood?
Oh, dear! I’m afraid I don’t have any good ones. It wasn’t fun being in the kitchen with a mentally ill mother. I remember things like being forced to grind up the oysters to make stuffing for the turkey. They are nasty, smelly, slimy things. Or never being able to get the dishes clean enough to satisfy her and having to do them over and over again. Or scouring out the sink until I thought my skin would peel off. It’s a wonder I set foot in a kitchen any more. Sorry, I wish I had better memories to share with you.
As a child, who was your favorite relative?
Once my grandfather died, I didn’t really have one. I loved my younger siblings, but didn’t have an adult in my family to look up to.
What did you or did most like about the first apartment you ever rented?
I usually rented houses, not apartments. I think I only had two apartments in my life. Regardless of house or apartment, the thing I always liked about them is that they were mine and I didn’t have to share my space with anyone. I was safe. (Did I mention my mother was mentally ill? Feeling safe was a huge part of choosing my living space.)
What kind of TV commercial would you like to make? Describe it.
Mine would have to be some sort of public service announcement designed to uplift and inspire, kind of like a mini TED talk. It would get people smiling, thinking and appreciating all the good things in their lives.
Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
To be honest, last week went by so quickly it was like a blur. Why does time have to speed up so much when you get older? I need to do more meditating and slow it down.
I’m grateful for a great qigong class. Two in a row. My body is finding a way to see and repeat movement. That’s a HUGE problem for me. I can’t use a mirror or an analog clock because my brain can’t make sense out of what my eyes are seeing. But somehow, over the course of almost two years in qigong class, it’s rewired itself to be able to watch a movement, break it down into parts and repeat it. It’s amazing what our minds can do to create new pathways for information to flow. So to be able to follow in class is a major victory for me.
I’m looking forward to the rain stopping for a few hours so I can get a few things done in the yard. It looks like that won’t happen this week, but maybe I’ll get some time after that. I need 24 hours without rain so I can spray moss killer on my sidewalk. The weather people are calling for sunshine next week, but we’ll just have to wait and see. Living in the Pacific northwest does have its challenges sometimes, but I love all the green, the trees, the beauty, and even the moss.
Share Your World info and link: Share Your World is a weekly challenge hosted by my spouse, Cee, at her photography blog. She started Share Your World years ago when she was running a number of challenges on a photography site similar to WordPress. The majority of photographers are introverts, and they needed a way to get to know each other. You don’t have to be a photographer to participate, though. Grab the questions and give us your answers.
Hi. I’m Chris. I’m an introvert. All of my postings tend to reflect my introvert world in some way or another. Join me and like minded introverts for a special slant on the world.