Monthly Archives: June 2007

Fun Personality Quiz

Here’s a VERY thorough online personality quiz that you might want to check out – Personal DNA.

Here’s what it said about me:

You are an …

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About You : You are an Analyst:

  • Your attention to detail, confidence, sense of order, and focus on functionality combine to make you an ANALYST.

  • You are very curious about how things work, delving into the mechanics behind things.

  • Along those lines, how well something works is usually more important to you than what it looks like.

  • You find beauty and wonder mainly in concrete, functional, earthly things.

  • You are very aware of your own abilities, and you believe that you will find the best way of doing things.

  • Accordingly, problems do not intimidate you, as you believe in yourself.

  • You trust yourself to find solutions within the boundaries of your knowledge.

  • You don’t spend a lot of time imagining how things could be different—you’re well-grounded in the here-and-now.

  • It is important for you to follow a routine, and you prefer the familiar to the unknown.

  • You’re not one to force your positions on a group, and you tend to be fair in evaluating different options.

  • You’re not afraid to let your emotions guide you, and you’re generally considerate of others’ feelings as well.

  • You prefer to have time to plan for things, feeling better with a schedule than with keeping plans up in the air until the last minute.

  • Generally, you believe that you control your life, and that external forces only play a limited role in determining what happens to you.

If you want to be different:

  • Try to embrace the imaginative, creative part of your personality more often.

  • Try moving beyond the things that you find comfortable—open yourself up to a broader range of experiences.

How You Relate To Others: You are Advocating:

  • Being social, empathic, and understanding makes you ADVOCATING.

  • Some people find being around others exhausting—but not you! You are energized by spending time with friends, and you are good at meeting new people.

  • One of the reasons you enjoy conversation as much as you do is that you often learn about yourself while talking things out with a friend; you realize things about your own beliefs while discussing them with others.

  • You have insight into what others are thinking and feeling. This ability allows you to be happy for others, and to commiserate when something has gone wrong for them.

  • You are highly compassionate, and being conscious of how things affect those close to you leaves you cautious about trusting others too hastily.

  • Despite these reservations, you are open-minded when it comes to your worldview; you don’t look to impose your ways on others.

  • Your sensitivity towards others’ plights contributes to an understanding—both intellectual and emotional—of many different perspectives.

  • As someone who understands the complexities of the world around you, you are reluctant to pass judgments.

If you want to be different:

  • While it’s important to think about others, don’t forget to take some time for yourself, and occasionally to put yourself first.

  • Take some time to spend with a few close friends; although it’s difficult to find people to trust, it’s worth the effort.

  • When you have great ideas, it can be hard to relinquish control, but it can also feel good to take the pressure off and enjoy someone else leading the way.

I thought it was pretty accurate. Maybe a little off on some things, but very interesting anyway.

Toxic Toothpaste

OK, you’re going to have to check your toothpaste tubes.

First of all, there is some fake Colgate toothpaste running amok in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland. Check your tubes to see if it was manufactured in South Africa. If it was – don’t use it, return it to the store for a refund. Turns out, the fake  toothpaste contains diethylene glycol which is commonly found in solvents and antifreeze! ANTIFREEZE people, you know the stuff that kills pets out in the garage – EEKS!

And apparently toothpaste made in China is suspect as well. The FDA is strongly warning consumers to avoid using any toothpaste labeled as made in China because they have found levels as high as 3-4% of a poisonous chemical, diethylene glycol (DEG), in Chinese toothpaste. Diethylene glycol (DEG), also known as "diglycol" is a poisonous chemical used in antifreeze and as a solvent. It does not belong in toothpaste even at small concentrations.

Watch out for these brands in particular:

  • Cooldent Fluoride
  • Cooldent Spearmint
  • Cooldent ICE
  • Dr. Cool
  • Everfresh Toothpaste
  • Superdent Toothpaste
  • Clean Rite Toothpaste
  • Oralmax Extreme
  • Oral Bright Fresh Spearmint Flavor
  • Bright Max Peppermint Flavor
  • ShiR Fresh Mint Fluoride Paste
  • DentaPro
  • DentaKleen
  • DentaKleen Junior

    In fact, it might be a good time to try your hand at making Crystal’s Tooth Powder. She started making it to avoid the flouride in most toothpastes, but avoiding DEG is pretty important too!

  • Enjoying a quiet country morning

    I’m not usually a morning person so it’s quite a treat when I get to enjoy a beautiful sunrise just enjoying God’s creation. Truly I don’t know if I take time enough to truly appreciate all of His wonderful handiwork.

    • the deep greens of the leaves
    • the pinkish-blue of the sky
    • the beauty of the hills
    • the gentle clucking of the chickens
    • the sound of the birds singing, going about their morning routines
    • the dew on the grass
    • honeysuckle growing on the vines
    • dogs sleeping
    • my son laughing, yes laughing, in his sleep
    • the gentle breathing of my husband
    • God’s gentle mercies
    • time to pray
    • time to listen
    • His unconditional love
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