Saturday, October 6, 2007

A Quick Update and Other Ramblings

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I made it through my birthday without a panic attack. I didn't really do very much for it and maybe thats why. I kept it pretty low key. And although a part of me was sad that there was no party, no big dinner celebration where all the attention was on me and my existence, the majority of me was happy to just be panic free.

So I took the route of doing what I wanted. I took a half day of vacation from work and went out to the mountains with a couple of mt friends to take pictures of the fall scenery. I had been wanting to get up there before the weather got too cold, and photography is very relaxing for me. The weather was perfect. As I have said before, I am a big believer in taking up hobbies because they are very therapeutic and I think they help you to gain confidence. I personally enjoy photography, blogging, and playing the piano to name a few. Here are a couple shots that I took:

It was nice to have a panic attack free birthday for the first time in years.

In other news, I chopped my hair. I took off about three inches and I dyed it pretty dark with red highlights. Its about a shade darker than my natural color. Some days I really like it and others I think, "What have I done!?!" I've gotten a lot of compliments but for some reason I rarely believe any of them. Its hard for me to accept compliments. I guess that goes back to my low self esteem, but I really think people are just being polite. And I'm not blogging about this because I am fishing for compliments, because like I said, I probably wouldn't believe you if you did. I do think its an interesting thought. Does anyone have a hard time excepting compliments? On the flip side, I don't give out compliments lightly. If I give a compliment to someone, I really do mean it. I can't stand it when people say they agree with or constantly praise either me or someone else just to break the ice, or an awkward silence, or to make people like them. Its so fake.

Well either way, I am not one to cry over a haircut.

Well I have rambled on long enough. I hope everyone has had a great weekend.

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Molly said...

Sorry to be so out of touch. Happy (late) birthday! I love your hair...although I totally understand. I do not take compliments well or accept praise well either!

Take Care

Robert said...

I'm really glad that you had an enjoyable birthday - and may you have many more of them!

I think that you are a talented photographer; brave, for fighting your anxiety demons; a talented writer; a good-looking young woman and I love your blog. There are more compliments that I could give you, but that's probably enough for you not to accept! And before you think it, I haven't written this because I thought you were fishing for compliments.

The ability to receive (gifts, compliments, praise, whatever) is just as important as the ability to give.

I wish you luck on your journey.

Leila V. said...

Gifts and compliments are always hard for me, giving and receiving. Happy Birthday, you took some awesome pictures to memorialize the day. I especially like the winding road surrounded by the fall colors.

Aimée said...

So good to hear from you! Thank you for the compliment. I hope all is well.

Wow I know I said I don't believe compliments given to me but I must admit your comment made me smile and feel pretty good about myself for the day so thank you.

Leila v,
I am so glad you like my photography. Its an expensive hobby but so much fun. I just added a new pic for the headline of the blog which I took from my backyard. Its nice to know I am not alone in the getting compliments department. Good luck with the house guests this weekend.

Dave B. said...

Happy belated B-Day! Your hair looks absolutely fabulous dawling... :) Your husband, on the other hand, could use a good chopping. Any longer and his buddies will start calling him "hippy." ;)

I hate compliments and usually simply ignore them. I have a female business friend in Ottawa who throws out compliments often and it drives me nuts. She knows it too, which is why she does it.

Anyway sounds like you had fun on the big day, which is all that matters. Good for you.


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