the living room makeover. the library.

If you missed Part I and Part II of this living room makeover, CLICK HERE and HERE to see those photos.

This weekend, we’re installing baseboard in the game room, and hopefully we’ll reload all the furniture in that room and finish laying the new flooring in the kitchen. But this is what we did LAST night!


Check out my very own LIBRARY wall!

and yes, those shelves block off an opening between two rooms, but we LIKE it that way. The other side is what the floor plan called the formal dining room, but we’ve used it as a play room/game room for over 10 years. The books on these shelves will provide a sound barrier between the two rooms that I’ve wanted for a very long time!

There’s plenty of time to have a formal dining room. After my kids grow up. maybe. (more likely it will turn into a workout room.)

We have SO much to do this weekend. But FirstHusband is using power tools and doing math with a protractor to calculate baseboard angles, so I’m rearranging books in my new library! Here’s a WIP shot:


Check back. More photos to come.

“We’d like to get a sample of your brain tissue.” “okay.”

First – the title of this post – what movie is it from and who said it? (The answer is at the bottom of the post.)

Now. This is weird. Linda, at Mocha with Linda did the left brain/right brain test she saw over at The Preacher’s Wife. I decided to try it out. It appears Linda and I have even MORE in common than we originally discovered. Check out her test results and then compare them to mine. I’ll bold the words that are the same in both our results. My comments are in red.

Julie, you are mildly left-hemisphere dominant while showing a slight preference for auditory processing. This overall combination seems to indicate a well-working blend of logic and judgment and organization, with sufficient intuition, perception and creativity to balance that dominance. (ooo. blend of logic, judgment and organization, with sufficient intuition, perception and creativity to balance that dominance? does that mean my freakish organization is overshadowed by my . . . wait. I got nothin.)

You will at times experience conflict between how you feel and what you think which will generally be resolved in favor of what you think. (to a fault. I have NO confidence in my “feelings” when it comes to decision making and – if I’m totally honest – I don’t have much respect for decisions based on feelings instead of logic. Feelings are unstable.) You will find yourself interested in the practical applications of whatever material you have learned or whatever situation you face and will retain the ability to refine whatever knowledge you possess or aspects of whatever position you are in. (unbefreakingleavabley right. so. I made up a word. In this situation, it is completely applicable.)

By and large, you will orient yourself toward intellectual activities and structure. Though not rigid, you will schedule yourself, plan, and focus on routine and continuity of operations, rather than on changes and disruptions. (this is why my summer (blogging) has been . . . unpredictable. (excuse me, I’ll be right back . . . okay, sorry about that, I’m back.) I love my children. really. I do. (excuse me, I’ll be right back . . . okay, sorry again. I’m back) but they need to go back to school now. love ya. buh bye. see you at car line. 2:30. oh the thinks I can think! When I’m not interrup . . . )

When changes or disruptions occur, you are likely to consider first how to ensure that such disruptions do (the rest of the sentence is missing in Linda’s results too! I think it’s supposed to read “NOT HAPPEN AGAIN!”) The same balance is reflected in your sensory preference. You will tend to be reflective and measured in your interaction style. (Just trying to respond instead of react.) For the most part, you will be considered objective without being cold and goal-oriented while retaining the capacity to listen to others. (Listening to other people makes me think about perspectives outside my own. Makes for better decisions. I also learn a lot too!)

Preferentially you learn by listening and maintaining significant internal dialogues with yourself. (I’m talking to myself? I prefer to call it “rehearsing.”) Nevertheless, you have sufficient visualization capabilities to benefit from using graphs, charts, doodles, or even body movement to enhance your comprehension and memory. (true.)

To the extent that you are even implicitly aware of your hemispheric dominance and sensory style, you will feel most comfortable in those arenas which emphasize verbal skills and logic. Teaching, law, and science are those that stand out among the professions, along with technical sales and management.
(I’m a computer and communications trainer, mostly for law firms and I LOVE learning via scientific method.)

But. Yes. I bolded the ENTIRE summary of the “brain usage profile.” (Except for the name.) Linda and I got the EXACT same summary.

And the test isn’t the same for everyone who takes it. FirstHusband took it and I saw questions on his test that weren’t on mine! And he SO did not get the same result I did. The Preacher’s Wife didn’t get the same result either. And we all kinda agree with our individual assessments.

um. Linda? If we went to see the same therapist, could we save time AND money? We could each go to half the appointments and pay half the co-pays! And each of us would be half as crazy!

(Movie Trivia Answer:  Ghostbusters.  At the end of the movie, after they have roasted the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis) tells Louis (Rick Moranis) they would like to get a sample  of his brain tissue, to which he replies, “okay.”)