Archive for November, 2002

Nov 29 2002

Turkey is good for you

Published by under Holiday Magic,The Fam,The Man

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my readers! I hope that you consumed large amounts of fowl and various side dishes. I hope that you did not fall into a turkey-induced coma. I hope that you were able to feel thankful for something, even if it’s just the fact that you are alive for one more Thanksgiving.

I spent the day with family. It was just me, The Man, mom, stepdad, sister, and brother-in-law. Stepbrother and his wife stopped by for appetizers, but they were eating elsewhere.

Right now I am Home Alone, as The Man took off for his parents’ house. I wanted to spend some more time with my family, and thankfully, The Man and I are not joined at the hip, so we are able to separate without major trauma.

I think I’m going to scan some pictures and do various Other Things.

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Nov 28 2002

Yum. . . Girl Scout cookies

Published by under Computing,Holiday Magic,The Man

Oh how I love Thin Mints. I have devoured, nearly single-handedly, a whole box over the past two days. Girl Scout Cookie time is a time to be looked forward to. Too bad it only comes once a year and I don’t have the freezer space to lay in a year’s supply all at once.

With some help from The Man in areas of style sheets, I have the new site/journal look up and online. I like it. It’s purty. My favorite part has to be the colored scroll bar. Never had one of those before. Ayup that thar web site shore is lookin’ mighty fine.

Thanksgiving tomorrow. I am looking forward to seeing my family. . . but really, I just want the food. Does anyone not love Thanksgiving food? It’s not the turkey that does it for me, it’s all the other yummy goodness that Grandma whips up. It’s just your standard fare: yams, mashed potatoes, corn, dressing, etc. . . but Grandma cooked it and that means it is 100x better than anything else I have ever tasted. It’s a family joke that Grandma always thinks something is wrong with everything she cooks, but I have never had a bad meal at that woman’s table. I guess if you cook meals for 60 or so years you learn something about how food should taste.

Got the Christmas tree up and decorated tonight. I am as bad as any department store out there. It’s not even December and my tree is up. Lord have mercy.

Well, I am going to go cuddle with my Man, he is kind of looking downtrodden tonight. I’ll leave you with a quote from one of my co-workers: “Sometimes she acts like a complete adult. Other times. . . ”

Yep, you guessed it, he was talking about me.

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Nov 28 2002

Once again, it’s a time of change

Published by under Computing,Holiday Magic,The Man

For the web page, that is. I’ve gotten really sick of my web site and it must change. La dee dah. So, I’ve come up with some new images and a new name and a new color scheme (sorry folks, back to basic black background) and hopefully I will be able to get it all implemented over the holiday. I’m simultaneously creating a new journal template, but that is much easier to do.

Got some Christmas shopping done, and since we just got paid I can go again, la! Still need gifties for a lot of people, although I’ve gotten most of the in-laws out of the way, and have ideas for several others. It’s kind of nice being confined to a budget this year, though, because I have a definitive stopping point for each person. And a budget seriously limits your options when it comes to picking out gifts. Left to my own devices, I would probably bankrupt us and we’d have to go live on the street.

My plans last night were thwarted by the untimely outage of our cable modem. I was going to go home and work feverishly on my unsightly web site, but alas! that was not to be. The Man called Charter today and we should be up by the time we get home from work.

Friday we are going to mine for our Christmas decorations in our office closet. I made the mistake of opening the closet door two days ago. . . it’s bad. Let’s just leave it at that. But the decorations must come out and the living room must be rearranged to make way for the tree. This will be our third year with our wobbly tree. . . we swore we were going to replace it after the first year, but so far it has stayed with us. I really want a very narrow tree (supposedly they are called “feather” trees) but every time I think about it we either don’t have the money or it’s Christmastime again and tree prices are jacked up.

I did manage to set up my little porcelein Christmas village. My sister bought it for me last year? two years ago? and I haven’t had a place for it. I predict the cats will descend on my tranquil little village like furry Godzillas before the season is over.

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Nov 23 2002

Fun personality tests

Published by under Stupidity

And just to mix it up a bit, I took some cheesy tests from emode.com. . .

Your Theme Song is. . .
What A Girl Wants

Who says you’re too old for slumber parties? On top of that sugar, spice and everything nice, you are the epitome of feminine, inner strength, so of course you know “What a Girl Wants.” When you’re with your friends on a ski vacation or a long weekend at the lake, you’re on top of everything, including how to be your genuine self. That’s why Christina’s sweet strains beat cadence to your graceful routine. This song should be cued up in your car so you can crank it to share with everyone in a two-block radius, or blast it as you and your friends cruise down the highway. Trust your instincts, girl. Some people struggle with tough choices in life, but with your inner resolve, you don’t have to. You know how to make your way in the world and nothing’s going to stop you because a theme song like “What a Girl Wants” reminds you that above all, you’re right to believe in yourself.

Your Goddess Identity is. . .
Muse

Known for your creative powers, you Muses are the poets and musicians of life, the patrons of the fine arts. It’s funny, though — even with your inspirational prowess, you’re probably not the type to boast about your guitar-strumming skills, or your latest published book of verse.

While it’s great when people flock to you for ideas, there probably is a part of you that prefers to blend in sometimes — whether dressing in muted shades or staking out a one-on-one conversation at parties and social events. But try as you might not to hog the spotlight, others can’t help but notice you. Must be hard to be such a goddess!

Despite any lingering modesty, you might be surprised at how much your mere presence can help improve the lives of those around you by infusing them with ideas and good thoughts. With that kind of healing energy, your inspirational ways have the potential to change the world, Muse. Whether you’re scribbling sonnets, boogying with your friends, or drawing your own constellations — you’re tapped in. So keep your eyes wide open to the possibilities and let that inspiration flow!

Your values help make you a Privacy Guardian

Even when left alone with someone’s most valuable secrets, you appear to be one of those rare people who could forego the opportunity to snoop. Because you’re one who usually places a high value on privacy — yours as well as other people’s — you’re someone who can ordinarily be trusted not to let the skeletons out of other people’s closets. Because you like to keep your business to yourself and prefer that others do the same, you’re not likely to become embroiled in others’ battles or concerns. You’re more apt to feel that it’s better to focus on your own actions and welfare, rather than face the potential consequences of meddling.

Your unconscious mind is driven most by Self-protection

Whether you know it or not, your unconscious mind is defending your internal emotional experiences. It acts like an emotional dam that helps you keep things in check. One reason for this could be that you have a deeply-rooted fear of being flooded by emotions. In response, your unconscious acts in the opposite manner, by protecting you from unpredictable, emotional tidal waves.

While this tendency might be useful in some circumstances, it may also at times make your emotions hard to articulate or grasp. And that can lead to some frustration.

Since you tend to appear level-headed to others, they feel they can count on you for sound opinions and advice. Another benefit of your unconscious drive is that it allows you to remain calm in the toughest of situations. This can be a real benefit for you during business negotiations or personal arguments because you’re not apt to say damaging things that you’ll have to apologize for later.

The only hazard with this drive towards self-protection, is you might filter out good emotions as well as the bad. That can leave you feeling like something is missing, something you can’t quite place.

But ultimately, your unconscious is wise and will know if there is a time in the future where it would be beneficial to be different.

Though your unconscious mind is driven most strongly by Self-protection, there is much more to who you are at your core.

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Nov 23 2002

Personality profile

Published by under Survey/Friday Five

Warning: This entry will be awfully boring unless you like hearing about personality and behavioral styles. I find that sort of thing interesting, but some people do not.

Well, I just remembered I wanted to talk about this. We had this class at work, and part of the class was to determine your behavior profile. The test was the “DiSC”; I’m told it’s pretty popular. Anyways, according to the facilitator, I have a rather rare behavior type. For one thing, I had two primary “dimensions of behavior” — usually there is one obvious primary dimension, but I had two. The second thing is, the two dimensions that I have are in direct opposite to one another. I am a “DS”, which is Dominance and Steadiness. I apologize for the choppiness of the following, but I’m copying this off my handwritten notes:

Behavior Focus: At Work Behavior

Dominance
Basic Tendancies:
“Just Do It!”
Likes results
Sees the big picture
Everything is urgent
Likes challenges
Very direct

Steadiness
Basic Tendancies:
Patient
Good Listener
Like stability
Likes working as a team
Follows-through
Wants a plan

On top of that, I took a personality test online called the Kiersey Sorter and here’s what I got from that. It’s pretty much me:

Your Temperament is: Idealist (NF)

All Idealists (NFs) share the following core characteristics:

Idealists are enthusiastic, they trust their intuition, yearn for romance, seek their true self, prize meaningful relationships, and dream of attaining wisdom.
Idealists pride themselves on being loving, kindhearted, and authentic.
Idealists tend to be giving, trusting, spiritual, and they are focused on personal journeys and human potentials.
Idealists make intense mates, nurturing parents, and inspirational leaders.

Idealists, as a temperament, are passionately concerned with personal growth and development. Idealists strive to discover who they are and how they can become their best possible self–always this quest for self-knowledge and self-improvement drives their imagination. And they want to help others make the journey. Idealists are naturally drawn to working with people, and whether in education or counseling, in social services or personnel work, in journalism or the ministry, they are gifted at helping others find their way in life, often inspiring them to grow as individuals and to fulfill their potentials.

Idealists are rare, making up no more than 8 to 10 percent of the population. But their ability to inspire people with their enthusiasm and their idealism has given them influence far beyond their numbers.

The four types of Idealists are:

Healers (INFP) | Counselors (INFJ) | Champions (ENFP) | Teachers (ENFJ)

IDEALIST NFs, being ABSTRACT in communicating and COOPERATIVE in implementing goals, can become highly skilled in DIPLOMATIC INTEGRATION. Thus their most practiced and developed intelligent operations are usually teaching and counseling (NFJ mentoring), or conferring and tutoring (NFP advocating). And they would if they could be sages in one of these forms of social development. The Idealist temperament have an instinct for interpersonal integration, learn ethics with ever increasing zeal, sometimes become diplomatic leaders, and often speak interpretively and metaphorically of the abstract world of their imagination.

They are proud of themselves in the degree they are empathic in action, respect themselves in the degree they are benevolent, and feel confident of themselves in the degree they are authentic. Idealist types search for their unique identity, hunger for deep and meaningful relationships, wish for a little romance each day, trust their intuitive feelings implicitly, aspire for profundity. This is the “Identity Seeking Personality” — credulous about the future, mystical about the past, and their preferred time and place are the future and the pathway. Educationally they go for the humanities, avocationally for ethics, and vocationally for personnel work.

Social relationships: In their family interactions they strive for mutuality, provide spiritual intimacy for the mates, opportunity for fantasy for their children, and for themselves continuous self-renewal. Idealists do not abound, being as few as 8% and nor more than 10% of the population.

Famous Idealists:
Arts & Entertainment/Sports/Journalism/Literature
Jane Fonda
Shirley MacLaine
Pearl S. Buck
Charlotte Bronte(ENFP)
Emily Bronte(INFP)
Emily Dickenson(INFJ)
Herman Hesse
Albert Camus
James Joyce
Leo Tolstoy
Ann Morrow Lindbergh(INFP)
Oliver Stone(ENFP)

Politics/Government/Military
Mohandas Gandhi (INFJ)
Eleanor Roosevelt(INFJ)
Leon Trotsky (ENFP)
Vladimir Lenin (ENFJ)
Mikhail Gorbachev (ENFJ)
Thomas Paine (ENFP)
Alexander Hamilton
Molly Brown “The Unsinkable” (ENFP)

Science/Education/Humanities/Philosophy/Religion
Siddhartha (Buddha)
Albert Schweitzer(INFP)
Carl Rogers(ENFP)
Soren Kierkegaard
Plato

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