Monday, October 8, 2012

Discovering I'm an Extrovert

Lately I've been realizing that I'm probably an extrovert. For some reason when I tell this to people they just laugh and say "I could have told you that." Why is this new to only me? Well I'm pretty good at entertaining myself and I like spending time alone. But I definitely feel more energized and engaged when I am around a lot of people. I'm not outgoing and crazy all the time, but when I can read a social situation well I love to make people laugh and have the atmosphere be fun. This new discovery has taken me from zero to sixty when it comes to spending time with people. Being at home by myself has just been less and less appealing as I get accustomed to my new work/life style. Hopefully God shows me more about my future now that I understand I am an extrovert—I feel like this is one of the many keys to figuring out The Plan for next year.

Landor: We got the new window display up! We're cheekily calling it "Peep Show" because it's showcasing photography of and by Landorians (or "our peeps"). The windows are covered head to toe in black and "neon" clings. There is a small circle cut into each separate frame so that passers-by can peek in and view a unique take on photography. The windows are in honor of FotoFocus, a month-long celebration of lens-based art in Cincinnati. On the day we revealed the windows I distributed lollypops with "a sucker for a good time" written on the label to all the employees. If you desire to participate in our display, tag your Instagram with #landorpeep.

suckers / peep hole / a few of the frames

Landor had two parties in on week! On Thursday we celebrated Docktoberfest on our truck dock with some Landor-brewed beer. The people at our office are so talented. On Saturday, I took Fay as my date to the Lowdown Hoedown. The party was at an authentic farm in KY. Amusements included a petting zoo, pottery lessons, face painting, hay rides, a corn maze, and pumpkin picking. Fay was obsessed with the folk band and I thought the food was pretty amazing. It was great getting to share the fun party with someone who could appreciate it!

Docktoberfest lights / Fay was really excited about the animals /
my new friend / someone saying HI / picking our mini pumpkins

Babysitting: I've been watching Will and Andrew a lot lately but I don't think any of us mind. Will has been asking me when I will be coming next when I put him to bed at night. I love being their favorite babysitter :) Last week when I donned their Batman mask, Andrew informed me that I couldn't be the Caped Crusader because 1. I was a girl and 2. I had a PONYTAIL. I nearly died laughing because it reminded me of the "Can I Have Yo Numba?" skit Ryan and I did this summer. It also reminded me of the only pick up line that will ever work on me, coined by myself (how ironic): "Hey girl. I'm the Batman." SOLD.

Andrew likes to give me a hard time during dinner /
but he always wants to snuggle when we watch a movie /
Will sneaking bunny ears / and rocking the mohawk

Navs: I forgot how much fun bonding with Freshman is—they're up for anything! A lot of the girls in my small group went over to Hannah F's house to hangout last Friday. We sipped tea, talked about our weeks, and pulled blankets up to our noses because the apartment was COLD. I can't wait to get to know these girls better and better.

The event planning committee had a meeting this week. We're prepping for our giant Halloween dance party. (Wait til you see what I'm going as!) I've been brainstorming on a theme and decoration style for the event with Lizz—we really want to go all out this year since it will be at a concert venue. I will share more after the fact!

 Hannah G, me, Emily K, and Amanda / Toppers at the EPiC meeting

Friends: Andrew S wanted to show off his cooking skills so Sarah and I came over for dinner last Sunday. The meal was pretty elaborate: penne vodka (one of my favorites), salad, homemade bread, and pies from an apple orchard. Justin S, Matt, and Ryan all pitched in to help so the kitchen was a little like a three-ring circus. I felt a little strange being the guest for once—I'm so used to cooking for my friends all the time! But I'll take relaxing and hanging out with friends over slaving in a kitchen anytime they want to volunteer.

Another night we ventured out to explore Mt. Adams. I had been to a few random places around the beautiful neighborhood (picture a crazy hill dotted with beautiful houses and churches) but I'd never spent an entire evening there. We stopped by Longworth's, Pavilion, Monk's Cove, and the Blind Lemon. My favorite has always been Longworth's because there's dancing on the weekends, plenty of room to find a corner to hangout, and 50 cleverly named shots. I would recommend the Batman, it's the one I got for Justin T and it might have been a car bomb...oops. Anyway, it's so picturesque and interesting there—hopefully we go back again.

all the boys trying to cook for us at once / magical Mt. Adams

Emily F likes downtown / OTR as much as I do so we decided to do brunch as often as possible. Brunch makes the list for Ten Things I Miss About NYC. Well, it's probably more than ten...I miss everything every day. But Take the Cake is my favorite Cincinnati brunch place so far. I do keep dreaming that my favorite restaurant Senate will bring back their brunch menu one day and make my life complete. Fingers crossed.

Taste of Belgium chicken n' waffles /
Take the Cake wildberry french toast pudding

Even though Emily S and I both work downtown I feel like we never see each other. Last Friday I picked her up for an extended lunch. I had to grab some wine at Party Source for a work get-together that afternoon so we decided to eat at Strong's Pizzeria while we were in KY. They had vodka pasta pizza! (I told you I'm obsessed with it.) We ordered it and it was soooo good. GO THERE. Emily and I also loved the vibrant mural of the river and downtown in their back patio. Colors always fascinate me.

Yesterday we got manis at Nailtiques. I always ask for something that I can't do on myself, like a reverse French. I get weird looks, no matter where I go. But my nail technician said she could do it and she did an excellent job for free-handing it! Definitely going back there again.

Emily & the mural / navy with gold detailing

Other stuff:
I got my hair cut! Everytime I go back to High Five Salon I get more attached to Sam and his great staff. They are so nice and ask me a million questions about my life like we're old friends. And since Sam is friends with all my friends, I plan on being besties with him one day. Hope he's okay with that. This time he cut my hair into a blunt version of my original lob. My bangs are long and sweeping so it's a perfect look for fall. He mentioned he wants to play with my hair color so I will be back in early December. It's okay to justify it as a Christmas present for myself, right?

xoxo Kendrasity

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