Five Things I Should Know How to Do But Don’t:
- Change a tire. I think I could fumble through it, but it would probably take hours & I'd injure myself & possibly the vehicle. Art tried to teach me to change a tire on my 1977 Ford Landau when we lived together. I didn't have enough upper body strength to loosen the lugs. She told me to stand on the lug wrench to get them started. I didn't weigh enough to do that.
- Mow the lawn. Growing up we only had a push mower. I didn't have the upper body strength to pull start it. I have mowed exactly once in my life & when the mower stopped because I had to let go of the handle, I never got it started again. Now it's Husband's job & I've never learned to run our riding mower.
- Speak a foreign language. Just not my forte. I've taken a tiny bit of Spanish (in 5th grade), quite a bit of French (6th, 7th, 9th), and 2 years of Latin. I do not grasp other languages. My initial problem was conjugation. They tried to teach us to conjugate verbs in Spanish. I had no idea what they meant by conjugate but everyone else in my class did, so I never asked. I think that cinched it.
- Make biscuits. Little BIL thinks frozen/canned biscuits are of the devil. He's a cook in the Army (and a darn good one at that). He can whip up a batch of biscuits in no time flat. I cannot. Every biscuit I've ever made has ended up the consistency of a hockey puck. I am not ashamed to say, I love Pillsbury Grands.
- Read sheet music. I too music classes all through school. Basic music, chorus, advanced chorus, beginning band....and in all of them I was taught to read music. I can sit down & tell you what most things on a sheet of music mean (or could 12 years ago), but I absolutely cannot do it with the flow it would take to play an instrument. I still have to break it down using Every Good Boy Does Fine & FACE.
Five Things I do very well, thank you very much:
- Breast feed. OK, so I know this may not be a talent, but I feel very blessed to have never had problems with this. For many women I know nursing has been a struggle or flat impossible. My sister tried, struggled, and in the end had to switch to formula for HT. I have never had any trouble with it. Maybe it's more my children than me. They all latched well & nursed well. I also do not take it for granted that we had such an easy time of it.
- Make French Toast. Seriously, I make a mean French Toast. The secret is Texas toast, an electric griddle (you can control the heat better than on the stove top & the lid helps trap the heat), cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and vanilla. Mmmmmm.
- Read aloud. I dearly love to read. I dearly want to instill a love of books in my children. I read to them every night. We've read everything from Good Night Moon & Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You Hear? to Peter Pan, and The Tale of Desperaux. I read part of the Little House series to Husband when we were first married. I was reading aloud to BabyGirl at the dentists one day when the tech came in our cubicle and said, "You have a lovely reading voice." I didn't realize how far my voice had carried (it carries very far & I always forget) and the entire office had been listening to Morgan and Me.
- Make people laugh. I'm not sure how this came about, but I seem to have a bit of a talent for it. I'm not saying stand-up is in my future, but I think I'm entertaining enough for living rooms & blogs (saying that makes me think of Gypsy Rose Lee...."Let me entertain you!" Not happening folks).
- Grow aloe plants. Don't ask me how or why, but I can't seem to kill them. I can kill anything, but aloes just grow & grow & grow for me. Anyone need some aloe plants?
Anyone want to play along? Let me know so I can be sure & read your answers!