18 March 2008

2Peas Challenge

Today's Two Peas blogging challenge is this: What is something you do well?

This is a hard one for me. I'm naturally inclined to think of things I don't do well. I could come up with an entire list of those. In fact, here are a few, just to keep things in perspective:

Things I DON'T do well:

* Swim -- probably the WORST possible thing you could ask me to do.
* Ask people for money -- I could never be a professional fundraiser.
* Confront people if I'm unhappy about something. Spouse and Daughter would probably disagree with that.
* Program the DVD player or anything with buttons (other than a computer).
* Shop -- hate it, hate it, hate it.
* Say no.
* Keep tropical fish alive -- oh, I feel TERRIBLE about the fish I've killed along my learning curve....
* Stay in touch with friends -- sadly, I don't do this very well. I'm working on it.
* Use a map -- I just don't. I get lost regularly. Not a problem for me, but it really bothers people around me. I just allow extra time because I know it's gonna happen.
* Work with numbers -- call me math-impaired. I'm all about words. No numbers. Just words, and an occasional picture.

Here are a few things I think I do fairly well:

* Produce decent-looking things using MS Word, Excel, or PowerPoint. YAY for that!
* Organize events -- big ones, small ones. If I'm in charge, there's a spreadsheet and I become a taskmaster!
* Organize stuff -- I'm pretty good at this, although right now I have way too much stuff to organize.
* Develop and teach classes -- I think do pretty well in this department. I do enjoy it.
* Connect with cats and dogs -- I would have a house full of them if I could.
* Write, when I let down my guard and just do it.
* Stay focused -- if I'm working on a project, I can totally ignore everything around me for extended periods of time. This is not always a good thing, but it does have some advantages.
* Follow through -- if I say I will do something, I always do it.
* See patterns, symbols, and deeper meanings -- I'm definitely a "shades of gray" person...As much as I like to accomplish things, I'm a fairly abstract thinker.


Maureen said...

I can agree that you do have a great artistic eye. It shows in the work you do.

And animal lover? Agreed. You and I both would have a house full of cats and dogs if our families (or the law) would let us, no?

And your writing? Well, I know there are a lot of us out there that can attest to enjoying your blog immensely.

Anonymous said...

I like that you included things you don't do well. It helps us remember that we're not perfect and we're not meant to be. Great post!

jill said...

Your lists made me laugh. We have a lot in common :)

jp said...

Maureen - Thx for your nice comments! I always appreciate it when you stop by! And your blog never fails to make me smile. :-)

Brenda and Jill - Thx for stopping by! I am far, far from perfect. I'm sure those who know me would have many things to add to that "things I don't do well" list! :-)

Sarah C. said...

Wonderful lists! I definitely find writing of list of what I don't do so well much easier. Enjoyed reading your post. :)

Linda said...

Love your lists. I have qualities from both.

Jess said...

Your comment about the fish made me laugh! I could have written that one. :)

toners said...

We can see every day how talented you are! Your blog is one of my favorites because of your style of writing (well, that and the furbaby photos that you post!!) :)

Darcey said...

Good List!!

Jill/Twipply Skwood said...

Me have a lot in common! Except the map thing - I love maps.

I definitely agree with Maureen on your talents!!!! I love stopping by to see what the kitties are up to especially!!!!

Jill/Twipply Skwood said...

Ok, that should have been WE have a lot in common!!! I wonder if all us blogger-scrapbooker-kittylover-types had PE teachers that wished we didn't exist?