A very interesting day. I started out the morning with one of the Fine Arts coordinators trying to get things ready for my presentation next week. I basically needed to see what the lab set up was like and make sure that everything we needed to use the program was available. It took 4 and 1/2 hours, three computer labs and two different schools! I certainly learned a lot while doing it. Somebody that I thought was a computer whiz, really isn't. The administration building doesn't have as many websites blocked as the schools do (which I guess makes sense) and I really DO know a lot about the iPod and iTunes. More of it translated over to Windows than I thought it would. Now I just need to write out what I'm going to do.
This evening. I'm not even sure what to say about this evening. Brave steps into a whole new world? I'm sure I've mentioned that I have set a goal for myself with this move to not be afraid to get out there and meet people. (Now that I look I can't find it, but I'm sure I mentioned it). The person I am online is so much closer to my true self than the person that strangers meet. Long time friends of course see it, but there is something that really makes me clam up in person with strangers and acquaintances. Clam up actually isn't the right word. Collapse in on myself might be better. Self esteem issues, shyness, introvert tendencies, lack of social experience... these are all factors. I know I tend to work better in small groups and with more one on one interaction. Remember, I'm BLUE. All about intimacy.
But Houstonist was holding Happyist and I really wanted to show my support for Houstonist. And after what was the most melodramatic 45 minutes any adult aged 34 should go through just trying to decide whether to go or not, I bit the bullet and decided to go. After my co-worker agreed to go with me that is. And you know what? I had a great time. Thankfully there were a large number of Flickr people there and one Photoblogger and it was great to interact with them. I'm not sure how I would have felt if it was strictly the Houstonist crowd.
It may seem like nothing to some of you dear readers, to jump up and go to a social interaction, with no idea of who will be there or if there will be anyone you know. Imaging yourself on the outside of the talking circles trying to look comfortable examining the pictures on the wall and trying not to look like a total loser. For me, as those few dear readers who are also dear real life friends know, it was a scary, nerve wracking prospect and thankfully I can say it was all worth it in the end.