project management The process of planning, organising, staffing,
directing and controlling the production of a system.

Of all things to remind you of your childhood, project management should not be it. I was however, sitting in my System’s Design lecture today and became supremely concious of how much of what was being talked about I had actually done before – but when I was about 10yrs.

If you haven’t guessed it by now, maybe I’ve changed a little bit. I was an extremely bossy little girl with my fingers in every pie and running absoutely everything (which means of course: delegation, unless I could do it better, in which case I’d let them do it and then would proceed to fix it up how I wanted it to be, often upsetting the person in question.) I’m sure my parents and sisters can testify to this. I was probably fairly horrible a lot of the time and royal pain.
I was organised, the ‘pack leader’ (not hard when you’re the oldest girl and your ‘peers’ are mostly a few years younger) and forever going about ‘doing new things’ or expanding on what was.

Being rather imaginative/creative and quite apt at drawing people into my ideas or coercing them, I on several ocassions took Laura on the massive expeditions into what I now know as: systems/project development! She might claim that she had as much of a role in launching these – but I somehow don’t think it would’ve gone to quite the extent it did had I not been involved.

I became aquainted and then very good friends with Microsoft Works (Excel equivalent of the time) and as I explored the various limitations posibilities of technology, the world expanded beautifully.

Laura and I, with the aid of a Readers Digest Home/Farm running book “Back to Basics“, a spreadsheet, hours and weeks, my facination with horses (at the time – how lame), created a full blown ranch/farm. Planning and budgeting. Staffing and Managing. We were quite aware that it would never ‘come to be’ but it hardly stopped us.

That’s not to mention, the scout clubs for our Sylvanians (which we still have somewhere). The running of mud towns (NB. Bec in position of power – always), newspapers, mock restuarants, clubs, small businesses that actually operated etc…

And now I find myself with the daunting task of doing it all again – a little differently, a lot more realistically. I have a semester to produce a System design, unfortunately with a lot more constraints then just that. The true budgeting thing freaks me out, but I think the overarching concepts have reignited that long dormant thrill….

Which is really the only thing I can think of that produced that feeling of supressed and curious excitement during a fairly boring 10am lecture.

Now I just have to decide what to actually do it on.

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It’s really really nice outside – windy and if it was warmer I’d be out there, but for the moment I haven’t even gotten out of my pj’s so as I just came across mandy’s blog (she being a gusher) I’ll pretend to be utterly facinated in these things because they’re: OH SO TRUE:

You are Ocean Blue

You’re both warm and practical. You’re very driven, but you’re also very well rounded.
You tend to see both sides to every issue, and people consider you a natural diplomat.What Color Blue Are You?

You Are Crimson Red

Down to earth and warm-hearted, you instantly make everyone feel at ease around you.
And while you have an understated passion – you lack the uncontrolled passion of most other reds.
You prefer to sit back and enjoy every situation life has to offer. You put an optimistic spin on everything.
And even when things are going well, you don’t get too amped up. You prefer to keep your emotions as steady as possible.
What Color Red Are You?

You Have a Choleric Temperament

You are a person of great enthusiasm – easily excited by many things.
Unsatisfied by the ordinary, you are reaching for an epic, extraordinary life.
You want the best. The best life. The best love. The best reputation.

You posses a sharp and keen intellect. Your mind is your primary weapon.
Strong willed, nothing can keep you down. Your energy can break down any wall.
You’re an instantly passionate person – and this passion gives you an intoxicating power over others.

At your worst, you are a narcissist. Full of yourself and even proud of your faults.
Stubborn and opinionated, you know what you think is right. End of discussion.
A bit of a misanthrope, you often see others as weak, ignorant, and inferior.
What Temperment Are You?

Your Blog Should Be Green

Your blog is smart and thoughtful – not a lot of fluff.
You enjoy a good discussion, especially if it involves picking apart ideas.
However, you tend to get easily annoyed by any thoughtless comments in your blog.
What Color Should Your Blog or Journal Be?

Your Personality Is
Rational (NT)

You are both logical and creative. You are full of ideas.
You are so rational that you analyze everything. This drives people a little crazy!

Intelligence is important to you. You always like to be around smart people.
In fact, you’re often a little short with people who don’t impress you mentally.

You seem distant to some – but it’s usually because you’re deep in thought.
Those who understand you best are fellow Rationals.

In love, you tend to approach things with logic. You seek a compatible mate – who is also very intelligent.

At work, you tend to gravitate toward idea building careers – like programming, medicine, or academia.

With others, you are very honest and direct. People often can’t take your criticism well.

As far as your looks go, you’re coasting on what you were born with. You think fashion is silly.

On weekends, you spend most of your time thinking, experimenting with new ideas, or learning new things.
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And *snigger* my power colour is….

Your Power Color Is Lime Green

At Your Highest:

You are adventurous, witty, and a visionary.

At Your Lowest:

You feel misunderstood, like you don’t fit in.

In Love:

You have a tough exterior, but can be very dedicated.

How You’re Attractive:

Your self-awareness and confidence lights up a room.

Your Eternal Question:

“What else do I need in my life?”
What’s Your Power Color?

I totally do not agree with many of the above statements!

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Ha! Will you look at that!

Article from Boundless

In college I learned about “Johari’s Window.” The window, a square with four quadrants, is a self-awareness tool. The first quadrant represents open area — the things you know about yourself and others know about you. The second quadrant represents your blind spots — things others know about you that you don’t know about yourself. The third section represents the hidden area — things you know about yourself that you have not disclosed to others. And the fourth quadrant represents the unknown area — things neither you nor others know about you.

We talked about Johari’s Window re: relationships in Youth Min the other night. How bizzare. Also about the importance of feedback. I had a ‘feedback’ discussion with Monica the other night re: class. Was good, despite qualms it would shift the friendship to mentor/mentoree.

To all those who have pointed out blindspots of mine and communicated them kindly enough so that I’ll listen. Thank you. You are the friends I trust and value the most.

…and no, that isn’t a call to point out everything wrong with Rebecca.

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Just managed to waste over an hour bumming round doing ‘Personality quizzes’ online. How very lame, how very bored I am, how very sore my left wrist is, what am I going to do with myself the rest of today? Why haven’t I had lunch yet?

Have been in the past rather into MyersBriggs etc (which is actually a real personailty thing not just a stupid internet thing).

that saying, I am an INTJ borderline ISTJ (found that our recently). and I’ll find a link so something about that when I can be bothered (soon after I post this). *LINK HERE

Alternatively some results from various other quizzes:


Better Personality ?

Wackiness: 50/100
Rationality: 46/100
Constructiveness: 14/100
Leadership: 54/100

You are a SEDL–Sober Emotional Destructive Leader. This makes you a Dictator.

You prefer to control situations, and lack of control makes you physically sick. You feel have responsibility for everyone’s welfare, and that you will be blamed when things go wrong. Things do go wrong, and you take it harder than you should.

You rely on the validation and support of others, but you have a secret distrust for people and distaste for their habits and weaknesses that make you keep your distance from them. This makes you very difficult to be with romantically. Still, a level-headed peacemaker can keep you balanced.

Despite your fierce temper and general hot-bloodedness, you have a soft spot for animals and a surprising passion for the arts. Sometimes you would almost rather live by your wits in the wilderness somewhere, if you could bring your books and your sketchbook.

You also have a strange, undeniable sexiness to you. You may go insane.

Of the 131586 people who have taken this quiz since tracking began (8/17/2004), 5.5 % are this type.


Relationship one from same site… sort of have to think of hypotheticals

eXpressive: 5/10
Practical: 9/10
Physical: 4/10
Giver: 2/10
You are a RPIT–Reserved Practical Intellectual Taker. This makes you a Love Geek.

lost the link for this one:

Intrapersonal thinker:
Spend a lot of time thinking about and trying to understand themselves · Reflect on their thoughts and moods, and work to improve them · You understand how your behaviour affects your relationships with others.
Other Intrapersonal thinkers include Sigmund Freud, Gandhi, Grahame Greene
Careers which suit Intrapersonal Thinkers includePsychologist, Teacher, Pilot, Child care worker, Explorer, Drama therapist


The Cappuccino is the java that best describes your personality. Chic and intellectual, this drink is only for the serious and mature. The air of importance ‘cappuccino’ carries cannot be spoken unless by the purely driven and successful individuals. This drink can be contemplative or social, although it is most often considered classy. With its rich espresso, relaxed milk, and slightly foamed topping it fits in most anywhere. Although slightly reserved for important occasions, there is a hint of exciting foam that is let loose only briefly. You are not given to triviality and pointless activities. You like success and are goal driven, ambitious and are comfortable conversing. You are confident and bold and no one can mess with a cappuccino. Any addition or change to a cappuccino only wrecks its calm and collected image. Responsible and slightly reserved, the cappuccino is the mirror of your cool, collected, and ‘going somewhere’ personality. To be inspired and motivated, people love absorbing the aura of confidence surrounding a cappuccino.


boredom should end here. YITS withdrawals (as Alecia so nicely puts it). I need people.

some lunch is not a bad thought.

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