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!