Friday, July 8, 2011

Pig Personality Test

I've been going to a series of training for the Leadership Development Program at OSU. Sounds pretty fancy, but basically it is How to Be a Supervisor at OSU. I've learned all kinds of great stuff, mainly about how to not get sued by my employees.

I went to a session last semester on communication skills. Our presenter started out with a strange little personality test. I'd never taken this particular one before. So, I'm going to invite you to take it along with me, and I'll use my test as the example.

Start by taking out a blank piece of paper. Now, draw a pig. Yeah, weird, I know, but that is all the instructions you get. No peeking ahead! You go draw; I'll wait here.

Ready? Ok.

Here's my piggy.

  1. Where is the pig in proportion to the page? Mine's in the top left corner.
    Toward the top of the paper, you are positive and optimistic. That's me!
    Toward the middle, you are a realist.
    Toward the bottom, you are pessimistic, and have a tendency to behave negatively.
  2. Which direction does your pig face? Mine is facing straight ahead.
    Facing left, you believe in tradition, are friendly, and remember dates (birthdays, etc.)
    Facing right, you are innovative and active, but don't have a strong sense of family, nor do you remember dates.
    Facing front (looking at you), you are direct, enjoy playing devil's advocate and neither fear nor avoid discussions. Yeah, that sounds about right.
  3. How detailed is your drawing? I guess mine is fairly detailed. He has a little house and a sun.
    With many details, you are analytical, cautious, and distrustful. Yea, probably so, although this one doesn't sound so nice.
    With few details, you are emotional and naive, you care little for details and are a risk-taker.
  4. How many legs does your pig have? I tried really hard to draw my pig with just 3 legs, you know, perspective and all, but in the end it bothered me and I quickly added in the fourth leg. Because, pigs have four legs!
    With less than 4 legs showing, you are insecure or are living through a period of major change.
    With 4 legs showing, you are secure, stubborn, and stick to your ideals. Um, yeah, me again.
  5. How big are the ears? Ugh, another relative question. I think my pig's ear are just the right size. Not big, not small, just average.
    The size of the ears indicates how good a listener you are. The bigger the better. I guess that means I'm average.
  6. How long is the pig's tail (if there even is one)? Seriously? it's long enough! Our presenter said if it has 3 or more curls, then it's a long tail. Ok, fine, my pig has a long tail.
    The length of the tail indicates the quality of your sex life. Again more is better. Um, no comment.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Colorless and Mushy? Sounds Delish.

I'm now two months into my adventure in adult orthodontia. A lot of the things that bothered me at first have subsided. I don't lisp anymore and my mouth doesn't feel like it's full of razor blades.

One thing, really the only thing, that is still really annoying about the InvisAlign is how incredibly difficult it is to snack. You're not suppose to take the trays out any "more than necessary," and you're suppose to keep them in 22 hours a day. Add in the time it takes to brush both your teeth and the trays every time you take them out and you find yourself labeling a lot of food "not worth the effort of eating."

For me this is totally bizarre. I love food. And, I am not myself when I get hungry. Seriously, you won't like me when I'm hungry.

Luckily, I can drink "cool, colorless" things. So, I've decided if it doesn't require chewing, that's the same things as drinking. I went on a quest for colorless, mushy (hopefully, yummy) snacks to help get through the next 10 months. I'm really more of a crunchy snack kind of gal, that's why it took 2 months for this idea to occur to me.

So far, I've stocked my snack cabinet with applesauce, vanilla pudding and jello. Any more ideas? Help me out! I need things that require absolutely no chewing.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Healthy Campus Initative Just Got Awesomer

On and off for the last decade plus I have worked at OSU, I have shelled out for a membership at either the Colvin Center (our massive student gym) or the Wellness Center (our small employee gym). I hate choosing between the two. Both are great in different ways.

The Colvin has greater quantity and more kinds of equipment, but much bigger crowds. The Wellness is small, but very clean and rarely crowded. The Colvin has better hours, but lately the Wellness has won out because exercising with the 50+ crowd makes me feel better than exercising with all 18-year-olds.

Now, thanks to OSU's healthy campus initiative I don't have choose and even better I don't have to shell out! The Colvin and Wellness are consolidating and employees get free membership. That's two kinds of awesome.

I appreciate that OSU publicly states a mission to be the healthiest campus in the nation. More than that, I appreciate all the things they do to make that happen: being tobacco-free (well, mostly), healthy(-er) food options, free health screenings, supplemented health insurance, group exercise events. But this, free gym access, has been a long time coming.

Thanks, OSU! My tush and my wallet thank you too.