Friday, February 27, 2009

Quite Accurate

I'd say this summed me up pretty well. I wish I was a bit more balanced though.

Brain Lateralization Test Results
Right Brain (26%) The right hemisphere is the visual, figurative, artistic, and intuitive side of the brain.
Left Brain (64%) The left hemisphere is the logical, articulate, assertive, and practical side of the brain">Are You Right or Left Brained?">personality tests by

Left brain dominant individuals are more orderly, literal, articulate, and to the point. They are good at understanding directions and anything that is explicit and logical. They can have trouble comprehending emotions and abstract concepts, they can feel lost when things are not clear, doubting anything that is not stated and proven.

Right brain dominant individuals are more visual and intuitive. They are better at summarizing multiple points, picking up on what's not said, visualizing things, and making things up. They can lack attention to detail, directness, organization, and the ability to explain their ideas verbally, leaving them unable to communicate effectively.

Overall you appear to be Left Brain Dominant


According to Darwinian theory, optimal evolution takes place with random variation and selective retention. The evolution savvy individual will try many different approaches when faced with a problem and select the best of those approaches. Many historical intellectuals have confessed their advantage was simply considering/exploring/trying more approaches than others. The left brain dominant type suffers from limited approaches, narrow-mindedness. The right brain dominant type suffers from too many approaches, scatterbrained. To maintain balanced hemispheres, you need to exercise both variability and selection. Just as a company will have more chance of finding a great candidate by increasing their applicant pool, an individual who considers a wider set of options is more likely to make quality decisions.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Snowy weekend

I'm so excited about my Martha Stewart Cookies book. I want to bake every single cookie in that book even if the cookies don't seem to be something I like. I wasn't too prepared this past weekend with a variety of ingredients so I just ended up making the cakey chocolate chip cookies. Even though they were just chocolate chip cookies they had a wonderful texture to them which kept it interesting. What she does is bring down the amount of brown sugar and butter in order to make the batter fluffier. I had a few white chocolate chips, not even a cup full so I just tossed them in there with the semi-sweet chocolate chips. They came out quite delicious. Except for the one pan I burnt because I was working on someone's taxes. hehe. We'll just set those aside and forget about them.

I'm so glad I finally got to give the ferrets a bath this weekend. It's always one of those things in the back of my mind which I continuously push aside. I would've taken pictures of them in kitchen sink but I was trying not to be clawed to death. Although, they were quite tame in the kitchen sink in comparison to the bathroom tub. I think it's just that they're cornered in the tub and what probably seems like a huge waterfall at the end of it to them. So yeah, the weasels got to run amuck which led to Johnny climbing up (yes, through, not up and on) the couch and attacking Paul while we were playing Fifa 08 soccer. She bit the blood out of him so we quickly cleaned him up, gave them their pedi and put them away for a nap.

This weekend we also got some more movie watching done. We got through Zombies Zombies Zombies Strippers vs. Zombies which was great with all the horrible acting and bad plot. We finished up season one of Little Britain USA. It was pretty funny but not as much as the British version. Zach and Miri Make A Porno was hilarious but I still found Seth Rogan's other movies to be funnier. I'll probably watch it again soon though. When Paul purchased Zach and Miri, Amazon also recommended Starballz which he bought unknowingly. Well it turned out to be hentai. I sat and watched this with my jaw dropped and cracking up. It was a animated porno spoof of Star Wars. Trailer Park of Terror was good. I think it was better than the comic book that I read a few years ago. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist was alright. I'm a Michael Cera fan and it turned out to be pretty funny in spots as well instead of just being a romance. Nights In Rodanthe wasn't good at all in my opinion. I was wanting a good romance to watch on my own that would move me and all I got was just a romance. I didn't even find myself crying when I think I was supposed to be feeling the main characters emotions. American Gangster was mediocre. It was a build up for two hours to just put Frank Lucas away at the end. I was expecting a movie that glorifies a gangster as opposed to showing their flaws that bring them down.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Ten on Tuesday

I'm not sure if I've mentioned this but this is actually from someone else's blog found here. Several people just post their own in order to share with each other. Feel free to play along.

10 Favorite Places To Shop

1. American Eagle
2. Victoria Secret
3. Zappos
4. Urban Outfitters
5. Knit Picks
6. Target
7. Amazon
8. Knit N Hook Huntington, WV
9. Comic World Huntington, WV
10. Midtown Comics New York, NY

10 Songs That Describe You or Your Life

1. "Meet Virginia" by Train
2. "Turn Your Lights Down Low" by Bob Marley and Lauryn Hill
3. "Un Verano En Nueva York" by El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico
4. "Handlebars" by the Flobots
5. "3 Shades of Black" by Hank Williams III
6. "Breakdown" by Jack Johnson
7. "No Necesito" by Los Aterciopelados
8. "My Best Friend" by Weezer
9. "In The Garage" by Weezer
10. "American Girls" by Weezer

Monday, February 16, 2009

Chocolate covered strawberries

This past Friday, my co-worker gave me a case of strawberries for free. So far, I've only been giving them to the sugar gliders. Tonight I've decided to make chocolate covered strawberries. I had it all thought out and I was going to make tuxedo designs and drizzle the white chocolate over the milk chocolate. Yeah... it didn't work out that way. I started by trying to melt the white chocolate in the microwave because I am immensely impatient. I ended up burning it. Finally, I gave in and did the double boiler method. It worked out perfectly. While I was dipping them I figured this is going to be a lot of strawberries if I do the milk chocolate ones and the designs on them. For now, I'll just do milk chocolate and leave the rest for another day. I might go for the strawberry shortcake tomorrow.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!

... or Happy S.A.D (single awareness day) to those out there who might not be in relationships. I know it might not be some people's favorite holidays but regardless whether you are or aren't in a relationship they both have their pros and cons.

This Valentine's day was pretty good (kinda.. hehe). I say this because Paul and I celebrated ours on Friday the 13th. We went to see the movie Friday the 13th right after work. I thought it was pretty good. It had some good gore in it which I like in my horror movies. Paul said it wasn't that great. He thinks that Jason wasn't bad ass enough and should have been more merciless. What I was shocked at was the fact that there was a little kid in the theater but whatever. It wasn't my kid. I thought the movie could have been a bit much for a child not just because of the killing but the amount of gore could have frightened him and there was A LOT of boobs and sex. You know... everything a horror movie offers.
Once we got home, there was a ProFlowers box sitting on my doorstep. When I opened it, it was a beautiful arrangement or red tulips and blue irises that came with a clear glass vase. This is my favorite part of this holiday because I love flowers and it is the one time of the year that I receive them. We've been together for almost 6 years now and this is the second time he has given me flowers. For some reason, he was under the impression that I didn't like flowers for the majority of our time together. I don't know where he got this from because he knows I used to work in two flower shops and when I started to go to school at UConn, I majored in horticulture. I just don't get it. Once we came in he gave me a card, some conversation hearts and a bucket of chocolate. Literally, a bucket, it weighed 5 pounds. I ended up letting him eat my candy and I ate his milk chocolate fish that his co-worker gave him. The box made the fish look framed and it said "It's a keeper" on it. He also got me Zach and Mira make a porno, Nick and Norah's infinite playlist and the stewardesses which have not arrived yet. I got him Hulk: Red Hulk, A Year At The Movies by Kevin Murphy, and the movie Poultrygeist which he received early.

On Saturday, we just rested by staying at home and watching movies. We watched Death Race which was kind of silly at first where it explains the story a bit. Once you let go that it's just a fictitious futuristic movie, it gets to be good. Redneck Zombies was absolutely horrible. It was a movie put out by Troma that was filmed with tape in the 80's. If you LOOOVE really bad horror B-Movies then this is one to see. The acting is horrible but it has funny hillbillies, moonshine and gut eating zombies out in the middle of nowhere. It pays tribute to Texas Chainsaw Massacre with a few scenes. It's actually pretty funny now that I think about it. We also watched Dance of the Dead. It was alright. I don't have much to say about it. Zombie movie with kids going to the prom filmed in what seems to be Canada. We watched S.W.A.T. which was better than expected. Pretty good if you're looking to watch an action movie.

As to knitting, I finally am up to the edging on the shawl I've been working on. I hope to be done with it very soon. I order the Lost Boys color way from Knit Picks which I received just a few days ago. I ordered it because it was going to be discontinued so I couldn't resist. It's beautiful, I can't wait to knit some socks up with it.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Kick Ass Clock

I never seize to be amazed at what you can knit up. I wonder if there's a house out there where everything is knit up from the couch to the salt and pepper shaker. I'm sure it's out there. Actually, I think I did see it, on the Martha Stewart Show. I remember seeing a knit fire extinguisher on there.

Check out this kick ass clock here.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Ten On Tuesday Twice on Wednesday.

10 Favorite Articles of Clothing You Own

1. My brother's hand me down sweat pants that are nearly 10 years old.
2. My hooded peacoat that flairs at the hips that I got for Christmas.
3. My old high school gym t-shirt.
4. My wide leg American Eagle hip huggers that have been previously worn down.
5. My Ramones t-shirt.
6. My thermals for which I'm thankful for during the winter months.
7. My "Kermit" colored cashmere sweater that I got for Christmas.
8. My crochet Ugg boots (I know they're not clothing but they cover my feet up and keep me warm.).
9. My hand knit Endpaper Mitts.
10. My hand knit socks.

10 Favorite Children's Movies

1. A Christmas Story (never gets old).
2. Breakfast Club.
3. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
4. National Lampoon's European Vacation.
5. Outsiders
6. Back to the Future.
7. Beetlejuice.
8. Ghostbusters.
9. The Wizard of Oz
10. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
Bonus for the heck of it... Little Shop of Horrors

Monday, February 2, 2009

Catching Up

Well, since I've not blogged in a while I do have a few things I've been working on. For starters, I made some cookies weekend before last. I actually got the recipe from the back of the bag of Nestle's peanut butter and milk chocolate morsels. Afterward, I got to use my cute new cookie jar that I bought on clearance at Walmart after the holidays :) It was for peanut butter and milk chocolate morsel cookies and here is it:

Original Nestle Toll House Peanut Butter & Milk Chocolate Morsel Cookies


2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 2/3 cups (11-oz. pkg.) NESTLE TOLL HOUSE Peanut Butter & Milk Chocolate Morsels
1 cup chopped nuts

PREHEAT oven to 375 degrees F

COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in a large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.

BAKE 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes ; remove to wire rack to cool completely.

Makes about 5 dozen cookies.

I have gotten a lot of knitting done as well. I am on my last repeat of Chart C. After that, all I have left is pretty much the edging. I swear, once I'm done with this shawl I don't want to look at this yarn anymore. I will be steering clear of lace projects for a while too. I won't be posting pictures of the shawl until I am done though. I think it's good motivation to have to wait. Also, It just looks like a blue blob right now on the needles.

Can I just stop for a minute and say how happy I am? Let me explain that I am originally from new york city where the winters are snowy and beautiful (and a bit slushy). Ever since I moved to West Virginia, I have been patiently waiting for a good snow storm. All I have gotten is snow that melts at the mere idea or sunlight, until now. I wished for snow this year and I finally got some. Sure it wasn't the blizzard I really was hoping for but I think I can make do for now. I still hope we get more, More, MORE! The first picture is the view of the hillside from my job and the rest are at my apartments.