Left side, right side, upside, downside

by Julie Frayn on February 9, 2012 in  Bric-a-brac

The left side of my brain thinks it is in charge. It is responsible, logical, analytic and good at math. It has equipped me for a successful career. I can whip out a mean spreadsheet, and admit to finding deep satisfaction in a decent statistical report.  Numbers, analysis, rows and columns, reconciling, balancing (to – the – penny) are FUN! Go ahead, let the nerd comments fly – I wave my nerd flag with pride.

The right side of my brain fuels my creativity, something that is possible in my paid profession, but highly frowned upon. Discouraged in fact. Some have been prosecuted for it. The near-dearth of creativity from nine to five made me seek other outlets. It used to be drawing, pointillism, and the occasional crappy painting. For a while it was sewing, sometimes from patterns and sometimes from designs in my head. And always there was writing – essays, poetry, short stories, and now a novel. I guess I’m pretty good at this creative stuff too. I mean, I’m no Pablo Picasso, Calvin Klein or Ernest Hemmingway. You know, because I don’t have a penis.

The right side of my brain has a long-standing feud with lefty. They constantly argue for dominance. The left wants order, organization, cleanliness. The right wants absolute freedom, chaos, pandemonium.

The upside to this constant tug of war?  I get to flaunt my split personality. Rebel accountant in spike heels, jeans and a suit jacket by day: pajama wearing, wine drinking, semi-agoraphobic writer by night.

Then there is the down side – the dark side of the conflict.  Mess. Confusion. Clutter.  Bills get paid on time (and to the penny) – then sit in multiple dusty piles waiting to be filed. Critical bits of information are meticulously recorded on post-its – that get lost in a sea of paper. Pencils are perfectly sharpened and ready for crossword solving – get shoved into the knife drawer or teeter on the edge of tables.

As hemispheres collide, one real loser in this battle becomes apparent.  The surface of my desk.  And my counters. And my dressers. They are smothered in wounded paper soldiers, awash in the shrapnel of an unwinnable war of the minds.


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Krystal Wade February 9, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Very cute blog! For being a newbie you seem to have it all under control! :-)


Julie February 9, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Thanks, Krystal! Appreciate you coming to visit. My systir designed the site for me. Awesome to have a computer-genius artist in the family.

Linda Hamilton February 10, 2012 at 4:44 pm

You know they say that a clean desk is a sign of a sick mind so embrace the chaos! Just leave enough room to keep blogging!


Julie February 10, 2012 at 5:07 pm

I love that! I must have a VERY healthy mind… :) Thanks, Linda!

Sean P. Farley February 11, 2012 at 4:19 pm

The war. Be glad you have it. I’m a Pisces, we’re emotional AND creative, imagine what those two beasts in a room a like together. Bull in a china shop? Pshaw! That’s nothing. Now, as for the penis thing, be glad you don’t have one, they get in the way of everything. 😉


Julie February 11, 2012 at 4:31 pm

I know a lot of women with penis envy. I am not one of them. If I had one of those, I wouldn’t be a mother! And that’s the best thing ever…

And I know exactly what those beasts are like in a room together, I am a Pisces too! Freaky, eh? Luckily I have a couple of other beasts calming them down, patience and logic. 😀

Heather February 11, 2012 at 8:38 pm

I’m so so so glad we came across each other on twitter. Your writing is outstanding and it seems we have a lot in common. A general lack of a penis for starts.

I look forward to getting to know you – we have an awesome community of bloggers here in Calgary.


Julie February 11, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Thanks, Heather! I’ve been checking out your blog as well, particular attention paid to the wine section :).

I’m new to the blogging community, but am excited to be joining in. Have met (virtually) a few great people already and am glad to count you among them.

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