Monday, January 7, 2008

Introvert or Extrovert?

Party time! Your party threshold is a great measurement of your inclination toward being an introvert or an extrovert. Take my wedding reception as the perfect example. Big party thrown in honor of me . . . and my husband (he was fully aware that he was considered an accessory for the day and he was perfectly OK with that!) At the end of the party it was time to leave. As we got in the car to the cheers of the wedding guests I exclaimed to my new husband, "I don't want to leave!" (I was on cloud nine from all the attention.) I turned to look at him, his face was pale and with a sigh of exhaustion (and not eager anticipation as one would expect!) he replied, "I can't wait to get out of here." As an extrovert, I had become energized from the day. On the other hand, my husband, as an introvert, had become completely drained.

And thus it began. . .our continual tug of war between opposites attracting! Well, a honeymoon and 15 + years later, we have grown to understand each other's need to be alone or in a crowd and have learned to compromise. Here's how it works for us: most of the year we lay low, come November . . . I'm let loose!

Sooo, I thought I would recap my fun filled, extroverted holiday season and recall all the festivities I attended or threw!
11/20-11/25: Hosted hubby's family for Thanksgiving. My brother-in-law's girlfriend joined us from VA with her famous baked goodies!
11/29: Attended our "Women in the Church" annual Christmas tea. Fun time exchanging picture frames and entertaining karaoke!
12/6: Attended a "Chocolate Bliss" Pampered Chef party . . . yum!
12/9: Attended our church small group Christmas party. Loved the fellowship and fondue!
12/22: Hosted a Christmas Open House on my birthday. Enjoyed all the goodies everyone brought and Christmas caroling in the neighborhood!
12/23: Attended Wigilia - my family's traditional Polish Christmas Eve Celebration!
12/21-27: Hosted hubby's family again for Christmas!
12/30: Attended a small group dinner party with our church!
1/1: Attended New Year's Day party with old friends!
1/3: Hosted our church college gang for dessert and games!
1/5: Hosted a few couples to celebrate hubby's birthday!
1/6: Hosted our Pastor's family for an afternoon of food & games!

WHEW! Even I am a bit exhausted looking back at all we've done this past holiday season. Just the other night hubby asked if we were done with all the parties yet. My answer? Nope! Our darling daughter turns 12 on Jan. 13th and I've got to plan her Mall Mania birthday party for Saturday. After that there is a brief reprieve before hosting a Pampered Chef party on Jan. 28th. Come February 1st I settle back into my comfy little den energized from my winter frenzy of festivities!


Heidi @ GGIP said...

I'm an introvert, but I don't think that was the only reason I was exhausted after my wedding. Weddings are exhausting. However, it did go too quickly...

dcrmom said...

I'm a strange combination of the two. I do like to socialize, but I like my alone time too. Hubs, on the other hand, prefers to stay at home. Bah humbug!