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Things I Wish I Could Do…

Posted by on November 5, 2010

I’ve been staring at a blank screen on my WordPress blog page for weeks now. I have so many topics I want to write about but the words are just not coming to me.  Perhaps it’s exhaustion or perhaps it’s the subject matter. I could probably write pages and pages on the joys and challenges of being a new mom but that’s not what this blog is about.  Sure, we’ve done some traveling that I need to write about but I’m struggling and no amount of decaf coffee seems to be helping me.  Maybe I need to go back to Maine?

Thankfully, our friend Everett of Living a Simple Life has encouraged me to write a particular post about things I wish I could do…or at least do better.  He’s not talking about flying, predicting the future, reading people’s minds…although those might be great fun.  No, he’s talking about more practical things.  Go on over and read his post…it’s a good one.  And, if you are curious, here are some things I wish I could do or at least do better.

Writing. I love to write (although you’d never know that given my absence from my own blog.) And, like I’ve said before, I would love to write a book. Even if no one read my book, I would love to see my writing in book form sitting on a shelf collecting dust.  So, I wish I could write better and more creatively and someday call it a book. I also wish I had the motivation to keep a daily journal, especially now since I have a child.

Cooking. My mom is an excellent cook and you’d think after living at home for 22 years that I would have learned some things.  Not so.  When Chris and I were dating I bought cabbage instead of lettuce. And, it wasn’t an accident. I’m that clueless. He had a lovely cabbage salad for dinner that night…a mistake he still laughs at often.  Yes, I was a disaster in the kitchen. But, thanks to Chris, my mom, and the Food Network, I can do a decent job in the kitchen now. But, I long to do more, especially using fresh ingredients.  I’d love to make things from scratch – no box mixes, canned veggies. Nope.  All fresh ingredients.  Just today I watched Giada whip up a basil smoothie and a delicious tomato/bread crumb/gorgonzola cheese concoction.  She made it look so easy and her kitchen was spotless. I wish I could do that. (And, yes, I had to look up “gorgonzola” to make sure I spelled it right.)

Gardening. Chris and I had a garden once when we lived in Alexandria, Virginia.  It was nothing fancy — just a small garden with zucchini, tomatoes, carrots, and some other basic garden items. It was fabulous. I had an abundance of zucchini and learned every zucchini recipe known to man (or, at least to Epicurious).  I made fresh salsa and tomato sauces.  It was great fun. Someday I would love to try having a garden again. We learned a lot from just that simple garden in our backyard.  But, I still have so much to learn.

Get Involved/Join a Club. It sounds so silly doesn’t it? Why can’t I get involved in my community or join a club? I would meet people and make new friends. But, I’m really, really shy.  In fact, I’m finding that as I get older, I’ve become even more introverted. Meeting new people is not my strength. I’m great at meeting people online. (That’s how Chris and I met.) But, put me in a room full of people and I go into panic mode.  You can usually find me quietly hiding in a corner or hanging out by the food table because we all know how much I love eating food. So, I wish I could be more extroverted and social. Thankfully, I have Chris who is extremely extroverted. If you ever see us in a campground, chances are you will notice Chris chatting with all the neighbors. Me? I’m too busy crouching in corner of our Airstream.  Or, nervously chopping up cabbage for our salad.

Knitting/Sewing. I got kicked out of my 7th grade Home Economics class for breaking too many  needles on the sewing machine. I partially blame the teacher – she should have been more patient.  Because of her, I fear any sewing projects. I got up the nerve a few years ago to sew a coat for my dog. I did it while Chris was out of town so he wouldn’t see the final product. But, when he returned I showed it to him, because in all honesty, I was proud of myself.  He immediately sat down and sewed a much better coat for the dog. Show off.  I’d love to be able to sew clothes for my child but I doubt that will ever happen. I’ll leave it for Chris to do.  I do, however, think I could learn to knit. So, someday when Emerson is a bit older and I have a little more spare time, I may try to learn knitting.  It looks so relaxing.

There are so many things I’d love to learn to do.  I could go on and on about how I’m a terrible dancer. Or, I started as an art major in college but haven’t picked up any drawing pencils in ages. We bought a ukulele but I haven’t learned to play it.  So, my list is long. But, the above are those that I consider at the top of my list and I do hope I accomplish them in my lifetime.

So, that’s my list. Now, tag.  You’re it.  What’s your list? Post it in a comment or share it on your blog. What are those things that you wish you could do? By just writing out my list, I’ve given myself a little more motivation and encouragement to accomplish these things.

And, thanks Everett for the inspiration!

Happy Friday everyone! Have a wonderful weekend!

10 Responses to Things I Wish I Could Do…

  1. Frankie

    These are all great Goals to achieved –in a life time — If you try to do them all at once you may not be any good at any of them, pick one that you are passionate about and go to town — and when you are satisfied— with your accomplishment—- go after the next one — and you will knock them of your bucket list — Oh just a thought — they didn’t move the pyramids all at one — they did it one stone at a time — also there are folks out there that would love to be in your shoes and travel — and see all that you have see and will see — there is a book in it self –again just a thought —as always Sotterly yours frankie

  2. Kim

    I love reading your blog, it makes me smile and sometimes laugh out loud…..keep writing.
    I used to say I was a vegetarian that didn’t like vegetables, but it was really about my cooking skills (boil the heck out of it and then add butter and salt). Then I took a raw foods class that specializes on beautiful and tasty food that is made in 10 min. or less. Plus no pots and pans to wash. I am hooked and the health benetits are astounding!

  3. Mom

    All wonderful dreams and you have accomplished many of them already! I have seen you in the kitchen – you are good! I have pencil sketches you have made – you are good! On and on I could go – just keep you..

  4. Everett

    I had some of those teachers. One kicked me out of typing class (at vocational college because I was kicked out of “real” high school too) because I kept looking down to see where I typed. Well, ummm, isn’t that your JOB to teach us how not to do that? Now I rest easy knowing that I could type circles around her. That’s not a very manly thing to say but oh well…. I’m like greased lightening on a keyboard. ;-P Screw her!

    LOL, and I’m sure you could be a regular knitty Mc knitster or a sure-fire seamstress if you tried again, and again and again. It took Missy months to figure out the sewing thing, but now she can pretty much make anything she wants. Next time you’re driving through you should stop by for a lesson! Maybe you can teach her about baby stuff (ahem….) :-D Shhhh…..

    I’m glad to see I’m not the only wannabe writer who can’t seem to get off their but and write a book. You know, if we just took all our our blog comments and posts we’ve written over time we’d probably both have five books.

    Take care!


  5. kim

    i think you should start a new blog about they joys and challenges of being a new mom… of course from time to time popping in here!

  6. Vegetable Assassin

    I know exactly what you mean, I am the same way. Recently I said “screw this nonsense” and decided to at least try and learn some new things so I’ve been baking, which I’m loving apart from the having to eat it afterwards meaning my jeans are getting tighter. I’ve also been learning ukulele (funny you mentioned that too!) and when I was home in the UK recently for a visit I finally had my mom teach me to crochet and now my head’s full of things I want to knit. But I still have a multitude of things I should be better at, that’s for sure! :)

    Procrastination! I’m good at that!

    Good luck!

  7. Ben

    Are you a food network junkie too? My wife recently asked me why I was always watching cooking shows. I answered, “they hardly ever show murders or autopsies on cooking shows.” A few of my cooking attempts may have looked like autopsies, but that’s another subject! I wish I had a large, well equipped kitchen and lots of time to cook.

    I also wish I could play the guitar. I took lessons as a teenager, but they didn’t take. Still, I would like to play for my friends and family, and bring them pleasure, but I can’t play even that well.

    It would be great to be good at a sport…basketball, football, baseball, tennis, golf….anything to get outdoors and have fellowship with other people.

    I wish I had a knack for making money. If I could be rich, I would be generous to my friends and my local food bank. I would still hate panhandlers.

  8. Manisha

    I’m with Kim – I think you should start another blog and write about being a Mommy. I think it would be very interesting considering your Airstream home! Also, you could take that blog and get it bound into a book then you will have fulfilled an item on your wishlist.

    I think my list is the Lotus List I compiled a while back. It feels good to set some of these goals even if they seem (to me) to be a little far-fetched.

    BTW, thanks for the thank you card. I’ve been meaning to email you but haven’t gotten the time. You know with little baby and all. And, I know you know all about that!

  9. Lani

    Thanks, everyone, for the comments and I look forward to tackling my “To Do” list one item at a time. :-) Thanks for sharing your wish lists, too. I always look forward to hearing from folks and your comments brighten my day!

  10. Portia Francillon

    Thanks very much for that! My dad recently harvested a garden full of tomatoes before the winter really set in, and I found myself the proud owner of two or three buckets worth! Of course I couldnt eat them all like that, but I did find a website full of lots more tomato recipes at this site. A whole website dedicated the topic!! Crazy what you can find on the internets nowadays!!

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