Never Have I Ever...
...opened the box containing the iron or unwrapped the ironing board, both purchased over 3 years ago, because I didn't own either one. Yes, that means what you think it means. 6 y.o. has never seen a clothes iron used in our home.
...washed our house's windows or screens. I have dusted the blinds and vacuumed the windowsills, but I wouldn't even know where to begin actual window washing. I seem to remember using the garden hose to spray water at the windows when I was growing up, but that may not have actually been helpful to my parents.
...mowed a lawn. I see our old lady neighbor, out using her push mower, and feel a little twinge of...something. Embarrassment, probably, but it feels a little like regret mixed with fear (of getting to retirement age and having to sacrifice buying coffee so I can pay the lawn guys) and relief. Again, I wouldn't even know where to begin.
...put money in the buckets held by people standing in the road, or in the hands of people holding signs. I actually consider myself to be a pretty generous and charitable person, and I do donate food, clothing, and money to different organizations. The people on the side of the road scare me, though, and I always pretend I don't see them. When I think it through, it's very silly. As if throwing a dollar into the bucket of the reflective vest wearer will somehow give him the inclination to drag me out of my car and murder me? As if lowering my window and handing spare change to the person holding the "homeless and hungry anything help godbless" sign is going to instigate an attack or kidnapping? Probably not.
...been so ashamed of my feet. I have a spa gift card, waiting to be used on a pedicure, and I can't bring myself to set an appointment. I'm sure they're not the most disgusting feet in the universe, but they're easily the most disgusting I've ever owned.
|My actual feet, before they betrayed me and turned to the dark side.|
...been the Fantasy Football league champion. I did make the playoffs last season! I was even ranked first for several weeks. Ended up in 4th place, my highest (just out of the money) finish yet.
Almost Always, I...
...procrastinate. I put off easy tasks. I put off difficult tasks. I put off necessary things, I put off phone calls and emails and really silly things like filling up water bottles. Why does "later" always seem more appealing than "now"? Procrastinating is almost always the wrong choice, and I wish I could give advice on how to stop it, but the only tip I can think of is the obvious one- just do it now.
...am late. I'm terrible at estimating the time it takes to do anything, even if I've done it 100 times. I'm also easily distracted. Not sure if you know it, but that combo does not equal promptness. Remember what I said up there about doing stupid things? Here's one that I do way too often: I set my alarm to wake me up with what I think is 20 extra minutes to get ready. Stay in bed an extra 5 minutes. End up with 5 extra minutes before I need to leave the house, and rather than just getting in my crooked car and leaving early, I start a task that I've been procrastinating. I tell myself it will only take 3 minutes. Inevitably, it takes at least 10. I check the clock, feel genuine shock, and rush out the door.
...skip flossing. I was going to put this in the "never have I ever" category, but I'm positive I've flossed my teeth at some point in my life. I remember my gums bleeding. I think the last time I flossed was pre-Y2K. I stopped, figuring that if the world was going to end anyway, there was really no point in having super healthy teeth.
|10 years, no floss. Na na na boo boo, folks with a genetic predisposition toward tooth decay.|
I have a hard time remembering...
...what the red and blue, elephant and donkey represent. I mean, I know they symbolize Republicans and Democrats, but I can never remember which color is which and which animal is which.
...how to tell the difference between a bass and a regular guitar. Yes, this is coming from the same gal who has attended a really awesome number of rock concerts.
...to concentrate on my form when I'm running. One day, I went to the gym at 5 a.m. and ran on the treadmill directly in front of the window so that I could see my reflection perfectly. I had forgotten my iPod. There were only 1 or 2 other people anywhere close. I still got distracted from watching myself and fixing my obvious errors.
...to respond to party invitations. I feel like such a heel about it, too. Not a pretty, just pedicured heel, either. Like, one of my heels.
...to use coupons before they expire. Nothing makes me growl and stomp like throwing away money.
...due dates. For more than a decade, I didn't set foot in the library because I had forgotten to return some books that were in the trunk of my car when I sold it. I was granted a library card again a few years ago, and now I think of my late fines as donating to a charity that I like. If I don't think of it that way, I get all growly and stompy again.
I could go on, of course. I thought about asking Husband for additional evidence of my ineptitude, but then I figured I would get upset, no matter what he said. Here's something you should remember- asking people to tell you your faults, in detail, will usually not make you feel so sunshine-y and smiley. Better to just concentrate on the triumphs and joys in your life, and put off fixing your faults until tomorrow.
How many times would you have had to drink in agreement with my statements?
Any tips on window washing? I might try it soon.