The Blog Formerly Known As Practical Paralegalism
I have photographic evidence that my hair looked okay when I got to work this morning, but somehow managed to break free of its hair spray chains, and turn into a hot mess by the time I’d driven almost two hours to the North Carolina Bar Association to do the second in a series of online continuing paralegal education (CPE) webcasts paid for by an educational grant from the N.C. State Bar Board of Paralegal Certification.
In the interest of transparency, I’m going to speak plainly. I am an extremely shy introvert. Yes, I have done an incredible amount of public speaking since 2008. Yes, I even taught for five years in the local community college paralegal program. Every single time I stand up in front of anyone to talk, I wrestle with severe social anxiety and shyness.
But somehow the idea of speaking for an hour into a video camera with only an awesome distance learning coordinator and video expert in the room (Hi, Carroll!) unnerved me even more than usual. To the point, that for the first time in many years, I arrived at my presentation destination, only to realize I’d left my speaker’s notes back at the office.
That’s when I think my hair became unnerved, too. It’s the only explanation I can find for the difference between my 8 a.m. hair and the picture Carroll kindly took of me right after the presentation. My other theory is that my hair grew during the two-hour drive. It does stuff like that. Getting a haircut and coloring it an even fierier faux ginger have leapt to the top of my priority list, right after buying more Pepperidge Farm Milano cookies and teaching the kitteh not to play in the toilet bowl, especially when it’s, er, occupied.
Shoutout to my friend and NCBA staffer, Carole, who gave me a cool vintage cuff bracelet she bought for $1.50 at a yard sale. She said she saw it and thought it was me. I love it when peeps do that (okay, it’s happened once, but still I loved it), and this bracelet is so awesome. I showed it to everyone who attended the online CPE, but didn’t get a good photo of it today. Rats. Look for it a lot in future blog posts, because it’s badass (Hi, Ally!) and red.
So what are you guys? Extreme introvert or easy extrovert? Or maybe faux extrovert? Or some other category I haven’t thought of yet?