We came home and spent four hours this afternoon going through 20+ years of computer and business books that Craig wants to get rid of. Most of them are too out of date to be of any use, but we can get over $125 for the rest from used book places who will pay for the shipping so that's something, I suppose. Doing it got me out of cooking dinner, anyway. We ordered Chinese and then I went upstairs to read.
I opened my Introverts Retreat box. I recorded the unboxing, but I've decided I look too tired in it to actually post it, lol. I got a book called The Awkward Age by Francesca Segal. I didn't already own it, and it wasn't on my radar, but it doesn't look too bad. Plus, I specifically asked for them to surprise me with genre, so I can't complain if I don't like it, right? It also came with a bookmark, a candle that smells like cotton and iris, chai black tea, chai cookies, a shower shimmer that smells amazing, and a bar of wild-flower scented soap. Would I do this again? Yeah, I'm pretty sure I will. The extras are kind of nice, and I can make the book my bath reading. I think rather than get a subscription, though, I'll just get a new box when I finish the book. If I only read it in the bath, it's likely to take me longer than a month to get through, lol.
The only bad part about today is I have a small stye on my left eye, and it's annoying. It's not too painful yet. I'm going to put a warm cloth over it when I'm done posting, so hopefully that will help it subside soon.
Day 3 of the meme: What do you think people’s first impression of you is when they meet you?
I suck at figuring this out. I've been accused in the past - more than once - of coming across as a snob or condescending because I don't talk much (if at all) when I first meet someone in an unfamiliar setting. I'm not. I'm just really shy and most often don't know what to say, so I err on not saying anything at all. But because I was teased/bullied so much when I was young about being poor, I'm super self-conscious about how I present myself physically. I don't wear make-up at home (or at work, now that we're not seeing the public), but anywhere else where people I don't know might see me for the first time? You bet I do.
I wish people's first impression of me was of someone nice. Who knows?
Oh, though I do know that people always think I'm younger than I actually am. Thank you, Mom, for the good genes!
4 What’s something a lot of people seem to fear that doesn’t frighten you?
5 What are you a geek about?
6 What was your favorite thing to make-believe when you were a child?
7 Have you ever survived a natural disaster?
8 What’s the most unusual or random item in your purse, bag, or wallet?
9 Are you musically inclined? Do you sing or play an instrument?
10 Have you ever called someone the wrong name during sex or been called the wrong name by your partner?
11 What’s a form of entertainment that everyone seems to enjoy, but that you do not?
12 What three things are you most thankful for?
13 What is something you've never done but would like to try to do? Why don't you?
14 What is something you've tried but would never do again?
15 If, without being detected, you could spy electronically for the next month and watch anyone, anywhere, anytime like a fly on a wall, would you? If so, who would you watch and how closely? If not, why not?
16 If it were the only way you could remain with the love of your life, would you be willing for both of you to wake up tomorrow as native speakers of an unfamiliar language, knowing that within a week, you'd permanently forget the language(s) you now speak and largely be cut off from your friends and culture? If so, what new language would you want to speak and why?
17 If a movie were being made of your life, which actor would play the starring role?
18 Write the words that you need to hear today.
19 If you had to be obsessed with money, sex, sports, religion or food, which one would you choose?
20 What do you love most about yourself?
21 Ignoring all financial considerations, would you rather spend the next 5 years confined to an urban mecca (e.g. New York City, London, etc) or a beautiful, isolated coastal town somewhere?
22 How would you react if you learned that a sad and beautiful poem that touched you deeply had been written by a computer?
23 What is a character trait you despise in others, but you know you also have that same trait?
24 What is the most serious law you've broken doing something you thought was morally right, wouldn't hurt anyone, or was no one's business but yours? How bad would the punishment have been if you'd been caught and given the maximum sentence?
25 If you were on a jury, would you be willing to convict a person for something you didn't think should be considered a crime?
26 If your heart were damaged beyond repair, but you could regain your health for a few more years by getting a heart transplant from a genetically engineered pig, would you?
27 What is your favorite question to ask people?
28 What stage play is your favorite?
29 For $100,000 (or equivalent in your currency) would you put on 40 pounds/18 kg and keep it on for 3 years? How much money, if any, would induce you to put on 100 pounds/45 kg for at least a year?
30 If you were president/prime minister/supreme leader etc. of your country, what is the first thing you would do?
31 What’s the scariest movie you’ve ever seen?