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Friday, January 30, 2009

Part three of my personality profile

What am I talking about? Go here.

Today we discus my emotional stability. Har har

On Emotional Stability you are: VERY RESPONSIVE

Words that describe you: Emotional, Insightful, Perceptive, Sensitive, Self-conscious

A General Description of Your Reactivity

Each one of us encounters some hard times; we get caught off guard, or feel a sudden swell of emotion, whether from fear, joy, anger or sadness. Life is just like this sometimes. You know that because you are an emotional person. Some people go to great lengths to keep their emotions under wraps, to keep a stiff upper lip, to not let others know what emotions they are feeling. But that is not you. You embrace all of life's emotions, both the joys and the turmoil that life brings our way.

When you're having fun with a group of friends you don't even try to contain your pleasure; you laugh hard and feel every moment of the conversation because of the joy that comes from the experience. You make very intense friendships; ones where all of the depth of emotions that you feel can be shared. Emotions are such an essential part of your everyday life. You may cry at intense movies or when watching a sad story on the evening news. You get angry, at others or at yourself, and you do not stifle it. Emotions drive your personality and your relationships - you simply are what you feel.

You experience both the highs and the lows more profoundly than most. And you usually relish the intensity of your emotions. For sure you enjoy the positive times. There are those times, though, when your feelings get the best of you and you wonder how you will manage the moment. But because you are so in tune with all of your emotions you will experience something very pleasant and will be able to engage with that positive feeling to again enjoy the wonderful intensity that life brings you

I am a tempestuous storm of emotion :P I wasn't always this emotional. I think I had locked a great portion of myself away. I DID NOT cry in front of people, I didn't show many emotions at all really. When Boo and I began our relationship he began jack hammering through that wall I'd placed around myself.

While that means that I now cry at sad movies and sob when I'm angry, it also means I feel all the joy that life can bring. I feel like a very different person emotionally. :)

I am extremely in touch with my instincts and am perceptive. I think nature gave us those abilities to survive and I can't fathom how people can be so out of touch with themselves.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Part two of my personality profile

What am I talking about? Go here.

Today we have my openness.

On the Openness Dimension you are: CURIOUS

Words that describe you: Original, Inventive, Thinker, Brave, Eccentric, Avant-Garde, Unique

A General Description of How You Approach New Information and Experiences

You think like an artist. Or better, you SEE like an artist. While most people look at life's straight lines, its height and depth and width, you're bending the lines with your imagination and turning black and white into shades of blue and yellow. And in conversations at work or with your friends you want to ask, "Do you see what I see?" A few might, most don't, but you've piqued everyone's curiosity with your own original and inventive ways of thinking.

You can, if you must, think in conventional ways. But left on your own, you'll usually opt for the eccentric or avant-garde; in fact you're usually bored with what everyone else is comfortable with. You learn from reading, talking, watching people and other fauna and flora, and simply sitting in the soft chair of your mind and wondering how people would learn how to count if they could only use uneven numbers. You are out in front of conventional ideas, bravely originally defining true and false, right and wrong, the good, the bad and the ugly.

See told you I was eccentric. :P This is pretty much 'nail on the head' right here. Hell, it even knows that I say "See what I mean?" rather than "Know what I mean?"

As far as the inventive way of thinking goes, I'll attach a scanned image for your perusal.

A math problem. 12 X 150


This is just an example but that's how I'd figure it out. I've shown the sprout this method and while I think she understands it, she doesn't use it on her own.

*shrugs* makes perfect simple sense to me :P

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Part one of my personality profile

What am I talking about? Go here.

I figured I'd share the profile with you in pieces.

Here's the bit on how I interact with others.

You are best described as: USUALLY TAKING CARE OF OTHERS

Words that describe you: Understanding, Unquestioning, Humane, Selfless, Gentle, Kindhearted

A General Description of How You Interact with Others

Here's one important truth about you: you have a tender heart. Yes, you know that others need to learn to take care of themselves. Yes, you know they need to accept the consequences of their foolish or bad behavior. And sometimes, even when your instinct is to help them, you will let them fend for themselves and let them suffer the consequences of their choices or circumstances.

But most of the time you are there to help when they need you. If they are in trouble, you offer compassion and go out of your way to be helpful. If they need someone who will listen, you are trustworthy and sympathetic. And you are direct with them; when they need advice or counsel, you offer it in a straightforward, direct manner, without beating around the bush.

You're also smart enough to know that you cannot take good care of others if you fail to take good care of yourself, so you listen to your own wants and needs. If you've run out of sympathetic energy, you spend time restoring yourself. If you've ignored your own pain or frustration, you find a friend who will listen well, or go into your own private healing place and give yourself permission to focus on you.

But before long, you're back at it with your friends, offering a sympathetic ear and compassion on which they learn to trust, also giving straightforward advice and counsel when they ask for it. You do know how to take care of yourself, but your genuine interest is in taking care of others.

That's pretty much me. I love taking care of others, I go into a private healing place when I have an issue. I am insanely focused on fairness. I always try to make sure things are fair. I have zero tolerance for selfishness.

I dunno about the unquestioning bit. LOL anyone who knows me knows I ask a ton of questions and rarely take things at face value.

More tomorrow.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

My personality profile

I'm not sure if you've seen those eHarmony commercials. They only air once every 5 seconds after all. I saw one a few weeks ago in which the person was talking about how well eHarmony pegged their profile. The commercial also said something about a free personality profile, so I was inspired to go see how well it did with mine.

They ask a TON of questions, everything from "Are you shy?" to "Does it matter what religion a future partner might be?" I tried to answer honestly as if I were actually filling out a profile. Surprise surprise the synopsis did pretty well on describing me.

It did so well, actually, that Boo decided to go and give it a shot. It didn't do as well with him, but it still got more than half of the things right on.

I didn't know at the time that taking the test would automatically sign me up for the free portion of their service, but it did and I began receiving "matches". The smoofy thing? Boo came up as one of my matches after he'd filled out his personality profile.


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

View from my window - Inauguration Day 2009

I've decided I'm going to start posting pictures of the view from my window. What I see when I'm sitting at my desk. I thought it might be interesting to see how things change over the seasons. There are a few trees, a fence topped with Japanese Honeysuckle and Morning Glorys, and a pile of old tires in my neighbor's back yard to watch.

And what better time to start tracking change than Inauguration Day January 20Th, 2009.

It's snowing!


Friday, January 16, 2009

What's the deal with Walmart?

I used to shop at Walmart, basically because of convenience. Then I stopped. I didn't walk through the doors of a Walmart for 4 years. Then this past holiday season we got umpteen Walmart gift cards so I decided to go spend them.

I don't understand what the big deal with Walmart is. Yes, some prices were cheaper, but not enough to put up with hordes of screaming kids, (some running around completely unsupervised) rude employs, and loooong lines.

Really, I seriously had a headache when I walked out of the store. It's crazy! There are what? 40 Cash register lanes. Only 3 were open on a Friday evening. Not only were the employs rude in general, but the one pushing around a giant trash can through the store actually bumped into me and kept going without a word.

I know there are lines at lots of places, and I know that employs have bad days and aren't as friendly as they're supposed to be at lots of places. I also know that's it's not the store's fault if parents aren't parenting their children. But Damn. All those things together and it's just not worth it.

I guess we'll be spending the rest of these gift cards online.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Happy Birthday Boo!

Today is Boo's birthday!

The love of my life, dunno what I'd do without him.

Happy Birthday!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Speaking of DPNs


Poor things are a bit warped after three pairs of socks in a short amount of time.


This one reached it's breaking point!

Luckily I knit socks on four needles and this is but one of the five needle set. *whew*

Thursday, January 8, 2009

A hat for Grandma part 2

The first part is here


Here the bank has been knit all the way to 19.5 inches and then the ends have been grafted together. I know I promised a pic of that part, but I forgot, sorry.

Here is the grafted seam. It's still visable, but not as much as it would have been if I'd used a three needle bind off I think,


Yes, that's my desk. yes I was knitting and reading guildchat while waiting for a spawn in WoW. What's your point?

Here I've picked up 60 stiches along the edge to start making the rest of the hat. I can't stand picking up stitches.


And yes those are double point needles instead of circulars. I don't like circulars at all! All that scooching of the work around the cord to the other needle. Who has time for that madness. I much prefer bamboo DPNs because they're not as slippery as the metal ones but metal is the only material I had in the correct size. It'll do.

And here is the finished product. It's looks a bit like an acron, no? Perhaps that's why our lovely model is coping a bit of an attitude.


Wednesday, January 7, 2009

A hat for Grandma

Yes I did finish The Sprout's socks. I'll post about them with a picture soon.

Right now I'm working on a hate for my grandmother.


That looks like a hat, right? lol, I know it looks more like a scarf but it's a hat, promise. It's Ardelle by Ellen Bartz and I lurve it!

That red yarn at the end will come out. It's there to hold those stitches until I knit a long enough band to go around the head. Then those red stitches will be unraveled to allow the band to have a, um, seamless seam. I'll show ya when i get there.

I adore cables. They look so complicated and involved but really they're not at all. I'm a little nervous about picking up the stitches around the cabled band to make the crown of the hat. Picking up stitches is not one of my strengthes. But I'm a fearless knitter and I'll try anything once :P

More pics incoming as I work on it.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

The Bzz on CoverGirl Outlast Lipstain


I'm not a big fan of lipstick. It always feels so caky and thick and dry on my lips. When I was asked to test this lipstain I was a bit hesitant. Bu then I read that it's a stain, not a lip stick. According to the info included in my package the water based color instantly infuses into the top layer of your lips rather than coating them. This means it stays on longer and once it's dry, which takes seconds, you can't feel it at all!

Oh did I mention that it has a marker tip. That's great for women like me who aren't that skilled with the whole makeup application thing :P

CoverGirl Lipstain should be on shelves now, Target will carry it I've heard. It comes in 10 colors from Everbloom Kiss to Flirty Nude and Plum Pout.

I really like it, and from someone that generally hates products on her lips, that's saying something!

I have 10 coupons for $1.00 off any CoverGirl lip product to give away. They don't expire til March 31st 2009. If you'd like one be one of the first ten to leave a comment with your email address.

Monday, January 5, 2009

I'm a Bzz Agent


I'm a Bzz Agent. You can become one too at

When you're an agent companies send you things to try out and share you're opinion of. A few weeks ago it was Smucker's Uncrustables. They sent a box of uncrustables, and a lunchbox uncrustables keeper and asked me to try them. All they want in return is that I share my honest opinion of the product. They even send along some coupons to give to friends.

I told you all that to tell you this. I'm going to start using this blog to share the Bzz on things I'm testing. I'll share the coupons too. :)

Friday, January 2, 2009

Collard Greens=Fail

I said yesterday that I'd blog about my collard green experiment. Let's just say it wasn't meant to be.

I started them too late because I didn't know how long they'd take to cook until too late.

The pictures I took to share here are all out of focus. I think something is wonky on that camera. I really need to check into and fix that.

And they didn't taste very good. We ate them, but they were a little bitter. Maybe I didn't cook them long enough.

I'll try again one day.


Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy 2009!

Happy new Year! Make sure to eat your black eyed peas and collard greens. This will be my first year trying to cook the greens so I may blog about my experience soon.