That’s us – Flick and I – Polar Opposites.
Morning – Evening
Introverted – Extroverted
Structured – Fluid
I have thought before about what kind of person I am, in the am I a morning person more than an evening one sort of sense, and I have to face the facts that I really am a morning person.
I concluded this for the following reasons: I prefer to exercise *snorts* in the morning, I get out of bed when the alarm goes off (or within 15 minutes), and I can’t spend hours in bed of a Saturday without the computer or some other entertainment. (Now, now, none of that sort of sniggering thank you; this blog is supposed to be G Rated.)
Whereas, Flick can’t socialise in the AM; she may be bodily out of bed but everything about her, when she first hits the floor, is still asleep. Monosyllabic communication, hair and clothes akimbo, a walking disaster area until at least after she has been through the shower.
On the personality front, (if you read Personality Plus type literature) you will assign the label of Choleric to moi and Sanguine to her. Me? Control Freak. Her? Little Miss Show Me the Party, Baby! If you read Myers Briggs you will assign Flick the Extrovert tag and me the Introvert. Not in the sense being overwhelmingly shy but in the sense that I get peopled out very quickly and need space to keep my head together. Flick can’t handle the quiet… if she has spent the day on her own in an edit suite somewhere all she wants to do is talk/share and tell dee all about it…gulp. Note how these dissimilarities could cause aggravation…
As for structure versus flexibility/fluidity, let me demonstrate.
I squeeze toothpaste from the [bottom] end – always; and, as the tube begins to empty, I lay it flat on the bench and, using the flat head of my toothbrush, scooch the toothpaste up towards the cap so as not to waste any, and so as to keep the tube neat. I blame my Father, because I can remember him teaching me the scooching trick.
Anyhoo, Flick caught on that I hate picking up a tube of paste that is all wobbly in the middle for lack of due care and attention (see above) and now she squeezes from the bottom too. (I haven’t been brave enough to teach her to scooch). That’s what I love about living with a people person, one that is adaptable even though we really are so apparently incompatible.
However, our house is working out very nicely. We had our first family outing last night to go and watch Hitchikers Guide. We both work at recognizing each other’s ways and adapting ourselves to accommodate for them. I love that Flick likes me enough to bend her ways just that little bit and I wish I was better at it myself, for her sake.
Ed.(For those new to this blog, Flick is deeleea’s roommate (flatmate) and the reason this is preying on dee’s mind is that Flick is reading Florence Littauers book .Getting Along with Almost Anybody which deals a lot with getting on with those of a choleric (dee’s) nature and this leaves dee feeling a little vulnerable and on the alert against Flick using all the tricks prescribed therein to whip control right out from underneath her…