Tuesday, August 3, 2010

AUS-Bound With My "Personal DNA"

Good morning, everyone!

I've been rushing around like a chicken with my head cut off this morning. I'm a procrastinating packer, so it only makes sense that I waited until the LAST MINUTE to get stuff for my trip (and check-in online...I got bad seats on the plane...boo).

I did manage to get to the bookstore. I need reading material for the 4 hours of flight time (2 hours to Atlanta, then 2 hours to Austin). I wanted to get a real BOOK since I can't remember the last time I read a book for enjoyment (grad school pretty much slaughtered any love or desire I had to read for enjoyment).

Of course, I go in, and instead of getting a fictional book I get...

...three magazines and a non-fiction book.

I HAD to get InStyle with Gwen on the cover. JUST HAD TO. I also really wanted to read the Operation Beautiful book and I'll definitely be writing a review of it this week for the "Operation Beautiful Virtual Book Tour."

Zucchini "Crab Cakes"
My book incompetence aside, while *attempting* to pack last night, I realized that I had some leftover zucchini in the fridge to use up (since I KNOW Wes won't be cooking while I'm gone! lol), so I whipped up some of "Connie's Zucchini 'Crab Cakes'" for dinner. This recipe was uber-simple and could definitely be made vegan.

Connie's Zucchini Crab Cakes


2 1/2 cups grated zucchini
1 egg, beaten
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup minced onion
1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
Red pepper flakes to taste
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup olive oil for frying

  1. In a large bowl, combine zucchini, egg, and butter or margarine. Stir in seasoned crumbs, minced onion, and seasoning. Mix well.
  2. Shape mixture into patties. Dredge in flour.
  3. In a medium skillet, heat oil over medium high heat until hot. Fry patties in oil until golden brown on both sides.

Doesn't taste exactly like crab cakes, but very delish! I'm saving this recipe to make for my next party.

I made a quick "ranch" sauce using sour cream and ranch mix, but you could use yogurt as well. I also threw a dash of red pepper flakes in to the patty-mix to give it a kick.

Personal DNA
Besides being a food fattie, I'm a psychology quiz-addict. I just can't get enough of, well, myself :) You name it, I've done the quiz. Myers-Briggs (I'm INFJ), Keirsey Temperament Sorter (Idealist all the way), and NOW....Personal DNA.

At 11 pages, it's a little longer than most other personality quizzes, but it's actually FUN to take. There's all these "indicator" gadgets to play with during the quiz so questions fly by.

Aside from being thorough, it was also accurate. Here's my result:

You can read the full description of my personalDNA Report here, but to sum it up:

  • Your imagination, confidence, willingness to explore, and appreciation of beauty make you a CREATOR.
  • You are independent, and you enjoy your self-sufficiency.
  • Defying convention, you are very innovative, and you have a vivid imagination.
  • The look of things is important to you, and you have a keen eye for aesthetic beauty in multiple arenas.
  • You have a strong interest in what is new and exciting—and that includes forging ahead with new ideas, not simply discovering what is already out there.
  • Your eagerness to seek new and varied experiences leads you into many different situations.
  • You're not set on one way of doing things, and you are creative when it comes to finding novel solutions to complex problems.
  • Your confidence allows you to take your general awareness and channel it into creativity.
  • You're not afraid to let your emotions guide you, and you're generally considerate of others' feelings as well.
  • You have a strong sense of style and value your personal presentation - friends may even seek your style advice from time to time.

  • Your awareness of those around you, along with your nuanced perceptions of the world at large, makes you the GENEROUS person that you are.
  • You value time to yourself and understand how rich your private world can be—you know that you don't have to go wild to have a good time.
  • You are excited and energized by ideas and often enjoy things more through observation than through experience.
  • This tendency gives you an appreciation for different perspectives and opinions about the world.
  • Being as aware of others as you are doesn't mean you find it easy to trust them immediately—this is something that happens more slowly for you.
  • Despite this, you are aware of the complexities of many situations and are reluctant to pass judgments on others.
  • Although you have fewer friendships than some people, those that you have are meaningful and are important to you.
  • You value spending time alone—it is while reflecting on the world around you that you often learn something new about yourself or begin to understand something that's been bothering you.

I think it describes me to a T! I'll have to get my sister, mom and BFF to confirm or deny when I see them in AUS. I say, go ahead and take the quiz--it's an awesome boredom-killer!

Plus, I firmly believe that the more we learn about ourselves, the more we can truly appreciate how beautiful, special and unique we truly are!

I'm off, ladies and gents! Stay tuned for some Austin action!

Q.O.D. (questions of the day):
  • Are you going to read Operation Beautiful?
  • How do you use up leftover zucchini?
  • Are you a personality-quiz addict like moi? (If you take the Personal DNA one, leave a comment with your result so we can compare notes!)


  1. Hope you have safe travels. Sometimes I like magazines better on planes - less concentration but still distracting.

  2. 1. So jealous you're going to Austin.
    2. I really want to try those zucchini cakes!
    3. Definitely taking that DNA test right now!

  3. Have a safe trip. Funny, I never have leftover zucchini. I buy just enough for the meal I'm making. I like the personality quizzes too. I'm an ISTJ.

  4. I tried to do the test but I got an error after I completed the whole thing. :( Have a safe trip in Austin and have some fun! As for zucchini I always cut it up and melt laughing cow cheese on it with garlic salt. I am addicted to laughing cow!

  5. I finished Operation Beautiful Tuesday night. It is such a good read. You will love it. It's nice that it is really easy to read too. In fact, it kind of reads like a magazine because it is broken up into so many small sections and notes.

    Zucchini + crab cakes = genius!

    I hope you have a safe trip. :)