21 March 2013

INTPs UNITE.

For a while now, I've been contemplating this post and how to write it.  I think my other friends who were around when I "rediscovered" MBTI (Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator) have already posted about it. And possibly even forgotten about it.

But not me. Been thinkin' about it for a while. Trying to figure out HOW to put my thoughts down. Which is why this blog is aptly named "Last Yesterday." Because by the time I have my thoughts in order, it's already happened. For a while.

I first took this test in college. They had me take it once a week, for a month, to see if my results were "right." I scored INTP all four times. That's right folks, I'm an:



Aw, yiss. I'm a lazy genius. I don't remember why this popped back into my head a couple of months ago, but I think I was bored, and tired of seeing the same 'ol crap on Pinterest, so I did an "INTP" search and BAM. My PEOPLE. They were EVERYWHERE. It was really exciting. I'm really bad at describing myself, so I'm going to let some of the pictures I've found do the dirty work.





Well. How applicable is that one? It's normally right before I go to sleep, too.

I do. not. like. math.  and if I never have to write Java script in my life again, I could die happy. We're all geniuses, just in our own way.




Yes, yes and yes. I am so independent it's ridiculous. And I'm very "original." Just ask my mother.

Being a crafter AND an INTP, this is so very, very, very accurate. I'm looking around my craft room right now, just nodding and smiling. I'm trying to get better at it. I just get...distracted.

Like now. I'm trying to finish this blog post and I'm thinking about 104583745 other things. Seriously. This is how my mind works:


No joke. Ask me what I'm thinking one day. Just ASK. Wait...maybe you shouldn't.

And lastly, I just found this today, and is one of the main reasons I'm posting this. It's so scary, it's true.

Yoinked straight from this page, I give you

How to Interact with an INTP!

  • Allow him or her time to make a decision. It could be a while, be prepared.
  • Realize that small talk is not very interesting to the INTP. However, a topic which ignites the INTP's imagination can spark a good discussion. This is why I'm bad at most social functions. I don't know how to talk to people.
  • Try not to be easily offended. Unless you have made an enemy of the INTP, chances are the comment was not meant to hurt you. I'm blunt and truthful. I don't even realize what I've done until later after I've said it.
  • Be prepared to encounter a strange sense of humor, a great curiosity, and an unusual train of thought. You don't even want to know.
  • Use logic as persuasion; the INTP is likely to ignore emotional appeals. I like logic.
  • Hear him or her out. Most INTPs don't speak up often, and may get annoyed if ignored when they do. PET PEEVE. OH GOD.
  • Know that the INTP's energy comes in bursts, so he or she may put off chores in favor of more interesting material and then accomplish the postponed work in an extraordinarily short amount of time. Today is a fine example. My house is almost sparkling clean.
  • Be aware that the INTP is highly self-critical. I seriously am my own worst enemy.
In case you haven't figured it out by now, my comments were in italics. I seriously sat there, with my mouth gaping open, after I read that. If everyone could just behave this way around me from now on, that'd be great.

And there you have it. A post about how eccentric I am. If you'd like to see more pins, check out my INTP Pinterest board, here.


*Note: None of these images are mine. I found them on Pinterest. Please don't sue me.

17 March 2013

I'm a Dirty Girl.

Well, friends. I did it. I successfully completed my first 5k obstacle course, the Dirty Girl Mud Run. It was insanely fun. Despite being in the Chihuahuan Desert, covered in mud.  Thankfully, this is not a competitive event, so I have no idea what my time was, nor do I really care. I am pleased to say I did every obstacle, including the watery-gravel pits that we needed to low crawl through. My poor knees. Moving along, here's the story. (Warning: Photo Heavy.)

Charla and I got there around nine. Just in time, too. We were one of the last ones to get "close" parking. That was a blessing after the race. No major lines anywhere, which was nice. We checked in pretty quickly and got our numbers. I was 5419. A nice number. Then, we got some "free" swag. Got a Dirty Girl t-shirt, and two necklaces. Not bad. Not bad at all. As Charla and I were pinning on numbers, and talking to someone Charla knew, Jaci and her awesome self showed up. Which means, I can begin with the photos.


So, this is us, before we got all muddy and gross. Obligatory photo with the Dirty Girl entrance way.  So, we put our stuff away and start looking for our other teammate, Kim.


Ah ha! We found her and her husband, so the even more ridiclious pictures are taken. GO TEAM TACO KICKERS. We'll put a thunk in your junk.

And here's a picture of everybody. Jaci's an honorary Taco Kicker, mainly because she followed us around for about half the course being our race photographer. I will never be able to thank her enough.


Getting excited and getting ready to go!


AND WE'RE OFF...we skipped across the start line. Because we're frickin' awesome.





Over the first obstacle! This picture is fabulous and sad all at the same time. One, is because it looks like I'm going to kick Charla in the head. The sad part is, this is the last we'll see of Kim. She did some fabulous ninja moves on the way down, and unfortunately severely injured her ankle. It was the size of the grapefruit when she told us to go on without her.


So on we ran! To the next obstacle. Mud pit #1.



Yes, I basically just belly flopped into the mud pit. This is one of my favorite pictures.

This is mud pit #2. Or should I say water-gravel-dirt pit. That crap hurt my knees.

Here's me peering around the wall. As the original caption said "Amber doesn't like suprises." Mildy true. I just wanted to make sure that I could make it safely over without injuring myself.
And this is where Jaci parted from us. She was wearing flip flops, and didn't want to go 5k in flip flops. I seriously can't blame her.


From here, we went through a few other obstacles. One was what I call "Mission Impossible." It's like dodging a bunch of lasers, but instead of lasers they were bungie cords. Kinda fun. Then, we walked up a hill, and sloshed through a waist deep mud pit. Washed our mud laden shoes off, only for a bit. Then, the next obstacle was one of my favorites. It was a giant SLIDE. It was so much fun.  I wanted to do it again and again. But, instead I carried on.

And then guess what!

Jaci found us again. HAAAAAAAAAAY JACI. HAAAAAAAAY.

Here's me ontop of another obstacle. Something with nets. I basically just barrel rolled across it. Much easier. But, I'm also posting it because of the girl next to me. She told me that she's a mom of three, with a breast fed newborn she left at home to do this. And her and her husband will be doing the Jailbreak run later this year. How amazing is that? Not to mention, she was pretty awesome, too.


And here is a fantastic picture of me on top of something, ringing a bell. Such triumph on my face.

And here is mud pit #4. It was also water-gravel-dirt. My face is saying "Really? More rocks? Again? My poor knees are angry after this point.

This is mud pit #5. The last and final one right before the finish. The other mud pits didn't cater to Charla's and I original plan.

What plan could that be? Something, clearly involving mud.

Why mud angels, of course! This was so much fun. And this is also my other favorite picture of the set. I was absolutely disgusting after this. Seriously, just CAKED in mud. It was awesome.


And this would be Charla and me dancing across the finish line.



WE DID IT. WE SURVIVED.






Makes us qualified badasses.  See our badassery?

This event was seriously amazing. I would do it again, if I ever got the opportunity. Not to mention, the weather was perfect. It was 85ยบ, slightly overcast with a bit of breeze. Not miserable at all. I'd highly recommend doing this event to any woman.

Also, I'd like to thank Charla for not leaving me behind and keeping at my pace. She's the runner, and I'm so not.

AND extra extra special thanks to Jaci and Jaci Greggs Photography for being our race photographer. You are amazing and I will never be able to thank you enough!

15 March 2013

Running for the holidays.

Okay, that title didn't make any sense,  but this post has two subjects, and I'm not creative enough to think of a better title right now. Earlier this month, I enabled myself when I saw Jo Ann's had St. Patrick's Day and Easter fabric 40% off. Didn't help that my friend, Courtney, didn't stop me. Anywho, I decided my mother needed something useful for the holidays. So, uh, I made her potholders.


Okay, so it's not the most creative picture ever, but they were a lot of fun to make. This particular pot holder, you can stick your hand in the middle, if needed. Like to grip it? they're so easy to make, and all you need for the innards is some batting and Insul-Bright.

Tomorrow, I'm doing something I've never done before. I'll be participating in the Dirty Girl Mud Run. I'm excited and nervous all at once. The last time I actually ran, was right before high school. I ran a mile, if I remember correctly, in 11 minutes. I couldn't walk properly for three days. I haven't ran since then. It'll be interesting tomorrow, but thank goodness, it's not a competition. Hopefully, I'll have pictures to post!


11 March 2013

Grill'd

I have a confession to make. If you put food on a grill and grill it, 99.9% of the time, I'll eat it. I don't know what it is about a grill, but food just tastes 29834793x better on a grill. It's...magical.

My husband and I picked out our new grill last summer. It's a Char-Broil TRU Infrared grill. It's seriously amazing. It's really easy to use, and all the foods we've cooked come out juicy and amazing. It's also really quick to finish grilling. Where, on my Dad's grill at home, it takes 20 minutes to cook burgers, it took me about 14, and they're not too done, but still juicy.

So, tonight, I gave myself the challenge of cooking all of my supper on the grill. I think I succeeded awesomely.


Okay, so it's a terrible cell phone shot, but I didn't want to loose too much heat. You've got marinated zucchini, tenderloin steaks, and a giant sweet potato cut in fourths. Seriously. That was a massive potato.
The sweet potato took the longest. I let it "absorb" some olive oil, and then I grilled it for 10 minutes on each side. If you like your potatoes butter soft, you'd probably want to do a little bit longer.
The steaks were 14 minutes, 7 on each side. I put a little bit of Dale's on them, and some Penzey's Chicago Steak rub.
Then, the zucchini had been marinating in olive oil, garlic powder, thyme, basil and oregano for about 30 minutes. I cooked them for 3 minutes on each side.
It all turned out amazingly delicious.

And for good measure:





Here's my burgers I did last week. Yes, that's juice running out of them. And yes, they were completely done. Oh man. I dream about those burgers. So, so very delicious.





10 March 2013

Decisons, decisons.

My first quilt is coming to an end. Meaning, I need to start picking out the backing and binding! Yes, I am insane, and I'm going to make my own binding. I like a good challenge. Though, I've don't think I've reached the insanity level of wanting to hand quit yet. Not yet. If you'll recall this post, where I show off my beginnings of the quilt (i.e. not sewn together, yet). I've decided to keep it a small quilt. Probably just to place on top of the bed for decoration (and extra warmth, etc), but not to replace the comforter, like I originally planned. So, now, I'm trying to pick out a backing and I need opinions!



I'm definitely doing the black plaid for the binding (fourth row down, third square). But, my problem is, I can't pick a backing! Should I do the red polka dots (top row, third square), the black "pattern" print (fifth row down, second square), or the red "zig zag" pattern (seventh row down, last square)? Or, would you suggest another one?

Ready? And GO.

07 March 2013

Oh dear.

Once again, it's been a month since I've posted. February was a very interesting month for me, to say the least. I don't think I accomplished anything besides getting shin splints and allergies.

It's Windy Season here in El Paso, which means, my "seasonal asthma" is back. It's not really asthma, but it involves dust in my already weak lungs, which causes me to wheeze. I actually find it funny. But, the constant film of dirt all over everything, and not being able to see half a mile in front of you, isn't really that funny.

ANYWHO. March is National Craft Month! Which means all the crafting stores are having SALES. And I get into TROUBLE. Oh yes. I may or may not have invested in a diamond shaped quilting ruler. I squealed with glee when I saw it, and snatched it up immediately and practically sprinted to the counter (along with my three other rulers.) I slammed my coupons down and yelled "SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY" to....oh wait. No one was at the counter. So, I just patiently waited until someone showed up, and then I skipped out the door.

Why am I so excited? Have you EVER seen the diamond quilts? They are simply one of my favorite patterns.

I almost swoon every time I see the above quilt. It's from the Quilted Fish. I will make that quilt one day.


ARGYLE. This quilt links back to Fresh Lemons, from Pinterest, but I can't figure out to where. If it's your quilt, I'll link you properly. But, how amazing is that quilt?! Though, I do love me some Argyle socks. Om nom.


And lastly, this Arkanas Traveler block, from Freshly Pieced. A whole quilt of these, I think I would go into some sort of frenzy and just pass on into the next life.


Though, thanks to the upcoming DoD furlough/sequestration I think I will have plenty of time to finish a quilt...