Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thanksgiving Eve, Basically

Okay, seriously. I have to figure out this Picasa photo limit error I'm getting. I was going to post some really fun pictures and now this whoozit is telling me I've reached blogging photo memory my limit? Yeah right. So much for an easy way to share photos!

I've got to stop typing questions like above because my question mark key is literally jumping off the keyboard and into my hand when I press it. It all goes back to an unfortunate incident involving spilling ginger ale all over the eastern quadrant of my keyboard and then having to remove every affected key and clean out the undersides. Well apparently I broke the plastic piece that holds the question mark in place and two years later the thing has revolted. The dumb thing is that I never even drink ginger ale.

But I figure I'll just keep typing here and see what happens.

We're approaching the holidays and I am feeling...good. We volunteered to host Thanksgiving for the first time and I'm ready for the challenge. Actually it's just been an exercise in delegation up to this point, clearing the way for me to focus on the turkey.


Let me tell you, the last two days of thawing these seemingly benign monsters has been a little more than I bargained for. To clarify, there are two of them. It seems that when you tell everyone you're in charge of the bird this year, you get a fabulous amount of advice. And I'm no slouch when it comes to taking advice, so I'm going with "two small, not one big." The only problem is I pretty much have nowhere to put them since we have a side-by-side fridge where the freezer and fridge sides are super narrow. And it's not like they just sit there! They're basically alive and wreaking havoc as they continue to thaw and leak everywhere. I don't remember this from childhood.

That being said, I don't go down easily. Tomorrow I brine them and we go from there. But seriously, thawing and dealing with this much meat is something that deserves to be a once a year activity at best. Sure, there are fresh ones, but this information really isn't helping me right now.

In other thought planes, what's going on?

I'm not sure why, but yesterday at work I took a break from whatever excruciatingly mind-bending order shortage research I was in the middle of to look up the definition of my Myers-Briggs personality type, INTJ. This personality type goes something like this:

Imaginative, thoughtful, fascinated by possibilities, new ideas and new ways of improving. Independent and autonomous, strongly analytical mind and a clear awareness of your goals. Achievement is extremely important and you define success in your own terms rather than follow a conventional path. Calm, assured and somewhat reserved. Excel at organizing both your own life and other people, and can be relied on to honor your commitments. 

Somewhere I also read something that this type of person can be a bit of a lone wolf and not always want to express him or herself to others because the complicated ideas and concepts would be difficult to explain and not fully appreciated. I can tell you that this is completely me. I do have a lot of, well, concepts and stuff that I think about that aren't weird but are just...a lot. After reading Henderson the Rain King in high school I had an extremely strong nostalgic streak towards old school 80s Minneapolis, don't ask me why, since nothing in the book had anything to do with Minnesota. See?

I kept reading about INTJ and learned that they supposedly make up 3% of the male population and 0.8% of the female population, whereas some of the other personality types represented percentages of upwards of 17% of women. That's a big disparity in type.

Of course I puffed up with some pride at falling into a "different" category, but when I thought about it for more than five seconds, I realized it actually explained a lot about me. I truly do feel different or set at a distance from people a lot of the time, but the funny thing is...I like it. Maybe that sums up INTJ right there. The danger is that people can easily come to the conclusion that you're arrogant or elitist when that couldn't be farther from the truth. I care very much about making people feel comfortable and included and heard but admit that I probably have some blind spots. I'm not always the greatest shoulder to cry on. But for the most part, INTJ is definitely not the "I don't care what you think and I'm better than you" personality. It's something more like being imaginative and conceptual with a major an independent streak, and sometimes being hard to read, but still wanting to be accommodating and reliable to others. And being very achievement oriented. I guess I can only speak for myself.

Any any rate, this is where I ended up tonight just typing what I was thinking. Turkey and Myers-Briggs. Has it been done before??


Dad said...

Dear Abbe,
Congratulations on Thanksgiving! It was truly a masterpiece; honors to Micah also, of course.
The turkey thing is annually an "in-process" learning curve, and to "tackle" 2 birds at once, the first time around, is at best a daunting decision (this comes from a guy who used to chase Jennie-O escapees around the neighborhood in western Willmar with the hope of a nickel reward for each bird returned alive - to attempt 2 birds at once is beyond imagining, to say nothing of "tackling"!).
Regarding the personality makeup, let's talk, I may have something in common there too.
Luv, Dad

--melissa said...

So, I am procrastinating writing a term paper. After reading your post, I decided to take the Meyers Briggs personality test (more procrastination) and I am INTJ too. I have never taken it before. Anyway, I would say that you comments on being INTJ sum up my feelings as well...I am totally OK with (and take some amount of pride in) being different. However, I hate to think that I am (and really don't consider myself to be) unsympathetic or aloof.

Anyway, great to see you, M and Z over Thanksgiving! Hopefully we'll be back in the Twin Cities soon!


Abigailius said...

A fellow INTJ! Pretty cool, considering the odds! I'm glad you know you can relate! I had a feeling we had similar personalities, just from talking :)