Spontaneity

I took career assessment tests, Myers-Briggs and personality tests a number of times for classes and jobs when I was in high school and college. There were a lot of questions on all of the tests asking questions about spontaneity vs. planning (Judging v. Perception in Myers-Briggs nomenclature).

I always thought of myself as spontaneous and flexible, so I answered the questions as such.

These days I think about those tests and how I actually function and while I am flexible to a point, I much prefer a certain level of structure and routine to my life.

Back when I was doing Couch to 5k, I had planned to run a 5k, a 10k, hopefully sometime do a triathlon. But I focused on the training and kept trying to bring my times down. Structure. Routine. I never actually entered a race before I hurt my knee — despite running at least 5k four times a week.

In stark contrast, my husband signed up for a 5k a mere week in advance, went out and ran it. No focused training, just went out and did it.

I never would have done that and I think I am the worse for it.

we found the light!

This summer, we’ve made a bit of a concerted (har har) effort to see more live music. We’ve seen Tool, Rush, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Vampire Weekend. Last Wednesday we saw Arcade Fire and Calexico at Key Arena.

cow print!
floor wristband

I’m the Arcade Fire fan. I was really looking forward to this show, especially after many people called it the best show of the summer. At the same time, I wasn’t sure how they were going to translate live thanks to the number of instruments and band members.

This review of the show over at the P-I says it well:

Watching the band between songs was like watching a hockey line change with instruments

The audience was diverse — all ages, all styles — and despite Win declaring that we were “awful polite for the city that brought us grunge,” everyone was very much into the show. Dancing, singing, clapping, humming along.

Then again, when you have a talented bunch of people on stage playing interesting and catchy music and obviously having a great time doing it, it’s easy to have a great time.

It was indeed, quite the good live show. Thanks Arcade Fire!