Since someone hijacked my site yesterday and made it all political, (totally missing the funny point of yesterday’s post) I got to thinking.? I know nothing about politics.? I don’t really want to admit that, but it’s true.? And you know what… I don’t care.? I don’t watch the news.? My path to becoming an informed voter consists of reading the voters pamphlet.? So help me god, Neal and Jake, if you give me a lecture on becoming a more informed voter I will get seriously pissed off.? Politics are not my thing.? I think most politicians are slimy.
However, my inability to defend myself in a politically charged debate kinda scared me.? It made me start to think I really was not that smart.? Deep down I know that isn’t true.? Put me in a room with and let me discuss art, literature or history and I’ll knock your socks off.? When it comes to math, economics or politics I look like a sub-par monkey.
My intelligence was in serious question yesterday.? This is not a good thing with my current state of mind.? One more log to throw on the burning inferno of depression.? Fantastic.
To give myself a little pick me up (or mainly to prove that I was not dumb) I did what I usually do.? I took an IQ test.? (blah, blah, IQ test.? Only tests ability to learn blah blah, shuddup)? Ok, so I take IQ tests to try to beat the trusty husband.? I usually score about 4 points behind him on a regular basis.? I have yet to beat him.
I took my first test (yes, I did it more than once) and scored a 132.? Not bad, but still with the freak out.? I usually score at least over 140.? 132 is in the range of very superior intelligence.?? Determined to get a higher score I took a different test.? On that one I scored a 112.? Average.? What the fuck?? Average.? In the middle of the bell curve?? Me?? Oh hell no.? So then this morning I hunted down a new test.? Glutton for punishment.? I couldn’t get past question #4.? Seriously.? It was all about pattern recognition.? There were no patterns.? Either that or I’m getting dumber by the minute.? Or maybe I just need some adult interaction.
So this post isn’t about me tooting my horn about how smart I am so don’t go thinking that I do the I’m smarter than you dance around my house.? The point is I feel dumb.? My brain is atrophying to the point that the only coherent though I have these days is what cleaning product will get that mashed in Cheerio out of my sofa.
Wow… sounds like I need to slip some Pr0zac into somebody’s morning coffee. You are intelligent, beautiful, and one of the most creative people I know. I don’t need a test to tell me that. Be gentle with yourself.
I suck at math…….. and I happen to think you are creative & smart….. I get it though… the whole Mommy Mush brain stuff
You wanna discuss potty training … I am your girl… Math or Politics… not so much
Well, if nothing else, sounds like you have a really nice husband! (good comment…csp). 🙂
I try to stay out of political debates. While I usually know how I feel on a certain political topic, I never feel politically educated to make my point in a heated argument, so I avoid it. Except with my husband — to whom I can say (just for instance) “I don’t like the war” without giving any reason to back it up other than that I just don’t and therefore I’m becoming disillusioned with GB, so there! and while he will give me a 50 logical (politically educated) reasons why I might be wrong, he still loves me and thinks I’m smart. 😉 Aren’t husband the greatest?
Wait til your braincells little Aruba vacation is over then retake the test. I’m sure you’ll ace it!
Dude, you are totally nothing close to being stupid.
We all have our own unique talents and excel in different areas.
I have a husband who scored a perfect 800 in math on the SAT . And then there’s me… who didn’t even get close. We all can’t be brilliant at everything and despite the fact that I have a degree in Political Science, I have no idea about every detail of every piece of political minutia that’s going on in this VERY BIG World. And… I don’t care. YOU are fabulous. Simple as that.
But, your post did make me find that voter’s pamphlet, so thanks.
Blame it on the boy. He’s too young to defend himself. I swear, ever since I’ve become a mom my IQ has dropped at a steady rate. I mix up words all the time and it totally cracks Slugger up. Freaks me out, though. I’m a writer, for God’s sake!!!
p.s. Love the Go Purple idea. I’ve been jonesing for a template change anyway. Time to get to work!!!
I, too, feel your pain with the mush for brain mommy syndrome. I feel like I’ve lost many brain cells over the past 3 years. However, I know deep down that I am intelligent, and just because I can’t hold up a political debate does not mean I can’t hold my own on other subjects. You are intelligent and it shows through in your writing. You don’t need a silly, inaccurate test to tell us that 🙂
Very few people excel in everything. In fact, I can’t think of anyone I know personally that does.
Besides, you’d be amazed how much better your brain functions when it is rested (which is something that may not even happen again until your kids are grown and out of your house lol)
Dang. Long road ahead of us.
Ok, unless your braincells have taken a sabbatical, you are very smart! And very creative, and very funny! Being a mother takes a lot of strength, and I’m beginning to think that it’s causing my brain cells to migrate to my biceps so that I can lift that 30+ pound boy! Try to ease up on yourself; it’s easy to get down about it, but instead focus on more entertaining things. Like that paper you’re proofing!
Reading the voter’s pamphlet is much more than many people bother with! It always amazes and frightens me how many people vote on name recognition alone. As long as you know the issues and the candidates, and you know what you believe in, that’s all that counts for me. I sure don’t follow political debates, and can only tell you the names of 3 presidential candidates. I just don’t care until closer to the primary or the election. Then I’ll bother learning about them. Until then, they will come and go.
What gets me is when people refuse to vote, and then complain about the issue or elected official. *jumps off soapbox*
Oh, and I happen to live in the political world. I know more than most but considerably less than many.
So by no means try to equate what I do to your realm of day-to-day activity.
I’m envious of some of the things you do. I don’t get the ‘shoe’ thing, but, meh, we’re all an expert somewhere … I also don’t make cute handbags, and can reference literature, just can’t quote it to save my life.
I have it on good authority that only qualified psychologists are supposed to administer IQ tests… we looked into it for my daughter (to establish her “giftedness”) and the word was to avoid the online tests. So just ignore those silly things… you are plenty smart and the fact that you avoid heated political discussions just proves that. 🙂
I don’t argue politics online…period. Or really in person either. I do, however, read a few political blogs and keep only slightly more in tune with politics than I ever would otherwise.
I’ve noticed that motherhood took a few points off my scores. Yes, I’m an online IQ test nerd, too … if I get depressed … well, I freely admit I’m a nerd. 🙂
You are not dumb. Just look at this site, designed by you. And you’re self taught to boot.
OMG I am so right there with you. My life is too short to concern myself with things that aren’t fabulous and make me realize that I am not smart. I AM SMART! Do they have a test on intuitiveness? Plus I can add and subtract (with a calculator) and I have a good sense of humor 😉 Who cares if you are super smart concerning politics…is your kid happy and polite and considerate? Yes! Then you score 1000 or whatever good is 🙂 Plus he’s cute so I think you get bonus points…