Monday, October 31, 2005

quagmired in quizes

I have plenty or 'real' blogging to do, but I just gotta share the latest round of silly quizes first. I've been having too much fun for my own good.

What candy am I? hmm a favorite! excellent

Reeses Peanut Butter Cups

Very popular, one of you is not enough.


What part of fall am I?

You Are Apple Cider

Smooth and comforting. But downright nasty when cold.

Yum! I loved warm, spiced cider! Apparantly this person hasnt had MY mulled cider. Its best warm but still pretty good at other temps...


Veggie Pizza

Upscale and trendy.

You're the most likely to go for a gourmet pizza.

You have impeccable taste in everything.

You truly enjoy the finer things in life.

Trendy? no. Its just that I have working taste buds, pal. Thats why I make my own pizza.


Your Personality Is

Idealist (NF)

You are a passionate, caring, and unique person.
You are good at expressing yourself and sharing your ideals.

You are the most compassionate of all types and connect with others easily.
Your heart tends to rule you. You can't make decisions without considering feelings.

You seek out other empathetic people to befriend.
Truth and authenticity matters in your friendships.

In love, you give everything you have to relationships. You fall in love easily.

At work, you crave personal expression and meaning in your career.

With others, you communicate well. You can spend all night talking with someone.

As far as your looks go, you've likely taken the time to develop your own personal style.

On weekends, you like to be with others. Charity work is also a favorite pastime of yours.

Yet another tests says I am an idealist. If by this they mean I have ethics and vision, then they are on the right track. My family felt this one was fairly accutrate but objected to the 'heart ruling' thing. I think they have a point. I care, but my decisions are more likely to be made in favor of what I consider or believe to be right than what I feel.


All American Kid

Popular but not plastic. Athletic but not a jock. Smart but not a brain.

You were well rounded and well liked in high school.

I was well-liked, mostly because I liked everybody. I hung with the brains, for preference. I like an intelligent conversation! My personal style was nearly unique, as opposed to fashionable, but nobody minded.


Your Haloween Costume Should Be


Have to admit, I deliberate chose this response by tweaking my replies. (the 'real' response was candy corn LOL) Hey, God owns every day. All Hallows Eve is His too!


You Passed the US Citizenship Test

Congratulations - you got 9 out of 10 correct!

Nice! Which one did I miss? (ggrrr... should've got'em all)


You Are Somewhat Machiavellian

You're not going to mow over everyone to get ahead...
But you're also powerful enough to make things happen for yourself.
You understand how the world works, even when it's an ugly place.
You just don't get ugly yourself - unless you have to!

I understand Machiavelli. I STUDIED Machiavelli. I just won't BE Machiavelli.


You Are Likely an Only Child

At your darkest moments, you feel frustrated.
At work and school, you do best when you're organizing.
When you love someone, you tend to worry about them.

In friendship, you are emotional and sympathetic.
Your ideal careers are: radio announcer, finance, teaching, ministry, and management.
You will leave your mark on the world with organizational leadership, maybe as the author of self-help books.

Yes, I grew up as an only child, but am I one? I had two half brothers who I rarely saw before they died young. My main frustration is that I didn't get to be their big sister. Despite the convoluted circumstances, I cared about both of them very much.

Requiescat in pace

I will never forget you.

On a lighter note, I've decided my next self-help book will be how to escape from the grip of fun little mini-quizzes...


Your World View

You are a fairly broadminded romantic and reasonably content.
You value kindness and try to live by your ideals.
You have strong need for security, which may be either emotional or material.

You respect truth and are flexible.
You like people, and they can readily make friends with you.
You are not very adventurous, but this does not bother you.

All this from one question? hhmmm.....

What Your Sleeping Position Says

You are calm and rational.
You are also giving and kind - a great friend.
You are easy going and trusting.
However, you are too sensible to fall for mind games.

...or it could just be that I enjoy my body pillow. (another one question test)


Your Inner Child Is Happy

You see life as simple, and simple is a very good thing.
You're cheerful and upbeat, taking everything as it comes.
And you decide not to worry, even when things look bad.
You figure there's just so many great things to look forward to.

My inner child has candy..... 'nuff said


Your Hidden Talent

You have the power to persuade and influence others.
You're the type of person who can turn a whole room around.
The potential for great leadership is there, as long as you don't abuse it.
Always remember, you have a lot more power over people than you might think!

...if you say so

and, apparantly, I am also 40% weird, would get the most from learning French (okay, I should brush up), am exceptional in mathmatic/general knowledge/verbal usage, and still a 'true believer.'

but of course!

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Cool result

Proverbs is one of my favorite books of the Bible, right behind Psalms and ahead of Isaiah and the epistles of Paul. This one is so complimentary I regard it as a goal to strive for rather than a level achieved. nice

You are Proverbs
You are Proverbs.

Which book of the Bible are you?
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Thursday, October 20, 2005

Captain Jack??

Yep, did another test from a blog. Did two more even ~ but these results are ridiculous!

You're Captain Jack Sparrow: smart, savvy, a demon with the eyeliner and the best damn pirate we've ever seen. And only a litte crazy. Savvy?

Which POTC character are you?

this quiz was made by alanna

but where's the rum???

Your Linguistic Profile:

40% General American English

35% Yankee

25% Dixie

0% Midwestern

0% Upper Midwestern

uh huh. I've lived in the south most of my life and I'm only 25% dixie dialect? I guess this is a little bit better than the test that was 85% sure I was a true Michiganer (never even been there)

FWIW, the expert linguist/dramatist who taught elocution in my college said my accent is primarily 'English standard' with mild dipthong surprises courtesy of Texas & Virginia.

Okay, time to get back to making dinner now....

~ Harlequin ~

Right after posting, I went blog surfing again and found this Who would you be in 1400 test mentioned. The lady got 'prioress' but seemed surprised to receive a high rating for monk as well. (That made sense to me, monk is an almost gender equivalent of prioress). My daughter received similar results.

I expected to get the same thing, but apparantly I am ::

The Harlequin

You are a mystery, a jack-of-all-trades. You have the king's ear, but also listen to murmurings of the common folk. You believe in the value of force (knight) and also literature. Truly you are the puzzlement of the age.

0% on Cardinal
95% on Monk
85% on Lady
56% on Knight

odd test!

The results on this test seem to bear out the idea that I am sometimes hard to classify:
Global Personality Test Results
Stability (60%) moderately high which suggests you are relaxed, calm, secure, and optimistic.
Orderliness (46%) medium which suggests you are moderately organized, hard working, and reliable while still remaining flexible, efficient, and fun.
Extraversion (53%) medium which suggests you are moderately talkative, outgoing, sociable and interacting.
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Makes that ole Donald O'Conner song from Singing in the Rain run through my memory...

"Make 'em laugh. Make 'em laugh. Don't you know that the world wants to laugh..."

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Two tests

Wandering the backrooms of blogspot, I encountered Karen's blog and found a link to a test for Catholics. I'm not a Catholic but a more-eucumenical-than-most independent.

Only reason I took it (as opposed to just showing to my Mom who is a Catholic) is that I've been reading/watching/listening to more Catholic teachings inthe past few years and wondered how much had 'rubbed' off.

I came up as Evangelical Catholic.

You are a Protestant convert, or have been affected by evangelical Protestantism in some way. You love Scripture and incorporate into your daily life. You have a clear vision of Catholic morals and doctrines, and you make great effort to adhere to them. However, your interpretation of Scripture may not be in line with Catholic teaching, and you may not accept legitimate plurality in doctrinal expression. You might want to read the Fathers of the Church and Papal encyclicals to deepen your Catholicism.

Evangelical Catholic 95%
Radical Catholic 71%
Traditional Catholic 62%
New Catholic 57%
Neo-Conservative Catholic 50%
Liberal Catholic 26%
Lukewarm Catholic 5%

Mom came up as an Evangelical Catholic too, but by a much lower margin.

According to many Baptists & Evangelical protestants I have talked to, I am very much a moderate in my worldview. The more bigoted 'liberals' online would brand me as extremely right-wing, but then they seem overly ready to apply that label in any case.

In this test

I scored as Classical Humanist.

You think that persons are ontologically good but morally bad. You are traditional and orthodoxy is very important to you. You are most likely Catholic, or else your religion is ancient, with a long continuous tradition. You have a good sense of humor and like to take things easy. You aren't a very exciting person, but are dependable. You think that people need to cultivate the virtues of prudence, temperance, fortitude, and justice. You think that the study of science is good, but don't often keep up with the products of technological progress. You believe that the study of history has great application to understanding current events. You think that people can govern themselves most of the time, and that government needs to be mainly small; however, you do not expect too much of government. Your favorite philosophers are Plato, Aristotle, Confucius, Marcus Aurelius, Augustine of Hippo, and Thomas Aquinas.

At one time I admired all of these folks. Now I admire some of their sentiments but do not agree with others. Actually my favorite philosophers right now are the Apostle Paul, C.S. Lewis (he was more than a logician), G.K. Chesterton, and...Terry Pratchett. [Hey, I had to say something shocking or you'd get bored!] Actually, what I mean by this is that I find my views on many things are similar to Pratchett's, except when they disagree entirely. (After all, philosophy is a simply a well thought-out point of view that affects how you view other things in your life.) As Terry isn't a Christian, this happens often but less often than with many writers...or maybe it just seems that way because of the amusing way he expresses himself. Guess I'll work that out later. My opinions do change over time.

I was reading Plato's Timeaus last week (Becka's latest book report came from it, so I wanted to refresh my own memory). I surprised myself by disagreeing wholeheartedly with everything Socrates said. I should reread The Republic soon and see how much my viewpoint has changed about that one.

You live, you read, you choose a philosophical view....and then you change your mind. heh

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Small Treats

This has been an interesting week!

I think I mentioned my delighted surprise to be seeing and hearing things I'd been missing for years. This trend continues on cable and elsewhere. Sherlock Holmes (with Jeremy Brett) is as good as I remembered, for one.

A friend sent me some really, really old songs I'd mentioned enjoying as a kid. He looked them up for us as a favor, avering what we wanted was cheap enough if you knew where to look. Evidently he DOES know where to look. Thanks again!

and now its gotten even better!

Got a catalogue today listing some Christian cds for sale that I actively sought to buy for years. I did google searches. I called companies. I put my name on a list for backorders. At length I gave up my practical efforts, but I kept praying about it when it occured to me.

and now a catalogue with ALL of them is sitting on the hallway table, on sale no less!


Friday, October 07, 2005

Breathing Space

About time I gave an update, eh?

Tom has officially reached that next stage of better. We've had medical appts every week to every other week now so long it had become a way of life ~ but now we get a real break.

He only has that last procedure to reverse a temporary measure he lives with for now, and then...he should be done! Gotta hope, because we've heard this before. Still, he's looking good as far as his doctors are concerned. He is moving much better, and since he was wide open for the major surgery there are no more mysteries about whats been plaguing him for so many years. They don't think he will grow back any of that nonsense, but they will check directly when 'replugging' him.

But thats later.

Now we can focus, at last, on normal living for a couple of months. Our son has outgrown his shoes again. My daughter and I have projects in hand. Tom has been able to clear to the woods again and is tinkering with some improvements around the house. We are enjoying having cable back as they finally added the Christian channels and improved the programmable filter. Its been great to see Poirot, new documentaries, and funny animal clips. The only downside is that this also cuts into the time I used to spend online. Seems like everybody in the family (except my son) spends more time online than I do lately. Ah well, " every silver lining has a touch of grey" as Jerry G would say...or sing.

There's been plenty of good news in our circle. One of Tom's friends is back, found a good job, and got married recently. My favorite group of people in the entire northwest finally caught a break. Myst V is out and I found the collectors edition at CompUSA for ten dollars off (essentially a free upgrade). Looks like the authorities have caught the bad'un they were looking for in our area. Been hearing and seeing favorites I thought were lost forever on an almost daily basis. etc etc Basically, we've tons of blessings to thank God for these days.

but what about...?

Yes, I know. There's been great cause for sadness. There are many collections for the victims in our area too. There's a lot of stupidity being tried on right now too. I pray about it often. We'll have to get involved again one of these days. I don't think we could stand not to help, eventually.

But right now we are really enjoying the breathing space God has seen fit to grant us. :)

Fun stuff we have found::

penguin wallpaper and game

fantastic photos for wallpaper

best traditional clothes patterns we know about

Lehrer funny teaching songs for free