I have to post today, for several reasons. The most compelling reason is that Liz threatened me and, well, if you’ve ever met Liz, you know that’s something you don’t ignore! You see, she’s one of those sweet looking young women who seem to be “miss compliance”, yet she has this hidden superhero strength that, if you don’t watch out, she will use to BEAT YOU UP!!! Those of you who REALLY know her knows what I’m talking about!!!!!
Disclaimer: This all stems from the fact that Liz has entered the “I am going to be the first person to comment on Deana’s blog” competition, so please don’t think I am slandering her name. She is a nice person, but in the world of blog comment competitions, you need to chip away at each other.
On that note, Liz has not won any comment contests lately. Let’s see, I believe I have, at least one but maybe two times. Heather, the other leading competitor, has also scored at least one recently. Liz, what’s the deal???? I thought you said you had skills??!?!!?!!? If you want to play with the big girls, you better step it up! And don’t be bringing those lame excuses about having to register as a user or whatever – 30 seconds my friend! 30 seconds!!!
Okay, now I will update you on my SPEECHES ~ yes, I have given two speeches this week in class. The first, on Monday, was my memorized speech.
This memorized speech was on the Iron Maiden rendition of the classic poem “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. You might know of this tale, where the AM kills the albatross and things kind of go down because of it! Well, I was a bit nervous because there was a lot to remember and my mind kept hearing the bass line of the song and well, it’s a long poem!!!! I had to cut out many verses because the speech could only be 3 minutes max. But anyway, I did very well! I thought I bombed it, especially since I thought I did a “scissor”, which is a movement that looks similar to a lame dance move, and then lost my train of thought and needed to ask my teacher what the next line was. But when he graded me, he said I did an excellent job, that I was very natural and didn’t look nervous as all (NOT!), and that the format I used (moving around) and adding a bit of drama was perfect for me – or, in his words, “you were in your zone!”
So last night my presentation was the Resource Speech. Basically, we spent two days (me, one day since I worked late Wed night) in the library on one resource book that we had to basically “sell” to the classroom. My resource book was the International Dictionary of Women’s Biographies. I added a bit of wit to the speech with some interesting tidbits – like the name of the woman who invented the speculum (Maria Boivin). The only thing I did wrong was the ending – I have this HORRIBLE habit of beginning to walk off the “stage” as I am ending my speeches. However, last night I stopped at the end, said “thank you”, and then walked off. Well, I guess that’s a no no. But otherwise, I am scoring A’s on my speeches.
My next speech is due Tuesday and is a biggie – making up 40% of my grade! It’s an “Informational Speech” and will include visual aids. So far the speeches have been 2-3 minutes long; this one needs to be 5-7. I am doing it on…………….Russian Adoption! Dun dun dun! This speech needs to have a formal research paper written with works cited, etc. Not problem……I think I have a blog or two on the subject I can pull from! 🙂
To change it up a bit more, I was wondering – do you know any narcissists? I know there are several “levels” of narcissism – maybe I even have a few of these traits. (Well, fortunately, Deana once told me that if I worried about having the traits, that probably meant I didn’t have any, but then I reminded her that everything was about me and then, well, she hit me.) ANYWAY, here is an excerpt from CNN.com:
“Signs and symptoms
Narcissism itself is a personality trait, a much higher regard for and love of oneself than for others. The word “narcissism” comes from a character in Greek mythology. Narcissus, a handsome youth, doesn’t think any of his female suitors are worthy of his beauty. When the gods condemn him to look at his reflection in a pool, he stares at himself lovingly for so long that eventually he simply withers away and dies.
Most specialists think of narcissism as lying along a continuum, from people with good psychological health to those with narcissistic personality disorder.
People who have a narcissistic personality style rather than narcissistic personality disorder are generally psychologically healthy, but may at times be arrogant, proud, shrewd, confident, self-centered and determined to be at the top. They do not, however, have an unrealistic image of their skills and worth and are not dependent on praise to sustain a healthy self-esteem.
You may find these individuals unpleasant or overbearing in certain social, professional or interpersonal encounters, but they aren’t necessarily unhealthy.”
Here is my own personal test for myself to make sure I don’t exhibit narcissistic traits:
1. when someone is telling a story about something that happened to them, do NOT respond with, “well, once I was…….”
2. when telling stories, do NOT include minute details to the point of killing those who are listing to you. They might not enjoy the sound of your voice nearly as much as you do.
3. If someone else wins something – a game, a compliment, a car wash – do NOT resent that person because you feel YOU should have gotten the prize. (Um, however, if ANYONE wins a car wash around me better give it up because seriously, I truly deserve it more than any of y’all!)
4. The rules need to be the same for everyone – if you dish out the teasing, expect to be teased back. It’s not cool to say you are exempt because you are sensitive then turn around and use the excuse “I was just kidding!”.
Okay, I really don’t know why I wrote that…..maybe because there was an interesting discussion in class last night. But anyway, PLEASE feel free to let me know how many times I fail on the above items. Oh wait, by asking to let me know, did that sound narcissistic? I don’t want you to think that everything is about me! But this IS my blog! Oh wait…….that was bad…..maybe I should……
Thanks for reading peeps!