1. I'm just a small town girl, living in a lonely world.
2. I took the midnight train going anywhere.
3. Don't stop believing, and always hold on to that feeling.
4. Did I do this right?
The other day, I was debating whether or not I should "like" one of these posts in order to get myself a number. I started listing in my head all the things I would share, and somehow, my thought process went to the movie, "10 Things I Hate About You" (wherein I thought Heath Ledger was awesome before all the other people thought he was awesome), and I thought that sort of list might be funny. Then, I realized what a mean-spirited thing that was to think; how awful it would be for people to list things they hate about each other. Then, I came up with this list, of 10 things I hate about me. Stay tuned at the end of this post for the opposite-of-mean-spirited idea I eventually came up with. You'll like it, I feel sure.
10 Things I Hate About Me
1. PORES. They're big, they get clogged, and I hate the way they look. I sometimes find myself staring really creepily at people with nice, smooth skin and invisible pores. If you have been the victim of such a stare, I'm sorry for acting like a perv.
2. MEMORY. It's just not what it used to be. Sometimes, I blame my children, sometimes I blame my migraines. Whatever the reason, I simply cannot remember things the way I used to. At least 2-3 times each month, I forget how to shower. I don't forget to shower (usually), I forget what I've already washed. I shave one leg and not the other. I find myself with a handful of conditioner and conditioner already on my hair. It's frustrating, and let's face it, completely impractical.
3. EASILY ANNOYED. I rarely get really, truly, spitting mad. I often get annoyed, and it is often by petty, silly things that don't have any bearing on my life.
I wish that obnoxious bumper stickers, apostrophe misuses, ridiculous advertisements, and people saying, "all of the sudden," "I gave it 1000%" and "conversate" did not make my brain start to itch.
4. EASILY DISTRACTED. This ties in with my vast procrastination skills, I think. I get off task easily, and I always seem to be able to distract myself with silly, unnecessary things to avoid doing important, unpleasant tasks.
5. UNTANABLE. I've lived in Florida my entire life, and I have never had a good tan. Of course, I'm wise enough to use sunscreen, these days, but I didn't have a tan before I knew better, either. I also have a 2-yr-old bottle of Jergens self-tanning lotion that I can't seem to remember to use consistently enough to see any result except orange elbows. For those of you with dark, smooth skin, I apologize again for my open-mouth stares.
6. PICTIONARY FAILURE. I am probably the worst artist I've ever seen. Almost everything I draw ends up looking like a rabbit, and not even a real, recognizable rabbit. It's especially frustrating to be so terrible at drawing since I have a pretty creative mind. I can see things drawn well in my mind, but you would think I was bypassing my hands and putting the drawing utensils in between my toes and closing my eyes.
7. I CAN'T DECIDE. Ever. I can come up with options, but I hate making decisions. I guess this isn't the worst fault. I believe my inability to make decisions comes from my strong desire to please everyone. Also, it's probably genetic. There's nothing our husbands love more than when my mom, sister and I try to plan things.
8. SLUG. Other than when I'm running, I'm a total slug. I often wish I was one of those people who can't stand to sit still. Instead, I'm driving around the grocery store parking lot looking for the closest spot, asking Rip Claw (formerly known here as 6 y.o.) to bring me my phone, a water, the remote, a diaper (not for me!), and lying on the couch watching television, facebooking, or listening to music all evening.
9. GRAMMAR BLOCKS. I read a lot, and good grammar is something that is important to me. I don't know why, but no matter how many times I read the rules, and no matter how cleverly the rules are stated, I almost never feel confident that I'm using affect or effect correctly. Same goes for further/farther. With affect/effect, I usually just choose a different word altogether. When I want to use further or farther, I simply try both, decide which sounds better in the sentence, and hope nobody calls me out on my error.
10. HAIR DOING. My Cupcake (formerly known here as Baby) is going to hate this about me, too. Similar to my drawing, my hairdos look like I grabbed the brush with my foot, closed my eyes, and then turned a few somersaults.
|Not that bad, right? I mean, the barrette isn't holding the hair away from her eyes, but...|
|then you see the back. Uneven pigtails...|
|plus an uneven part and weird comb-over. Poor kid.|
Don't try to make me feel better about how badly I do her hair. She sits still and patiently waits while I struggle. It's definitely me that is the problem. I don't think I've used a curling iron since I was 12, I use a blow dryer maybe once a year, and a flat iron seasonally. Each time, I miss huge sections of hair, there are strays sticking out everywhere, and I usually burn myself. You know those women who wear their hair in a sleek on top, perfectly curled ponytail right in the center of the back of their head? Yeah, you guessed it. I stare at them, too, jealous and amazed at their achievement.
So, there you have 10 things I hate about me, and now it is time to reveal my kind-spirited plan. I think you should tell 10 things you love about someone else. It's like the spirit of Thanksgiving and the spirit of Christmas and the spirit of Sharing Everything on Social Networks all combined. Be it here, or on your own blog, or wherever you please, just go on and say nice things about someone else. Kindness is always in style, unlike my hairdo.
Have you ever caught someone staring at you and not known why?
Was it me?