Sunday, November 23, 2008

A New PR!

No, not another race. 40 comments on my last post -- THANKXOXOX!!!

Seriously, two years ago when I started blogging, I had no idea what I was getting into. It's so unlike me to write about myself and I didn't really even like taking pictures much. I think the number of photos of me from high school until my mid-thirties is probably less than 10!

Too busy working and so self-critical all the time. It's a wonder I made it to my 40's ...

Here's a couple things from the life of an older, much wiser woman :-)

1. My photo tag (4th photo in my 4th folder). Sorry, it happens to be running related.


Explanation: Photo that appeared in the May 2005 issue of Runner's World in reference to my 21 Run Salute. It was taken in downtown Orlando near Lake Eola. The photo shoot took 2-3 hours and the photographer and his assistant had brought all sorts of lighting equipment and props, including crumbs to get birds to fly around me. Who knew getting one good photo could take so long!

2. My blog style (thanks to Spokane Al for pointing me to the Typealzer site):

ESFP - The Performers

The entertaining and friendly type. They are especially attuned to pleasure and beauty and like to fill their surroundings with soft fabrics, bright colors and sweet smells. They live in the present moment and don´t like to plan ahead - they are always in risk of exhausting themselves.

They enjoy work that makes them able to help other people in a concrete and visible way. They tend to avoid conflicts and rarely initiate confrontation - qualities that can make it hard for them in management positions.


I find this pretty funny because I once took a Myer-Briggs Type Indicator Test and got an INTJ result. So either I've really changed or am a schizo blogger.

Added: My other blog, EnduranceSportsBar.com, came up as "ISTP - The Mechanics" so maybe I do have split personalities.

3. More family time - After the Route 66 Marathon, I went to Austin for a couple days to meet up with Dave. He ended up arriving late and leaving early but I got to see Marathon Chris, who was attending the same conference as Dave, and visit my sis Jade Lady and her family, who live in the area.

L to R: Dave, Me, my niece and brother-in-law. Sis, who took this photo and the one below, was added to the top left.

And I got to swim in beautiful Barton Springs.

Four birds with one stone!

Now, time to catch up on what you all have been up to. My Google Reader says 30 new and exciting posts to read.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!!

36 comments:

Gotta Run said...

You are one busy lady!!!

I still have the RW issue and will hold it to be signed at some event in the future that we toe together :)

Arland said...

All I can say is WOW! The 21run salute was awesome. I wasn't even a runner when you did that but what an awesome thing to do. Oh yeah, I am an ESFP also....had to run it to see what it said..lol.

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

You never slow down, do you?

I went to that sight and got the same result - esfp. Now I'm wondering if anyone ever gets something different...

ShirleyPerly said...

Spokane Al's blog came up as a "Doer" and a couple others that I plugged into that Typealyzer site too. One was a Duty Filler.

But it does seem that the majority of us are Performers. Maybe like blogs attract? Who knows ...

Susan said...

Blogging -- gotta love it! I also had no idea what would trasnspire. Thank goodness I did it!

*aron* said...

blogging is the best :)

wow since i am newer to your blog i had no idea about the 21 run salute AND the RW issue!!! that is soooo awesome! you are amazing :)

Irish Blue said...

I didn't know about the RW issue either - very cool. I love Austin...lucky dawg.

Tammy said...

LOL how do you keep up with all the reading and your blogger buddies? That picture is awesome, and I kind of have an idea of how much work goes into nice photos like that one. Had some pics taken a long, long long time ago. It took several hours, but you know you look great all the time. I don't even have one decent photo of myself. Maybe I need to take some pointers from you.

Cliff said...

I am INFJ.

Wow, they took 3 hr to take a photo shoot. Btw that's a great photo :)

That's super cool.

I know my personality has change from the past few years.

Maybe I am schzio as well :)

Bruce Stewart (施樸樂) (ブルース・スチュワート) said...

You clearly work hard at your blog as the posts are very well prepared with a lot of pictures, etc. I intend to buy a Mac in the next few months and learn more about editing clips, etc. (So far I have had to rely on our sons who can teach me all I need to know.) You also do a lot of interesting things, although maybe that is not essential for creating a good post, as even an insignificant thing (like a flip-turn) can be turned into a good post.
While I do not have my Myers-Briggs result in front of me, I am something like an ISTJ, and thus enjoy being around much more bubbly, outgoing personalities. I may be different as a writer as I can express myself a lot better that way than face to face.
It is a good feeling to get a lot of comments, my record is 8 so far for one post, although two of the people wrote twice. You may get a lot more readers. Some people just like to read and some may not be set up on blogger so they may find leaving a comment troublesome. It is important to try to evaluate what we post. I have a danger of just writing to myself. By trying to write in Chinese as well, I have to merge two different personalities and thought processes (I suffer from bi-cultural schizophrenia). It is certainly a good way of preventing myself from getting carried away on something that would have no relevance or meaning to the majority of readers.
So, keep at the blog. I also suggest you get one of those six-inch tripods for your camera and use the self-timer. Then everyone can be in the same picture.

Brittany M. said...

Ahh, I missed you in TX, pooh. :(

RoadBunner said...

Hey! I remember that RW picture! Small world. Congrats on your comment PR. I still think it's cool when I hit 10.

RoadBunner said...

p.s. Forgot to say, YES get a running skirt :)

X-Country2 said...

Dang, what an action-packed trip! What a great picture. :o)

Stef said...

Wow Barton Springs looks heavenly! I've read about it on other blogs but haven't seen a photo until now. I would LOVE to swim there.

I think I am an INTJ too . . . it has been a long time since I took the test.

Congrats on the comment PR! And awesome photo!

peter said...

40 comments, that's a lot! Nice pictures, especially the photo shoot. I got my pix in a full-pager a year ago in a liveability article about DC in Cooking Light, as one of two anonymous runners running on the Tidal Basin. It didn't take any time at all as we didn't even know it until a friend told me my picture was in Cooking Light. Believe me, otherwise I never would have known. At the time months earlier I thought it was a tourist shooting pictures and he froze me forever with my there's-a-shutterbug-tourist fake smile.

Calyx Meredith said...

That pic is totally worth the hours it took to get it! (Of course I didn't have to endure those hours so what do I know?) Love your posts - even if you do have a split personality. ;D

cindy said...

That is such an awesome picture of you!! Before I read the post and just saw the picture when I pulled up your blog...I though...wow, she takes some professional looking pics!!

I'm like you in that I take so many more pictures now that I blog. My son commented about that to me just the other day.

Formulaic said...

I love that pic. It may have taken 4 hours but it looks great.


Way to go with the new PR

Runner Leana said...

Wow, Shirley! Nice picture, and what a great cause! I'm and ESFP too. Weird!

Karen said...

Ok I knew i liked you for a reason--I'm INTJ too.

Viv said...

Oh I love that picture! You just look like this strong athelte, which you are but anywhoo...LOL @ they had to feed the birds. Things that I never though of that goes into some pictures. Looks like a great time in Austin!
I so want to swim Barton Spring sometime. I am really turning into a tri dork now.

triguyjt said...

I am exhausted reading about all your adventures...and you are getting faster and of course better......

Brent Buckner said...

I think blogging about endurance sport pretty much guarantees that the Typealyzer will pick "S" over "N".

Steve Stenzel said...

That's the best 4th/4th photo I've seen yet!!

Smithposts said...

Blogging is a great way to reach out to others. 40 comments is a testament to your reach!

jen said...

Beautiful picture of you in that RW shot. I remember that.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

P.O.M. said...

That is a great pic.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Rural Girl said...

I have a feeling I'm an ESFP too. I'll have to check this out!

Happy Thanksgiving, Shirley.

AddictedToEndorphins said...

Wow! I just read all about your 21 run salute! That is simply amazing!!!!! Thank you for doing that!:) You rock

TRI TO BE FUNNY said...

There's always something new and exciting on your sites!

Girl on Top said...

Just read about 21RunSalute. You are amazing!

Eileen Swanson said...

Sweet pic! OMG you have SO many people that truly love and support you! AWESOME! You are amazing ;-)

RBR said...

I have been totally MIA, but I have been reading! Congrats on a FANTASTIC Route 66 marathon (lots of my bloggy peeps did that one! Kind of cool to read so many perspectives of the same race!)

I feel like I always say this, but it is so true, you inspire me in so many ways, you make me want to do more, be better, and most of all remember that we are damn lucky to get to and be able to do these things in the first place, so have a good time doing it!

Your family is almost as beautiful as you! ;o) I hope you and yours had a FANTASTIC Thanksgiving!

Oh, and my coach is Terri Schneider in Aptos, CA. I have a link on my blog in the right hand side bar. I think she is awesome. I can't wait to hear what your big plans are!!

Petraruns said...

I love your photo - it's gorgeous and I'm delighted we're getting the opportunity to see it..

And you know what? You get all those comments because you are SUCH an inspiration.. Keep it up sweetie and hope you had a good thanksgiving.

Julianne said...

I can't believe you are turning 50 in 2011. You look SO young. WOW! And now cool is that you were featured in the Runner's World mag in 2005?? You're a celebrity!