Monday, November 10, 2014

If You Want to Be You Be You

I just read a really comforting article in Huffington Post about introverts.   You know, it really helped me.  Right around this time every year I have to check myself as everyone seems so dang mysteriously excited about holiday get togethers.  Me, not in any way.  Real small traces.  Nothing that would show up on any radar screen. Nope.
I like people I work with.  Like!

But I don't want to hang out with coworkers unless I'm getting paid.  I really don't.  Does that make me an asshole?  I wish them all well and I want their holidays to be wonderful, merry and bright.  Can't it just be okay that some people are loners and if you really want them to be happy, the best gift you could give them is just to let them be.

We have a storewide yearly holiday party that I attend with the enthusiasm of having chronic diarrhea.  Then, our department feels it necessary to have a separate one. The week before.  Ugh!  Even though we JUST had one a month ago for reasons I am still very unclear on.  The extroverts could not stop there but of course they have to throw in the dreaded secret Santa combined with the potluck AND private location where exiting would need to be strategic.

I never asked for this.  I try to stay as outside of society as possible without literally living underground. I came here to get lost in the crowd. So for me, it's almost like social bullying to force participation.  Why is this now a reflection on me?  I don't ask anything of anyone there. And even though I put in good money for the really sweet pregnant girl's baby shower last week that I also regretfully needed to pass on, I still get the stink eye from all the females.  Hey, I'm not the baby shower attendin' kinda girl but if I was I'd be there with bells on.  I promise.

So how do introverts celebrate the holidays?  With a very close, small list of family or friends.  Like the article says, if I've let you into my world it was by no accident.  I really do think you're all that!

Small talk is for strangers on the street or in the grocery store.  Good, meaningful conversations are not had at work parties unless you grab that one person you can talk to and hold them hostage all night.  No, work parties are for mingling and hopping around like a spastic bunny, basically avoiding all subjects that actually matter or are of interest.  It's all so pointless in my opinion.  And yes, I get it.  I just..... can't.

Just let me be free!
 Because when I'm free, I'm happy creating things like this homemade sweet potato soup with crumbled sausage on top and after the picture, toasted walnuts which really made the soup!
 Just diced sweet potatoes, celery, onion, garlic cooked in chicken stock with a little cumin, salt and pepper.  After the potatoes are fully cooked, blend and serve!

Sweet Potato Soup

  • (3 -4) diced sweet potato raw
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • diced onion
  • minced garlic 1-2 cloves
  • chopped celery
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • dash of cayenne
  • s&p to taste
  • crumbled sausage, toasted chopped walnuts (optional)
Heat olive oil in pan, throw in onion, garlic and celery.  Cook until softened, about 10 minutes.  Put in all chunks of sweet potato, cumin and cayenne, stir.  Add chicken stock, bring to a boil and reduce heat and cook until potatoes are soft.
Blend in batches.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Serve.

1 comment:

  1. It takes one to know one. I'm with you monkey!


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