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Things you're not good at (humorous)

In light of the awesome "6 Things You're Good At" post I thought we could do a funny, "I'm really awful at..." post too.  While reading through some of the other ladies' talents I realized I got skipped over on a few things...


1 - Singing.  Or I should say singing well.  I could not carry a tune if you put it in bucket for me.  This does not stop me mind you.

2 - Art.  Cannot draw a straight line with a ruler.

3 - Directions.  I could get lost in my living room.  This is only a minor exaggeration.

4 - Rhythm. White girl from Wisconsin cannot dance.

5 - Gracefulness.  I constantly have bruises I don't remember getting.  There is no use in wondering who put the door frame there - just say, "ow" and keep going!


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Oh, do I hear you on being bad at the piano but loving it anyway. I'm a singer, and I can sing well and read music easily. But dear god, am I *awful* at the piano.  I just do not have that kind of cooridnation or ability in my hands.  But, holy crud, do I love Beethoven.  And does my utter lack of piano ability stop me? HELLZ no.  I subject my pets (usually not my professional musician husband, i do have *some* shame lol) to my painful playing of sonatas and reduced symphonies.  I LOVE MY BEETHOVEN, **bleep**!

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Aaaah I LOVE Beethoven too!! I've definitely had a go at other composers' music, bu I always come back to good old Ludwig. He was a genius. Have you ever seen Immortal Beloved by any chance? If you haven't, I swear, it'll make you love him even more!


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Yes, I LOVE that movie- as much as I love Beethoven, I love Gary Oldman More Smiley Happy

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OMG me too!!! Another obsessed friend and I actually did a Gary Oldman movie marathon night (which included Immortal Beloved). He is disturbingly awesome at playing nut jobs, so much that we couldn't sleep later on b/c of Dracula, lol. 

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putting on false lashes, i can only do one eye!

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1. Drawing a straight line, I've been an art student all my life and have excelled in art and even branched into all sorts of facets, but ask me to draw a straight line and NOPE! I can draw circles freehanded that look excellent, but lines...nope, nope, nope. Maybe it's just too linear for my free form ways! Smiley Tongue


2. Navigating downtown, regular areas and even the suburbs are fine, but throw me downtown and areas filled with one way streets, constant construction, and parking garages and I'm going in circles over and over again! Once I even find where I'm suppose to be I have to loop around to find parking and once I get that finished I have to find my bearings again and get back to point A!


3. Holding back, not in the sense of not being able to hold back words or use tact, but holding back my personality at times. I've really done a 180 from when I was younger. I used to be SUUUUUPER shy and quiet, to the point where I didn't speak at all until someone at school talked to me and even then, if it was a student I would keep quiet but now I'm not afraid to talk to random folks and be the super lively one at social gatherings, this can be a bad thing if I'm around new people who aren't used to a stronger or bolder personality, it tends to make them cower and retreat into themselves, which makes it tougher for me to befriend or get to know them.


4. At wearing socks....oh gosh how I can't stand socks! I mean sure, if I have on a pair of boots or if it's super cold then fine, but under any other circumstance, get those suckers off! I try to resist any shoe that requires socks (no sneakers for me). I love being barefoot and socks are the arch enemy (although I love a fabulous pump or high heel anyday)!


5. Straightening my hair, this takes FOREVER and I get lazy. My hair is thick and wavy and past my hips. Everytime I try to flat iron it I start off super precise and section off pieces and take my time, and by midway I'm just letting my hair all down and going over random top portions and the ends. I get so impatient!


6. Backing up into parking spaces, I had to practice this over and over again during the time of getting my license and was a pro, but since then I've hardly ever had to use this so now the few times where I could back into a parking space, I can't and I get worried I'll end up bumping into the car next to me or backing up into something!

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1. Keeping beat, my family constantly reminds me of this, thanks guys!

2. Dancing, this kind of goes with keeping beat!

3. Reverse parking- ARRG!

4. Telling you what I ate for lunch, or five minutes ago for that matter.

5. Being healthy- I'd do anything to lose weight! Except exercise and diet... sorry!

6. Telling you what that classical/opera song was, I love hearing them but I can't tell you the name of one!

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Have to add: saving money. I spend it so quickly (is anyone else doing a bunch of online shopping today...hello summer sales!)...however in the sense of "saving money" on my purchases, I kick a** at that...gotta love finding stuff on sale (with free shipping and a discount code today...hello $40 maxi dresses)...


Happy 4th everyone!

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Me too!  Much to husband's dismay.  I only placed a couple of orders today though despite my inbox overflowing with sale emails.  My birthday was just last month and I took advantage of several b-day offers so there wasn't much I still wanted/needed!


Happy Fourth!  I'm wondering if it's late enough to make myself a Paloma yet...

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What am I thinking?  I'm using Grapefruit juice as opposed to Grapefruit soda.  That makes it downright breakfast-y and therefore totally appropriate for earlier hours.  Smiley Happy

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Yep, I placed a few, but all for stuff I'd had my eye on/ all on sale etc. Husband can't get mad, it's my money after all! But yeah he's like "I keep wondering where she is getting all of these dresses" is like a game for me sometimes, saving $=winning.

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1. Patience. I am not patient whatsoever. 

2. Saving money. It's been a problem for years now!

3. Math. Please don't give my anything complicated. I just cant.

4. Directions. Bad bad bad. Even if it's the simplest directions, I always seem to make it more complicated then it should be.

5. Washing my eye makeup brushes. I'm great at washing my face brushes since if I dont i'll break out. But when it comes to eye brushes, i probably wash them 2-3 times a month. I have too many!

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I saw this in my twitter feed today and it reminded me of this thread and how many of us can't dance.  Maybe some of us balter instead!   Smiley Happy


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1. Doing my hair. It's a CONSTANT battle and you would think that at 39, I would have it mastered. My hair is curly/wavy and has a mind of it's own. For years, I would straighten it, but recently, I decided to give that up. To time consuming and it looks better "natural" anyway. Just wish I knew what to do with it.
2. Math. Absolutely HATE it. My son is in 4th grade and when he needs help, he knows to get with Dad because Mom is just as clueless as he is!
3. Applying makeup. As much as I makeup addict I am, you would think I'd be a pro, not really. Perhaps it's just low self-esteem, but I always feel like I'm doing something wrong or don't look as good as other women when it comes to makeup.
4. Not getting annoyed with stupid people. (I work with the public, so I really need to try to get better at that!)
5. Eating healthy. Enough said!
6. Drawing. I love to doodle and draw, but that doesn't mean my "art" come out good!

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1. Singing - I can't sing. It's quite sad, but my voice does NOT sound nice at all. It's rough having a passion for musicals but knowing you can never actually participate in one because of your awful, awful voice. Ah well Smiley Happy We all have our gifts. 

2. Driving - I am an awful driver. In fact, I have yet to pass my drivers test! I have awful anxiety behind the wheel. In fact, once when I was taking my drivers test, I ran a red light because I was so nervous about staying between the lines. 

3. Straightening my hair - My hair is frizzy, thick and simply can't be tamed. I CAN'T straighten my hair alone, and straightening it with help takes professional tools and a couple of hours. Totally not worth it. 

4. Dancing - I so bad. Unless there's choreography, I can't just dance spontaneously. I can swing-dance, which is where the girl relies on the guy to lead, and do aerials, flips, whatever. But put me on a school dance floor and tell me to shake my stuff and I just kinda stand there awkwardly and try to imitate someone else. 

5. Math - Okay, I CAN do math. But it takes a lot of effort, a lot of purposefully logical thinking. It's not something that comes easily to me, it's something I struggle with. I'm generally a straight A student and usually get the top grade in all my AP/honors classes without much work at all. However, when it comes to math, I'm in the regular math and working my butt off, barely eeking out a B. Definitely something that doesn't come naturally to me. 

6. Piano/anything musical - My mom made me start piano in pre-school. I struggled through it until I was a sophomore. My little sister composes her own music, and can play any classical piece you throw at her from memory. I can play Frere Jacques. And that is all. Literally. That is the only thing I retained from 10+ years of piano lessons. I was so bad at piano it was painful. And it's not that I didn't study it and practice. I'm just the most unmusical person on the planet. It's like a foreign language to me. 

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1. Dacing- I love music and love watching people dance, wishing I knew how to dance... can't do it to save my life.

2.Numbers-I can't remember them, or when people send me a number I tell them to please send them in trios that way I don't get confused because I mix numbers ex. 39 I would put 93.... Amazingly I was great at math, honor rolls, A student in math but can't remember them in their order I was given.

3.Hair-I have so many hair tools.... use them once or twice... or never... I cant do my back hair, can't seem to coordinate myself to do my hair like the girls on youtube.

4.Saving Money-Can't... I will start but as soon as I see something I want I go and remember I have money saved up and spend it.....

5. Parking.... I was able to do it once or twice... once being the driving test.... where they give you a big space to park in... that's not real life. My instructor and my dad only taught me how to park on one side of the street. required for the exam, that's all I can park when I find parking on the other side of the street who ever is with me... Get down! and help me ! lol.... can't do it.

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1. Cleaning the house- I'm the type of person those YouTube "house cleaning motivation" videos are made for. I hate cleaning, but I know it has to be done. I don't want to live in filth, so I watch YouTube videos to get sadly. I will take the shortcut to do everything. On the surface, my house looks really clean, but if you pick up a folded blanket from the corner there will be a pile of laundry piled under it.

2.Patience- I'm like a three-year old child sometimes.

3.Getting up in the morning- I will shirk all responsibility for that extra 5 minutes (or an hour) of sleep. I've gotten better about it since I started drinking Cuban coffee which is the equivalent of cocaine in a cup.

*****(Realizing the first 3 are basic life skills lol)

4. Math-was always horrible at it, always have been and always will be (probably) Numbers are enemy. I can barely figure out the cost of something if there's a percentage off...but I manage somehow.



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BTW, I LOVE this thread!

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I love when we can find older threads like this and give new life to them. It shows what a great thread it is. Thanks kalex. Smiley Happy

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kalex - this had me in stitches!! My dog looked at me like I was on drugs when I L'ed OL at this. Thank you for sharing.

Since this was originally posted in July I'm wondering if you've mastered....okay, if you've improved in any of these categories. Thanks for the laugh.

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I don't currently have any bruises but other than that... I'm still me.  Smiley Very Happy

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1. Only eating one chip

2. Only watching one tv episode on netflix

3. Painting my nails

4. Picking up after myself

5. Molecular neurobiology Smiley Tongue

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  1. using breaks without crashing into things and I kid you not i hit my ver-gimer  on bike bars as a kid & been a bear holding tree hugger many a time.
  2. not sounding like a barn-animal when I speak my first sentence in the morning usually I am told I sound like a billy goat.
  3. keeping a plant or flower alive, The weeds in my front yard put Mirkwood forest to shame in all it's dark glory from the hobbit desloation of smaug though. 
  4. saving money & I mean without anyone taking it from me and putting it away and not letting me touch it even when I beg in a manner that is degrading to a four year old crying in the checkout isle of the grocery store for candy (See pic below!)
  5. Being a social non hermit is a struggle for me, I am truly rusty with people skills and when I talk it comes out awkward and sometimes so blunt it's rude see Pic/example Below below
  6. and yes I am too mortified to go on. (see pic below)


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Things I'm terrible at...

1. Watching movies...can't do it. I'm too busy thinking about all the stuff I should be doing instead of sitting on my butt

2. Eating...I love to cook, but when it comes to eating...not so much

3. Singing... Love to sing...even sang a couple so solos during my high school choir years...but I'm terrible! Why didn't someone stop me back then?

4. Sleeping... For some reason, I can't stay asleep for more than an hour or so...and I think it's beginning to make me look old!

And that's what I can think of at the moment...I'm sure the list is very long though! 

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Beauty related:


1. Applying winged liner. Darn my hooded eyes!


2. Keeping lip products on. Eventually I get fed up with them and just wipe them off. I also get that gross white line across my lips when I wear lip gloss (does anyone know how to prevent that btw?).


3. Getting my eyebrows even. One brow looks surprised, the other looks like it's asleep... perhaps I should have them tweezed to match lol.


4. Not buying new products. My name is punctuationgeek, and I have a problem.




1. Singing. For the past 15+ years, I lip-synch happy birthday to people (even if there is only one other person there to sing lol). I also lip-synched in elementary school plays. If I can't sound like Judy Garland, why bother lol?


2. Finishing movies. I just can't commit to one plot for 2 hours! Except Harry Potter, Mystic River, Fight Club, Milk, a few Christmas movies... and that's about it.


3. Dieting. I lost 25 lbs in about six months, and I hated every minute of it. All I want to do is eat cheesecake, chocolate, cake, cupcakes, cookies... And I'm still trying to lose an additional 20 to 30 lbs lol.


4. Math. Why do I need to learn it? That's what the calculator on my phone is for.


And I'm sure there are many more!

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