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It is as fixed as the north star (or words to that effect...I'm too lazy to look up the actual quote).

Your result for The Sorting Hat Test...

Slytherin

You scored 37% Order/Chaos, and 33% Moral/Rational

Chaotic Rationality. You don't think much of rules and restrictions; you look at things from an analytical perspective and probably think morality is relative to some extent. Your strength lies in being able to make your own judgments and form your own strategies uninhibited by others; your weakness lies in the wariness other people may have of you, perceiving you as dangerous.

You join people like Theodore Nott, Severus Snape, and Horace Slughorn.

The 4-grid I used to determine this is as follows:
Chaotic Orderly
Moral Gryffindor Hufflepuff
Rational Slytherin Ravenclaw





Take The Sorting Hat Test at HelloQuizzy

That's me...Ms. Dangerous. :-P

I finally got started on the great office-cleaning project of 2009. I think even Ms. Niecy Nash would be proud. I still have a ways to go, but I managed to clean off my desktop and one section of my hutch, along with getting rid of some miscellaneous crap that was clogging the corners near my desk. Erik did his share, too, and unearthed a mountain of crap on his side of the room. I should have taken a "before" picture to show how truly bad it was in here, but I'll post an "after" once the room is truly done. Just getting that much accomplished makes me feel worlds better. And I finally have my "writer's bookshelf" set up right at eye level instead of having the books scattered in various bookshelves throughout the house.

This is our mantra for 2009: Simplify, declutter, destress. So far, so good.

P.S. This is a little after the fact, but this year I finally got around to trying turkey tetrazzini with our holiday leftovers. I used the recipe from the Joy of Cooking, and it was amazing! OK, it dirtied pretty much every pan in the kitchen, but it was worth it.



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This post at jezebel.com got me thinking about my own adventures in domesticity. I never took a "real" home ec course (I opted for typing in junior high, which did me a lot more good in the long run, and my high school electives were choir and foreign language), but I remember summer school courses in sewing and cooking. What amazed me was how many people (probably 90% female) commented that they couldn't cook at all or even sew on a button. I'm not going to get into the feminist arguments about gender roles, etc., but come on -- not being able to sew on a button? Or make a hard-boiled egg? Really? How does that make a statement about anything except you probably spend way more on dining out and tailors than you probably should?

I also stopped to pat myself on the back, because I moved out when I was nineteen and took the whole running a household thing very seriously -- studied cookbooks, made grocery lists, the whole thing, all while going to school full-time and working part-time. My mother didn't teach me much about cooking because she was too busy working full-time and raising us to conduct Cordon Bleu courses in the kitchen. But teaching myself was probably a good thing, since I learned that cooking competently (I'm not talking chef-level here, of course) pretty much requires that you follow directions and watch the timer and not all that much else. Same with sewing -- I learned some hand-sewing techniques and embroidery when I was in elementary school, but it wasn't until I was college-age and got into costuming that I decided to teach myself how to do that stuff because I wanted pretty costumes like everyone else in my group (they costumed for SCA and science fiction conventions, mainly). Some of it was really tough (you try reconstructing a bustle dress from Phantom of the Opera when you haven't made anything more complicated than a wrap dress), but it was worth the effort. I ended up with some amazing costumes and a bunch of awards from local, regional, and even international competitions.

Not that I do much with any of that these days. But at least I know I can make my own curtains if necessary. :-P

I don't know exactly what this post is about, except that there's no shame in having these skills. I think they make you self-sufficient and independent. Of course I've taken things to the tailor when I can't be arsed to do the alterations myself. The difference is that I could do them if I wanted to save myself that 20 bucks. And that, kids, is where the power lies.
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If your Significant Other exclaims, "Oh, shit!" and then runs out to the barbecue, tell yourself that it's all going to be OK. :-P

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