Everyone has a list….a list of things that they are really good at. Now, would you say that I am an Expert exactly? No, as a field of expertise requires a bit more than simply liking something or being subjectively ‘good’ at it, but they are fun lists just the same. Let’s take a look at mine, for example:
These are the things that I think that I do well: (Key word being ‘I’.)
- Adding the perfect amount of ‘Double Double’ Coffeemate creamer to my ‘Hula Daddy’ morning cup of java.
- Consuming chocolate in any form, including that which is frozen, refrigerated, room temperature or heated. I am not biased one way or the other. It’s ALL good to me!
- Fixing technical difficulties by turning the switch off, then on again. (Though, for some reason, this one doesn’t always work.)
- Disinfecting the sink after raw meat or eggs has come into contact with it. Within my disinfecting routine, NOTHING gets missed….very important!
- Shelling fresh garden peas, or ‘shucking’ them as my husband would say. I can split open the pods in record time, with an everlasting green thumbnail serving as a proud badge afterward. (Of course, you HAVE to eat some along the way.)
- Loading the dishwasher in such a fashion that any and all possible dishes fit in. Afterall, it would be just plain silly to hand wash anything with a dishwasher present, wouldn’t it?!
- Stealing the covers. No explanation needed.
- Watching re-runs of “Three’s Company”. My all-time favourite show!! (Love Jack-aka John Ritter.) Even bought the channel that it’s on daily, despite the fact that I own all of the seasons on DVD. Gotta watch it ‘authentically’-drives my husband wild, but he willingly goes along with it.
- Starting a campfire with one match. Okay, so maybe a lot of newspaper and kindling go with it, but I am definitely a good girl to have in a cold environment.
- Making ribs in the oven. Thanks to Jean Pare’s “Company Coming” recipe, they taste like they are barbecued and they are so tender. Yum!
- Finding a good bargain. If there is a deal to be had, I will find it. And, if not advertised, I will ask. ‘What’s the worst they can say? No?!’ I have saved a LOT of money in simply asking…seriously! Even my husband agrees that I am the “Wheeler and Dealer” of the family. My father’s daughter through and through.
- Twirling my hair, regardless of its length. Been practicing for forty some years, so I am really good at this one. It’s just too bad that it doesn’t serve a greater purpose. But, it is fun and a good stress reliever:-).
- Picking up on others’ energy. I have always been good at this, though I didn’t know what to call it when I was younger. (I should clarify that this is energy amongst the living…just in case you weren’t sure to which I was referring, as it would be a fair pondering in this day and age wherein all kinds of ‘mediums’ exist.)
- Coming up with ‘cheesy’ one-liners. Yup, I’m the one in the crowd with the zingers, which often get booed. I can’t help it, they just come to me naturally. I didn’t say that they were funny necessarily, just cheesy.
- Taking uneven pictures of the horizon. Yes, even with the stupid grid turned on, I CANNOT! follow the line. Maybe that’s why I always had trouble using a ruler in school too?!
- Putting off housework. Plain and simple. No matter the kind. I dislike it all, though I do like a neat space, so I have to cut deals with myself–usually those deals involve….you guessed it…CHOCOLATE!
- Reading important literature, such as Women’s World or First for Women magazines. When I read, I most often don’t like to think, so these seem to fit the bill.
- Making a ‘mean’ decaf mocha using my Breville espresso machine at home. It may take a good ten to fifteen minutes for the end result to come to fruition, but it’s well worth it:-).
- Using the squeegee to clean the shower doors. Though I don’t like housework, my daily one-minute routine saves a whole lotta scrubbin’ later on. Love those straight, crisp lines that wick away the moisture thanks to my lil Dollar Store find.
- ‘De-germifying’ my hands and airplane surfaces with the infamous ‘Wet Ones’ wipes. I carry them EVERYWHERE and should really own some stock in the company by now. Hands and eating surfaces must be clean, folks! With me, it is a guarantee.
Well, there you have it. Maybe now, I am an expert at writing lists. (Actually, I kinda am in everyday life…whether or not I actually follow or do them is a different story, however.) Do any of my things resonate with you? Any areas of ‘expertise’ that you have which could make your top twenty list?