Or, in other words, things I'm really bad at:

1. Spelling.  A durect quote from my muther- "Rachel, you don't have many bad trates, but your very worst trate is spelling." Listen fokes- I got a degree in SPANISH.  Spanish is a beutiful language where everything is spelled fonetically.  And I love fonetic spelling. The more I try to teach Elias how to spell and reed, the more I realize that English is a dum language that breaks all the rules.  I'm just not a rule braker. 

2. Remembering to get the mail.  For the first time in my life, I have a mailbox that is not attached to my house.  And that is my excuse for never picking up my mail.

3. Decorating.  You know, I go to friends' homes and almost always I leave feeling totally inferior in the interior-decorating-department.  Seriously.  They have cute decorative towels in the guest bath, generally with little... things... tied around them, they have cool.... things.... decorating shelves and whatnot, they have racks on their walls in the kitchen holding matching plates- cute plates- plates for all occasions.  These are just a few things you won't find at my house.  But in an attempt to be better at this, I'm saving all of my Pottery Barn catalogs now, just to show I'm getting there...

4. Finishing quilting projects.  I have only the best of intentions.  And oh how I WANT to finish them!  I do!  I just run out of time.  Or get disenchanted with all the sewing involved.  Or maybe it's that I get distracted, or start another project before finishing the first one.  Or maybe I'm just digging myself into a huge hole because I know JT is going to read this and ban me from any more quilting projects....

5. Saying no to cookie dough.  So listen-- I'm married to the cookie king.  I kid you not- there was not a soul placed on this earth who loves cookies more than JT.  And not only does he love cookies, he MAKES them too.  And let me tell you something, they're nothing to laugh at.  His cookies rival Mrs. Fields.....no, they're better.  And really, baked cookies are *eh...* in my book, but cookie dough?  Well, I just can't resist. 

6. Spinning.  Not spinning, as in, the class I love at the gym, but spinning as in, the teacups at Disneyland.  I cannot spin.  Even going around once has me a little dizzy.  Twice? I fall flat on my face.  Not to mention, it makes me totally queasy.  I'm so not good at spinning.
 
7. Change.  I'm really bad at change.  I don't like change.  I don't embrace change.  I like things NOT to change.  But I do realize it's unrealistic, so I try to flow with change... it just doesn't come naturally to me, I'm afraid.

8. Telling bedtime stories.  Yeah, I'm not so good.  Unless I'm telling the 3 Little Pigs or Goldilocks.  Heaven forbid those children ask me to MAKE UP MY OWN STORY, because it is undoubtedly terrible.  (On a separate note, I know a girl from high school who is now a PROFESSIONAL storyteller!  How cool is that?)

9. JT insists that I'm bad at replacing the toilet paper, but I'm inclined to heartily disagree.  I TOTALLY replace the toilet paper.  All the time.

Now... on the other hand, there are a few things I'm really good at:
1. Flossing my teeth.  I'm religious about it.
2. Remembering my Envirosax whenever I go to the store.
3. Singing bedtime songs.
4. Getting my kids to eat lots of fresh produce.

And those things count for something, right?

(And, because no post is complete without a picture, I'm adding this one.  We're home in New Mexico for a long weekend and I'm on my laptop... so I decided to post an old picture from the picture pantry on this computer.  I'd forgotten about this shot of Rowan, taken about a year and a half ago, and I love it...)
 
RowanSweetPeach.jpg

Or, in other words, things I'm really bad at:

1. Spelling.  A durect quote from my muther- "Rachel, you don't have many bad trates, but your very worst trate is spelling." Listen fokes- I got a degree in SPANISH.  Spanish is a beutiful language where everything is spelled fonetically.  And I love fonetic spelling. The more I try to teach Elias how to spell and reed, the more I realize that English is a dum language that breaks all the rules.  I'm just not a rule braker. 

2. Remembering to get the mail.  For the first time in my life, I have a mailbox that is not attached to my house.  And that is my excuse for never picking up my mail.

3. Decorating.  You know, I go to friends' homes and almost always I leave feeling totally inferior in the interior-decorating-department.  Seriously.  They have cute decorative towels in the guest bath, generally with little... things... tied around them, they have cool.... things.... decorating shelves and whatnot, they have racks on their walls in the kitchen holding matching plates- cute plates- plates for all occasions.  These are just a few things you won't find at my house.  But in an attempt to be better at this, I'm saving all of my Pottery Barn catalogs now, just to show I'm getting there...

4. Finishing quilting projects.  I have only the best of intentions.  And oh how I WANT to finish them!  I do!  I just run out of time.  Or get disenchanted with all the sewing involved.  Or maybe it's that I get distracted, or start another project before finishing the first one.  Or maybe I'm just digging myself into a huge hole because I know JT is going to read this and ban me from any more quilting projects....

5. Saying no to cookie dough.  So listen-- I'm married to the cookie king.  I kid you not- there was not a soul placed on this earth who loves cookies more than JT.  And not only does he love cookies, he MAKES them too.  And let me tell you something, they're nothing to laugh at.  His cookies rival Mrs. Fields.....no, they're better.  And really, baked cookies are *eh...* in my book, but cookie dough?  Well, I just can't resist. 

6. Spinning.  Not spinning, as in, the class I love at the gym, but spinning as in, the teacups at Disneyland.  I cannot spin.  Even going around once has me a little dizzy.  Twice? I fall flat on my face.  Not to mention, it makes me totally queasy.  I'm so not good at spinning.
 
7. Change.  I'm really bad at change.  I don't like change.  I don't embrace change.  I like things NOT to change.  But I do realize it's unrealistic, so I try to flow with change... it just doesn't come naturally to me, I'm afraid.

8. Telling bedtime stories.  Yeah, I'm not so good.  Unless I'm telling the 3 Little Pigs or Goldilocks.  Heaven forbid those children ask me to MAKE UP MY OWN STORY, because it is undoubtedly terrible.  (On a separate note, I know a girl from high school who is now a PROFESSIONAL storyteller!  How cool is that?)

9. JT insists that I'm bad at replacing the toilet paper, but I'm inclined to heartily disagree.  I TOTALLY replace the toilet paper.  All the time.

Now... on the other hand, there are a few things I'm really good at:
1. Flossing my teeth.  I'm religious about it.
2. Remembering my Envirosax whenever I go to the store.
3. Singing bedtime songs.
4. Getting my kids to eat lots of fresh produce.

And those things count for something, right?

(And, because no post is complete without a picture, I'm adding this one.  We're home in New Mexico for a long weekend and I'm on my laptop... so I decided to post an old picture from the picture pantry on this computer.  I'd forgotten about this shot of Rowan, taken about a year and a half ago, and I love it...)
 
RowanSweetPeach.jpg


Comments
sarah says:

I can identify with so many things on your "needs improvement" list! Especially the bedtime stories, oh goodness! Lovely image... So soft and dreamy.

(02.15.10 @ 09:41 AM)
Anonymous says:

Sorry, I'm stuck on Justin's cookies. When do we get to hang out again? :)

(02.15.10 @ 10:19 AM)
Stace says:

Oh, that last one was me. Forgot I had to self-identify. Well, as long as I'm commenting twice, can I just say that I've always thought your house fantastically decorated? Breezy, funky, cozy, and useful.

(02.15.10 @ 10:21 AM)
Lindsey says:

Let's add more to what you're good at:

Telling a joke (especially embellishing a funny story to really make others laugh), laughing until you cry, photography (obviously!), and putting your family first. :)

(02.15.10 @ 03:01 PM)
rachel clare says:

Oh, thanks guys. Especially you, Linds. Lava you like a VOLCANO. :)

(02.15.10 @ 03:40 PM)
crystalyn says:

no wonder i feel like i've known you forever! you described me perfectly in 3, 5, 6, 7 AND 8. we need to hang out again soon! come visit your cousins so i can see you ; )

(02.15.10 @ 08:12 PM)
Alison says:

I wish we lived closer. I think we'd be good friends. I cannot spin, (love the class, HATE the carousel),I cannot say no to cookies or cookie dough. Mark may be a rival for JT as the cookie king, although he does not make them. I'm bad at change, no good at bedtime stories. I mean, really, we must be soul sisters.

(02.16.10 @ 01:00 PM)
Jen says:

You are also very good at listening and empathizing with a ranting mad mother of 4, sending the most thoughtful gifts and handwritten notes, complimenting, BLOGGING and rocking the heck out of wedding photography. I could go on & on. Loving the lists....LOVING the lists. I think I may begin when my foto February is done...if that doesn't kill me first. Love the pic of Row. She's growing TOO TOO fast. Can't believe that was only a year ago.....

(02.16.10 @ 11:46 PM)
Jen says:

Oh yeah, I SO need JT to whip me up a batch of cookies next time I visit...I won't forget that. And yeah, I'm pretty much right there with you on all your "room for improvements" espeshalle the spelling. I stink at spelling. :)

(02.16.10 @ 11:50 PM)
Johanna says:

Yes, those things really DO count; especially the singing of bedtime songs. We don't go a night at our house without at least one and I am really proud of that. Funny what I've been reduced to being proud of, huh? :) Love your list; good luck with the spinning thing. I'm the same way and have no desire to change - yup, hate change too. Image is simply great, as usual.

(02.17.10 @ 04:49 PM)
christy says:

I can identify with all of those things! Especailly spelling ;) Love this picture of Rowan- so soft and pretty!

(02.20.10 @ 01:38 AM)
Nicky Kay says:

Rachel
It's so nice to see that, despite your fabulous photographic talent, that there are a few things you're not good at. I guess it makes me feel like I'm not the only one.

(02.20.10 @ 10:53 PM)
Kristie says:

Couldn't agree mor about English being a dum language! Hahahaha! I'm the worst at spelling and I tend to make up words that I swear are words, but my hubby informs that they are not!! And, after high school I thought it would be SO AWESOME to make a quilt out of my t-shirts. I cut them into perfect squares, pieced them all together, maybe sewed a few and sixteen years later, it sits in a bag still unfinished. Poor quilt!! Loved your list. You are so awesome to share your life on the blog the way that you do : )

(02.23.10 @ 11:46 AM)