Reality Check

Recently, a good friend sat in my dining room and scolded me for not being able to gracefully receive a compliment. It’s true. I squirm, I deflect, and I feel so self-conscious I want to climb the walls when someone showers me with nice words.

There has been a whole lot of light and attention directed my way lately, mostly because of the flattering and unbeleivabley kind piece at Tales from the Crib, and again I find myself wanting to deflect attention and melt into the wallpaper.

My friend was right- she often is, and this is something I need to work on- but not today.

Thus, the same friend who scolded me about grace and compliments had a little wicked fun coming up with things I suck at- it was a blast! Here are a few; this is by no means a complete list!

  1. Computers. Yes, I blog- and have for almost two years now, but I didn’t even own a computer until two years ago. My idea of fixing a problem with the mechanical little demon involves beatings with a shoe and lots of naughty words. As a matter of fact, just last week I realized I could play music on this thing! Did you know that? Apparently the entire western world knows that, but not me.
  2. Gardening. Ugh. I hate it. Hate hate hate it. It probably doesn’t help that I’m allergic to the entire botanical encyclopedia, but there it is. My thumbs are black. What can I say. I hate itching, and sneezing, and I hate the endless-ness of gardening. I am plain bad at it. I have enough dirt in my life with 3 and 5 year old boys- no thanks.
  3. Once upon a time, I took a pottery class, and try as I might, with all my might, I simply could NOT get the dang clay to spin into a bowl, cup, or anything remotely resembling a vessel of any kind. This ticked me off. While there are things I suck at, usually artistic things come easily- it really bothered me that I couldn’t do this. I still can’t.
  4. My fuse is short, and burns hot. The only good thing is, it burns out quickly.
  5. Delegating. Ugh. I would rather not be in charge of anything, because I cannot delegate. Let me just be the rank and file while someone else calls the shots, because if I have to be the boss, I will try and do it all. It’s not pretty.
  6. Dancing. Oh, you have never seen anything so sad as me trying to keep a count and a tempo. It’s worse than Elaine. Really. I look at people who groove and move with grace and rhythm, and it’s like listening to someone talk Armenian. It’s pretty, but I have no idea how to make myself understand.
  7. Music. Oh, holy craptastic, this is the bomber. Singing, music, rhythm, tempo, time… The Good Lord shortchanged me here. Even my three-year old asks me to stop singing in the car, and will actually cover his ears in church and yell at me to STOP! Yes, I am totally serious. Music I adore, but never, ever ask me to contribute. You will be sorry.

So there. What do you suck at?

12 thoughts on “Reality Check

  1. Ooh, I find myself liking this game.

    I suck at shopping, you know…in a store. My brain falls to pieces and I become utterly unable to think coherently. I do things that a sane person would not do.

    I suck at computers too, and for some reason, having been a “film person”, I have people assume I can do all sorts of things on a computer (editing sound, compiling images, etc.) that I have neither the software nor knowledge to do.

    I suck at keeping track of where the money went. Unfortunately Mr Renn has money issues of his own, and our money issues are at opposite ends of the money issue spectrum. We are SO getting a financial advisor once we have an income. If nothing else it will be someone to mediate our money “discussions”

    I am awful at falling asleep, always have been. Hope I can save my children from that.

    I am VERY impatient when learning new things. If I don’t pick up on something within about 3 minutes, I give up. Especially when I’m trying to teach myself something. This might explain why I’m very mediocre at a whole gaggle of things, and good at not much. Part of why I’m so impressed with your Rennaisance woman-ness.

    I’m socially incompetent. I inadvertently offend people constantly.

    I make lists that are way too freaking long.

  2. Isn’t it just so easy to look at yourself and see all the things you suck at? It is for me.

    I have a seriously bad habit of finishing other’s sentences. When people speak slowly or take a long pause I get the uncontrollable urge to continue their thought for them. Maybe it’s because I speak so quickly just to get all my thoughts out. It’s completely unconscious and incredibly annoying. I annoy myself! When I catch myself doing it I want to cut my tongue out because I just cannot make myself stop and I REALLY want to.

    I suck at talking on the phone with strangers. Or making phone calls at all for that matter. With family or close friends, no big deal, but anyone else and I go into major panic mode. When the phone rings I kind of freak out a little. I ramble, sputter, mis-speak, and pretty much make a complete and utter fool of myself.

    I, too, suck at gardening. I love the romantic idea of gardening, but in real life, I have the blackest thumb ever. Thankfully I have a charming DH who is green-thumbed and he grows things for me.

    I believe that’s enough of my suckiness for now. Thanks for the freedom to share it, Tracy. :D

  3. Oh this is fun…
    I totally suck at music too. I try and sing to my kids at night and after a couple of songs my ds asks me to turn on the cd player with his primary cd in it. It kills me because I would love to be able to sing, but I can’t. I don’t even attempt to sing in church and haven’t since I was about 8 and was told I really shouldn’t sing out loud.

    I don’t get interior decorating, not sure if I can even spell the word. I never know where to hang my pictures, what looks good, what doesn’t. How to match the curtains to my furniture, etc. so usally my dh gets sick of not having pictures on the walls and he puts them up. And with everything else I just put the furniture where it’s functional and the “do-dads” are just things that I haven’t put away yet.

    Right now I think that I suck at parenting, we are currently in the “I hate you, I’m running away” stage with my 6 yr. He swears that we only moved to make his like hard and my dd keeps asking me when we are going “home”

    Anyway that’s all for now, I’m sure that I’ll think of some more stuff later.

  4. I suck at house organization. I always have clutter somewhere.
    I suck at keeping track of the budget.
    I suck at making my bed.
    I suck at painting, drawing or being artistic. (one of the reasons I want to win over at the crib.)
    I have terrible handwriting
    I am also impatient with learning new things.
    I suck at teaching. If you don’t get it by the time I think you should get it, I just do it for you. (Why I’m going to home-school….no idea.)
    I suck at dusting and housework in geneal. It’s clean but not spotless and only one room is ever clean, if I have a room clean in my house.
    I suck at reading my scriptures everyday.
    I think that’s enough for right now.

  5. I suck at organization
    I suck at painting, drawing, designing, color schemes-pretty much everything YOU are good at :)

    I’m actually really good at music and singing, by the way. I could even teach you to play that piano! I’m also good at gardening. Basically, we have to be next door neighbors so you can make my house look pretty, and I can grow your tomatoes for you.

  6. I suck at remembering sequences of numbers. Phone numbers. PIN numbers. Addresses. I write them all down because I know for a fact I will forget them. My husband sets alarm codes to sequences like my birthday or our address and I still end up having to ask him to remind me what it is.
    And I have no depth perception.

  7. Thank you for sharing. I was feeling my ego going downhill realizing all the amazing things you accomplish. I was like, um “how in the world does she?!!!” fill in the blank.
    I suck and housekeeping.
    My interpersonal skills are lacking in a big way.
    I have a perfectionist problem. Not that I’m a perfectionist, actually the opposite, I am quite ok with things not being right, to the complete exasperation of my husband. :-)

  8. First off, thankyou much for making me laugh thru the tears.

    1. I suck at babymaking.
    2. I suck at trusting in the unknown (at times)
    3. I suck at letting J do his own “dad thing” even though it’s not bad, just not my way.

  9. Oh fun! I’m good at making lists of things I suck at ;)
    I suck at doing laundry… I forget to treat stains, I leave clothes in the dryer, we always look like a rumpled mess because I suck at laundry

    I suck at drawing/painting. If you show me a picture of an apple I can’t duplicate it. I can’t even come close. My brain will say “Okay now make a slight curve there…” and my hand goes “huh??” Yeah. Something like that.

    I suck at organizing. I don’t do it well. My paper piles are huge. I just can’t seem to get it all put together. And when I do, by some miracle, it lasts for about… oh… a day. Maybe. If I’m lucky.

    I suck at making decisions. I wish I could look at a situation and say “There – that is the right thing to do”. But no… I go through a hundred different what if’s and how would that work and pretty soon, I have somehow created MORE choices for myself… and I still can’t make up my mind on the original thing.

  10. People. I am terrified of people. I am paranoid and afraid. I feel like they are talking about me behind my back, and I am scared of what they say about me. I am afraid of being judged. I am afraid of not living up to someone’s expectations.

  11. HaHaHa…great one because today as I decided to check on your blog, I got the same exact scolding from a friend. So, compliments are by far the things that I suck at the most. That and saying “no” or “I can’t”!

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