October 31, 2012

The Christianville Spirit: A Look through My Eyes

The Christianville Spirit
The Spirit that Opens Your Eyes
October 31, 2012-TCS # 323

So, Happy Halloween, Everyone! Halloween is not really my favorite holiday but, Happy Halloween anyway. So, there’s something I haven’t mentioned in a while about Having PTLS. You See, it came with a question when My Mom was talking with her friend about her concern if I could see in 3D or Not. I thought to myself, “Do I see in 3D?” and “What is 3D?”. As far as I knew, it was a type of movie and I know when I see those kind of movies, it hurts my eyes. Well, the truth is that I never really thought of it. I mean, I didn’t really know the meaning of “Can I see in 3D?” Well, the thing of it is, is that we PTLSers have vision problems sometimes. Like when lights are flashing like a Strobe Light or flashes of light on TV, it bothers my eyes and I squint, and when I was younger, I would cover my eyes with my arm. The sunlight would really bother me when I was younger, to the point where it would make me close my eyes. Now, I have 2 pairs of Glasses that I switch out, I have my sunglasses for the daytime and Prescription   Glasses for inside and at nighttime. The Prescription Glasses are so I can see far away better. When I was Young, the eye doctor told My Mom that I was not able to pick up 3D images and had poor depth perception. It has only been recently that I have become aware of what this all means. Here’s an example; So, When My Brother took me to school with him, I was looking at different art pieces in the Art Hall of where he was. People had to make figures from wire without cutting it and I was looking for My Brother’s Project and I had a hard time seeing the object that was made out of the wire, Because the object was in 3D. So, a couple years ago, there was an event that was in 3D on TV which required that you had to get 3D glasses to watch this. When I put the glass on, it bothered me because one side I saw red and other side I saw blue. So, it didn’t make sense to me that these were red and blue  and it didn’t help with what I was looking at. My Mom used to say that when I was younger, I would stare at a shelf on a wall and look at it from all angles, studying very hard. She would wonder how I was seeing it, since I wasn’t talking yet and I couldn’t tell her what I was doing. Another Example is when My Mom and I drove to Houston for a PTLS Conference, My Mom noticed a building that she was fascinated by in Downtown Houston, she pointed it out to me but, I couldn’t understand she was so excited because to me it looked like a flat building. All in all, Vision is a crazy thing because you never know how you see things is how others see things.

Thanks for Reading The Christianville Spirit. Take a look through My Eyes. You’ll be another world! 

October 24, 2012

The Christianville Spirit: Conversation about My Anxieties

The Christianville Spirit
The Spirit that Opens Your Eyes
October 24, 2012-TCS # 322

So, Last Thursday, My Mom and I had one of the best talks we’ve had in a while. However, as My Uncle Bruce would call it, “The context of it” wasn’t that fun and happening at the time it was happening. Now, don’t worry it’s not bad, I promise! You See, about 2 weeks ago, My Mom told me that I had a Dentist Appointment on Thursday, The 18th. She let me know so I would be prepared and not spring up on me like “Oh, by the way...We’re going to The Dentist today.” Now, the reason she told me is because having predictability is essential to us PTLSers because we don’t focus without it. Not only that but, the Anxiety increases as well. On the other hand, when I know about it, I obsess about it and I get anxious about it. So, usually when I’m told in advance, I get nervous and fret about it until the day of. Bottom line, I’m nervous the most the night before, the morning of, and when the event starts. So, that brings me to This Afternoon (it was Thursday when I wrote this). So, I was nervous as usual and we discovered that the appointment was an hour later than she thought, so we had time talk, but it also gave me more time to be worried. Here is how the talk began. You see, Everyone, don’t get me wrong, I LOVE having PTLS and I wouldn’t give it up for anything, Nothing! However, there are parts of the behaviors that I would love to get rid, that one being Anxiety and, that was one of the first thing I told My Mom. So, she was wondering if I sit during this extra hour of waiting, and do nothing, does it help with my Anxiety? Unfortunately, No. In fact it only makes it worse because I obsess about it even more, because I know, wether I sit still and Watch TV or check Facebook, whatever the event is, it is still going to happen. So, she suggested that we hop in the car, start driving toward the Dentist’s Office and keep moving. So, we started discussing, how I feel about my anxiety and methods on how I can get through it and how she could help me get through it. This ha always been something she wondered about if she handled me the right way when I was a Child. As far as the sitting still or delaying it, that only makes me frustrated because it just means the event in question is still in your face and it’s not going to move unless you go through it. So, then comes the question of “should I tell you about a week before or be like, Surprise! We’re doing This”(in this case, “You and I are going to The Dentist, right now.”) I told her that it would be a Defiance of Trust to me if she didn’t give me enough warning. Remember though that My Mom and I have a good relationship, I tell her what’s going on with me and she tells me some of the stuff going on with her. So, how would I tell the difference when someone says, “Let’s get in the Car”; does it mean that your going out to Dinner, to The Movies maybe, on a Drive (which I love to do), or going to The Doctor to get your blood drawn. So I told her, that I have to know about it because I need predictability and predictable outcomes. Now, It may make me nervous, physically sick to my stomach and fret to no end, but it’s better for me to know than be surprised with something like that. The only thing is that it is frustrating is to know I am going to get sick (which is very ugly, loud and embarrassing) to know that you can’t get around it. So, then the problem comes, when the event happens, what do you (the parents & Kids) do? Well, that’s the part that gets me emotionally confused (and it had me very emotional talking about). Whether you ease into it slowly or be outfront about it, just make me do it. When it comes to Doctors, Dentists, and Needles, the best thing is just do it, be direct, but with a gentle firmness that gets it over with quickly. Once I get through it, I am fine. Now, I know PTLS Parents are wondering, “But, I don’t want to force it on them!”. Well, the thing is, you don’t have to force but, you have to push a little bit. I mean, as I told My Mom, “If you didn’t push while I was worried and getting sick to my stomach, then I wouldn’t have given a Love Note to Ali and she wouldn’t have known that I liked her” Other examples, I would never have learned to swim, go down a slide, snow ski, or performed in the Second Grade play at School (all which I really liked and didn’t want to stop after I did it), go into the 4th grade Economic Fair (because they had “Gak” and the sight of this makes me throw up), I would have never went out on a date, Went to Homecoming, had a Girlfriend, had a job or I would have never even have met My PTLS “Sister” (yes, it’s been awhile since I mentioned her). Now, I know your also wondering about the whole dentist appointment thing went, well I have an easy Gag Reflex and I was afraid that I was going to gag when I had to open your mouth. I do not like peoples hands and dental things in my mouth, so when they do I gag and get sick. However, a positive note, I didn’t gag this time, because Julie (the Dental Hygienist) was very nice and talked me through it, they had a T.V. for me to watch CNN, as well as the fact that she was very pretty. So the appointment went fine. I should mention though that these anxieties lasts until the event starts happening and then I start to calm down and have a good time. Anyway, the bottom line here is that your child can do a long list of things, but sometimes though, we need a little loving push to get through the anxiety we have and we’ll get it done.

All in All, remember that it depends on what the event is will tell if the PTLSer will be anxious about it and be able to get through it, no matter how hard you push them, but try anyway. This is what My Mom did and it worked.  

Thanks for Reading The Christianville Spirit. Why do people eat Desserts when they are Stressed? Because Desserts is Stressed spelled backwards.      

October 17, 2012

The Christianville Spirit: Travelling with Street View

            This is one of My Favorite Views of the Atlanta Skyline. To Me, it's screams
          "Welcome to Atlanta!" for all the people coming into Atlanta from Alabama or
                                                                 Western Georgia

The Christianville Spirit
The Spirit that Opens Your Eyes
October 17, 2012-TCS # 321

 So, As most of you know, I love to cyber travel, whether it is down the street or across the country. I used to love traveling on Street View on My Ipad when I got bored or when I felt like it. However, having an Apple Device, like all computers and devices, need to be updated every now and then. I remember when I had a PC, on Windows Vista and it would pop up and tell me I had a minute to close and save everything before it restarted and updated. However, luckily Apple is different in that sense. However, I didn’t realize that this new update would cause the one thing I LIVE for to go away, Google Street View on My Ipad. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love Apple and it’s Products for many reasons, like the Macs don’t get viruses and Ipads/IPods/IPhones are easy to figure out (once you get the hang of it). By Now though, I’m used to not having Street View on IPad, although I’m still waiting for a miracle from the programmers. But, when it happened, it was so frustrating because I lost the thing that I used my ipad the most for, Street View. On the bright side, Street View is and forever will be on My Computer and that really helps. When I was watching the news, I saw on the ticker that Google Street View had added 240,000 Miles of Road across The World! I read yesterday that it was the largest update in Street View History. So, I figured I would test it to see where the new Street View was, so I picked a spot nearby My Grandma Honey’s House, I found that they had what I call, “Clarity.” And I know your asking, what is “Clarity”? Well, back when Street View first started in Early 2007, they used 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Generation cameras to drive on the road and take pictures. It was a big deal back then because you could see everything in detail, the road signs, store signs, the list goes on.. So, around 2010, they started taking pictures with 4th & 5th Generation Cameras, which made the picture much, much clearer. To describe it, would be like sitting on top of the car and seeing everything as if you were there. That’s why I call it, “Clarity.” So, anyway, slowly but surely, Google has added “Clear-as-day Street View” across the country. So, when the “Clarity Street View” reached the Atlanta Area, they only stayed within the City Center as well as certain highways and roads like the Vinings area and along The Perimeter (or I-285 to non-locals). Now however, they’ve added not only roads in areas like Buckhead and Outside The Perimeter (OTP as Atlantans call it) but, across the State of Georgia! To me, it’s really exciting when they add new “Clarity” to the roads of the country. So, being the person I am, I checked out all the areas in, around, and outside of Atlanta. I discovered that you can drive in “Clear View” on I-20, all the way to the Alabama Border when it used to stop at I-285 (The Perimeter). So, although it is not on My Ipad, which still annoys me sometimes, Thank God, it’s on My Computer. All in all, I love to travel the world! I’ll be coming to your area soon. 

Thanks for Reading The Christianville Spirit. Travel the World, it’s full of Adventure!     

October 10, 2012

The Christianville Spirit: OCD & Me

The Christianville Spirit
The Spirit that Opens Your Eyes
October 10, 2012-TCS # 320

So, I’m sure for most of you, Last Week’s Newsletter left you hanging about what else I obsess and OCD about. So, for this week’s Newsletter, I’m going to continue on the things that I have OCD about. Now, to assure you, I have OCD about more things than just girls or a specific one. I do OCD about other things, some of them you might consider minor and some are more Major, to the point of where I can’t function unless it’s done. Now, I’ll tell you, that’s not as extreme like touching a door handle 5 times in a row. So, I’ll start with when I watch TV; First is that I’m a Control Freak so, I have to have control of the TV, so I make sure that I have the remotes next to me or near me so that I know where they are. The Weird thing about it is that I like to stack the remotes on top of each other so, it’s easier to know which one I need or just to know that they are near me. Sometimes, while I’m watching TV or even listening to the radio, I have a thing about the Volume Number. Whether it’s on the TV or Radio, it has to be that number, for example usually the volume on our TV sits about 20(the volume on the TV isn’t as great, so that’s the why number is high) and when raising it I find a number close to it like 20, 22, 25, 27, and 30. And, when I go to sleep, I turn the volume down to 5 so, I don’t hear it in My Room if the door is open. For Radio, which I don’t have to use that high of numbers, I like it to be at 5 if you want to talk while listening to the radio; 7, 10,12 if it’s a really good song and 3 if you just want to talk. The next one is more major, I have to make sure that things are organized and organized in a certain way. Like My Room is very clean and Everything is put in it’s place and has a place. If it’s not, then it feels out of order. An example is that I have a lot of Travel Books and Maps. So, I organized my Travel Books on my shelf by the region. Like they start Local and The West. And, then go from there to Arkansas, Tennessee & Kentucky, Chicago, Canada, New York City & New York State (and, there is a different between them), Montreal, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. From There, I go down to the Caribbean and then, to The UK and Roma (Rome in Italian). As You can tell from My Writing, I like it write in capital letters, even though I understand English grammar and Writing rules. You may call this, Passive-Aggressive like My Teachers would tell me, but It’s the way I like to write. The next thing that I OCD about, is the time I get up, the time I eat, or the time I go to bed. For Getting Up, I have to get up at a time ending in 5 (It’s On The 5’s!, as My Brother would say) like :05, :15, :25, :35, :45, and :55. If I miss a 5 by a minute or wake up at a different number, I wait until the next 5. When I was in school I would get up at 7:56 every morning which was not on the 5’s but I was able to do it. As for when I eat, I usual eat anywhere from 5:30 to 6. And, going to sleep, If I know I have to get up early, I’ll go to bed on a 5 as well, which would be something like 12:30AM or 1. Usually, I go to bed at 2. Just so you know, this doesn’t stop My Life, I can be flexible when I need to be. Sometimes, Anxiety slips in when I’m OCDing about things like Events of the Next Day or Next Week, like Doctor’s Appointments, Going somewhere special, or having to do something I’m not sure about. Because I stay focused on it too long, the Anxiety builds and it can make me sick to my stomach. Once the event gets going, then I’m just fine. All in all, I OCD about many things and it may slow it down but, it’s doesn’t completely stop My Life.

Thanks for Reading The Christianville Spirit. Keep Moving through Life and Don’t let anything or anyone Stop You.

October 3, 2012

The Christianville Spirit: My Obsessions

The Christianville Spirit
The Spirit that Opens Your Eyes
October 3, 2012-TCS # 319

So, Before I begin This Week’s Newsletter, I should mention that I finally got My Computer back! I didn’t lose anything I left on it. It turned out that the covering on both sides of the computer needed to be changed. So, with that being said, on to the newsletter. So, There’s a PTLS Trait that I have but, I’m not sure I have mentioned before and I think needs mentioning, It’s called Obsession (or OCD). Obsession is one of the many PTLS Traits that we PTLSers have including, Imitation, Lack of Filter, Anxiety, and Seeing only the Good in People. However, sometimes, Obsession can get you in trouble, as I’ve learned. You See, Obsession is one of those things that you, yourself don’t realize your doing it but, others watching can tell that you are. Anyway, Obsession, depending on what it’s about, can be a good thing or bad thing. And Believe Me, we obsess and compulse (or OCD) about various things. We have OCD about an Object (like for me that was a Map), a Thing, A Behavior or Thought, and also People. For instance, whenever I start dating or liking someone, My Friends & Family hear about them, constantly. Everything that that person is doing or does. So, usually what happens as “The Stages of Obsession.” First Stage is the beginning of the thought of that thing that enters your mind and you think about it over and over. the Next Stage is when you get curious; if it’s a behavior, you’ll start wanting to do that behavior; if it’s a person, you’ll start to mention their name in every sentence. The 3rd Stage, is investigating, where you start gathering any information or research about that thought, which is now an Obsession. After you’ve gathered all the information, you share it with everyone. The 4th Stage, is that you get Obsessed about it; where it’s the only thing on your mind and the only major thing that you discuss with Everyone because it keeps your interest. As far as a current Obsession it was about a girl but it was short lived, who I went to Elementary School with, back when I was crushing on Lynee. I decided to do a, “Where are they now?” discovery on Facebook a couple days ago of Friends I went to Elementary School with, and In my luck, I found one of the girls that I was in 5th Grade with named Hayley. So, I typed her name and found her on Facebook. I can tell you, her appearance hasn’t changed and she’s still as pretty as she was before. She lives in another city now, She lives in Austin (The State Capitol of Texas) and she is an artist. Anyway, the next day I googled her and found quite an Internet Presence of her. By the way, Internet Presence is my term for how often someone appears on the internet and how many sites that they are on. I found all her art pictures and I took a look at some of them and most of them were good. It was interesting to see where she was after all these years. After finding that, I shared it with My Mom and some with My Brother.  So, after finding her and seeing what she’s doing with her life, My Mind jumped to being friends with her again, meeting up with her, and doing a friendly reunion. But, as much I really wanted to reconnect with Hayley, something (My Gut, Lynee, and My Mom) told me not to get involved because I didn’t have an “Emotional Connection” with her as much I did with childhood friends of higher roles like The Herrick Girls, The Barsis, or The Hoopers. In my further research, the other day, I realized I wasn’t really that social back in 5th Grade as I am now. I mean, I could talk, just not clearly enough for people to understand me. As far as Hayley was concerned, I don’t think I connected with her back then, she was more of a classmate. I connected more with people like Lynee or Hanna, by the way Lynee was in 4th Grade and Hanna was 5th Grade. Because I sat next to them everyday and they learned to understand my speech, so they could understand me. It’s amazing to see where I am as well as Everyone Else. Most People back then would never think that I would be the Social butterfly that I am today. All in all, It’s fun to catch up with everyone, I just have to make sure that I don’t Obsess too much about it.

Thanks for Reading The Christianville Spirit. Catching up with The Past is great, but don’t get stuck on it.