Growing a thick skin

Sunday, 28 June 2009

This week has been full of 'putting myself out there' in one way or another, even though I've hardly left the house, go figure. This would have to be the iciest winter I've spent in Nelson so far, brrrr... but I digress.

Sometimes I probably spend too much time in my own company (a hazard of living in the boondocks), which can lead to thinking about the weirdest things. So this week I decided to take advantage of the anonymity the Internet can provide to share some of these 'probably-would-never-admit-to' thoughts on a popular NZ blog site (which will go unidentified for fear of my own embarrassment!)

Basically I raised a very controversial and personal issue, which the blog owner published, and as a result got over 100 comments and rising since Friday. Most were quite scathing of me (judgment; such is human nature) and some I found quite insightful. But as the owner of the blog said to me: "don't take any of the harsh comments to heart - as someone who's put themselves out there, you learn to develop a very thick skin".

I guess I'm just intrigued by social experiments! And sometimes I'm sure we all feel like Ze Frank's full-fat milk huh? After all, what else did I really expect?

Snippets from the pontoon

Thursday, 18 June 2009

Hmmm... well I haven't been doing much (non-work related) writing of late; too busy. But I feel it coming on... soon... when I find the space to sit and think... the ideas are bubbling away under there somewhere. But good things take time and all that.

In the meantime, some quick update snippets off the top of my head:
  • Kiwifruit season has come and gone for another year. I'm drinking enough juice for my blood to go green.
  • My horse and I haven't parted company for ages. We're in love with one another again (in a totally unsick kind of way!)
  • Does my new addiction to National Radio mean I'm getting old?
  • I'm reviving my acting career in a local drama production. Today Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, tomorrow Broadway!
  • As the result of becoming a community volunteer, of late I have been found haunting the local police station, funeral homes and the court house. Really, never a dull moment.
  • My horoscope tells me I'm going through my most romantic phase for the next 5 years. This is concerning for obvious reasons!
  • In a fashion sense, I'm going through a definite vintage phase. It's either as a result of the recession or the fact that I love playing with different charactertures.
  • I can still be found working in interesting places. Above is a pic of me sitting in one of the pontoons (hulls) of a rather large catamaran studying its shore connect power system.
How's that?