Kindred Spirits and the Origins of Javelin Warrior

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I want you and me to be friends.

I'm NOT talking about Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Tumblr, LinkedIn, StumbleUpon, Klout or any of the other social spaces. You don't need to subscribe to my blog, you don't need to leave me comments, you don't need to bestow an award on me. I just want you and me to become (better) friends.

Of course, that means we really need to get to know each other. So each week I candidly share stuff about myself. And if you'd like for me to get to know you better, I invite you to share along with me. You don't have to be a blogger to participate and even if we're already good friends, I hope you'll still share with me.

Mighty Warrior

When I was a kid,
I had terrible crush on a blond-haired girl in my Sunday School class named Ann. We were only about 6 or 7 years old at the time, but I was positive I was in love with her. She was my very first valentine and while I have no idea what I gave her on the momentous Valentine's Day, I do remember what she gave me. It was a little card read Mark - Meaning 'Mighty Warrior' - followed by a Bible verse. 
I never considered myself to be mighty or anything close to a warrior, but those words meant so much to me and have stuck with me. In fact, I still treasure Ann's little card and secretly wonder if she knew something about me I never knew. In tribute, I have since combined that "Mighty Warrior" with the definition of my boyfriend's first name (Frank) to create the avatar you all know: Javelin Warrior.

When I grow up,
I want to live close to vast wilderness. In fact, on weekends I want to be able to lose myself in the vastness of nature - no highways, no telephone wires, no concrete buildings. Don't get me wrong - I love modern conveniences like cell phones, hospitals, and grocery stores and I wouldn't really care to live without them, but sometimes I just want to get away from it all. I particularly love hot arid environments because there's less chance of stumbling face-first into poison ivy or stinging insects. I'm terribly allergic to poison ivy and Boyfriend Javelin is terribly allergic to stings...
Sandstone forest

I used to love
  • Christina Aguilera
  • Gordon Ramsey
  • Puma (the brand)
  • Paraffin candles 
  • Braveheart (the film)
Christina Aguilera CDs

I still love
  • Bruno Mars
  • Betty White
  • Clue (the film)
  • Honda Cars
  • Abercrombie & Fitch leather sandals
A&F Leather Sandals

There's one thing you should know about me,
I eat when I'm not happy with myself. Like when I'm unhappy with my weight or lack of exercise or something I've done - I'll start stuffing down cheese, bread, ice cream, left over pizza, cake, cookies, chocolate covered pretzels, etc. I'm trying to break this nasty little habit by forcing myself to snack on carrot sticks, but the real answer lies in resolving the root causes. Like not skipping workout days or obsessing over the number staring back at me on the scale.
Malley's Chocolate Covered Pretzels

So tell me...
Do you know what your name means and if so, how did you find out? And are you a city or nature person? And what kind of climate do you prefer? Do you have any secret indulgences?

If you do not feel comfortable posting your answers in a comment but would still like to share something about yourself, feel free to email me or direct message me on Twitter. And if there's a specific question you'd like me to answer next time, just let me know.


  1. Lorraine @ Not Quite NigellaJuly 25, 2012 at 3:05 AM

    It's great to get to know you more and more every week! My name is the female version of a French warrior. My parents said that that was why I fought so much with them :P

  2. When I was younger, I saw a bookmark at church camp that said my name meant "faithful leader" that is my full name. I'm not sure I see myself in that way, but others may.

    I'm not necessarily a city person and that's where I differ with my boyfriend. He's born and raised city. I was born/raised in so many places but I love the rural area. Yet, I love the things that a city has as well. As long as I can get a trip to a secluded beach at the ocean or wander and sit in the mountains, the city doesn't get too me. I just need to be where there are a lot of people to recharge at times.

    I used to be able to take cold weather but I've since given up that bad habit. :) I enjoy warmer weather, but not necessarily this high heat/humidity combination. Tried to go back to the cold climate of the midwest and lasted only a couple of months.

  3. I must admit I don't know what my name means. I probably did at some point, and could probably google it! I also (over)eat when I am not happy with myself. I'm definitely a nature person! I do not like the city, I would rather be out in the open space - that is why living in the mountains is perfect for me! So much beauty around me! I must say ... those leather sandals look so comfortable!

  4. I never knew that about your name - I'm so intrigued and I'm going to have to go look that up! And I had to laugh about your parents using your name to explain behavior - but then I do think that names are important and do kind of influence us. I'm not sure to what degree, but I think my personality might have been a little different if I had been named "Josh" or "Alex" or "Preston"...

  5. I love the meaning of your name, Don! It suits you well, even if you don't see it in yourself. As I was explaining to Lorraine, I do believe our names influence us and I definitely see the "faithful" and "leader" in you and your blog...

    I love secluded beaches - but they're REALLY hard to find! Although really, I love just about any sheltered secluded spot in nature. Big open spaces are great too, but for entirely different reasons... And I really can do just about any season, but rain and snow really have started to rub me the wrong way ;) So I'm happy to be living in a climate that rarely sees snow...

  6. Thanks so much for sharing, Jane! You got me curious about your name so I Googled it ;) Apparently, Jane is derived from Hebrew and a derivation of the name "John" and "Joan" and means "God is gracious" - I love that meaning...

    Have you discovered any tricks to keep yourself from over-eating when you're unhappy with yourself? My tricks have been fairly unsuccessful, although I continue to persevere ;) And the sandals are very comfortable - they're just about the only shoe I wear anymore, especially in the kitchen. They manage to keep my feet from getting sore after standing on the hard floor for several hours...

  7. I haven't been so successful... sometimes drinking tea helps, sometimes not. And I chew gum. A lot. :)

  8. I wish I drank tea, but I almost never do. Or coffee. I typically try to tank down a bunch of water to try and distract my tummy. You will not be hungry, you will not be hungry, you will not be hungry, etc. ;)

  9. There is a Cape Canaveral National Seashore with a beach/park running along it. You get to one point if you walk far enough that there is a big sign which says "back country permit required". It is in a pretty remote area. It is hard to find remote places though. When we lived near Key Largo, I would go out on the glass bottom boat and loved it because it felt I was alone several miles out in the ocean.

    Thanks for sharing what you see of me through my blog. I'm in one of those times that I'm struggling and having a difficult time seeing myself in a positive light. I really appreciate your words. They meant so much today.

  10. So does one have to apply for a "back country permit"? Because it sounds like something I'd want to have just so I could enjoy the wilderness... Although, if there be gators about, not sure I'd enjoy that part ;)

    And just keep loving, Don. I know, sounds very patronizing and simplistic, but I firmly believe that. And here's a big virtual hug to lift your spirits ::HUG::

  11. I love AF stuff. Your sandals look pretty comfortable and man. Ain't over-eating making you even unhappier? These days I buy LOTS of carrots and leave them on the kitchen counter, so it's easier to pick one of them whenever I crave for food.

  12. I don't know for sure, other than when you pay at the entrance, I'm guessing it is extra paperwork like next of kin or something. Probably gators, snakes, panthers, bears and all kinds of things that one might see. If you look at Kennedy Space Center, it is like on the north side of their land.

    Thanks Mark... appreciate the virtual hugs!

  13. Always happy to give hugs and I'd be a little nervous about snakes and gators - the other two I wouldn't want to meet face to face, but from a distance is ok ;)

  14. Yes, Angie, the over-eating DOES make me even more unhappy. It's a bad cycle to get into and one of the reasons I'm trying hard to bread it. Leaving carrots on the counter is a good idea - could set them in a bowl of water to keep them fresh and then I won't have any excuse for not snacking on something healthy. Thanks for the tip!

  15. Fun topic. I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up, and I'm way past the age when people are considered grown up! I kinda live the philosophy that youth is fleeting, but immaturity lasts forever! I don't eat when I'm unhappy (usually) but I certainly do know what it's like to eat without reason, without hunger. Weird, that.

  16. Thanks so much for sharing and I'm glad you enjoyed. I'm really beyond the age where I can still claim "when I grow up", but since there are plenty of stones left unturned, I still comfort myself with the phrase ;)

  17. Hi Javelin,
    I was told by my parents that Asmita means self esteem. In India, most of the names have a meaning to it.
    I am a beach kind of a girl. I love nature and being outdoors. And yes, the days when I am down I love to eat all the wrong kind of food too. I do have a sweet tooth.

  18. Thanks for sharing, Asmita - I love learning about people and I think the meaning of names is so cool. I also love the beach - especially when it's mostly empty and I can just stroll along with just the sound of the waves. I have a bit of a sweet tooth, but my real weakness lies in bread and cheese. Which I guess means I prefer the savory...

  19. I love the story about how you got your name! How cute the Sunday school story, and awesome that you can include the BF in it as well :)! Although I like to be in nature, I like modern conveniences and being close to the culture of the city. I don't think I could do without air conditioning when it is 100 right now! I think it would be perfect to live in San Diego where the weather is more steady and they don't have the cold winters we have here in MN. When I am stressed I tend to work out a lot to take out my frustrations...probably good otherwise I would be breaking out the wine a lot or eat a whole jar of peanut butter ;)!

  20. Thanks for sharing, Amy, and I'm so glad you enjoyed the story. It's funny the things we remember from childhood - so much of it just gets all jumbled together, but little things like a little valentine stick with me... To be fair, I don't think I could do without A/C either, at least not without some conditioning. And I really should learn to channel my frustration into workouts because then I'd have a reason to eat. ;)

  21. I loved this post very much - very personal and thank you for sharing. My name Namiko (菜美子)'s each Japanese Kanji (also Chinese character) means something - a kind of yellow flower (English translation is rape flower - how weird is that) - beautiful - child. A lot of Japanese girl has name with -ko. It's common back then. I grew up in a city, but ever since I went to Yosemite National Park, I became nature person, which is why I decided to come to the US to study more about nature etc in college. I used to love fall in Japan, but California has no beautiful foliage and SF is always cool so I started to enjoy summer (still cool), which I didn't like while I was in Japan (very humid and hot). What else...oh indulgence! Definitely chocolate...and I have EXACT same problem with you. When I'm stressed, I eat. Then I regret and get depressed how much I eat. Sigh... I've been walking for 1 hr every night this summer and hopefully I can reduce some weight! Thanks for listening JW!

  22. Thank you so much for sharing, Nami! I love the meaning of your name - what a beautiful translation... I think my parents took me to visit Yosemite when I was very young (my father had a story about a bear that came snooping around camp while we were all sleeping), but I don't remember the trip at all. Yosemite is on my list of places I definitely want to visit, along with the Grand Canyon and many others. I'm not a big fan of humidity either - I much prefer the arid temperatures of the places like Arizona and Nevada (and eastern California). Swimming helps me keep my weight down, but if I don't go swimming, then there's problems ;)

  23. Great post. I always wondered the origin of your blog's name. Nothing too interesting about my name...and I think I've admitted that my secret indulgence is cookie dough. I eat when I get bored, so I try to keep busy :)

  24. Thanks for sharing, Liz - and I do remember your secret indulgence and that's actually one thing I never snack on. I've got this paranoia about raw eggs (I think this can be traced back to my mother, but it could just be me), so I'll only snitch dough when I know there's no egg in it. And I think boredom does play a role in my eating because when I'm busy, sometimes I can go for HOURS without a bite...

  25. mjskit @ mjskitchen.comJuly 26, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    What a great story about your name "Javelin Warrior"! I've had fun with my name through the years - Mary Jane, Marijuana, MJ. From birth to 17 I was called Mary Jane or Janey (by the family), then in college (the early 70's) I was called Marijuana for obvious reasons. :) When I moved to New Mexico and started working at the college, my colleagues started calling me MJ but the students still liked calling me Marijuana. :) I now primarily use MJ. My name has been fun through the years but the one thing I never allowed was for someone to call me Mary! I prefer being out in nature, but for convenience, I live in the city. B and I spent years hiking and backpacking so we saw A LOT of places that very few have seen. Indulgences - B and I just had the most decadent dessert at Yia Yia's in Denver - chocolate souffle, with raspberry coulis, vanilla ice cream and a Late Harvest Zinfandel! It was awesome!!!!

  26. I'm so glad you enjoyed, MJ, and thank you for sharing! I the story about your name and I know you've probably heard this before and it's a little lame, but whenever I hear the name Mary Jane or MJ, I immediately think of Peter Parker and his girlfriend Mary Jane Watson :) But then, I'm a big Spider-man fan... And for the longest time, my family used to call me "Marko" and sometimes "Markus" and I HATED both (to the point of tears sometimes), so I can understand not wanting to be called Mary... I would love to do more hiking and backpacking - Boyfriend Javelin was an Eagle Scout, so I feel there's hope for that in the future ;) And that chocolate soufflé sounds amazing - I had a chocolate and orange soufflé at the Parisian in Las Vegas a few years back and it was phenomenal...

  27. Jody @ the hobby room diariesAugust 1, 2012 at 2:29 AM

    From your comment below, I too have a paranoia about raw eggs and don't eat raw cookie dough either. Generally guys named Jody are spelled with the "y" and girls with my name are spelled with an "i". My name means "God Increases" in baby books and something completely different in the Urban Dictionary. I'll just leave it at that.

  28. Hope this helps.

    When I tried overcoming my overeating (and I had a big problem with it believe me) I found out that I'm deficient in calcium and vit. D. So I started supplementing these and...the problem dissapeared!

    Now I know that it was a crave my body was trying to get to me, to make me wake up and take care of my health.
    As for my name, I'm not sure because there are different explanations like "noble", "protector of humanity".

  29. My name means youthful. I think its fairlyaccurate. Most people think I look and behave younger than my 46 years. I am not ashamed or embarrassed to admit my age. After 40 I was not at all concerned with who knew my age. I no longer worry what people think of me. Like me great, dont like me, that's ok too. I won't dwell on it or anyone that tries to bring me down. I prefer big cities but absolutely love to spend an afternoon here or there driving through the country loking at all the wonderous sites God has made. I prefer Drier climate and despise snow! I actually have a snow anxiety phobia...the snow machine is set to kick up tonight ovrr Lake Erie...ugh! Zanax help me!! My not so secret indulgence...cheeses...all kinds paired with crackers and fruit or fresh veggies with a great red wine. I ADORE WINERIES! i wantto take a tour of Napa Vallley by train someday. I love ghost hunts and supernatural stories, tv shows ans romance novels.

  30. We're actually getting snow flurries today here in Indy. It's been on and off all day, but no real buildup. Although from FB, it looks like Cleveland is getting a bit of a covering... But this early in the winter, it can't last! I definitely appreciate big cities for all the conveniences and access to things, but when I can get away from it all, it feels like a relief ;) I love cheese so, so much. Especially when it's in cube form. Or melted. Wine I can take or leave, but cheese is a must :)


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