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Your #1 Match: ENFP

The Inspirer

You love being around people, and you are deeply committed to your friends.
You are also unconventional, irreverant, and unimpressed by authority and rules.
Incredibly perceptive, you can usually sense if someone has hidden motives.
You use lots of colorful language and expressions. You’re qutie the storyteller!

You would make an excellent entrepreneur, politician, or journalist.

Your #2 Match: INFP

The Idealist

You are creative with a great imagination, living in your own inner world.
Open minded and accepting, you strive for harmony in your important relationships.
It takes a long time for people to get to know you. You are hesitant to let people get close.
But once you care for someone, you do everything you can to help them grow and develop.

You would make an excellent writer, psychologist, or artist.

Cybernetic Humanoid Responsible for Infiltration, Scientific Troubleshooting and Efficient Repair

thanks to OMIS

The knitting olympics are over!  (Coincidentally, the olympics are too.) 

When I began the olympics I signed up to knit my first pair of socks.  After I cast on and began knitting them, I knew I had underestimated my own abilities as I was going to finish them in record time and have all this olympic time left over.  So, I challenged myself to do my first sweater too.  And I did. 

Both projects are finished – I’ve even worn the socks out in public as well as around the house a lot.  The sweater is for my sister’s daughter whose first birthday is next month.  I’m pretty sure having a new baby (she’s adopted, remember) is pretty time-consuming, so am taking the risk in posting the picture here. 

And here they are… my Olympic projects…  (gold medal to follow.) Ta Da:


I used Ann Norling’s pattern: Adult Basic: Socks, (Pattern #12), using the slouch variation with Moda Dea’s Sassy Stripes yarn.




Sweater pattern: Haiku from Knitty with Cascade wool yarn… I modified the pattern to do a two color version and it’s in size 1-2.





Via Revgalblogpal, Songbird


been reflecting this week on the gift of friendship, of people who will
be there no matter what you need or when you need it. Sometimes a
friend accompanies us through a dark place or dances with us through a
joyful time or simply walks down the road of an ordinary time beside

Name five friends who have been there when you needed them.

Denise, who has the best kitchen for long talks, spaghetti dinners, small children running in and out and time to waste (in the best possible way.)

Lorraine, who is my soul sister and friend and whose idea of a vacation is my idea of retreat and so with whom I have shared many of holy moment.

Rosa, who is always there to hear me vent about all the many things going on inside and out and who loves my Mom almost as much as I do.

Patti Jo, whose sisterly care withstands the good, the bad and the ugly that is my moodiness and messiness.

Tony, (aka Fr. J.) who knows just what to say and when not to say it and whose love of a good movie is a great getaway for me.

And, oh, there are many more because I have been ridiculously blessed with the grace that is friendship and the love of God through others.

You scored 12% individualism, 4% fatalism, 40% hierarchy,  and 64% egalitarianism!
You strongly adhere to the Egalitarian culture. Egalitarianism is characterized by a passion for equality and a strong sense of solidarity with other people. Unfortunately, this is often accompanied by a tendency to see people not in your group as traitors or evil. Egalitarians believe that nature is fragile, like a ball balanced on a hill.

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

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You scored higher than 0% on individualism
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You scored higher than 45% on hierarchy
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You scored higher than 63% on egalitarianism

Link: The Scientific Cultural Theory Test written by Stentor on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

"Don’t keep going to the hardware store for a carton of milk."

— Unknown

Recent news led me to share my own shooting accident story with the sisters.  In my case, only a BB, but still, it hit me in the face and lodged there.  drama mounts….  (Okay, not that much drama.) – Though you COULD put an eye out with that thing.

Imagine if you will three boys and a girl (brothers and sister) playing cowboys and indians.  Since my two older brothers had the guns, they were the cowboys.  My little brother and I were the indians.  At some point, out in our front yard, I lifted the corner of the orange blanket thrown over two sawhorses that served as the cowboy’s "fort".  "Pop!"

The  next thing I remember is being wheeled into the operating room so some masked doctor could remove the BB from between my mouth and cheek.  I still have the scars (two inside, one outside).  The story goes that my brother didn’t know the gun was loaded or the safety was supposed to be on… I don’t really remember.  I do know I never talk about it with him – so somehow, I think, it was so serious that it became not so much taboo, as just "non" topic material.  I don’t remember ever using it to bug him.  And I used a LOT of things to bug him. 

Anyway, as TalkLeft points out, Cheney’s hunting story maybe makes Bush look smarter…  This is ironic.

"It’s empowering to think of someone other than myself.  What I do
is just great fun.  I love what I do; it’s a great job.  I’ve seen the
entire world, and I’ve met amazing friends.  But it’s honestly a pretty
ridiculous thing: I mean, I skate around on ice in tights.

if you keep in perspective, I’ve trained my whole life for this, but
it’s not that big a deal.  But because I’ve skated well, and because I
know I have two seconds of microphone time, I have the ability to
hopefully raise some awareness and raise some money and maybe, God
willing, put some kids on a path that I’ve been blessed with."

"For me, the Olympics have been the greatest blessing. If I retired
yesterday I would have gotten everything in the world from speedskating
and from competing in the Olympics. So for me to walk away today with a
gold medal is amazing. And the best way to say thanks that I can think
of is to help somebody else


— Olympic skater, Joey Cheek, upon winning a gold medal and his decision to donate 25k winning to an aid organization working with refugees in Darfur.


The Knitting Olympics Athletes Pledge

I, a knitter of able hands and quick wits, to hereby swear that over
the course of these Olympics I will uphold the highest standard of
knitterly excellence.

I will be deft of hand and sure of pattern, I will overcome troubles of
yarn overs and misplaced decreases. I will use the gifts of
intelligence and persistence (as well as caffeine and chocolate) and I
will execute my art to the highest form, carrying with me the hope for
excellence known to every knitter.

I strive to win. To do my best, and to approach the needles with my own
best effort in mind, without comparing myself to my fellow knitters,
for they have challenges unique to them.

While I engage in this pursuit of excellence and my own
personal, individual best, I also swear that I will continue to engage
with my family in conversation, care for my pets, speak kindly with
those who would ask me to do something other than knit, and above all,
above every stitch thrown or picked, above every cable, every heel
stitch, every change of colour, I swear this:

That I will remember that this is not the real Olympics, that
I’m supposed to be having fun and that my happiness and self-worth ride
not on my success….

but on my trying.

Let the games begin!

It’s official!  I’ve cast on 48 stitches for the first of two socks – my first pair.  I may post pictures as they develop.  I may not.  I’m using Ann Norling’s Adult Basic Socks pattern and Moda Dea "Sassy Stripes" yarn on size 3 double point needles.  (and even though the sight of these needles cause my mother to shudder, "You’re knitting with four needles?", I continue to knit in her presence.)  -As if I could stop-. (ever.)

Checke out the other 4000 knitters who are participating in the Knitting Olympics.  That’s quite a few more than the 2500 (or so) athletes competing in the "real" olympics. 

Check out Olympic Knitters on Frappr!

When a good idea comes along, good people jump on board.  What is the next good idea?

February 2006