Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Egypt Trip - Preparation

I have been buying travel size things to pack - shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, etc. It is interesting to me that in the US, we don't have the same sizes of shampoo bottles that they do in Europe. When I went to Germany and my luggage was delayed, I had to buy shampoo and the regular size was about half the size of the smaller bottle that you get in the US. And the least expensive bottle in the US is gigantic - about 4 times as big, as the regular sized container in the US. I wonder what the difference in the psychology of marketing is. Do Americans shop to get a bargain and think that a giant sized container must be a bargain? Do Europeans think that they waste less when they ration out the contents of a small bottle?

I am so worried that I will forget to do something that MUST be done before I leave, or that I will forget to pack something vital. I hope that I calm down somewhat after I am underway.

I still have to pack. I went over what clothes I planned to take today and changed my mind almost completely about what I am taking. What a disaster!

I wish I had felt like doing more preparation for the trip. I bought a travel guide, but I didn't look at it very much.

I think my cats are going to miss me. John doesn't play with them - he will feed them and keep their stuff clean, but they need attention, too, and he probably won't give them that. I hope they don't get too bored. And I hope the older one doesn't die while I am gone. She has hyperthyroidism, which we have elected not to treat. We are letting her live out her natural life, as it were. She doesn't actually seem very sick. She still runs around and plays and has a good appetite.

Friday, March 16, 2007

World Ice Art Championships

Chambered Nautilus

Rain over Denali

A New Song

I'm not sure what the title of this one was, but it is one big insect!

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Personality Test

I think this is moderately accurate, except that I am a bit more physically active than this test would tell. They asked about running for an hour. Well, I don't run, but I do swim 2/3 of a mile every other day. I am not fast, but I have good endurance. Oh, well, it was fun. At least on most of the questions for this test, I wasn't constantly trying to choose both sides of the question. I always have that problem with MBTI tests.

Advanced Global Personality Test Results
Extraversion |||||||||||||| 53%
Stability |||||||||||||| 56%
Orderliness |||||||||||||| 56%
Accommodation |||||||||||||||||||| 83%
Interdependence |||||||||||||||| 70%
Intellectual |||||||||||||||||||| 83%
Mystical || 10%
Artistic |||||| 30%
Religious || 10%
Hedonism || 10%
Materialism |||||||||||| 50%
Narcissism |||||||||||| 50%
Adventurousness |||| 16%
Work ethic |||||||||||| 50%
Self absorbed |||||||||||||| 56%
Conflict seeking |||||| 23%
Need to dominate |||||||||||| 43%
Romantic |||||||||| 36%
Avoidant |||||||||||| 43%
Anti-authority |||||||||| 36%
Wealth |||||||||||| 50%
Dependency |||||||||||||| 56%
Change averse |||||||||||| 50%
Cautiousness |||||||||||||| 56%
Individuality |||||||||||| 43%
Sexuality |||||| 23%
Peter pan complex |||||| 23%
Physical security |||||||||||||||||||| 90%
Physical Fitness || 10%
Histrionic |||| 16%
Paranoia |||||||||| 36%
Vanity |||||||||| 36%
Hypersensitivity |||||||||||||||| 63%
Female cliche |||||| 23%
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Monday, March 12, 2007

Alyssa's White Desert Pictures

Alyssa took some pictures of the White Desert in Egypt that I love, for their shadows, forms, and colors. I am going to post some of them here (with her permission) so that I can tell people how to see them.