Monday, August 27, 2007

finally, the secrets of my personality are revealed!

My friend gave me a meyers-briggs test, and I came out as:


I am the "Protector Guardian"

This means...

The primary desire of the Protector Guardian is to be of service to others, but here "service" means not so much furnishing others with the necessities of life (the Provider's concern), as guarding others against life's pitfalls and perils, that is, seeing to their safety and security. There is a large proportion of Protectors in the population, perhaps as much as ten percent. And a good thing, because they are steadfast in their protecting, and seem fulfilled in the degree they can insure the safekeeping of those in their family, their circle of friends, or their place of business.

Protectors find great satisfaction in assisting the downtrodden and can deal with disability and neediness in others better than any other type. They go about their task of caretaking modestly, unassumingly, and because of this their efforts are not sometimes fully appreciated. They are not as outgoing and talkative as the Providers, except with close friends and relatives. With these they can chat tirelessly about the ups and downs in their lives, moving (like all the Guardians) from topic to topic as they talk over their everyday concerns. However, their shyness with strangers is often misjudged as stiffness, even coldness, when in truth these Protectors are warm-hearted and sympathetic, giving happily of themselves to those in need.

Their quietness ought really to be seen as an expression, not of coldness, but of their sincerity and seriousness of purpose. Like all the Guardians, Protectors have a highly developed puritan work ethic, which tells them that work is good, and that play must be earned-if indulged in at all. The least hedonic of all types, Protectors are willing to work long, long hours doing all the thankless jobs the other types seem content to ignore. Thoroughness and frugality are also virtues for Protectors. When they undertake a task, they will complete it if at all humanly possible; and they know the value of material resources and abhor the squandering or misuse of these resources. Protectors are quite content to work alone; indeed, they may experience some discomfort when placed in positions of authority, and may try to do everything themselves rather than insist that others do their jobs.

With their extraordinary commitment to security, and with their unusual talent for executing routines, Protectors do well in many careers that have to do with conservation: curators, private secretaries, librarians, middle-managers, police officers, and especially general medical practitioners. To be sure, the hospital is a natural haven for them; it is home to the family doctor, preserver of life and limb, and to the registered nurse, or licensed practical nurse, truly the angels of mercy. The insurance industry is also a good fit for Protectors. To save, to put something aside against an unpredictable future, to prepare for emergencies-these are important actions to Protectors, who as insurance agents want to see their clients in good hands, sheltered and protected.

President George HW Bush and Mother Teresa are examples of Protector Guardian style.
Take it!

Friday, August 24, 2007

word box

The word box will be open until Tuesday at 10a.m.
Happy Wording!

Thursday, August 23, 2007

lucy and the dogs

Lucy and I have moved into our new digs, and all in all we like it. But...Lucy met the dogs today, and let me tell ya, it did not go over well. Sounds of hissing and growling could be heard throughout the land, and much blood was shed. Well, only my blood, but still. The problem was simple: the puppy is huge and wanted to play with Lucy. Lucy was completely freaked out. She did well once we were both on the couch and I could shoo away the dogs, so I am hoping she grows to deal with them as it is much nicer for me to enjoy the amenities of the main floor without worrying that I am neglecting my kitty upstairs.

The picture of the mountain goat is just for your enjoyment; there are no mountain goats in my house.

silly grocer

Today I went to the grocery store, and I handed the bagger my tote and mesh bags. I said, "the mesh bags hold a surprising amount of stuff, so you can fill them up." We proceeded to have a conversation about how much they could hold wherein I relayed to the bagger that I used to put all my groceries in two mesh bags and walk four blocks home. "The bags never broke?," she asked. I replied that they had not, and that they could hold quite a bit of weight.

After all that, the bagger still did not want to fill up the bags to the brim, and whipped out some plastic bad boys. I had to intervene (nicely), and low and behold, everything fit in my three bags. I didn't even have that much stuff; I can't imagine why she thought I needed more bags.

Anyway, I really am not going for "world's most boring blog," but bear with me, I did have a fainting spell yesterday. :) No, really I'm just trying to get back in the habit of blogging regularly so my devoted readers are not left hanging.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

today, a pretty good day

I got up, pet Lucy, and headed to my parents where Gridiron Gang was on the Tivo. As I watched it, I pretended I was climbing the M, but really I was on the treadmill. While the scenery was not as pretty (The Rock not withstanding), the air conditioning was appreciated. Then, I headed to the tennis courts. I miss my tennis instructor, but it wasn't too hot in the park; there was plenty of shade. Also, I got called to sub, and I'm looking forward to being back in the schools and laughing at (err, with) the kids. Tonight I have class, and hopefully the professor will let me add in even though the class is full.

Tomorrow: Cheerios's for breakfast!

Monday, August 20, 2007

even cooler

I have every episode of Flight of the Conchords on tape. How? On Demand, baby. On Demand. If you have Cable on Demand and you are not using it, you are a fool.

Friday, August 17, 2007

seriously cool

My dad upgraded his TiVo and now has the ability to record two shows at once! I thought TiVo was wonderful before, but this (this!) is amazing. Flight of the Conchords conflicts with Big Love? No problem; you can TiVo them both! Amazing.

i'm not a fuddy-duddy, but...

I abhor the use of the word piss and/or pissed to refer to the act of urination; I find it vulgar.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

a good pair of pants is hard to find

A while back perma mentioned (I think it was perma; I remember talking about this with perma) a guy who sued his dry cleaner that mistakenly turned all of his long pants in to shorts. The amount of money for which he sued was exorbitant (perma may be able to fill in the details). I mention this because in yesterday's paper there was a follow-up blurb about a judge who was suing his dry cleaner over a lost pair of pants. At first I thought this was the same case of which perma spoke, but I think it is another, a DIFFERENT, law suit about pants.

This judge is suing his dry cleaners because they lost his special-first-day-on-the-bench pants, and is asking for 67 million dollars for, "10 years of weekend car rentals so he can transport his dry cleaning to another store," according to this article.

The case went to trial, and according to this article, the shop has returned the correct pair of pants to the plaintiff, but he refuses to accept them. The plaintiff maintains that he was not satisfied with his dry cleaning experience, and entered a picture of the "satisfaction guaranteed" sign into trial. The CNN article is kind of funny, these being the highlights:

In closing arguments, defense attorney Christopher Manning said .... "Does the sign read: 'If you are not satisfied with our service, you, the customer, can ask for whatever you want, including $67 million, and you will receive it?" he asked, Reuters reported.

Although he is representing himself, Pearson seeks millions of dollars in
attorney fees and millions more in punitive damages for what he believes is
fraudulent advertising under the law. He says he will donate some of any
judgment to a consumer education fund.

Apparently, the judge of this suit dismissed it, but the plaintiff (Pearson) is appealing. This is one crazy world we live in, folks.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007


It is hard to believe, but everything save my bedding and toiletries are packed. The movers come bright and early in the morning, and I am expecting to be wowed by their ability to move my stuff in a jiff. Hooray for movers!

I'm moving in with my friend R; she has generously offered for me to rent the upstairs/attic room in her house. While I'm sad to be parting ways with Panda, I am excited about my new living arrangements. Most of my furniture fits in my "flat," and what little doesn't can be stored. Flat: that's what I'm calling it from here on out because it makes me smile to do so. R (who I will now call "roomie" until such time as I find a better nickname for her) is one of the most fun people I know. We were friends in jr high, and after a 14 year hiatus, we've became fast friends once again. Hooray for friends!

my sunglasses are supercool

I have irrefutable proof:

1. A drunk homeless person in Missoula told me so even after I wouldn't give her a dollar so she could buy a pint.

2. The guy at Goodwill told me so even after I gave him a bag that had both clothes and non-clothes in it.

If I hadn't already packed my USB cord, I would post a picture of my supercool sunglasses for you to see. As it is, you're just going to have trust that I'm telling the truth.

Monday, August 13, 2007


Both lovers and haters of the PC/Mac commercials may enjoy this:

Sunday, August 12, 2007

thoughts on moving

The one benefit to moving is that it gives a person the chance to re-evaluate all the stuff in her life, and forces her to downsize. Not only does this help the person declutter, but it also provides a boom! for Goodwill.

As far as I can tell that is the only benefit to moving. Everything else about it sucks.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007


I'm watching Celebrity Jeopardy with Martin Short, Joely Fisher, and an annoying comedian named Mario (who I believe was on Sex and the City). I always thought the SnL skit about celebrity Jeopardy was a bit over the top, but I no longer think that. Here is an example from today's show:

The answer:
of the three branches of government, the one including the supreme court


The correct question is, of course:
What is the judicial branch?

I can't believe no one even buzzed in to guess! They should have known the answer, but even if they didn't they (should have) had a 1 in 3 chance of getting it right! Wow, I say. Wow.