Confessions & Contradictions

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I’m an EXTROVERTED introvert.

I’ve always thought I was pretty outgoing and spunky…therefore considering myself an extrovert, but when I saw this graphic on Meghan’s blog last week, I couldn’t help but identify with BOTH sides.

Introverts vs Extroverts

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While I’ll admit to loving being the center of attention in any way possible – laugh with me, hug me, kiss me, throw money at me – I also have a strong need for my own space, time to do things at my own pace, and don’t interrupt me…or I’ll club you with my mace!

Sorry, I had to! 😉

Broken Bowl

I’m a total CLUTZ with CAT-LIKE reflexes.

I may walk into door jams, trip over my own feet, and knock things over on a pretty regular basis, but on most occasions (including a specifically impressive one yesterday involving a glass tumbling off the counter), I have a quick hand and can catch things  falling in mid-air! All that unfortunately doesn’t help in situations of mere stupidity…like turning one of my FAVORITE new bowls upside down and “thumping” it on the table in order to pry out the Almond Joy Breakfast Cookie inside…womp womp! :(

To Do List

I’m a NEAT FREAK with a CLUTTERED mind.

It’s no secret, I like things clean and organized…a place for everything and everything in it’s place…but only on the outside. As much as I would like to have things neat and tidy in my head, I am a total scatterbrain! I have so many things going on in there at once that I swear if I have a thought and don’t grab a pen and write it down in five seconds or less, it’ll be lost forever! And heaven forbid I sit that piece of paper down because in five minutes I’ll have forgotten where I put it!

Nut Butter Jars

I’m a HOARDER who likes to REDUCE.

It can be food or it can be lotions and body sprays from Bath & Body Works…for some reason, I can never keep myself from storing in excess. But with that being said, I also get this great sense of satisfaction when I finish something and get to throw away (or repurpose) the container. Oh and sometimes I just get on random clutter claustrophobia episodes and start getting rid of stuff left and right…kinda like when I sold my kitchen table five months ago and still have an empty kitchen! Oops?

Pina Colada Protein Pancakes  www.kissmybroccoliblog.com

I’m a FOODIE who doesn’t want to talk food.

Sorry to tease you guys, but I just wanted to prove that I DID in fact have a recipe to share for Pancake Sunday, but I don’t know…I just don’t feel like talking about it. Actually, I’ve been sort of unmotivated lately on the food front and honestly, I think it has a lot to do with my to-do list up there…and the fact that I’m not sleeping well again. The recipe is typed but the pictures are nowhere near ready for sharing and well, I have emails from THREE weeks ago I’ve yet to respond to, laundry that needs done, hair that needs cut, continuing education credits that need to be thrown in the trash completing, grass that needs mowing, and the last time I checked, Elvira couldn’t change her own oil!

Wow, complain much?

Sorry…guess I’m just feeling a bit overwhelmed at the moment. And tired. Forgive me? I’m fresh out of cookies, but I’ll do my best to get these cakes to you next Sunday! 😀

And last but not least…

I’m a DOG person who owns a CAT!

Seriously, Amanda shared the first one of these videos a couple of weeks ago, but this one is even funnier…and SO true!

Do you contradict yourself? In what way?

Are you a cat or a dog person?

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34 Responses to Confessions & Contradictions

  1. Have we met? I am ALL ABOUT CATS!!!! All the cats 😉 I can relate to things in both of those infographics I think I am also and extrovert/introvert. I know I can be outgoing with those I know well but I don’t always want to tell others everything about me straight away until I feel I can trust them – you know that’s why I started a blog 😉 haha

    I am a clutz too and also a neat freak who has had to learn to let go of some of those neat tendencies after living with a not so neat boyfriend and also realizing there and more things to life than always needing things to be put where they should be – although I do still always feel better with a clean place!

  2. Fellow extroverted introvert here too – and I’m a major klutz too. I think we’re long lost sisters! I’m constantly covered in bruises because I walk into everything – I’ve walked into doors in the middle of the night at hotels because I overestimated the distance to the bathroom (and now I keep the bathroom light on 24/7 when away from home haha), walked straight into chairs/doors/people haha

    We are so similar it’s crazy!

    I am definitely a dog person – my Chanel has me wrapped around her little furry paw

  3. Jessie says:

    …and after reading this post I am declaring you drop everything (not literally – rip pretty bowl) and get yourself a freaking drink.. or two.. or shit even go crazy & have three!

  4. So thank you for posting that video :-p I love the first one that Amanda posted, so that one’s awesome as well. For the organized vs. scatterbrained thing, I’m a contradiction but in the complete opposite way. I’m the furthest thing from a neat freak, but I have a good memory and always know where everything is in all my piles of stuff and cluttered drawers around the house!

    Annnnd I’m a dog person. I’ve had both cats and dogs (and birds and rats and mice and hamsters…) and I prefer having dogs. Which might have something to do with how awesome mine is 😉

  5. 😆 Oh that video… I adore cat friend <3 I used to be a dog person, through and through, but I dunno — lately I've been leaning more towards cats. I think it's their independence and weirdness that attracts me to them, which is why I'm sad that I have a slight allergy and will probably never be able to have one :(

    And I'm definitely with you on begin a neat-freak with a cluttered mind. I actually think that part of the reason I can be so OCD about organizing and keeping things as clutter-free as possible is because I have too much chaos going around in my head, so I need to balance it out somehow.

    Happy Sunday, lovely lady!

  6. OMG – I just realized that I am also a hoarder who likes to reduce. I buy so much stuff, but then I ban myself from more until I use what I have. Each empty jar makes me feel accomplished. Goodwill is a similar thing.

  7. I think I contradict myself on a daily! Sometimes I want people to stop talking to me, yet I sit in the main room surrounded by everyone because I don’t want to be alone. It’s a very fickle thing, and I also happen to be a Gemini – so I am going to go ahead and blame it on that. Yep I blame my star sign 😀

  8. Is that complaining? Oops, I do that shit on my blog too then. Hahahahaah. Seriously though, such is life. It’s not about pancakes, but you still got a post up anyway!! And I think you’re pretty darn swell so I’ll wait around for the pancakes any day.

    You did remind me that my momma-mobile needs her damn oil changed too! 😉

    Be still my heart. She makes lists with checkboxes. My husband makes fun of my checkboxes….and crap, you even have a RED pen for marking them off. Totally awesome 😉 xoxo.

  9. Lisa says:

    That video is AWESOME! :-)

  10. I love the dog cat videos. I watched the one on Amanda’s sight in the break room at work and literally laughed out loud. It was sorta embarrassing if I cared about that kind of thing.
    ADHD and OCD organizational lists are an interesting combo and one I can relate too. Must write everything down before I forget it all because I’m already onto the next thing. Where was I?
    Oh yes, take a deep breath, a nap or 100% something not on your list and totally self pampering. It might feel counterintuitive to relax when so much needs to be done, but at the end if the day, it’ll all get done (at least the stuff which has to be done) and you’ll enjoy it more. When you stop enjoying it, it’s time to walk away for a minute and recharge.
    While This wasn’t the post you had intended for today, it’s one I really enjoyed because you were open and honest. Now start chillin like a villain.

  11. I ssoooo love this. My brain is the same! So freaking messy that I have to write everything down! The worst is the ‘piling’ in my head – I swear, my thoughts look like laundry from 2 months that needs to be done!
    I am a cat person. Dogs freak me out when they bark, and I don’t like their smell when it rains….cats are so much more independent, clean and elegant. I mean, I do like dogs, but…ok, now it’s too late.
    And I am a terrible hoarder! I freak out in panic when I only have 2 packs of eggs and 2 jars of nutbutter at home, I just need to be safe and have 5 of each. Scary!
    And I totally feel you on not wanting to talk food. Sometimes I have to remind me to include a food pic in my post because, well, I am a food blogger….
    Happy Sunday you lovely lovely lady!!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Haha! Oh girl, we’re so much alike it’s scary! I’ve been fighting the urge to go out and buy nut butter since I FINALLY got down to the bottom of my stash, but I keep telling myself that I’ve sworn off of it for now. The collection got a bit out of control and I need to space so I’m gonna start making my own ONE flavor at a time! We’ll see how long this lasts! 😉

      And yeah, totally understandable about the dog dislikes…I guess I’d just be happy if Tiger would learn how to play fetch…as in, “hey go fetch me my phone from the other room!” Hahaha!

      I think it’s important to just go with the flow as far as what we feel like talking about on the blog. I mean, it’s only human to go through little cycles/phases/ups and downs and I think it’s always best to stay true to ourselves with our topics. I got a little worried about it at first, but then lo and behold, after a couple of days, I was back to my “normal” foodie self! 😀

  12. Kindred spirits? Even more so now that I know we share many of the above, too.
    Only it might be worse for me in terms of neat freak: yes, everything has to be in its place and I need to write to-do lists. But when it comes to following along those lists I don’t know where I’ve placed my head. Or the to-do list …

    Let’s say I have a lot of those making-myself-laugh/contradiciting myself moments on a daily basis. Isn’t a little bit of self-contradiction and surprise just what makes us interesting characters? Else life would really be too predictable.
    Actually, I’m not sure if I’m a dog or cat person. Can I be a mix of both – obviously just picking the best of each ;)?

  13. I’m an extroverted introvert too! Or an introverted extrovert? I’m not sure! I start to feel down if I go too long without seeing friends, but I also NEED my “me time” at least a few times per week.

    Another contradiction of mine is that I have an awesome memory when it comes to test writing, but I can’t for the life of me remember things my friends told me just last week! 😛

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Omg, I’m the SAME way!! All through school, I could cram an INSANE amount of facts/dates/diagrams in my head and then pour them all out into a test…but unfortunately, an hour later, it was like I never even studied! Basically the epitome of a “brain dump”! Haha!

  14. I’m abit of both too- So that in itself is a contradiction- but so be it- c’est la vie! I wish I was more tidy though…I clean my kitchen, make dinner then its a huge mess again!

    Looked at the profile for next week you sent me….that pancake recipe…I really need to go through all your recipes- I’ve been missing out!

    Not the biggest animal person- mainly because I only had goldfish growing up…but I wouldn’t mind either a cat or a dog!

  15. I love those cat vs dog videos!! SO funny!! I’m definitely an introvert…yet I have random spurts of extrovertedness 😉 but it’s definitely a stretch for me to be an extrovert. Like, a painful stretch. But… throw money at me too :) haha

  16. kolya says:

    Oh my goodness…I could have written the same post (well, in Kolya-style but the same idea)….exact same “issues” and tendencies and well, basically a walking contradiction though I’m not sure it’s all that contradictory .

    As for cat/dog….I’m a cat person (think they are also intro/extravert conundrums) but I am a pet sitter who mostly takes of dogs and want a golden retriever someday but I will probably be a cat hoarder.

  17. This is such a cool post! I’m definitely an extrovert, but my roommate/bff is a total introvert, so we’ve learned that we have to balance things out to keep us both happy! :)

  18. I am definitely an extroverted introvert! I love going out and having a good time, but at the end of the night I just need SPACE. Lots of space. My friends know I have a threshold (usually 2… nothing good ever happens after 2) & they know to get me home in time 😉

  19. I’m pretty sure every single one of these is true of me as well, especially the introvert/extrovert and clean/cluttered ones. Oh but not the cat one, although I certainly wouldn’t mind a cute little kitty walking around my apartment that doesn’t allow dogs!

  20. Before reading that infographic I thought I was a full-fledged introvert… I kind of think I still am unlike a lot of the commenters above 😉 While I can appreciate everything listed on the right side, my true calling is the left. I was just about to try and pick one number that I felt was perfect… But they all are! My greatest fear in life is being embarassed in public, whether it be getting in trouble, making a mistake, etc. Of course I like having a little attention, especially in my group of friends or family where I feel more comfortable, but get me in a group of more than two, ask me a question, and I’ll do one of two things- freeze up and oh so subtly provide a non-answer, or say something sarcastic in response because I’m so uncomfortable.

    Whoops… Just got distracted by my multi-tasking on Pinterest when I found a link for peanut butter icing. No worries though, I’m back 😉 Not worth being distracted.

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Haha! Oh girl, you’re hilarious! Love the ADD moment! And um, yeah, I can totally relate to using sarcasm to get myself out of uncomfortable moments…one of my best defense mechanisms! Haha!

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  22. I am SUCH a contradiction! Especially when it comes to organization! I need to plan everything in advance but I am completely disorganized and borderline messy when it comes to my things and calendar. Thankfully I have a really good memory otherwise I would miss every single meeting or get-together that I plan 3 months in advance!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Omg, please please PLEASE rub elbows with me or something so that I can gain a little of your memory skills! I swear that’s what makes the chaos in my head even worse…my short-term memory is basically non-existent! Gah!

  23. calee says:

    also known as a list of reasons why we’re friends! i’m a dog person who has a dog who thinks he’s a cat. :)

  24. Shelly says:

    I’m an extroverted introvert as well! I love talking with people and being the center of attention, but I also LOVE being by myself and having a lot of quiet time in my day. I say it works!

  25. So strange. I thought I was an introvert (hello shyness) but with what I read up there I’m extroverted living an introverted life. huh Go figure :) I love friends and family, but I love space. personal space without others bugging me. let me paint in peace!! haha.

    I love my dog, but I am definitely a cat person. Though I do have cats that think they’re dogs. And Lando sometimes thinks he’s a cat. ha.

    I am such a messy person. I need notes, order and structure, but my studio space and office space is in chaos. Or as I like to call it, organized chaos. I kind of know where everything is. It drives the husband nuts though. all he sees is mess.

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Organized chaos…yep, I’m pretty sure that would be the best way to describe my brain sometimes…organized in that I only remember certain things (and stress over them) for certain days of the week. Then I forget about them and move on to something else…and thus the cycle begins! Ha!

      Sounds like you have quite the identity crisis going on over there…for you and your animals! 😉

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  27. OMG… I just realized how much you and I are alike! However, I’m a cat person all the way. Can’t wait to get our first cat!!!

  28. Girrrl, I am SUCH an extroverted introvert. I love spending time with people, and I def consider myself a “people person,” but I also find big group super exhausting. I reallllly need my own space. I always tell my boyfriend that when we eventually move in together, we’ll have to get separate bedrooms so I can have me time. He thinks I’m kidding ;).

    I love all of your quirky contradictions.

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