A while ago I did one of those online Myers-Briggs personality tests (this one, I believe) and my result was ISFJ: Introverted, Sensing, Feeling, Judging. The ISFJ is characterized as introverted, empathetic, hard-working, practical, timid, sensitive, insecure, intolerant, easily embarrassed, prone to jumping to conclusions, fearful of confrontations, and needy.

I was reading and nodding in recognition until I got to the part that said ISFJs are likely to have beautifully furnished homes and are extremely good interior decorators. Ha. Ha ha ha! MY CLUMPS OF ARTISTICALLY-PLACED DOG HAIR, LET ME SHOW YOU THEM.

So I don’t know about that part, but the rest sounded uncomfortably familiar. It was kind of depressing, to be honest—I mean, not like I didn’t have any self-awareness about these things, but seeing it all laid out in a tidy description was sort of . . . well, I don’t know, I suppose it would be nicer to read something chirpy like “You have an unrelenting zest for life! You love people! You would make a fantastic leader! Your thirst for adventure is eclipsed only by your positive outlook and self-confidence!”

Instead, I got: “You’re kind of a whiny, reclusive doormat. Ideal career choices include martyrdom and anonymous internet commenter.”

Have you ever done one of these tests, and if so, did it ring true? And do you think it’s ever possible to change your basic personality type? I don’t mean fundamentally alter who you are as a person, but tweak your settings to dial yourself a bit closer to the sort of personality you tend to admire? Or do you think we are who we are, and any forced behavior is simply a surface change?

JB read my post yesterday and was like, hey, I didn’t know it meant that much to you to go to BlogHer, let me work some mysterious mojo with my airline miles oh here is a free flight to NYC. And I was like, um, now I am really super embarrassed about publicly whimpering and boy I wish we could have discussed that whole secret mileage rabbit-in-the-hat action a while ago instead of me feeling bummed and coming thisclose to selling my conference pass and not to look a gift horse in the mouth or anything but is it really only obvious what is meaningful to me when it makes it to my website? But nevermind, who cares, because THANK YOU, MIRACLE ACHIEVED. BlogHer is a go, and I am beyond thrilled about this.

Also, I checked the school website this morning and grades are posted and can I get a WHUT WHUT, I aced my goddamn nutrition class.


This class was teeming with biochemistry, he slammed us with a weekly quiz, I had to give a presentation in front of the class using a slide deck and everything, and you guys, it was not easy. Seeing that A makes me feel . . . I don’t even know. It makes me feel happy and proud and like I can do this school thing even if it takes fifty more years.

MAN. Is this Hump Day? Because I feel like I am getting DRILLED with GOOD NEWS.

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