Archive for May, 2010

Start of another week

May 25th, 2010

Ugh, I can’t believe it’s Tuesday already! I feel like I didn’t have much of a weekend since it was spent doing house work. On Friday, we had cable internet and TV set up at the new house. I’m currently wearing glasses instead of contacts because I’m using prescription eye drops to treat an allergic reaction I had last week. I thought glasses made me look older, but then I was proved wrong.

cable guy: So, are you still in school?
me: No, I graduated already.
cable guy: Aren’t you a bit young to have graduated already?
me: I’m 25.
cable guy: I thought you were 20!

Saturday, my parents came over to help out. My dad and my fiance installed 2 new ceiling fans, and my mom and I cleaned up the garage a little by moving a pile of bricks to the patio in the back. It’s kind of annoying that the previous owners left some things in the garage, but at least we might have use for the bricks.

Sunday morning, we got up early and went to the house again. My fiance was going to mow the lawn, but we had issues starting the lawn mower. After trying a few things and then not knowing what to do, we realized we never plugged the spark plug back in. Oops XD;; While he was cutting the grass, I continued cleaning the garage.

Yesterday carpet cleaners went over to steam clean the carpet. Next on the to-do list is to shop for a refrigerator! I have my eye on the french door ones, the kind with the freezer on the bottom. I really like how wide it makes the fridge part, which will be handy whenever I work on cakes. Anyway, I’m looking forward to finally living at the house, though moving will be another annoying thing we’ll have to take care of XD;;

Food adventures: BBQ

May 19th, 2010

Originally from NY, one of my discoveries that made me attached to Texas was BBQ. Let me specify what BBQ means to us though. As a nice old man once told us while we were standing in line at a BBQ restaurant, BBQ is meat cooked with indirect heat. If it’s cooked directly over the fire/coals, that’s grilling.

We love our BBQ in Austin, but Lockhart is known as the “BBQ Capital of TX”. It’s different though. We focus on the sauce. Lockhart focuses on the rub. We decided to drive out to the small town of Lockhart last weekend. We actually tried four BBQ places in a row on the same day for lunch. Yeah, we were so stuffed, none of us ate dinner that day XD;;

The four restaurants were Kreuz, Smitty’s, Black’s, and Chisholm Trail. Each were different in their own way, but all of their BBQ is smokier and focuses on not using sauce. (A couple places had sauce, but it wasn’t very good sauce.)

Lockhart BBQ

Of those 4, we liked Kreuz and Smitty’s the best. From what I understand, These 2 actually have a family rivalry. When the father passed away, the son opened Kreuz while the daughter stayed at Smittys. I think it depends on your preference on which is “best”. Kreuz was saltier and leaner, thus my fiance liked Kreuz better. Smittys was fattier and sweeter, so I liked Smittys better. No one wins!

Lockhart BBQ

Anyway, that was a delicious trip. There are still more small towns in TX that are known for BBQ places. I’m hoping we’ll try those too!

Personalities

May 12th, 2010

Some time last year, I became interested in the Myer Briggs personality test. It’s like an assessment of how you prefer to perceive the world and make decisions. The result is given as 4 type letters:

– Attitude: Extroverted (E) / Introverted (I)
– Perceiving function: Sensing (S) / iNtuition (N)
– Judging function: Thinking (T) / Feeling (F)
– Lifestyle: Judging (J) / Perceiving (P)

A friend recently asked me if I’ve taken the test, and we started talking about whether our results really matched us. When I took an unofficial test, I got ISTJ – Introverted, Sensing, Thinking, Judging. I read over some descriptions of an ISTJ, and while I don’t agree with all of it, I think some do fit me, such as…

ISTJs are very loyal, faithful, and dependable. They place great importance on honesty and integrity.

ISTJs often work for long periods, devoting their energy to tasks that they see as important to fulfilling a goal. However, they resist putting energy into things that don’t make sense to them, or for which they can’t see a practical application.

They like to be accountable for their actions, and enjoy being in positions of authority. The ISTJ has little use for theory or abstract thinking, unless the practical application is clear.

ISTJs are easily frustrated by the inconsistencies of others, especially when the second parties don’t keep their commitments.

Some of the ISTJ descriptions aren’t quite like me, like being really pessimistic when things go wrong. I’d like to think that I stay optimistic most times ;) I’ve also read that ISTJs tend to have “immaculately maintained” homes; just one look at my apartment will prove that otherwise.

I do enjoy being in leadership positions though, and I value practicality a lot. If I put my mind to something, I am determined to complete it without half assing it. This applies to both work and even hobbies that are just for fun.

Here is the unofficial test I took if you’re curious about what your personality type might be. What’s your personality type? Do you think it fits you?