Thursday, March 24, 2011

Why Can't I?

Here, in no particular order, are things I feel like I should be better at by this point in my life:

1. Checking to make sure I have all the ingredients I need before I'm four steps deep into cooking/baking something.

2. Ironing.

3. Frosting a cake.

4. Wrapping presents with wrinkle free results.

5. Wanting to eat/liking fruits and vegetables.

6. Planning ahead for events like the kids' birthday parties.

7. Formulating comments ahead of time so I don't spend a good 30 seconds blathering incoherently when I call somewhere to ask a question - particularly if I'm calling the pediatrician or the kids' schools.

8. Time management.

9. Keeping my emotions in check.

10. Prioritizing (see # 8).

11. Making pork chops without setting off the fire alarm.

12. Not losing my temper (see #9).

13. Keeping the house clean.

14. Waking up to my alarm. (Sorry, honey!)

Many of the above are things I feel like my mom is really good at and I thought would sort of come naturally once I turned 18 or maybe 25. No dice.

Were there things that, when you were little, you assumed you'd be good at when you grew up? Are you?


Erin said...

I used to HATE that my Mom wouldn't sit down to watch The Muppet Show with us. I'd beg her to sit with me, but she was always too busy. Now that is ME. I wish I could let it all go a little more, but I also wish it would all get DONE a little more. Maybe that means we've got a decent balance afterall? Maybe that's wishful thinking.

Sarah said...

Literally everything on your list is on mine, lady. We're underachieving twins!
Seriously, I don't get why I can't keep my paws off candy, and also why I can't stay on top of things like bills and budgeting and figuring out insurance issues and all that. I mean, I CAN, I just put it off and put it off and things pile up in my To Manage basket. Why do I dread it so much when it would be easy if I just did it right away? I'm going to have NO ROOM to preach at my kids about procrastination, which is really going to suck. heh.

Heather said...

I am so with you on 1, 9 and 13!!

Swistle said...

Yeah, me too: pretty much your list.

I thought I'd be better at cleaning and organizing: my mom was so good at it, and I never was, and I thought I'd grow into it.

I also thought I'd be more CONSISTENT about things, and less moody.

CARRIE said...

I second Erin's comment about being busy. And just being an adult....ya know, I don't need or care to watch The Incredibles 8 trillion times.

And like Swistle, I would like to be less moody, but even with medication, I am sometimes far more snippy with the kids than I'd like to be.

MamaK said...

Everything. And no.

Actually, I thought there was some kind of secret- like, when you hit the magic age someone told you how all of life worked and how you should handle it.

But I'm way past the age(s) I thought that would happen, and I'm still making shit up as I go.

bluedaisy said...

I thought I'd just "become" a morning person once I had children-LOL, hasn't happened yet! I feel the same about many of things on your list especially cleaning, prioritizing, etc. I've actually been purposefully trying NOT to worry so much about some things so that I do sometimes just sit with kids and play or watch a show or whatever. And really, does any of this stuff come naturally to any of us? Or are some just better at making it look good? (these are the thoughts i use to console myself-haha)

Anonymous said...

*giggle* Oh Kelsey-- this made me laugh. And I'm totally stealing this post. And some of the numbers might even be the same. But I'll try to reword them. But your #1 is SO spot on!

Val said...

Yes yes and yes to all of these. Especially the fruits/veggies thing. I still don't like 'em. Bleh.

Emily said...

Um...yes! My big one is cooking dinner. My mom would walk in the door at 5:30 after work and open the fridge and stare until something hit her and whip up dinner. It is the BAIN of my existence and I'm even home. Why can't I get past the mental block that is dinner?

Pam said...

I thought I'd be able to cook, sew and knit and I can't do any of them. I also thought I'd be a jolly mum - like Mary Poppins, when in fact I'm more like Cruella DeVille! lol

Mommy Daisy said...

I love this! I always wonder when I'll start feeling like a grown up.

MamaK said...

I keep checking back to read the answers! love this question :)