Today is smoke-free day 310, and Heads or Tails today is all about HEADS - Direction, and there are so very many directions I could go with this.
Since I've also been tagged by MamaFlo for an 8 Random Things meme and am all about efficiency (see below), I'm doing two for the price of one by listing 8 things. It's not entirely random since all 8 are related to direction, but with my love of tangents, it's random enough. Trust.
- I can take direction, but I tend to resent it when I am micromanaged because it's both annoyingly condescending as well as ridiculously inefficient (and generally bad for business, anyway). 'Nuff said.
- I am one of those who really and truly does tend to read the directions before using something new or assembling something or taking a prescription. I'm convinced I've saved myself potential injury or harm or embarrassment by doing so.
- I am currently all about using Google Maps for directions because I can get lost going any further than just across the street. I'm fickle. I used to use Yahoo! Maps, but I've never really been a fan of Mapquest. No clue why. I still get lost (and write entirely too long and meandering posts) no matter what maps I print out anyway.
- Related to the need to use Google Maps beyond going across the street, this is because in certain cities, completely unlike other cities where I do fine, I have no sense of direction. For example, I had trouble living in cities (in particular, the wonderful Quad Cities that I still miss sometimes) where the Mississippi river runs East and West instead of North and South. Now, tell me that wouldn't mess with your head.
- My mind is constantly running in about 80 directions all at once, but I can usually keep things straight. I consider it a multi-tasking thing. I could just go grocery shopping, or I could grocery shop while also chipping away at something like resolving within myself deep seated issues related to guilt and self-forgiveness slowly over time. I'm all about efficiency. Apparently.
- My philosophy is that there are merits to both living life with direction as well as living life without direction, and a decent balance of both is a very good thing. I have some longer term personal, spiritual, fitness, financial and just "other" goals that I am working toward while still living my life day by day, stopping to allow myself to sometimes be distracted by "ooh, pretty colors" that also catch my eye as long as they won't completely and irretrievably derail the longer term goals. Make sense?
- Not to pick on foreign accents, but when I was teaching English in Japan and we came to the lesson about giving directions, I always giggled a little on the inside about how "turn right at the light" sounded when r's and l's are pronounced pretty much the same way so that it sounded like the same word twice. Of course, I then went about the rest of my day in their country (unintentionally) butchering their language at every turn.
- Living on the Left Coast in Oregon is kind of weird for a Midwestern gal like me because to folks way out here, the direction of pretty much everything else in our whole entire country is "back east." This includes my dear sweet Tom, who I will be seeing somewhat soon during a highly anticipated (read: peeing my pants with excitement) but all too brief respite from from this dratted "apartness" (undisclosed date and location for my own personal security reasons because I'm a safety girl like that, but there will be mention and pictures once it's occurred, I promise).
Each player starts with 8 random facts/habits about themselves.
People who are tagged, write a blog post about their own 8 random things, and post these rules.
At the end of your post you need to tag 8 people (or not, if you are feeling sassy like me) and include their names.
Don’t forget to leave them a comment and tell them they’ve been tagged, and to read your blog.