Tuesday Topics: Random Stuff

Welcome to this week’s Tuesday Topics! This week it is all about Random Stuff. (I borrowed this from Kwizgiver!)

1. YOU HAVE TEN BUCKS AND NEED TO BUY SNACKS AT A GAS STATION. WHAT DO YOU GET?

2. IF YOU WERE REINCARNATED, WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU WOULD BE?

3. WHO’S YOUR FAVORITE REDHEAD?

4. WHAT DO YOU ORDER WHEN YOU’RE AT AN I.H.O.P.?

5. LAST BOOK YOU READ?

6. HAVE YOU MADE OUT WITH ANYONE ON YOUR BLOGROLL?

7. DESCRIBE YOUR FAVORITE PAIR OF UNDERWEAR.

8. DESCRIBE THE LAST TIME YOU WERE INJURED.

9. OF ALL YOUR FRIENDS, WITH WHOM WOULD YOU WANT TO BE STUCK IN A WELL?

10. ROCK CONCERT OR SYMPHONY?

11. WHAT IS THE WALLPAPER ON YOUR CELLPHONE?

12. SODA?

13. FLAVOR OF PUDDING?

14. WHAT TYPE OF SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING?

15. ANY BUTTONS OR BLINKIES IN YOUR SIDEBAR?

16. HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE ON YOUR BLOGROLL?

17. HOW MANY PEOPLE IN YOUR LIST DO YOU KNOW IN “REAL LIFE”?

18. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?

Character Analysis results are ISTP

According to the Character Analysis test I took, which is hosted by the StopGap Group, I am “ISTP” – Introvert, Sensing, Thinking, Perceiving.  Following is a breakdown/discussion of ISTP.  I am not so sure I agree with most of it.

Pragmatic – Strong willed – Difficult to know
Flexible
Expedient
Resourceful
Watchful
Practical
Persuasive
Independent
Action-oriented
Bursts of energy
Knowledge-store

The ISTP is one of the most complex of Jungian character types moving seamlessly from quiet bystander to active participant and leader of the revolution in one fell swoop, then back again to invisible, apparently disinterested introvert. The self-indulgent nature of the ISTP means that they will be full-on, or full off – they don’t do shades of grey! The ISTP is at their best in times of crisis and challenge, but will have little appetite for follow-through. Independent, inscrutable and self-contained the ISTP will be difficult to get to know as they will reveal only what they choose to reveal.

At their best ISTPs are excellent at reacting to problems or crises, needing very little preparation and able to cut to the chase with no preamble or discussion with others, spontaneously grasping the nettle often to the surprise of those who had viewed them as peripheral players. The ISTP doesn’t follow the social mores, nor do they need to engage fully with others and this can give them a distant, aloof persona to others who often don’t quite know where they stand.

Practical, resourceful, adaptable pragmatists, ISTPs possess an excellent capacity for understanding how anything works, displaying logical, detached analysis. They have incredible (often understated), powers of observation and a great talent for logical dispassionate analysis, and getting things to work. Since people rarely conform to laws of physics the ISTP may struggle with interpersonal issues preferring the rationality of scientific experiments to the irrationality of mere mortals with all their foibles, idiosyncrasies and irrationality. They will also be quite private regarding their own personal lives and walk away from conflict, not from fear but as it is just so unproductive! However this means that others may therefore see them as thick-skinned and uncaring.

Practical, pragmatic and realistic the ISTP is self-sufficient and very independent, only really happy when undertaking some risky or interesting activity. Direct to the point of abruptness and tending at times to tread on toes, the ISTP tends to speak literally showing little concern for the impact, and they display coolness under pressure which helps get things fixed but which may not endear them to those around them, (even those for whom they’ve fixed something!)

Ultimately the ISTP wants to be left alone to live their lives and do their jobs the way they see fit, rarely trying to control others and expecting others not to try to control them. But in a crisis, or when the situation needs in-depth understanding, the ISTP will thrive – at least until the crisis is over!
An ISTP will be difficult to know as they will be quiet outsiders looking in until they are ready. One they are clear on what needs to be done, they will, paradoxically, be difficult to budge and will potentially move too quickly without thinking through all the implications.

The ISTP is either full on or apparently full off, and this may confuse those with whom they work. They dislike theories and complexities, preferring facts and data which will help get the job done in the quickest possible time and with the minimum amount of effort. The critical faculty of the ISTP can appear cynical or negative, as they watch from the side-lines.

Others may be taken by surprise by someone who has simply observed and pointed out the down-side who then suddenly becomes animated, energetic and who makes decisions based on logic rather than peoples’ feelings. The switch may appear as from someone who is almost exclusively listening to someone who just doesn’t listen!

The ISTP has a great ability to analyse facts and store data. This is all internalised, stored in the grey filing cabinets in the brain until called for. Then, when someone argues with the ISTP, the facts, data, empirical evidence, knowledge are brought quickly to bear to quash the arguments.
If an ISTP is not in a position where they can make such full-on contributions, they can sit back and criticise, citing many rational reasons as to why they are right and the existing methods are wrong.
The independent streak in the ISTP means that they will usually display confidence in their own abilities but this means they may also not bring others into the decision-making process. Their desire to get a result in the minimum amount of time also means they may overlook the personal touch, and make them fail to see the ‘bigger picture,’ and so, by quickly solving a problem, they may create another.

The ISTP is VERY difficult to know and an unusual character type. Like their fellow SPs, ISTPs are fundamentally performers ‘T’s their areas of interest tend to be mechanical and physical rather than artistic like those of ISFPs, and unlike most ESPs they do not present an impression of constant activity. On the contrary, they can lie quite dormant, storing all the data and information in the grey filing cabinets, saving their energy until a project or an adventure they deem worthy of their time arises, and then they launch themselves into this headlong and full throttle.

The apparently hyperactive state that inevitably follows is actually much more controlled than it appears – ISTPs always seem to know what they’re doing when it comes to physical or mechanical obstacles but the whole chain of events can present a confusing and paradoxical picture to the outsider, especially those who’ve made up their minds that the ISTP is just a quiet bystander!
ISTPs are equally difficult to understand in their need for personal space, which in turn has an impact on their relationships with others. They need to be able to ‘spread out’ both physically and psychologically which generally implies encroaching to some degree on others’ space, especially if they decide that something or someone else’s is going to become their next project. (They are generally quite comfortable, however, with being treated the same way they treat others at least in this respect.)

But because they need such a lot of flexibility to be as spontaneous as they feel they must be, they tend to become as inflexible as the most rigid ‘J’ when someone seems to be threatening their lifestyle (and the response is usually strong and verbose which is yet another stunning contrast to the ‘dormant,’ impassive, detached mode which others may have observed before the backlash).
These territorial considerations are usually critical in relationships with ISTPs. Communication also tends to be a key issue, since they generally express themselves tersely or even non-verbally. When they do actually verbalise, ISTPs are masters of the one-liner, often showing flashes of humour in the most tense situations and this can result in their being seen as thick-skinned or tasteless.
Like most SPs, ISTPs may have trouble with rote and abstract classroom learning, which tend not to be good measures of their actual intelligence. They tend, sometimes with good reason, to be highly sceptical of its practical value. In terms of careers, they are at their best in a crisis, where their natural disregard for rules and authority structures allows them to focus on and tackle the emergency at hand in the most effective way.

As with other SPs, ISTPs are energized by responding to their impulses. Sport, both actual and created, appeals to many ISTPs for the sheer sensory experience. They work in short bursts of incredible energy with a no-nonsense realism. The uncanny troubleshooting ability which predisposes many ISTPs to hands-on diagnostics (especially with machinery and computers) or detective work stems from this combination.

In a team situation the ISTP will use their love and store of knowledge to bring a clear explanation of how and why things happen, using empirical data and evidence, hypotheses and rational thinking. The ISTP may not be the most vocal, but when the discussions enter the arena which holds their interest, they will become quite outspoken and very clear thinking.

The Moon Was Stalking Me

Yes, you read the title right. The moon was stalking me. The sky was clear for two whole nights during the moon’s “full” stage a week or so ago.  Lucky for me I was up at o’dark thirty to go to work and I got to see Mr. Moon two days in a row.

The first morning, the moon was rather low in the sky. I snapped the following picture as I was getting in to my Jeep to start the day.  Mr. Moon was just down the street, glaring at me!

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I waved and said good morning.  I guess Mr. Moon appreciated being acknowledged because he followed me to work. I didn’t take a photo when I got to work because my iPod does not take photos well enough to do the moon justice.

On the second morning, the moon was a little higher in the sky.

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He followed me to work again and this time I talked to him the entire way. I am sure if anyone could hear me they would think I am crazy. And who knows, maybe I am crazy. I have been called worse (a lot worse)

Story of a Sneaky Husband

Last Tuesday was Valentine’s Day.  Well, as many of you know, I do not like Valentine’s Day. It has always been a horrible holiday thanks to my childhood experiences.  I posted the following on a previous post…

I don’t like Valentine’s Day and I don’t think I ever have. I prefer to celebrate this holiday by ignoring it but I have found that it is hard to ignore. Every store you go to puts Valentine related stuff in your face. Advertisements, cards, treats, gifts and more offer promises of everlasting love. I think it is all bullshit!

I think my dislike for Valentine’s Day began many, many years ago in Elementary School. Each year the teacher would force all students to bring in a decorated shoebox for our Valentine’s Day party. Students would be given a list of names of every student in their class and were expected to make a Valentine to give to each one on the list. I would work hours to pick out the perfect little valentine card for each person. I was always so excited to give them out as school…only to be disappointed at peoples comments about my cards. Kids can say some really mean and hateful things. While I don’t remember the exact words, I do remember how much they hurt and how totally alone I always felt.

But I digress.  For Valentine’s Day this year I stopped at Dairy Queen on the way home from work to get Hubby and I a treat.  I got Hubby a Peanut Buster Parfait and for myself I got a Choco Cherry Love Blizzard.

When I got home I made hubby close his eyes and then I placed his treat in his hand. The smile on his face when he opened his eyes made my day.  My day got even better when I turned around and went into our computer room.  Sitting on my desk was the following items:

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Now to some of you this may not be something all that great.   But to me it meant the world! 🙂  Why?  Well, there are several reason why it means so much to me.

  1. Hubby knows I don’t like Valentines Day but yet he tried to make it special for me.
  2. Because Hubby is not suppose to walk due to having foot surgery last month, and is not suppose to leave the house.  Which means he actually planned out how to get gifts for me.
  3. Hubby got these items for me because he wanted to and not because he was forced to

So, he was rather sneaky this Valentine’s Day…and it makes me love him even more.

Finders Keepers

The following questions were posted a few years ago on “That’s My Answer“: If you saw someone drop at $20 bill from their pocket, and they didn’t notice they’d dropped it, would you alert them to it? What if it was $1? Or some change? When is it finders keepers and their loss is your gain?

If I saw them actually drop the $20 I would pick it up and hand it back to them. If it was only a $1 and I saw them actually drop it I would still hand it back to them. I am not so sure if I would pick up any change that fell…unless it was quarters, then I would give that to them.

It is only “finders keepers” if no one is around to claim the money that is found.   For example:  A few years, while shopping in a local store I used the bathroom and found a $20.00 on the floor.  I was alone in the bathroom and I had seen no one come out on my way in so I kept the $20.  Yes, I thought about turning it in but then I thought about how anyone could claim the money and that maybe, just maybe the person I turned it in to would keep it.  Was that bad? Wrong? Maybe.

I spent that $20 in the store. I just added it to my budget money and purchased an item or two I would not have been able to get otherwise.

Right Now…

(Swiped from Sweet Memes, who swiped it from Kwizgiver)

1. I am thinking … about what a super long and stressful day I have had.

2. I am thankful for … my husband, my children, my in-laws, my brother and my dogs.

3. From the kitchen … and back again.  I had to get a Diet Pepsi.

4. I am wearing … sleep pants, sleep shirt and my husband’s robe.

5. I am creating … this blogpost.

6. I am going … to have to drive my mother-in-law’s car to work tomorrow because my Jeep won’t start (again). The Jeep is in the shop to get a new start.

7. I am reading … another James Patterson novel. “The 9th Judgement”

8. I am hoping … to hire someone to help clean the house for us now that I’m working full-time.

9. I am hearing … Lizard Lick Towing on TruTV.

10. Around the house … there is just too much too do and only me to do it all.

11. One of my favorite things … is crawling into my nice warm bed after a long day.

12. A few plans for the rest of the week … work, work and more work.

13. A picture to share …

Source: demotivation.us via Gina on Pinterest

All About Me Survey

All About Me Survey

I Am – tall, fat and happy most of the time.
I Want – peace, quiet and happiness.
I Have – two children and two dogs.
I Wish – there was a cure for psorisis.
I Hate – MRSA.
I Fear – death.
I Hear – SWTOR and WoW in the background.
I Search – for answers.
I Wonder – when I will find those answers.
I Regret – not telling my mother how much I love her.
I Love – my husband, children, dogs, brother, in-laws, nieces and nephews.
I Ache – in my hands and feet.
I Always – do my best to be kind.
I Usually – take a Hot Pocket to work for lunch.
I Am Not – skinny.
I Dance – when no one is looking.
I Sing – when I take a shower.
I Never – have been para-sailing but would love to go.
I Rarely – look in the mirror because I do not like what I see.
I Cry – when I see or hear about an abused child or animal.
I Am Not Always – happy with myself.
I Lose – my car sometimes when I park in a large parking lot.
I’m Confused – as  to why there is so much stupidity in this world.
I Need – someone to love me unconditionally.
I Should – really loose a lot of weight.
I Dream – of being debt free.

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