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‘Tis the Green Season

Happy St. Patrick’s! While I’m only passingly Irish and not overly familiar with saints, I do enjoy the modern celebration of this holiday. Today, I will wear some green and orange, (between playing too much disc) listen to good music, eat potatoes and drink beer, and maybe watch The Departed or Gangs of New York.

To help everyone enjoy, I offer the following:
Traditional music from Irish & Celtic Music Podcast #80 – St Patrick’s Day Celtic Music Celebration.
Non-traditional music from Kerbdog (Kerbdog’s YouTube Channel).

The latest adventure from the League of S.T.E.A.M:

And an old favorite:

Happy Holidays – YouTube Edition

Okay, this selection *is* Christmas oriented (as is 90% of the holiday season) but please, don’t be offended. When I say Happy Holidays, I mean it with honest good will. There’s no need to be touchy about it.

Let’s start off with The League of S.T.E.A.M.’s “The Fright Before Christmas.” If you’re not familiar with The League of S.T.E.A.M., think steampunk Ghostbusters:

Speaking of steampunk, Captain Robert (of Abney Park) and his wife at the piano:

And lastly, if you haven’t seen it…where have you been? Obviously, not on a social network. It’s the Muppets and it’s fun:

On Introversion

Happy St. Nicholas Day! This would be one of those traditions my family celebrated, loosely translated into Oma hiding a chocolate Santa Claus and my victoriously finding it. Every year I would *just* miss St. Nick stopping by, with a bag of chocolates in one hand and a hickory switch (to beat the bad kids with) in the other. I never did ask why, as Lutherans, we were celebrating a saint-based day. Such is the cognitive dissonance of the holiday season.

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In the chronic pain/illness community, there is this anecdote referred to as The Spoon Theory. In short, like many other aspects of life, living with chronic pain/illness involves budgeting–in this case, managing the time and energy required to do what you need to while “sick.”

It occurred to me this morning that being an introvert requires a similar sort of budgeting. Not that I am equating introversion with disease. Introversion is one end of a spectrum. Both ends have advantages and disadvantages although extroversion is somewhat seen to be the norm. I am lucky in having friends and acquaintances that don’t mind when I fall off the radar once in a while. (Or perhaps they do mind and I’m too introverted to notice. That would be one of those disadvantages.)

Back to that budget. I was contemplating the online responses I owe people and how much energy it takes for me to be “out-going” in contrast to the very small amount of effort required of me to digest all the in-coming information and experiences. I’m not saying that I don’t enjoy interaction, online or otherwise, but it is taxing. If I don’t respond to an email or forum post quickly, it’s because my social energy budget has been tapped. Currently, there are a plethora of social engagements on my calendar, and while they sound like fun, they also sound *completely exhausting.*

To deviate a little from the budget analogy, certain things are more or less taxing. On the positive end, familiarity with people or the situation might not energize me, but makes for a less draining experience. I fear that alcohol might be soothing as well. Obviously, if I can stand back and listen without “in-putting,” I’m a happier camper as well. Therefore, a situation I’m unfamiliar with, where I know no one, and am required to interact is the worst possibility.

In summary, I would ask the extroverts of the world (or at least those that aren’t as far to the introvert end of the spectrum as I am) to be understanding. Don’t take it personally when the introvert you know bails on you or takes a few days extra in responding to an email. I have days when I’m out of spoons and talking to Eric about not much of anything is rough.