7 Quick Takes

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My dad posted a photo that brought back memories.

This is the church my husband and I were married in, complete with stained glass windows and wooden pews.

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If you’re doing Latin, especially if it’s with younger students, you’ll want to check out Race to the Colosseum

Race to the Colosseum

Pam Barnhill just opened shop with several great resources and more to come.

At the bottom of her post explaining how Race to the Colosseum works, she also has a fun free download for you! Check it out. :)

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I’m blogging a bit less right now for 2 reasons: 1) I feel like I’m not quite coping well with life and 2) I’m working on a GTD Quickstart Guide for Moms freebie for you!

Yes, that’s right: writing and thinking about GTD while feeling like a total basketcase. Isn’t God so good to give us these little ironic juxtapositions?

The real question is, would I be feeling like such a crazy woman if I weren’t thinking about my organization systems and how I’m terrible at keeping my own advice?

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I guest posted this week over at Managing Your Blessings: Learning How to Make Peaceful, Intentional, Flexible Choices All Day

gtd for homemakers

Topic: GTD. Ha!

I wish making peaceful, intentional, flexible choices actually looked like napping in the sun in a field of daisies. Even when real life is running smoothly, it never looks and definitely never feels that idyllic.

Carlie made the pretty graphic for my post (which I submitted last month) and reading it made me think I might benefit from reading my own book again (I already wrote it practically three times – but I am starting to think it might not ever perfectly stick. It will likely be a lifelong ebbing and flowing, or mending and fraying).

Speaking of fraying, I have a sixteen-month-old who is suspiciously quiet….

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This week my friend down the street and I swapped an hour or so of hosting play time for all ten of our combined children. I love it when we’re able to do that. This week I vacuumed.

The trouble with vacuuming is that all the floors have to be picked up beforehand. And how often does that happen? And how long does it last? Not often. Not long. But, I managed it this week.

At least, close enough to picked up. Here’s a question for you: Do you vacuum Legos? Do you bend down and pick them up as you go? Yell for children to pick them up at you go? I had no children to yell for, and I waffled back and forth between picking them up and just vacuuming – they had been warned I was going to vacuum. At least one Lego arm fell victim to my ruthlessness, and by the sound effects as I went, there were more casualties than that.

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I spent a bit of time this week poking around learning about the Enneagram personality system.

That means, of course, that I’m tempted to buy three books on the topic, but I’m trying to resist. Our library doesn’t have any of the three I’d like to read.

I still think I prefer Myers-Briggs, but Enneagram is interesting in that it is more about motivations while MBTI is more about functioning and energy.

If you’re interested, I’m a type 5 on the Enneagram (not sure what wing – do you have to have a wing?) and an INTJ on Myers-Briggs. What are you? Do you prefer Enneagram or MBTI or do personality tests drive you crazy? My husband thinks it’s all bogus and a waste of time, but that’s just because he’s an ISTJ.

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Coming up with seven things a week is a real stretch for me, it turns out. I have nothing left.

10 Responses

  1. Heather
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    I’m also an INTJ married to an ISTJ. I think MBTI is fascinating, but I’d never heard of Enneagram. My husband thinks these things are all very silly, and wonders why I’m always trying to put him into a personality box. :-)

  2. Brandy @ Afterthoughts
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    That’s funny. I checked Enneagram out this week, too, but gave up. I couldn’t figure out what I was easily, and I have no more book money this month. ;)

    I’m an INTP, but you already knew that. I’m your INTJ’s crazy uncle, right?

    • Mystie Winckler
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      lol! I always think of that owl picture I sent you when I think about INTJ/INTP.

      When I was reading stuff online for type 5, I thought you were probably a 5, too. :) My friend who first introduced me to it thinks its simpler than MBTI, but I think those arrows and wings business makes it seem more complex to me, because I have to understand *all the parts* before I let it go….or, I drop it immediately without giving it *any* time. But, that’s my INTJness: obsessed or uninterested are my two settings. :) I toyed with becoming obsessed with it this week, but I think I’ve managed to back away slowly.

  3. Joli
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    I knew I liked you the moment I your blog in a link from Raising Arrows several weeks ago…now I know it’s because I am an ISTJ also! So is my husband. The Lord knew exactly what He was doing…we get along famously! 18 years this Sunday!

  4. Kelly
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    I don’t know what I am. I’ve taken several tests — one Enneagram test says I’m a 1 with either a 9 or a 2 wing, but honestly I think that’s who I want to be, not who I really am. Another says I’m either a 4 with a 5 wing or a 5 with a 4 wing. 4w5 is probably more accurate of all those.

    I never see myself in the MBTI types, but a few years ago a friend pointed me to Socionics, which was developed by a Lithuanian and she drew a lot from Jung’s ideas, so it’s similar to MBTI. In Socionics, the type that seems to fit me best is INTp — the the Intuitive Logical Introvert, or Balzac.

    Here’s a Wikepedia article on Socionics. Note that for the Introverted types, the J and P are the opposite, which is why Socionics uses a lower case letter — to show that it’s different from MBTI.

    • Mystie Winckler
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      That’s really interesting, Kelly! I like how that description distinguishes between male and female types. So, we are the same type then. :)

      • Kelly
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        Yes, that male/female distinction is one thing I really like about Socionics. It’s also interesting looking at the interype relations chart. My oldest son is my Dual and it’s such an interesting dynamic. We’re so different (he’s ESFp) and yet communication is so easy — we seem to read each other’s minds and never have to figure out the best way to explain something so the other person will understand.

  5. Missy
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    We once spent most of a long party talking about our Enneagram and MBTI personalities – that was a long time ago. We are SUPER NERDS. I am actually an ENTP (we only had one E and one S in our group of about 15 people). For a long time I thought I was a J but realized that wasn’t the case. I do like the Enneagram and there are some interesting websites on it. I used to consider myself a 1 but now I think that might not be true – just as I let go of wanting to be a J. My husband is a TOTAL 5. Hadn’t thought about personality stuff in a while – it is interesting. g.

    • Mystie Winckler
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      Yeah, mistyping because of who you want to be is really tricky. I also sometimes feel like I’m not a J because I’m not as J as I want to be. :)

      NTs make great nerds. :)