Those who can, do; Those who can’t, consult.

Back from my second trip to D.C. this month. My daughter asked me to explain what it is, exactly, that I’m doing. The simplest explanation I can come up with is that I go to meetings and offer my opinion. She thinks that’s pretty good work if you can get it; most times, offering an opinion only gets you into trouble. I’d say that’s about right — especially if you’re an Eighth-grader.

Catching up on all my favorite blogs and message boards — all 133 of them. In the quilt world, the Myers-Briggs profile seems to be making the rounds. So here’s mine:

You have a head for ideas – and you are good at improving systems.Logical and strategic, you prefer for everything in your life to be organized.You tend to be a bit skeptical. You’re both critical of yourself and of others.Independent and stubborn, you tend to only befriend those who are a lot like you.You would make an excellent scientist, engineer, or programmer.


You Are An INTJ
The Scientist
No surprise there — all of the grad students had to take the full Myers-Briggs inventory during the first week of classes way back in 1994 (OMG — has it really been 12 years since grad school?!?) I’ve taken the test several times since then and find that I get the same answer no matter how much I think I can fool the system. Dissecting the results for this particular test:You have a head for ideas – and you are good at improving systems. Yep. And I expect you to do what I tell you to do.

Logical and strategic, you prefer for everything in your life to be organized. Everything except my desk. So what if my bookshelves are organized by subject and author?

You tend to be a bit skeptical. You’re both critical of yourself and of others. A “bit” skeptical? Try a “lot” skeptical.

Independent and stubborn, you tend to only befriend those who are a lot like you. I do have friends who are not like me (I have an odd tendency to make friends who are nearly polar-opposite in their politics). I do have tremendous difficulty appreciating people whom I do not think are professionally competent. Sue me.

You would make an excellent scientist, engineer, or programmer.The career description is way off and is likely a mistake in this particular test — scientists, engineers, and programmers tend to be strong Sensors, not Intuitives. I should know; God help me, I’ve spent enough time around them. Oops. Was I being critical? Hey, this kind of thing is what I get paid to do.

A couple of readers made some great comments about long marriages in my last post. Go back and read them if you haven’t already — it’s heartening, really, to know just how good it can get if you can hang in there long enough.

The household is still in chaos due to remodeling. More on that to come.

3 comments

  1. its surprising how time lfies since grad school isn’t it? I spent more than 12 years at univeristy collecting degrees, and thought it would never end, but now its been years since I was in class!

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