December 2007


 So Christmas has come and gone.  Seems like the last six months of 2007 flew by at record speed.  And here we are only a few days until the new year.  I feel blessed in many ways for this past year.  While the first half had its rough spots, primarily the last quarter of my design schooling, overall it was a year of accomplishment, exploration through travel,  and rekindling and establishing new friendships.  It appears that 2008 will be a challenging one but I hope it will be filled with blessings – with a little luck, lots of residential work and a successful business; evolving relationships with a few visits to new locations.  Man where has all the time gone.

Anyhow, I won’t waste anymore of your time.  Let’s get moving with this week’s Thursday edition of ‘THIS OR THAT.’  I just want to let you know that Spider gave me some input on the selections – so two ‘devilish’ minds were at work.  *smirk*

So tell me how you perceive yourself, characteristics or otherwise, based on the word listings. Be yourself, be honest. There is no right or wrong in any potential response. Select one of two on each line that most closely describes you presently.

Sensitive -or- Stoic

Exhibitionist -or- Voyeurist

Chest -or- ‘Arse’

Territorial -or- ‘What’s mine is yours’

Compassionate -or- Hard-nosed

Activist -or- Pacifist

‘Can keep a secret’ -or- ‘Need to tell at least one person’

Frugal -or- Extravagant

Ticklish -or- Not ticklish

Out-spoken -or- Soft-spoken

Religious -or- Spiritual (think about this one before stepping in with your answer)

Afterlife -or- Reincarnation

Sex on the first date -or- Sex when the individual feels ‘right’

So let me here your answers.  Can’t wait.  In case you are somehow dying to know my responses, here they are:   sensitive by all means; exhibitionist – who moi?; ‘arse’ man all the way and if it’s right I’ll be buried in it;  admittedly both territorial and ‘what’s mine is yours;’ compassionate, to the point I think some people just don’t understand me;
I’d say I am probably more of a pacifist though certain issues push me into being an activist, like children; ‘can keep a secret’ unless the secret/the issue is really bothering me – then sometimes I need to talk to one disinterested person; if I have to pick one over the other, I’m probably more frugal than extravagant; ticklish  – feet, under the armpits, and on the right spot of my stomach; soft-spoken; religious – don’t particularly care what others think of me in that respect, whether your gay or straight; after-life (heaven); and “sex when the individual feels ‘right’ ” though I have gone for it, that’s sex on the first date, if the physical chemistry was just too over-the-top!!  That’s a wrap on my end.

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…when all through the house, the big woofy bears were gathering up their ‘honeys’…

Oooops! That’s another Christmas poem. *eg* So it’s Christmas Eve. This is the big day for Brushstrokes’ clan. All but one sister and her family are here to celebrate Christmas but they’ll be strolling into southern California mid-Christmas morning. As always, today will be our family’s traditional day for opening gifts, that is after we attend Christmas Eve Mass. This year is really about the nieces and nephews. My sisters, brothers, and I opted out of our typical gift exchange since funds this year for most of us have been running tight. Perhaps a bit of a disappointment but the fact that family is together is enough. Should be a hoot watching the newest ones open their gifts. They are at that age between 15 months and 2 years old. Smiles and twinkles in the eyes…my heart is melting already. Am I sounding like a big ol’ sap? I am. LOL!!

But enough said about my immediate family. What I really want to do is wish my ‘extended family’ of friends, you in blogland, a very merry Christmas and much happiness in 2008. There are several of you that I have been fortunate enough to get to know on a personal level. You know who you are. To all of you, thank you for being a part of my life. To Spider and Bigg, my wish for each of you is that you find the strength, happiness, and inner-peace that you need in 2008. Live each moment and enjoy them for the moments that they are.

HUGS!

What a week guys! Talk about the ‘ol employer working me good. I just glad this week is coming to an end. I have some news on Spider but I am holding off until I find out a bit more. Just keep sending out some prayers for him. His road may be getting longer!

Anyhow. Let’s change the subject. It’s Thursday! Time for ‘This or That.” Tell me how you perceive yourself, characteristics or otherwise, based on the word listings. Be yourself, be honest. There is no right or wrong in any potential response. Select one of two on each line that most closely describes you presently.

Brains or Brawn

“Oscar” or “Felix”

 

A Simple Individual or A Complex Individual

 

Hugger or Kisser (outside a serious relationship)

 

Girth or Length

 

“On Top Of It” or Total Procrastinator

 

Need Clarity or Can Handle Ambiguity

 

Leader or Follower

 

Passive or Passive-Aggressive or Aggressive

 

To Be Touched or To Touch

 

A Moaner or A Screamer (I’m so bad for asking! *eg*)

 

Giver or Taker

As usual, I’m thinking you have enough to ponder? So give it some good honest thought and post your responses along with any additional commentary you’d like to share. One more day and the weekend is here again. I needed it. I have a decision to give my employer tomorrow…wish life could be easier. Oh, since I always seem to hold out on this post, I’m giving you my responses to the above questions:

  • Probably more brains though I’m still working on the brawn.
  • I’m still a bit of Felix but I think Oscar has really taken over my being since changing careers.
  • A simple individual.
  • Kisser (outside a serious relationship) but if I guy smells good, I love stealing those hugs. *eg*
  • Length. But on an uncut…give me girth. 😛
  • More of an “on-top-of -it” individual though in some situation I can be and am a total procrastinator.
  • Need a blend of clarity and ambiguity to keep my sanity.
  • Probably more of a follower at times.
  • Passive but I can be very much passive-aggressive if I want something.
  • To be touched.
  • Oh hell…go for it Tony. I’m a moaner who can reach a nice crescendo if the technique is right. Too much info?!?!?
  • Giver.

Here I am writing yet another post trying to figure out exactly when I am calling it quits with blogging. The nerves are beginning to set in a bit with respect to my potential move into operating a design business with two other people. And it appears that decision time is actually here as of next Tuesday, 12/18. I received an email from the firm associate yesterday telling me that he and the firm owner want to meet with me to discuss my future with the design group. I think it will pertain to a full-time salaried position in lieu of my current hourly wage status. I plan on hearing out any offer but I suspect it is not going to meet the current financial need that I have. I’ll sit on it for a day or two and then meet with management again, most likely asking for a reduction of hours to twenty-four or thirty-two hours per week. This will allow me to break into the new business and have a little income earned for needed items. I’m not sure I know what to expect from management when I do give notice. Ah hell, now is not the time to ponder this. I’ll save it for the weekend.

Anyhow. I am picking up today with Thursday’s ‘This or That.” Tell me how you perceive yourself, characteristics or otherwise, based on the word listings. Be yourself, be honest. There is no right or wrong in any potential response. Select one of two on each line that most closely describes you presently.

 

Totally Obvious or Smooth Operator

 

Tempered or Easy-Going

 

Half-Naked or Partially Clothed

 

Provider or Preparer

 

Smooth or Furry

 

‘Human’ or Near-Perfection

 

Jokester or Prankster (there’s a difference)

 

Think the glass is half-full or Think the glass is half-empty

 

Tender or ‘Gruff’

 

Do you think you have enough to ponder? I do. So give it some good honest thought and post your responses along with any additional commentary you’d like to share. One more day and the weekend is here again. Dang this month is flying by…Christmas in less than two weeks.

Well gents…I rather suspect you have seen that I am not posting as much any more.   With work starting to pick up with deadlines, my future moving toward starting a business within the next month, and a commitment to stick to an exercise/lifting regime, I just don’t have much personal time to keep up with a blog.  And after seeing quite the exhibition on my blog, a week ago yesterday, I think I’m losing interest in it for now.

Additionally, it appears Spider is abandoning what he had done for so long.  He and I have talked about it and I am confident Spider has made up his mind to pass on blogging.  We both agree that the environment has changed.   And we miss the old gang…people like Hypoxic, Pete of It’s Just Nothing, and Ynager.  There was a healthy, playfulness in the writings then.

Guess CHANGE is inevitable in most everything.  so stay tuned.  I may eek in a few more post and then I’m saying ‘sooooo long!’  Have a great week.