Monday, May 22

Self Portrait Challenge ~ Introduce Yourself #4

boho, canon digital rebel xt

Since I missed last weeks introduction, this week you get a doozie.

More easy breezy boho bits:

I was a true blue stinky nerd in my awkward years as a youngster. And I mean stinky. I went through a phase in 6th grade when I didn't like to shower. I also liked my purple Izod shirt so much that I wore it almost every day to school. Two scenarios that happened within days of one another changed this behavior. The first one was the boy I had a mad crush on in class turned around and said..."Why do you where that shirt every day?" (ouch!). The second was the most popular girl in our class sitting next to him somehow took a liking to me or perhaps felt sorry for me. She taught me how to dress, do my hair and brought me out of geekdom until I created a style all on my own. Although...my husband is convinced that beneath the surface of me, a true blue geek still lives. Not a stinky one but a geek, nonetheless. I think he is right.

I once lived in a studio flat in Berkeley, California which was originally an upstairs room in an old Victorian home. From my window, I could see a tiny view of the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge. Well, on the days when it wasn't foggy, that is...which wasn't very often.

In that studio flat, there was another window that looked out to the bedroom in the Victorian house next door. In this room always sat an adorable guy playing his guitar on the corner of his bed. We would both leave our windows open and I could hear his music. Once, I danced and twirled to his strumming and I stopped and blushed when I noticed him smiling and shaking his head. I met him in person shortly thereafter and discovered he was gay. So I kept dancing to his music and didn't worry about him lusting after me. I would just hear him say..."you go girl!" thru the windows.

I love flowy peasant shirts. Could wear them every day, actually...and pretty much do (although not quite the same one every day like in 6th grade).

I still believe that stuffed animals have souls and can breathe.

Every once in awhile, I like to sprinkle fairy dust all over me. I love the sparklies. Even when they get in my food. Even more fun when they get all over our sheets in our bed and my husband wakes up all sparkly too.

I am grumpy the first 15 minutes after waking up in the morning. I need peace, quiet and tea before I can be considered somewhat human.

I have asthma and married someone with asthma. We often pass the inhaler back and forth to one another. Cute?? Ummm...not so much.

I always felt that I had a strong purpose here on earth. This comes from the fact that I have had so many near death experiences from birth up until now and I am still here. I am waiting to find out what my true purpose is. Like...do I have superpowers or something?

When my throat itches, I make a piggy sound to itch it.

I was quite shy as a young one. Then in my teens up until now, I was extremely outgoing. Lately I have found myself reverting back to shyness. Perhaps it is because I am more in touch with my inner child than I ever have been: A shy stinky, sparkly geek with superpowers??

Still love me?

Edited to add: As to not confuse, the stinky bit is a bit of a joke. I meant stinky in 6th grade for not wanting to take a shower...like ever. Ahhhh...greasy kids...gotta love 'em.

You can find other brave souls here.


Blogger turquoise cro said...

Still LOVE YOU!!! That's a beauty full pic! I love peasant blouses too! I think I'll go get some of that fairy dust, I want to wake up sparkly too! LOL I still haven't figured out my purpose on this Earth! Just hope I make some people smile! and have some JOY in their hearts! xo

May 22, 2006 at 10:37:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You~shy?...only when you're grumpy

~Stinky?...I love your baby sis smell

~Sparkly?...you twinkle even w/out glitter

~Geek?...never(never say never;)

~Superpowers?...You're my hero!

p.s.~ love makes stuffed animals real and they hate to lie face down=)

May 22, 2006 at 10:39:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Tish said...

Nice to meet you! Beautiful photo!

May 22, 2006 at 11:15:00 PM PDT  
Blogger dani said...

the 1st bit reminded me of jan brady helping out her friend in high school, the stinky bit reminds me of....actually nothing - that's the only bit about you i don't get. the rest is cool and whether you're geeky or not you're cool. would lvoe to hear more about the near death experiences!!!!

May 22, 2006 at 11:17:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Goddess Leonie * GoddessGuidebook.com said...


now you must share next time about your near death experiences ...

if you would like to share :)

May 23, 2006 at 3:40:00 AM PDT  
Blogger kristen said...

What a lovely photo and your boho bits are exciting to read. Very nice to meet you!

May 23, 2006 at 4:10:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Amber said...

I absolut-ly love this post. I loved the bit about dancing to the music through the window.

But my favorite was the part about how your husband wakes covered with sparklie stuff... wonder what my husband would think if that happened to him... I think he would love it. :)

May 23, 2006 at 6:18:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Deb R said...

I loved reading the bits about your life and that photo is really lovely.

May 23, 2006 at 6:33:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Crafty Missus said...

all lovely things. i'm charmed!

May 23, 2006 at 7:41:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness... how you make piggy noises! I totally remember that! The boys at Bethany could smell you and I coming for a mile... ah the Victoria Secret lotions and potions... I think you had every blessed smell! Yummy.

Once again... a very beautiful picture! My word you are lovely... inside and out! :-)

Love you, Pattie from Montana!

May 23, 2006 at 7:43:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Letha Sandison said...

This was great Den!

I remember that flat in Berk, it was wonderful!! I loved ther vibe it in, so calm and peaceful. Remember when Dace was little and unrolled all your toilet paper there?

I think you are finding your purpose, I can see it unfolding in glorious and amazing ways. Just keep doing what you're doing. I think you touch and inspire many, it is just one of your gifts. Your super power!

I also think I might remember your purple shirt from Redwood Glen! You had a purple shirt and I think ppurple cords from chamendafer (sp???) Ahhhhh does that bring back memories! If you were a geek, I don't even think there was a word for me! I was at least three rungs down from you and Laurie! I remember thinking how stylish you were, you curled your hair and looked great! I think you guys curled my hair that week for the first time. Where as I....totally clueless. Maybe that's why I like clothes so much now :)

Love you, you and in my heart as always!

May 23, 2006 at 8:06:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

love the bits..stinky or not! and you are so inspiring and wonderful...nothing can change that :)

May 23, 2006 at 8:33:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Colorsonmymind said...

Love you tons- superpower fairy you..

I went through a stinky phase too-I think around 7 or 8. When I went to visit my family for a week my aunt would yell at me about 5 days in that I stunk and needed to take a shower:)

Love the vision of you in the flat twirling and dancing while he played the guitar in the next building.

Love that you are worried about the stuffed animals-I just was at the garden nursery yetserday. It has been very windy here-I went all around picking up sapling trees that had been knocked over-positioning them just so, hoping they wouldn't fall again-I could almost hear them crying out.

May 23, 2006 at 8:51:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Amy said...

The time that you spent in that Victorian flat sounds so dreamy. Twirling around to the sound of an acoustic guitar that's floating through your open window? I can't imagine a more beautiful day!

I do still love sparkly you...

May 23, 2006 at 9:47:00 AM PDT  
Blogger liz elayne lamoreux said...

i love your lists my dear - love them.
i chuckled out loud at your "not so much" comment. and at your throat noise because i make one too - but it isn't a cute piggy noise - i don't even know what it is. hee, hee.
you are finding your purpose my friend...and i love that i get to stop by to see you unfold more each day. thank you for sharing this (and i can't wait until you realize you already have superpowers).

May 23, 2006 at 10:09:00 AM PDT  
Blogger gkgirl said...

i love this one...
#1 the photo...beautiful

#2 i was shy and uncomfortable and anxiously anxious to the point that i cried ALL the time as a kid...and in grade nine the girl that was voted junior princess took a liking to me and built up my confidence...funny that we have that in common :)

#3 i am selfconfessedgeek. who would love to have superpowers. and besparkly. heehee

awesome list...
makes me wish even more
that you lived closer
to me

May 23, 2006 at 10:09:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Sarah .B. Scott said...

Love your fun facts! I just wanted to mention it took us over a yeat to conceive our first child, our son. When he was 3 months old we decided to start trying for our second, because it takes so long for us to conceive. Well, we became pregnant with our daughter literally on the first try! Our children are only a year apart! They are both enormous blessings. You just never know what life has in store for you. I just wanted to encourage you because I know what it is like to try so hard to conceive. ((HUGS))

May 23, 2006 at 10:52:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Sarah .B. Scott said...

I meant a year of course not a yeat. No poets were involved!

May 23, 2006 at 10:53:00 AM PDT  
Blogger LeS said...

Your glow is apparent not only in this photo but in your words.

(and it is foggy again today :)

May 23, 2006 at 11:24:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

your photos are always the loveliest.

the thing about stuffed animals.. scares me.

May 23, 2006 at 12:00:00 PM PDT  
Blogger justine said...

Thanks for sharing, I loved reading about you :)
Thanks for stopping by over at my blog as well

May 23, 2006 at 1:18:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Unknown said...

I feel like I could've told you all about yourself. I feel like I have found my old, long lost friend. Like I knew you all along.

I remember during one of my meanderings in Berkeley, strolling up the street came the infamous Berkeley streaker. I covered my eyes and blushed. Sneakers and a smile.
And even though I covered my eyes quickly, that image is in my head forever, just like I took a poloroid and filed it away.

May 23, 2006 at 2:33:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you mean we are suppose to grow out of the stinky part? No way, just move to Alaska.

I love the idea of waking up glittery, I might just have to try it.

Lots of love to you sparkly stinky superhero fantabulous woman...

May 23, 2006 at 3:39:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bethany Hiitola said...

So glad I stumbled onto your site...

* First-- love the photo
* Inner Geeks abound...
* Sparkles and sprinkles...ah the memories. I need to go get some now. I too love them and remember how free, young, and magical they make me feel
* Peasant shirts... I love, love, love them. They hide my tummy.

This post is lovely... will be coming time and again for return visits!

May 23, 2006 at 4:49:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Maddy said...

stuffed animals have souls
and can breathe absolutely-
all mine do anyway..

i'm a geek - and pleased and
contented....gotta go find
my inhaler...

May 23, 2006 at 5:12:00 PM PDT  
Blogger la vie en rose said...

this photo of you is just awesome you gorgeous thing you! flowy peasant skirts are perfect for dancing. and yes my dear, you are a superhero!

May 23, 2006 at 7:27:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love that feeling of being FREE - you had it as a geek in 6th grade and you've still got it!

lucky candice

May 23, 2006 at 7:32:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Laini Taylor said...

Adorable and endearing details. Can't wait to find out what your superpowers are!

May 23, 2006 at 8:05:00 PM PDT  
Blogger ::Bek Geach:: said...

You are such a cherub.
Sweet pea.
Me so happy you are back...
Bek *grin and hug*

May 23, 2006 at 8:31:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Kim Carney said...

Of course we do! (showers are so over-rated)

May 23, 2006 at 10:11:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love your list ... thanks for visiting my blog and sharing your thoughts!
I'm glad I came here to check out your intro too.

May 24, 2006 at 1:48:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i know the exact piggy sound you are talking about making when your froat itches. i do the same thing, hehe.
- meegan

May 24, 2006 at 3:55:00 AM PDT  
Blogger kaleidoscope said...

so, yeah about that piggy noise thing. my parents used to call mine the "alligator noise". And I also have athsma, so they always thought I was having some kind of attack... hehe

May 26, 2006 at 9:34:00 AM PDT  
Blogger a m y said...

this is so fabulous! and long live the geeks!

June 7, 2006 at 5:51:00 PM PDT  

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