7 Quick Takes Friday (vol 5)


Still working my night job this week. My lovely friend Brittany who just got back from India (lucky!!) came in last night to work a shift and she gave me a Christmas gift. Correction, she gave me the PERFECT Christmas gift.

It’s a recipe box!! Better yet, it has the recipe for the guacamole she makes that I always rave about. Gad! That girl blows me away regularly with how thoughtful she is. I’m happy to know her. Even happier to have our friendship.


Curious Notions has been a little quiet, I admit but again, I working night job which leaves me a little uninspired unless I’m dreaming about food. Which leads me to: I’ve been blogging almost daily on Girl Eats World.


The whole Sandra Bullock being cheated on created a lot of buzz and conversation about cheating and “the other woman” in my circles of people. I’ve been listening and polling people’s take on the moral culpability of the other woman. I found a higher percentage than I expected of my sampling that believe the other woman is not one ounce morally culpable because she is not the one cheating. That boggles my mind. While I see that there is not a direct relationship between other woman and woman in the relationship, I still find it wrong. As a subscriber of Thomas Hobbes’s version of contractarianism, my moral compass is guided on whether I would want an action done onto me. I will not poach on your man because I don’t want you to poach mine. Just as Hobbes’s contractarianism would suggest that “person A gives up his/her right to kill person B if person B does the same” (see Wikipedia link on Social Contracts). So for the record, this is where I stand. Where do you stand?


I like rewards. I have a miles reward credit card and a cash reward credit card. I have a movies reward membership. I like getting something back for doing something I was already going to do. Which leads me to my plug for Swagbucks.com. Swagbucks is a search engine I use that rewards me points to shop with. I’ve earned 60 dollars worth of Amazon gift cards so far with only two referrals (Thanks Thomas & Mary Ellen!) and thought why not share/plug. It’s really easy to earn points. All you do is use their search engine (no downloads or credit cards necessary) and the search engine is powered by the titan, Google. Please consider using my link if you try it out :).


Ever wonder how narcissistic you are? There’s a quiz at psychcentral that claims to gage how narcissistic you are. It breaks down your scores by grading you on individual traits that make up a narcissistic personality.

Here’s a snippet of my results:

Your Total: 6
Between 12 and 15 is average.
Celebrities often score closer to 18.
Narcissists score over 20.

How I scored a sum of 6:
I got 3 points for Authority.

Authority refers to a person’s leadership skills and power. People who score higher on authority like to be in charge and gain power, often for power’s sake alone.

I got 2 points for Exploitativeness.

This trait refers to how willing you are to exploit others in order to meet your own needs or goals.

I scored a 1 in Entitlement.

This trait refers to the expectation and amount of entitlement a person has in their lives, that is, unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with one’s expectations. People who score higher on this trait generally have a greater expectation of entitlement, while those who score lower expect little from others or life.

These scores worry me a little. (Why am I just a 6 when an average person scores 12?)

These scores comfort me a little. (Well, I’m not a Narcissist.)

These scores surprise me a little. The other qualities that make a Narcissistic personality I scored zeros on. A zero in Self-Sufficiency, (But I pay my own bills, am not a clingy girlfriend, or freak out when I have to go somewhere and/or socialize by myself. I think I’m pretty self-sufficient!) I scored zeros on Superiority (I agree), Vanity (I agree), and Exhibitionism (really? I have 2 active blogs and 2 active twitters. I tell people when I need to pee!)

Now you do it. And report back!


I have major wanderlust. Still. Itch itch itch.


I wanted to save the best thing for last. On my 20 minute walk from my car this morning to my building, I walked past a telephone can! There is an official and legitimate telephone can set on campus! I’ve always wanted to do this as a child and now I can. I just gotta go back with someone. The other can was across a little creek. How exciting is this?!?!?! Friends, bf, little: be ready to be solicited by me for an old school telephone conversation.

talk to me!