What Do You Suck At?

Recently Danielle LaPorte asked the The Burning Question, “What do you suck at?”

I decided to answer.

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Paperwork of all kinds. Especially at work. For this reason, I could never be a Special Ed teacher.

Organization of paperwork I suck at. If it isn’t electronic, I don’t know where it is. Remember how I warned you about my paperwork issue?

Going to bed as soon as I am tired. Why do I resist the sleep? Probably because I want a couple of kid free hours a day.

Leaving the house when I need some mama alone time. Instead I hear “Mama. Mama. Mama.” from the other side of whichever door I am behind.

Going to the bank. Depositing checks is the absolute worst.

Pretending to care about stuff I don’t care about. I think I learned this from my students.

Keeping my opinions and thoughts to myself. I have always been outspoken. It’s like a truth compulsion.

Not rolling my eyes when stupid things are said in my presence. It’s an embarrassing hold over from my teen years.

Talking on the phone. Please don’t take it personally if I don’t call you, I don’t call anyone.

Remembering to check my phone for messages. Or knowing the location of said phone.

Putting my dishes in the dishwasher. The hubs especially hates this one.

Wearing uncomfortable shoes and clothes in the name of fashion. Or any other reason. If I didn’t do this at 22, I am surely not at 42.

Letting other people drive. Unless we are in an unfamiliar place, then I suck at driving.

Doing stuff I don’t want to do. Last child in me or what?

Buying stuff because other people have stuff. F the Joneses.

Letting my baby cry. As far as I can tell, she is just sending me a message with her limited vocabulary.

Not reading multiple books at a time. How will I ever read everything I want to read if I don’t always have lots of books going at once?

Not aspirational home goods shopping. Oh how I love to waste money at IKEA I do like to buy house things to make life better and then never use them. I am getting better at this and recently if I haven’t used item within a couple weeks, I have been returning stuff.

Bartering prices on used items. This kills me. I get all weird and tongue tied.

Washing my face before I go to bed. While Ruby’s nighttime routine is a well-oiled machine, mine has gotten a bit lazy.

But enough about me. What about you? What do you suck at?

11 thoughts on “What Do You Suck At?

  1. Pingback: Things I Suck At | Coffee & Sunshine

  2. Thanks for the special ed paperwork acknowledgement. Technology is about to free you from the check problem (yay!). Not letting the baby cry is heroic, not sucky. And who cares what the Jones’ have? There is no line where having stuff equals happiness or fulfillment.
    Me- I suck at navigating. And growing anything in the garden. And all kinds of art. I do not suck at finding ways to enjoy this life, with or without directions!

    • heidi: deep bows on the sped paperwork, my friend. i don’t know how ya’ll do it.

      clearly i need to investigate this check technology.

      crying babies do really just need to be held, don’t they? i am believing part of why ruby doesn’t cry much is because she knows we’re coming.

      why don’t more people get this more stuff doesn’t bring more happiness thing???

      navigating with an audience? no bueno! on my own, i don’t care if i get “lost”.

      gardening – i REALLY want to like it. does that count?

      art. hmmmmmm….. not so much.

      i totally concur with enjoying life. – thanks for the great comment!

  3. COOKING!!! I hats cooking. It takes soliloquy long and if you leave to read a page or three everything sticks and turns black. I think the correct cooking term is burned. Which is something else I hate about cooking : the vocabulary makes no sense. Someone please tell me what “golden brown ” is. While I’m trying to decide if an item is golden brown or dark tan, it suddenly turns black and sticks to the pan. And, no one ever eats what I cook. That may not be a mystery.

    • mads: can’t wait to read your list. probably like you’ve been waiting to read my response. blog comments have been hard lately, but i’ve decided no more. thank you for coming by and leaving a comment.

      now go write your list. seriously, can’t wait.

  4. Love this. I suck at many of these things as well. The thought of paperwork gives me hives, possibly one of the reasons it took me three years to get divorced. And always with the many books and then I suck at making time to read (except in the potty). Letting the baby cry? Screw that. I’ve always sorta figured the best thing I can do for my kid is let her know I’ve got her back. 6.5 years later it seems to have been the way to go. I suck on the phone unless I’m getting paid to be on it. I really suck at keeping my house clean and not-so-secretly fantasize about a sugar daddy who would give me housecleaning services instead of jewelry.

    • jen: dude, ask for house cleaning for xmas. i’m sure mamabear will provide a sister some help. we use california green clean and it’s way less expensive than one would think. although i must warn you, i totally have to clean up before they come actually clean the house. anyway, it’s so worth the money.

      hooray for having the kids’ backs! love you.

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