Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Doctor’s Office

After a visit to the doctor, it turns out I have a 6 cm cyst inside of me. I have no idea how long it’s been in there, growing, feeding off me. The thought of it is disturbing and I hope it goes away on its own. Will find out more in a month when I am subjected to another vaginal sonogram. Fun.

Reason #547 why I hate being female.

I have been confirmed that I am not quite 5’ 2”…turns out I am 5 feet 1 ¾ inches. So it really rounds to 5’ 2” but MKD says no. I have to stretch my limbs to get that extra ¼ inch.

Reason #479 why I hate being short.

I am also not quite 100 lbs. Truth be told, I don’t think I have ever weighed more than 105 lbs. my whole life. I have always thought something was wrong with me because I can’t pack on weight no matter what I eat or do. But given my family’s size, race/ethnicity, and blood work, doctors have concluded that “some people are just meant to be small.”

Reason #312 why I hate being small.

We all have things that we would change about ourselves if we could. Interestingly enough, I discovered that I hate being female, short, and small in that order. But I have grown to accept these things about me as the cognitive dissonance with how I perceive myself in my head is slowly dissipating.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Don’t be a stingy bastard and

see this exhibit!

I know people in the D.C. area are spoiled because museums are usually free, but get over it.

Totally worth the $26.50. The things you see are amazing and I stuck my face really close to naughty bits. The book/pictures do not do it justice for seeing it in person and up-close. Plus, you get to play with a brain and a heart towards the end. Resisting the urge to poke at the people in the exhibit pays off!

I must admit, there are parts that are very gross and I think I had a look of disgust/awe the whole time I was there. Learning about the process is fascinating, and the room with the circulation system will blow your mind. The fetal room and the skin room made me a bit icky though.

But seeing our bodies in reality was so incredible and I had no idea the actual size of a lot of parts. It was such a wonderfully educational event and I could not resist splurging at the gift shop and bought the book for the exhibition and also this:

If it’s small and useless, I must have it.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Reliability and Validity

Aside: Anyone who has ever taken a statistics course should shudder at the two main words in the title.

I was quite shocked to find there is some insightful “truth” to some of those tests floating around out there dealing with personality, interests, etc. Granted, I have no concrete numbers of reliability and validity to back my statement up, only observations and speculations.
Recently, I took two tests pinpointing different facets: career and personality. Yes, there is overlap between the two constructs, but the results were very similar in which one must raise an eyebrow to ponder if there was actual ‘intelligent design’ (using the term way differently than how you are probably used to seeing it) behind the creation of these tests.

Abridged results from career test:
You like job responsibilities that include organizing and systematizing, and professions that are detail-oriented, predictable, and objective, which often leads to work in research, banking, accounting, systems analysis, tax law, finance, government work, and engineering. You perform your job responsibilities in a manner that is orderly, cautious, structured, loyal, systematic, solitary, methodical, and organized, and usually thrive in a research-oriented, predictable, established, controlled, measurable, orderly environment.

Abridged results from personality test:
You are a Faithful Analyst. Your attention to detail, confidence, sense of order, and focus on functionality combine to make you an ANALYST. Your trust in others, respect for tradition, and caring nature make you FAITHFUL. Your perspective on the world is based on careful observation, and you know a lot about how people feel in—and react to—many situations.

It frightens me that my major and my career (which I think of more as a job) falls into place with me. I originally thought there were more disconnects than overlapping linkages, but my Venn diagrams prove otherwise.
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