16 personalities

I tested as an INFJ personality (“The Advocate”), so I wanted to highlight some elaborate descriptions that really caught my notice:

“INFJs tend to see helping others as their purpose in life, but while people with this personality type can be found engaging rescue efforts and doing charity work, their real passion is to get to the heart of the issue so that people need not be rescued at all.”

“… though soft-spoken, they have very strong opinions and will fight tirelessly for an idea they believe in. They are decisive and strong-willed, but will rarely use that energy for personal gain – INFJs will act with creativity, imagination, conviction and sensitivity not to create advantage, but to create balance. Egalitarianism and karma are very attractive ideas to INFJs, and they tend to believe that nothing would help the world so much as using love and compassion to soften the hearts of tyrants.”

“INFJs find it easy to make connections with others, and have a talent for warm, sensitive language, speaking in human terms, rather than with pure logic and fact. It makes sense that their friends and colleagues will come to think of them as quiet Extroverted types…”

“To INFJs, the world is a place full of inequity – but it doesn’t have to be. No other personality type is better suited to create a movement to right a wrong, no matter how big or small.”

“Creative – Combining a vivid imagination with a strong sense of compassion, INFJs use their creativity to resolve not technical challenges, but human ones. People with the INFJ personality type enjoy finding the perfect solution for someone they care about…”

“Determined and Passionate – When INFJs come to believe that something is important, they pursue that goal with a conviction and energy that can catch even their friends and loved ones off guard. INFJs will rock the boat if they have to…”

“Altruistic – These strengths are used for good. INFJs have strong beliefs and take the actions that they do not because they are trying to advance themselves, but because they are trying to advance an idea that they truly believe will make the world a better place.”

“INFJs seek out people who share their passions, interests and ideologies, people with whom they can explore philosophies and subjects that they believe are truly meaningful.”

“INFJs need to know that what they are doing has meaning, helps people, leads to personal growth and, all the while, is in line with their values, principles and beliefs.”

“As colleagues, INFJs are likely to become quite popular, being seen as positive, eloquent and capable friends, identifying others’ motives and defusing conflicts and tension before anyone else even senses a disturbance. INFJs are likely to prioritize harmony and cooperation over ruthless efficiency, encouraging a good, hard working atmosphere and helping others when needed.”

My family and friends have described me as intelligent/smart, logical, thoughtful/pensive, inquisitive, adaptable, easygoing/mellow, independent, outdoorsy, eccentric, warm/kind, cute, fun, modest, frank/honest, social (not really), talkative (no), extroverted (no no no).

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Pasta with broccoli cream pesto

I had no idea I had made this recipe so often before, but then I checked my previous saves, and it was a lot. I like broccoli! As a child, I used to imagine I was a moose eating the ‘leaves’ of little trees of broccoli; and to eat the ‘wood’ of the stems, I was a deer (like in Bambi, when they stripped bark in the winter to survive). Fun!

Adapted from smitten kitchen

225 g broccoli
225 g dried conchiglie
14 g unsalted butter
14 mL olive oil
1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced (or, more to taste)
pinch of table salt
Freshly ground black pepper and pinches of red pepper flakes
4 spoonfuls of mascarpone
A heap of grated Grana Padano, to serve



Chickpea curry spaghetti

Adapted from smittenkitchen‘s Spaghetti con ceci

400 g canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained or freshly cooked chickpeas
120 mL vegetable stock
75 mL extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
Pinch of chile flakes
Pinch of turmeric
Pinch of cumin (or garam masala)
400 g can tomatoes, chopped
10 to 15 basil leaves
Salt to taste
1/2 kg spaghetti
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese to taste

I subbed butter and coconut oil for the olive oil. Added bell pepper and carrot to the onions, garlic, and chile flakes. I don’t turn the chickpeas to mash right away, didn’t have fresh basil so used frozen, and cooked De Cecco Mezzi rigatoni no.26 until al dente. Served with grated Grana Padano.


Seven Things to Reboot my Life

Inspired by Wil Wheaton’s post, I thought to make my own list. Lists are good. So.

Get outside
Read more (journal articles).
Write more (manuscripts for journals).
Get better sleep. (7 to 9 hours a night)
Eat more organic food.
Sit less. (Read: try yoga)

Get Outside
I have a desk job, like so many individuals. That means in a typical work week, I’m only outdoors on my commute or for groceries. And it’s not a bad commute, four km on a bike through rural and wooded country lanes. But it’s not even 20 minutes each way, and not intensive cardio. The only other time I’m outside is if my boyfriend takes me birding. Solution: do more birding. Or bike faster. Or read outdoors if it’s not too cold.

Read More
Since getting a free tablet with my WiFi contract this past year and installing the Kindle app on it, I have read over a hundred (not necessarily quality) books. That means historical / fiction / fantasy. I need to push through more journal articles, which I keep mostly updated via the very helpful Google Scholar Alerts, so that’s something. But the ideal is reading, critiquing, and incorporating their findings into my own research understanding. And writing. Leading to my next goal…

Write More
I acquired a Make It Happen! journal (after choosing it over the Start Where You Are and Start Now!: The Creativity Journal) to encourage my focus and productivity and thoughts-to-words transmission. I haven’t even cracked it open yet. Too much expectation? Find a moment to just think about time management and prioritizing my short-term goals. I make lists in my lab notebook, but they need to be more manageable.

Hard water is a big issue for me about living in Germany. Situated right next to the Bodensee, more broadly known as Lake Constance, you would think we would benefit from fresh water. Alas! That means I invested in a BRITA Fill&Go water bottle, to somewhat filter the mineral-rich tap water I drink (for those who don’t know bottled water is a crime). It’s sitting on my desk now. Yay.

Get better sleep.
My workday alarm is set for 7:45am. That means I should go to bed 10:45 PM or 12:15 AM or 1:45 AM, plus 14 minutes to fall asleep. I never follow the sleep schedule. I have even tried setting an evening alarm, but eventually disobey that. Anyone have ideas?

Eat more organic.
I like buying organic (here called “Bio”), but organic food spoils so rapidly. Cooking for one and not enough menu planning means I tend to avoid organic because I don’t want to face its rotting state. And more meal planning to make sure I only get what I need and let nothing go to waste is an even greater time investment. Posting recipes on this site should help me organize my favorite recipes to make, at least. I pin too much, too, and their search algorithm could be improved (e.g. identifying duplicates), but it’s so fast and thought-free.

That’s all, folks!



Mushroom farro soup

Adapted from Smitten Kitchen

some dried mushrooms, mixed
30 g oil/butter
1 medium onion, diced
1 medium carrot, diced
white part of 1 leek, diced
part of 1 celery root
2 cloves garlic, minced
~250 g pearled barley
400 mL broth or stock (vegetable, mushroom, etc.)
splash of balsamic vinegar
pinch of rosemary
Salt and pepper to taste


Next time I would stick with the 1 cup of barley, so it’s more soupy in consistency. I used duck stock because it was on sale and lying around, but love wild mushroom broth. Don’t know how different balsamic is from sherry vinegar in taste!


Freshwater aquarium fish

One of my Golden Molly females (Poecilia sphenops, this variety nicknamed the “24 karat”) looked very pregnant, so I put her in a separate breeder box. This morning I woke up and found out she gave birth to this bundle of joy!

There are about 28 of them, only a day old but all healthy — and they eat a lot! They will look like the parents when they grow up into that beautiful golden yellow. I’m glad I had a hunch that night and saved those babies (thinking before I went to bed that the mother would give birth overnight). I was very happy to save their lives, even though they are so tiny.

~ Kai-ling

Fancy Rat & Mouse Day

Thanks to Simon’s Cat, I found out the 12th of November is Fancy Rat & Mouse Day! In honor of that, I will introduce the two little brothers I adopted in early June this year: Timothy and Jonathan (named after the characters in the book, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH).

Male fancy rats are supposed to be stinkier, less trainable, but bigger couch potatoes/lapdogs than females. Mine are neutered, so they’re less aggressive and stinky with a softer coat. They’re both black Berkshire-patterned (colored top, white belly), which always means it’s challenging to tell them apart. The only difference: The bald tip of the tail is longer on Johnny (he was larger when I adopted them). Personality-wise, Timmy is always curious, more affectionate, and the escape artist. Johnny is a slave to his stomach, will try things only after Timmy, and is an overall homebody. This balances out so that I can’t say which one is the more trainable of the two. But “rats are one of the easiest animals to train due to their adaptability, intelligence, and focus.”

Incidentally, I’m the year of the Rat in the Chinese Zodiac, therefore that makes me intelligent, persuasive, sociable, charming, industrious, meticulous, and tenacious, according to Wikipedia.

~ Jessica