I am constantly amazed by what the many, many very clever people I’ve discovered in the blogosphere can do, things I can only dream about doing. The amazing crocheting here inspires my very simple attempts. The wizardry in the kitchen here (among many) leaves me in awe. There are those with brilliantly green fingers growing veggies of such bounty it leaves my small pickings in the dust. I’d love to be able to do some of these things, but in the mean time there are a few things I wish I could master right now….
1. I wish I was better at ‘the transfer’, that ever elusive skill of being able to transfer a sleeping Miss One from the car to her cot. I’ve been working on this one for 18 months and in that time I’ve successfully managed this trick ONCE! Most frustrating is the fact that Miss One regularly falls asleep just minutes before we arrive home. I then face a major decision, do I sit in the car in the driveway and let her sleep (only an option either if Miss Three isn’t in the car or if she is also asleep) or do I attempt the transfer knowing that if she wakes up she won’t go back to sleep for the rest of the day, quite a dilemma! I’m not sure if Miss One is ultra sensitive or if I’ve just lost my touch because I used to be able to do this quite easily with Miss Three at the same age.
2. Remembering to actually take the shopping list to the shops. I’m great at writing shopping lists, I have a menu plan, I go through the recipes I’m going to use and check off each item, I do a quick audit of the pantry and fridge seeing what is low or missing, I even have a look in the laundry and bathroom to make sure we don’t need anything from there. During the week I write down things as I use them up. My lists are detailed (just in case Mr Good is doing the shopping, he needs detail apparently), they are ordered, then they are often left on the kitchen bench. Finding myself at the shops without the list is a constant annoyance. I’ve developed stategies to cope, trying to visualise the list, thinking about the meals I was going to cook, trying to remember what empty packets, jars, tins etc I threw out recently that need replacing. I wander the aisles looking for things to jog my memory. Regardless I ALWAYS forget a couple of critical ingredients, usually one from each recipe! I now have an iPhone…. perhaps this could be the answer to my problem.
3. Spelling….. I’m a little ashamed to admit this one being a teacher (and a sometimes English teacher). It’s not that I can’t spell, I’m reasonably good, but I wish I was better. There are just some words that will not cement themselves in my mind and which I ALWAYS misspell. When I’m writing emails, documents, blogs and so on I can check if I need to and I always tell my students that you don’t have to be perfect, you just need to know how to use a dictionary. But when I’m writing off the cuff notes on the board in front of a class of rowdy year 8s just waiting for me to slip up, then I wish I was better at spelling!
4. Parallel parking, a must in Melbourne. When I first got my licence I bought myself a spunky little red hatch back. It was a manual, it didn’t have anything fancy like power steering or air conditioning, but it was zippy and I loved…. and I could parallel park it with one hand tied behind my back. When we bought our current car (nearly ten years ago) my skills at this parking style so common in many parts of Melbourne disappeared and I’ve never managed to re-discover them. Sadly I now avoid a parallel park at almost all costs, it’s a good thing I like walking!
5. Sleeping. I tossed this one over and over wondering if I should write about it, because I didn’t to do the whole whinge-fest about how sleep deprived and constantly tired I am (let’s face it, I’ve probably worn that one pretty thin by now). But then nothing else stood out like this one. And I’m not talking here about the interrupted sleep cause by small children, I’m referring to my own ability (or inability) to do one of the basic things (and it’s a family trait so I’ll blame my mother for this one). This ridiculous mind of mine just turns things over and over and won’t let them go so I can relax and go to sleep. Last night, for example, I was kept awake trying to think of a politician’s name I had seen on the news just before going to bed. It was of no importance whatsoever but I couldn’t stop racking my brain about it. Earlier in the week I lay wide eyed wondering if I was going to lose all my tomato seedlings or just some (okay this one is slightly more important, but what on earth could I do about it at 3am?) To rub salt into the wound Mr Good lays his head on the pillow and is sound asleep within seven seconds! Unbelievable. And not only do I struggle to fall asleep, but I am very quick to wake, any sound, movement, increased light will see my eyes spring involuntarily open and then I’m back to square one. I will say though having been such a terrible sleeper for so many years, I am pretty bloody good at surviving on minimal sleep… a skill that has stood me in good stead for the last three years.
Not sure what Liz has in store for her list this week, but as always I’m sure I’ll learn something after reading it.
PS I missed yesterday’s Harvest Monday post due to a internet failure, I’ll catch up next week with a double one.