7 Things I Don’t Pretend to Be Good At

57. Checking Voicemail. I presume when I return to work, I will have an excuse to check voicemail. But at this juncture in my life (a full time graduate student) all breaking news do not come in the form of entering pins and listening to automated voice prompts.

6. Shaving. I talk about not liking to shave a lot. I really don’t like to shave my legs. On the scale of 1-10 with 10 being the last “To Do” on my list shaving makes number 11, right after checking voicemail. To make things worse, when I do shave (at the adamant request of others) I usually leave a long trail of hair in the back of my legs. I suppose if I had arms that swiveled all the way around, this wouldn’t be so hard.

5. Makeup. Have you noticed the bags under my eyes in my vlogs? Dark spots? Blemishes? I don’t even put makeup on for vlogging. Why not? Because when it comes to brushes and pencils, I don’t know the difference. I’ve never learned how to blend, foundate or whatever other terms are used to put masks on. I keep things natural and the circus moments at a minimum.

4. Washing Dishes. Can I take care of the dishes for you? are not words you will ever hear me say. I tend to do double takes at my own dishes with crust and other unidentifiables still on them when I’m looking for a clean plate. Dishwashers were invented for people like me!

3. Flossing. You probably think I’m some nasty pig with hairy legs at this point, but hey, I am not ashamed at my non-flossing past. Past, I say, because I’m changing this bad habit after my last torturous visit to the hygenist. Flossing is life (at least 2 times a day).

2. Putting an outfit together. I truly believe this was part of the reason why my ex and I didn’t last. When I am fashionable, it’s usually some random happenstance and not because I planned it. For the most part, I am proud to say my outfits are not dictated by magazines, or what’s in season. I want to be remembered by my smile, a life-changing accessory….

AND THE NUMBER ONE THING I DON’T PRETEND TO BE GOOD AT….

1. Small Talk. Even saying it annoys me. And I’m not the only one to think so.

“It’s so incredibly warm today” “What do you do?” “Can you believe those Ravens?”

What are some things you don’t pretend to be good at?

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15 thoughts on “7 Things I Don’t Pretend to Be Good At

  1. Oh, man! Number 1 is something that I definitely don’t pretend to be good at or enjoy. I hate it when people talk for the sake of hearing themselves talk. I prefer deeper conversations. I don’t want people to talk to me unless they have something worth listening to and want to have a genuine conversation, not because they need to blather on and need an unwilling audience.

      1. I found that hobbies help make conversations easier. When I used to take martial arts and talk to classmates, I don’t remember having vapid conversations about jobs and the weather from the start. We talked, joked, or commiserated (depending on what we were doing) about the goings on of class, then we’d talk about other stuff. I don’t remember the “what do ya do?” question coming up until hanging out outside of class and getting to know each other in a different setting.

        It is possible!

  2. I’m lousy at small talk. I mean epically bad. I always have been. And it’s really painful for me to try. I think I have a mild case of Asperger’s Syndrome, so I have a really hard time reading people, especially people I’m meeting for the first time. I avoid small talk as much as possible.

    1. I enjoy meeting people, I just hate the questions that come up and then the awkward silence if you have no idea what they mean by “they work for the government” or if they just sound like a boring person. lol

  3. Nice list. I love it.

    7. I’m terrible at checking voicemail. Even at work, it takes me several days. Which isn’t good.
    6. I don’t have a problem with shaving but, admittedly, I rarely shave in the winter. Cause who will know if I don’t?
    5. I’ve never been good with makeup. I don’t care about enough to put in the effort. Only thing I’ll wear is lipstick; that’s it. This is the face I’ve got. I’m not trying to dress it up any. Take my face or leave it, world.
    4. Washing dishes is my most hated chore. I hate it so much. The deal is that since I cook, my BR has to do the dishes. But, to him, doing the dishes means like three or four times per month. So I usually end up washing them anyway. Because after a while, dirty dishes stink. And I hate seeing dishes in the sink day after day.
    3. Oh, I’m terrible about flossing. I need to work on that.
    2. Like makeup, I don’t care enough about fashion to make the effort. I can admire a woman with a cute outfit, looking well put together. It really is a skill. But me, I don’t care about clothes.
    1. I hate small talk. I hate that people feel the need to fill silence with their voice. It’s the worst at work. Just say hello if you see me in the kitchen and let that be enough. No need to ask me about the weather. Weather talk is a surefire way to piss me off on the inside.

    1. I like makeup for special events- I cannot deal with having to put on a face before going anywhere. It’s almost like lying to the world. 🙂
      I would throw a fit if the dishes weren’t washed right away. I have a roommate who doesn’t clean dishes right away. It’s just nasty and inconsiderate. You’re a good GF.
      Fashion smashion. There are more important things in life.

  4. I too hate (and that’s a strong word) flossing and washing dishes! Shaving I only hate how quickly the hair grows back and having your guy say after two day stubble “ohh you need to shave” like what if I just let my legs become a bushy mess you better not comment on this stubble lol.

    As far as make up goes I don’t hate it just wish I could do it better and in turn more often.

    1. I’ve never seen that in my life, I’m curious to know where that happened. I have seen people do other disgusting things in public: ie flossing and cutting their nails on the train.

  5. She, I have to agree with you about not being good at shaving. I absolutely hate shaving. It is one of biggest chores this patriarchal society has burdened women. I can’t remember the last time I shaved my legs. My boyfriend has me “convinced” that her barely notices the hair on my legs. So hey, if he ain’t complaining, I ain’t either lol! However, I still cannot wait to have enough income to start my laser hair removal fund! Good bye razors, creams, and wax!

    I am horrible at flossing! My last dentist appointment was crucial, She! Now, I try to floss everyday. In reality it is once a week, not to mention the whole yard of floss I use to accomplish one floss session!

    I am unfortunately sporadic with updating my blog. I need to get better at doing so because I want to improve my non-scientific writing skills! Also it is a nice avenue to keep in touch with my friends and family who don’t live in Houston.

    On another note something I do love… WINE 🙂

    1. I say all the non-shavers should unite, Xta! I used to have barely there hair until one day I was experimenting with some clippers (DON’T DO IT!) Now my hair is growing back out of control.
      I’m getting better at flossing, although I don’t mind going to the Dental school and getting worked on by some of the students….shhh! 🙂
      You have inspired me to do a post on things I am good at, thanks…go write a new blog!

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