A Wild Extrovert Appears!

CrossFit Games Open 14.4I’m sick today, and I’m about to go back to bed. However, I thought I’d just share a photo from last Thursday at CrossFit Bellevue, from the CrossFit Open 14.4 announcement. This is–in short–what happens when I go out in public and am in a fun high-energy environment. It’s not, “Oh hello, Dave Castro, I enjoy the work you’ve put into designing the workouts in this year’s open.”

No, instead it’s, “How’s your back? Great. We’re going to cradle now.”

Oh, the joys of being an extrovert and a woo. I can see why I’m “too intense” for many, but also why some of these antics are photo-bomb worthy.

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Look at This ENFJ

You all are probably aware that I am an extrovert (or extravert). I am fascinated with personality types and profiles, and I found myself searching for a share-worthy profile of an ENFJ.

I took the personality test again to confirm. My Judging/Perceiving scores always come back borderline. Historically, “J” wins out on the tests, but usually only by a few points. I lean towards “J” because I like goal-setting and I like having a framework. Within that framework, I find freedom and spontaneity. I have been taught that more demonstrated responsibility leads to greater flexibility.

Furthermore…
“[ENFJs] expect the best not just from themselves, but from others as well, and may find themselves disappointed when others are not as genuine in their intentions as the ENFJ.”

So, if you’ve ever wanted to more about me from an outside point-of-view read on.

Happy Happy

Birthday week is a good week. Even when it ends with running several 300m lengths carrying a sledgehammer and then attempting multiple rounds of hang power cleans at a weight I’ve never tried before. It’s a good week even though I worked my full work week and was notified that one of our advising scenarios from my academic advising course came true. It’s a good week even when I realize I haven’t done laundry in a long time.

It’s a good week because it’s humbling and full of reality checks but because it also just makes me feel so darned special. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Northwest SunsetAlso, here’s a picture of the sky when I left work today!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Happy birthday to me. It was a great day, even with a regular work day. There was candy and a TARDIS gift and cupcakes that weren’t even intended for me. There was dinner and a concert with a boy (which was great except that Passion Pit got food poisoning and had to play an abbreviated set). There were texts and messages and all sorts of happy.

So, thank you, everyone.

Bring on 27.

Happy Weekend!!

And now, for your viewing pleasure, here is a video of an adorable baby seal.
I’ve literally watched it at least 20 times. It just makes my soul smile. And makes me want to hold that seal and tell it everything will be okay.

(Not related at all: have a fun and safe pre-Halloween weekend, everyone! It looks like my OSU friends have started it out right with the drag show performance. Fantastic!)

Beautiful Friendships and NYE

This year marked the first extremely fun New Year’s Eve I’ve had in about 4 years. (Coincidentally, it’s also the first time I’ve been single on NYE in that same amount of time.) I spent it in Seattle, hanging out with college friends and going out like the big girl I am.

Now, first off, NYE is a great reason to dress up, and the last time I wore a party dress for NYE I was a freshman in college. I had a rockin’ red H&M dress that I wanted to wear, but as my luck would have it, it does not zip up past my ribs. I’m starting to think it never has, but my post-finals/holidaze craziness didn’t help much. Regardless, I bought a wonderful back-up outfit and looked stinkin’ cute. It felt amazing to wear a party dress for a good reason. I was dressed to impress myself.

NYE is also an excellent time to indulge in great dinners. We went to¬†Brad’s Swingside Cafe in the Fremont neighborhood and shared a family-style Italian dinner. We shared dishes including a non-fried calamari appetizer, homemade ravioli, pasta dishes with veal, venison, and wild boar, and another seafood dish whose name slips my mind but had huge scallops in it. Never mind that, though– all one should know is that it was absolutely delicious. We also split a magnum bottle of wine between the seven of us. Why wouldn’t we get the “large format” bottle?

There was a lull as we waited for more people to join our party back at a friend’s apartment. In that time, we got down to some jams, and drank some more wine. Eventually, we headed down to The George & Dragon for champagne, as well as to officially welcome 2011 into existence. The pub was surprisingly uncrowded, although it was definitely busy, so we wiggled our way into some tables and camped out there. Although I don’t remember specifics at the moment, I remember laughing a lot and also sharing a special kiss– of friendship– at midnight.

Of course, no Seattle NYE would be complete without a Seattle-style hot dog purchased from a street vendor, so we capped the night by nomming on processed meat, cream cheese, and onions. I threw some kraut and mustard onto my hot dog as well, further ensuring its magicness. Not a word, magicness, but who really cares?

Back in Bellevue, The Nest* was reunited, and we shared one more glass of champagne before having our slumber party. All in all, it was a night that made my heart incredibly happy, and it was also a night that made my face hurt with laughter.

That is the way to ring in the New Year.

Welcome to 2011.

*The Nest is a four-person group of friends consisting of my sophomore year college roommates. We are amazing.