Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Bloggerstock Guest Post: The Story of What's on Your Desk

A special guest post today, peeps! I decided with my lack of posting these last few weeks I'd join in on Bloggerstock. Little did I know I'd have to write about what's on my desk! Have you seen my desk at work?! Anyway, here's a special guest post from Jessica at Cerebral Lunch Box:

Before I begin, I want to give some background on what Bloggerstock is and why I've hijacked Lindsay's blog. I found out about Bloggerstock through 20sb.net (a great place for a beginning blogger, btw). Basically it's blog-swapping but on a big scale. It introduces you to tons of great blogs out there, some of which you would miss in the vastness of the net. If you want some exposure as well as some new things for your feed, check it out!

Silly me, I thought the second go around with Bloggerstock would be easier. But after all of my procrastination on last month's "theme song" prompt, this month has been even harder for me to write.

Because, really, I don't have a desk or a real workspace. Yes, I have a computer with internet access. It's not that. It's not even that it's a non-traditional set up. I have my computer hooked up to the tv in the living room so I can watch Netflix any time I want. I don't mind the setup, I actually find the couch much more comfortable than any office chair I've run across.

So yes, I have a non-traditional setup, but that's not what has made this post hard to write. I guess it's the idea of a workspace. I'm still having to wrap my mind around the idea of blogging and writing being my work. No it doesn't pay much, but it is what I want to do.

It's a frame of mind issue that keeps me from thinking of my little setup as a workspace. Even now, when I have no real expectations of going back into teaching (at least not at the high school level) and am getting my ducks in a row to start my first novel, I still have this idea that what I'm doing is "playing" not really "working."

I started this post thinking of how I could tell a couple of funny stories about the birds that fly into my window or the dogs sounding possessed while they wrestle. I tried to think of a clever way to describe the setup (but leaving out the fact that I desperately need to dust). But somehow, this has turned into something a little less frivolous than I wanted it to be.

I guess it's time to really put my workspace in order and start taking it seriously. Thank you for listening to my little ramble. Hope it wasn't too boring for you. If you're interested you can read the much funnier and entertaining Kara from Crayons and Cylons on her post on my blog, Cerebral Lunch Box.

Thanks Jessica! Check out my post on An American Girl Moves to Vienna for the story of what's on my desk.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Proof of My Undomestication: Cookies

A few weeks ago, Boyfriend was in LA and I wanted to do something nice to show him how much I'd missed him. I decided I'd bring him cookies at work so I set out to make chocolate chip cookies. Remember how I;ve said I bake better than I cook? That includes everything except chocolate chip cookies. For some reason, they always end up kind of flat and spread out.

I decided this time to try making them using my baking stone, I'd heard they work really well for cookies. This is how my first batch turned out:

Completely flattened and stuck together! Grrrr.....so frustrating. I follow the recipe exactly and even add the ingredients together in the order the recipe calls for.

I decided to skip the baking stone and move to a cookie sheet. The next batch wasn't stuck together but they were still pretty flat. I decided to try smaller balls of dough and was surprised to find my cookies came out much better!
They were tiny, bite sized cookies but at least they were kind of raised instead of flat. By my last batch, I almost had good little cookies
At least the last two batches tasted okay. Eventually, I am determined to make the perfect chocolate chip cookies!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Wishful Wednesday: Lost

My first Wishful Wednesday! Normally I already have my posts for the week scheduled but this week I got nothin' so I can actually participate!




I wish .... I hadn't lost my favorite doll, Hermoine (my dad named her, this was VERY pre-Harry Potter.) Let me tell you, I was attached to this doll when I was little. Apparently I would wave and say "Bye Mynie, Bye Mynie." If I had to leave her at home and would say "Hi Mynie, Hi Mynie!" When we returned. Her arms, legs, and head had to be sewn back onto her cloth body more times than I can count. 

Sadly, I haven't seen her since I was about 7. I had "lost" her for awhile (she had fallen between my bed and the wall) and I haven't seen her since the day I "found" her. Of all my possessions, she's the one I wish I still had. 

Monday, June 21, 2010

I've Missed You

I really have missed you. I've been doing tons of stuff, but I haven't been taking pictures and work's been crazy so by the time I've gotten home I just want to go to bed. PLUS, I got sucked into the True Blood series of books, has anyone else read those? They're pretty decent.

There's some exciting things coming up for Undomestic Chica but I can't share them just yet :) I will share as soon as I can, promise.

I need your help, I have a wedding coming up in July and I need a cute dress. The wedding is going to be "business casual" so I don't need to go super fancy, but I still want to look cute.I have issues with wearing white or black to weddings so even though I have a really cute black and white dress that's out.

So what do you think?


I'd throw something over this.....

I really like one shoulder right now but I just feel Eh about this one.

I like this but feel both these pink ones are a little too dressy



I think my favorite of the whole bunch is the first. Seattle's had some really crappy weather so I'm not even sure it will be nice by mid-July so none of these may end up being appropriate!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

CSN Winner!!!

We're getting into our busy part of summer for the radio station with all the summer promotions going on, but I'm hoping to be back to my regular posting schedule soon. But anyway, some business: the winner of the CSN giveaway is Krystal from Krystal's Kitsch! Congrats Krystal, email me your shipping info at UndomesticChica@gmail.com and your gift card will be sent out shortly!



Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Love Story Part 2


Did you read the first part of mine and Boyfriend's Love Story at Under the Sheets - shhh? Well, the second part is up today if you want to know how we end up together!

I must tell you though, our relationship has not always been sunshine and rainbows. We ended up incredibly close really quickly, and then we broke up. Twice. I didn't blog about it because it was just too public. I try to be completely honest here and I felt like I was being a fake to all of you, but I was just too emotional to write about it.

I was devastated, and, as he told me when we were writing our story for Laura, "You may have left my side, but you never left my mind." :)  We are working on our relationship daily but I can tell you our relationship is better and stronger than it's ever been. Our time apart made us appreciate each other in a way I don't think we could have before. But anyway, I don't want to be a downer, just completely honest, so head over to Laura's blog and see how it all turns out!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The No Good Very Bad Day


Does anybody else remember that book? Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No-good Very Bad Day.

Horrible day at work yesterday. I don't post about work except I will say I care about my job. A lot. Too busy to post but hope to be back to my regular posting schedule tomorrow. I have giveaway winnings to blog about. 

Don't forget about the CSN giveaway! 

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Personality Type

I took a personality test last night. Obviously I was pretty bored. For my own diary purposes, I'm pasting the results here, but you don't have to read it at all, it will probably be pretty boring to you, although it is pretty accurate and I was surprised by it, kinda. I will be posting my own comments if any of you are interested.


Extraverted iNtuitive Feeling Judging
by Joe Butt
Profile: ENFJ


ENFJs are the benevolent 'pedagogues' of humanity. They have tremendous charisma by which many are drawn into their nurturant tutelage and/or grand schemes. Many ENFJs have tremendous power to manipulate others with their phenomenal interpersonal skills and unique salesmanship. But it's usually not meant as manipulation -- ENFJs generally believe in their dreams, and see themselves as helpers and enablers, which they usually are.
-I'm totally an enabler. I'm fine being the Promotion Coordinator for our two radio stations, I would never want my boss's job.

ENFJs are global learners. They see the big picture. The ENFJs focus is expansive. Some can juggle an amazing number of responsibilities or projects simultaneously. Many ENFJs have tremendous entrepreneurial ability.
-I've always thought it would be fun to own a clothing boutique, or a high-end dog store so I could take Teddy to work everyday, but more than anything I'm a master multi-tasker. Ask Boyfriend, I rarely just sit and watch a movie, I'm doing something at the same time.I never complete one task at work without being in the middle of at least two others, that's how I roll.

ENFJs are, by definition, Js, with whom we associate organization and decisiveness. But they don't resemble the SJs or even the NTJs in organization of the environment nor occasional recalcitrance. ENFJs are organized in the arena of interpersonal affairs. Their offices may or may not be cluttered, but their conclusions (reached through feelings) about people and motives are drawn much more quickly and are more resilient than those of their NFP counterparts.
-Have you seen my desk at work? It's organized chaos.

ENFJs know and appreciate people. Like most NFs, (and Feelers in general), they are apt to neglect themselves and their own needs for the needs of others. They have thinner psychological boundaries than most, and are at risk for being hurt or even abused by less sensitive people. ENFJs often take on more of the burdens of others than they can bear.
-Have you met me? I'm super sensitive and always put others first. I tell myself all the time I'm going to quit doing that but it hasn't happened yet.

TRADEMARK: "The first shall be last"

This refers to the open-door policy of ENFJs. One ENFJ colleague always welcomes me into his office regardless of his own circumstances. If another person comes to the door, he allows them to interrupt our conversation with their need. While discussing that need, the phone rings and he stops to answer it. Others drop in with a 'quick question.' I finally get up, go to my office and use the call waiting feature on the telephone. When he hangs up, I have his undivided attention!
-Happens to me all the time! Account Executives are often trying to go over details of a promotion or event with me and then another needs something or one of my promo team has a question, and then the phone always rings!

Functional Analysis:

Extraverted Feeling

Extraverted Feeling rules the ENFJ's psyche. In the sway of this rational function, these folks are predisposed to closure in matters pertaining to people, and especially on behalf of their beloved. As extraverts, their contacts are wide ranging. Face-to-face relationships are intense, personable and warm, though they may be so infrequently achieved that intimate friendships are rare.
-I don't really get this. I'm usually inclined to closure in matters pertaining to people? What does that mean? I can be a little hard to get to know although that's been changing these last few years. I kind of have the attitude that I am who I am and not everybody's going to like it. And those who don't - eff them. In the nicest way possible, of course:)

Introverted iNtuition

Like their INFJ cousins, ENFJs are blessed through introverted intuition with clarity of perception in the inner, unconscious world. Dominant Feeling prefers to find the silver lining in even the most beggarly perceptions of those in their expanding circle of friends and, of course, in themselves. In less balanced individuals, such mitigation of the unseemly eventually undermines the ENFJ's integrity and frequently their good name. In healthier individuals, deft use of this awareness of the inner needs and desires of others enables this astute type to win friends, influence people, and avoid compromising entanglements. The dynamic nature of their intuition moves ENFJs from one project to another with the assurance that the next one will be perfect, or much more nearly so than the last. ENFJs are continually looking for newer and better solutions to benefit their extensive family, staff, or organization.
-Totally true. I always want to do what I can to help and have a hand in making everything bigger and better. I figure people out REALLY easily. In fact, I was going to go into psychology and am really good at giving advice.

Extraverted Sensing

Sensing is extraverted. ENFJs can manage details, particularly those necessary to implement the prevailing vision. These data have, however, a magical flexible quality. Something to be bought can be had for a song; the same something is invaluable when it's time to sell. (We are not certain, but we suspect that such is the influence of the primary function.) This wavering of sensory perception is made possible by the weaker and less mature status with which the tertiary is endowed.
-Thank goodness I can manage details because we have at least 10 different station events per week! It is up to me to give my staff all teh details they need to make the event successful!

Introverted Thinking

Introverted Thinking is least apparent and most enigmatic in this type. In fact, it often appears only when summoned by Feeling. At times only in jest, but in earnest if need be, Thinking entertains as logical only those conclusions which support Feeling's values. Other scenarios can be shown invalid or at best significantly inferior. Such "Thinking in the service of Feeling" has the appearance of logic, but somehow it never quite adds up. Introverted Thinking is frequently the focus of the spiritual quest of ENFJs. David's lengthiest psalm, 119, pays it homage. "Law," "precept," "commandment," "statute:" these essences of inner thinking are the mysteries of Deity for which this great Feeler's soul searched.
-Huh? I don't think enough? Have you MET me?! I think too much! Part of the reason B can put up with all my crazy is because he overanalyzes too. I wish I wasn't so in my head, but tis the way I am so I deal with it. But, I will say I am very self aware of all my flaws and what I need to do to overcome them. I've heard I'm more self-aware than other 27 year olds, but who knows if that's really true.

Careers: Counseling (duh) Psychology, Social Work, Education, Physician, Management, Fashion Merchandising yes!) Politics (ha!) 

Famous ENFJs:

David, King of Israel, Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, Abraham Maslow (psychologist and proponent of self-actualization - he created Maslow's Heirarchy of needs,) Ross Perot, Sean Connery, Dick Van Dyke, Andy Griffith, James Garner, Dennis Hopper, Craig T. Nelson (Coach ,) Diane Sawyer, Randy Quaid, Tommy Lee Jones, Kirstie Alley, Michael Jordan, Johnny Depp, Oprah Winfrey, Bob Saget, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Ben Stiller, Peyton Manning, Matthew McConaughey Pete Sampras, Lauren Graham, Ben Affleck, John Cusack

Monday, June 7, 2010

Monday Sucks - Let's Have Another Giveaway!

Happy Monday! Not really, I worked Seattle's Race for the Cure yesterday and had to be at the station at 5:30am. No bueno. But what was bueno was the reaction I received from my last post. LOVED IT. I don't usually get into matters of my head/heart but that was something I felt strongly about and I'm glad to see I'm not the only one.

Moving on....I'm sure most of you have heard of CSN since it seems quite a few bloggers have posted about them recently but just in case you haven't, CSN has over 200 online shops, one of them beingSectional Sofas, another is All Modern Furniture and another is Blogging Writing Desks and More. They really do have a little something for everyone! Boyfriend needs more seating in his house, so of course I had to check out the sofas!
 I like this one, and feel like it might be long enough for Boyfriend to actually lay down on, but I figured I should check out the domestic accouterments:

I drink a lot of tea and have been coveting a burgundy tea kettle for awhile (Not like I really need one, but I want it.)


                             
 I'm sure I've mentioned before, I bake alot better thank I cook. A lot. I would looooveee to have one of these mixers - a burgundy one of course! But one of these hand mixers would be pretty awesome too:
So what does this have to do with you? CSN Stores has offered to give one of you a $40 gift card!

The dirt:
You have to be a public follower of my blog to win.
1 Entry -  leave a comment on this post telling me you're a follower
2 Entries  - Like me on Facebook and facebook about the giveaway. Leave a separate comment letting me know you did so.
3 Entries-  follow me on twitter and tweet about this giveaway. Leave a separate comment
4 entries - blog about it. Leave a separate comment.
5 Entries - Figure out some other creative way to spread the word.Leave a comment

*You can facebook, blog and tweet about it as much as you want to, just leave me a comment each time letting me know you did it.

Good luck, peeps, the contest will close Monday June 14th - you have one week!

 

Friday, June 4, 2010

Stalking

The other day, somebody told me they were stalking me....I took it as a compliment. I started my blog just as something fun to do. I have always loved writing and felt this would be a good way to start doing something I enjoy again. I kind of liked the community aspect some people build, I thought maybe I could do that too, plus, it's like a visual diary. I thought it would be fun to look back five or even ten years from now to see how my life changed. I'm sure the things I think are important and dramatic now will be so different in ten years.

Shortly after I started this blog, I noticed a lot of ladies commenting on how their blog-friends became real-life friends (I'm still jealous of those girls by the way.) And thought, hey that would be cool, I'd love to have more friends, especially girls. And then I started thinking about real-life friends and blog-friends....

Aren't they one and the same?

Just because you haven't met someone in person doesn't mean they can't be your friend. They can be the person you go to for a laugh when you're having a crappy day, they can lend an ear when you need someone to talk to (or write to in some people's case.) They can become the person who knows exactly what you need without you ever having to tell them.  

They can be the other half of a deep-everlasting friendship.
I think blogging can make people more real. When you're face to face with someone, you might hold aspects of your personality or your opinions to yourself for fear of being judged. I almost feel like, with blogging, people forget that there's real people out there reading what they write or they don't realize how many people are reading, so they become more authentic. I've written about things on my blog I would never post on my facebook, facebook is just too public, but somehow, blogging isn't. 

I have a ton of people on my facebook from back in my club promoting days but I know only what they post as their status. For various reasons, people have emailed me and are starting a friendship through blogging but yet these people on facebook who are my so-called "friends," the people I used to hang out with 3-4 times a week, I barely even talk to. I feel like I've met a few real people from blogging. It makes me happy when someone is stalking me to the point of trying to find out more about me.

So, because I'm always down to make new friends, stalk away :)

What do you think? Do people seem more authentic because they're writing to "imaginary" people? Is it creepy I'm flattered if people are stalking me?







*images via

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Under the Sheets


Today I debut my first guest post! I was honored when Laura from Under the Sheets-shhh asked me to guest post while she's on her honeymoon. I decided to stick with the theme of love so if you want to know mine and Boyfriend's Love Story, go check out Laura's blog!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Macy's Winner!

Bet you're dying to see who won the Macy's giveaway! It is:

 Congrats Johana! You have 48 hours to email your mailing info to undomesticchica@gmail.com!

Don't worry if you didn't win, I have another contest starting Thursday!


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