Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The zoo at 2.

Okay, so say your family is coming to town from out-of-state for a week, and you get an email from one of them.  It has an attachment to an excel spreadsheet.  Laid out on that is a blow-by-blow plan of their (and in large part, your) proposed schedule for the week.  Every activity is budgeted in, to make sure they don't miss a thing while in your lovely part of California, or wherever.  Beach? Yes, twice, both Friday and Saturday at 11:00.  Visit the mission? Yes, Wednesday at 3.  And don't worry, you'll get to the zoo, on their last day here, at 2.  
Do you...

A) get excited!  They are obviously looking forward to the visit and 
want to pack a lot of fun stuff in, as do you.  You're glad they are prepared and know what they want to do, and the schedule will just make it easier to make sure nothing is missed and for everyone to know what to do when.  You might have even done the same thing if you were visiting them!

B) think... "really?"  It all has to be planned out? Aw.  I kinda like going with the flow, since you never know what will come up.  Does anyone else feel slightly stifled?  What if I'm not in the mood for the zoo at 2 that day?  What if I just really want to kick back at Brophy's for some shrimp cocktail?  

The split was immediate and kinda funny today in small group.  You can probably guess who got stoked on her family's excel sheet plan, like the strong J that she is.  Anna and I were totally option B, which made sense as we are the   P preferring ladies of the bunch.  Not like we can't stand schedules ever or anything, or all J's love Excel to structure their leisure, but you can often predict someone's reaction to certain things by knowing their preference.  

Monday, June 16, 2008

My Hood.

My new neighborhood is darling. Since I moved it I've been wanting to take some photos of my favorite houses nearby and post them, and kept not finding the time. Finally, although the lighting at sunset isn't ideal for my little camera, I just did it on my walk a couple evenings ago. So pardon the brightness in some of the photos, but I introduce to you now some of The Cutest & Nicest Houses Within 3 Blocks of My New Place... Pick your favorite. And maybe one of them is the one that has my studio attached to it in back. ;)







9 ~ This house has a mailbox that matches the house itself to scale, see both photos! Didn't get a great shot of the life size house though.




So cute, all of them. The kind of neighborhood that makes you want to get out and walk around.

Here's one more of the neighborhood and one of the gorgeous purple jacaranda trees that surround me too...

Sunday, June 1, 2008

I Can't Resist...

Of course I saw the movie on opening night, and it was wonderful.
Great stories thrive because they have main characters that are very different yet complementary to one another. Sex and the City is no different. So since I have these four ladies on the mind, and because I love applying knowledge of a person or character's type to my understanding of them, here we go...*

Samantha, Charlotte, Miranda, and Carrie embody the four main temperaments
within Myers Briggs... SPs, SJs, NTs and NFs. Let's see:

She's fun-loving, realistic, bold, spontaneous, independent, completely in the present, and loves action and people. She is the classic SP, a Sensation-Seeker. Her full type is likely ESTP.
More Here on SPs


Was there ever a sweeter, more dependable, do-gooder gal on TV? She is loyal, dutifully contributes to society, is socially appropriate, serious, and disciplined. All this points to an SJ, or Security-Seeker. Her full type is likely ISFJ.
More Here on SJs

The voice of reason and logic. She is strong-willed, skeptical, achievement-oriented, and as a lawyer, of course great at thinking and solving problems. Miranda is an NT, or Knowledge-Seeker. Her full type is likely INTJ.
More Here on NTs

The voice of the series, she is passionate, and focused on finding romance, seeking her true self, trusts her intuition, and devotes her life work, writing, to exploring the personal journeys of herself and those around her, a strong sign of an NF, aka Identity-Seeker. Her full type is likely ENFP.
More Here on NFs

*The types of the characters are guessed similarly by several different websites, these aren't just my observations of their letters.