Salami, by the way...

As you may have noticed in my sidebar "What We are Reading" that I have picked up a copy of No One Cares What You Had for Lunch 100 Ideas for Your Blog. You can thank or hate my hubby for that one, he brought it home from the library for me.

Number 11 is Curate the Web. Which is fancy book speak for link through to other websites. So with that in mind I am showing some love and sharing with you. I've had a few people, most recently, Oliver Rain ask me about the chickie in my header. My hubby is a graphic designer, specifically a web designer these days, so he knows where they hide all the good stuff on the internets. When I asked him to spiff up my site he headed to iStock Photo to find me a cute little icon. Now I personally find iStock a bit overwhelming, but again being in the business he knew right where to go. The illustrator chihhang had exactly the style of designs we were looking for. After a bit of "I have to have HER!" hubby bought her for me, $15 whole dollars and now she's legally mine, all mine. Okay not all mine, I have seen her a few other places and I choose to believe those bloggers have paid for her too, so I don't complain, about that anyway. If you don't mind sharing your graphic with a few others iStock is a great place to find photographs and illustrations. It might be a time suck once you start looking around, don't say I didn't warn you. As for the rest of my header he extended the background and added an Apple to my laptop. How? I dunno, he's the one earning a paycheck around here, not moi.

Over there in that there sidebar you can also see I am perusing Nurture by Nature. If you have more than one kiddo you know that amazingly two children born to the EXACT SAME parents can somehow be complete opposites! I know! My own children personally shot to hell my nature vs. nurture stand point. This book helps figure out Briggs-Meyers personality types and has great advice on how to best deal with different types of children. When Breanna was little we read this book and figured out our own types as well as hers. Then when Brooke was younger we took a stab at typing her. Okay I unearthed this book this weekend while searching for something else* and thought I'd see how close we were when typing the girls before. Because the older they get the more obvious their likes and dislikes are. According to the book, some characteristics are identifiable as early as two or three years old and by five or six years old parents can really be sure of a child's personality type. That said, I went through the quick run down and am coming up with almost complete opposite types than I had for the girls before. Okay they are young and it's subjective, so that's not too unusual. Here's what I find HI-larious Breanna is almost exactly like me and Brooke like Brian. Now if you are new here that may not seem odd. But in our house Breanna is totally daddy's girl and Brooke is my little shadow. I guess when you think about it though, we would naturally seek the company of the child who is most like our partner, not the most like ourselves. My experience has been that those who are most like us usually end up butting heads with us.

Does anyone else out there know which of the 16 personality types they are? What about your kids? Now I am more intrigued than ever and will be reading the long version in between cataloging my lunches for this week for your reading pleasure.

*Whole 'nother post. Hint: Check back for True Confessions Thursday.


Funny you should post about this book today -- it caught my attention yesterday when I stopped by for the WWC, and I was curious. Great title!

[side note: I always look to see what y'all are reading!]

I might just have to check this book out from the library. EB is much like his father, but I had already recognized that the things that drive me BONKERS! about the kid are things that bug me in my own Self. H-J is sooooo much like his father that I can't find any of me in him, but maybe I am represented there after all?

August 27, 2008 at 5:55 AM  

I had no idea your hubby was a Graphic Designer like me! Always good to have contacts!!

August 27, 2008 at 6:30 AM  

I always wondered where you got your cute header. I need a guy like your Hubby around. I'm the computer-know-it-all in our family, which is sad, because I really know so litte. :)

August 27, 2008 at 9:17 AM  

What a GREAT POST!!!

You killed two birds with one stone for me, so to speak. I've been wondering about your header since the first time I stopped by, LOVE it. And you know where I will be at 8:05 (after the kids are gone)? Finding that book! That sounds right up my alley!

My daughter Holly is my identical personality and she DRIVES ME CRAZY!!! And Bill is always saying, "She's just like you" and him and her are like glue, so that explains it!

Thanks for all the good info!

August 27, 2008 at 9:35 AM  

dunno about the other types, but I've done the test twice in 15 years (eek! where does the time go!) and got INTJ----which means I am a reclusive flake. But I knew that.

August 27, 2008 at 12:38 PM  

I recently had Maggie Mason's book out of the library myself.

I was, in fact, wondering how you did your blog design so thanks for sharing!

August 27, 2008 at 1:26 PM  

I haven't done much reading on that personality stuff, but it sure is interesting. I also agree that the more alike someone is to you, you tend to dislike those things most like you in the other person.

I like your What Are We Reading section.

August 28, 2008 at 12:31 AM  

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