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7.09.2013

5 Tasks I Was Terrible at as a Kid

i realized that there's a lot of tasks that i'm pretty good at now that i take for granted.  because i was downright terrible at them as a child.

tri-folding.  you know when you stuff envelopes, and you fold the 8 by 11 inch paper into thirds?  as a receptionist and law clerk and various other desk jobs that require mass mailings, i'm pretty excellent at it now.  but i absolutely failed at this as a kid.  did i have no spacial reasoning skills?  was it just me?  i couldn't fold into thirds to save my life.  it was much closer to half and then a tiny bit left over to fold down which then of course wouldn't fit into the envelope.  it was the bane of my existence.

talking on the phone.  my friends not included of course, but other than that i flat out refused to talk on the phone.  random calls from family members?  not a chance.  and i'd rather have starved than ordered pizza myself.  actually, i'm fairly certain i still made my mom order my pizza well into my high school years.  "if you want them to order girl scout cookies, then you have to call them, stephanie."  "well then i guess i'm not selling any cookies this year, mom."

using the microwave.  i got banned from using it for years, actually.  i set so many things on fire in there.  tin foil, peeps, plastic, eggs, parchment paper, grapes.  if it can't be microwaved, you can bet i stuck it in there.  i cannot even count the number of times my mother told me not to put tin foil in there and i would just do it anyway.



giving directions.  i always just assumed other adults driving me around knew where things, like my house, were.  so i sucked at telling them when and where to turn to get me home.  i also didn't know directions or really even street names (i lived off of cicero and this was 'cheerio' to me for a solid decade at least.) so all of my directions home were to tell people to turn at the kow-kow, the asian restaurant at the corner.

eating meals.  how my mother tolerated me, i will never know.  lunch was a 3 hour process because i'd take two bites of something and then run and chase the dog for 15 minutes, then come back for two more bites, and so on.  every single meal time.  it had to have driven her nuts because there was just constant food on the table.  maybe that's why i was so little back then.



i'm pretty glad i've improved at these essential life skills over the years.  what did you suck at as a kid?!

34 comments:

  1. 1 and 2 are totally me! I got the folding thing down now...but I still hate the phone. Unless I am talking to my bloggy friends or face-timing. otherwise, I order pizza online and I find talking to family on the phone awkward.

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  2. Omg, tri-folding! I just could not get that as a child for the life of me! I don't know why it was so hard. I'm a lot better at it now, though.

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  3. haha this is awesome. Is it sad that I STILL despise talking on the phone, can't tri-fold AND can't give directions to save my life..?!

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  4. Hahaha that Scar gif is just PERFECT there. I probably laughed a little too hard at that...

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  5. haha I abhor tri folding, to this day!

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  6. I still suck at tri-folding. I couldn't draw ovals. I found my kindergarten report card and I got an unsatisfactory for drawing shapes because I couldn't do ovals. Whatever. How many ovals do adults draw? NONE!

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  7. I still suck at talking on the phone. I order my pizza online and when my work phone rings I cringe a little before I pick it up.

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  8. I think Emily is going to continue be a crappy eater like that. I hate mealtimes now!

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  9. The microwave one FOR SURE. Once I was trying to melt chocolate in a glass measuring cup and IT MELTED. Not the chocolate. The GLASS CUP.

    That was the last time my mom ever let me use the microwave unsupervised hahaha.

    Michelle @ Mishfish13

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    1. HA!!! There's one I've never done. Melt glass. Amazing!!

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  10. Tying my shoes. I think I learned the summer before 7th grade but still wore flip flops everyday. Even when it was cold, but I had toe socks when it was cold!

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  11. math...I still suck at math. I always say that's why I teach preschool- preschool math is easy!

    And the eating thing- my boys are the EXACT same way...come on JUST EAT!

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  12. good question...singing...i can't sing worth a crap but when i was younger my friends and i formed a "singing group" and would sing/ make up dances to en vogue hahhaha and somehow i also made the 6th grade choir....go figure

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  13. being the popular kid. i was in the 'in' group once but there was too much pressure to follow what everyone else was doing (and most of it was pretty stupid) so i said "fuck it" (not in those words but same sentiment) and went rogue.

    i guess that actually worked out well for me because all the way through school, nothing phased me.

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    1. Went rogue!! Love it, that is exactly why I love you. You totally still have that attitude!!

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  14. to this day i still suck at folding sheets. im pretty positive you have to be a mom and have birthed a kid to know how to fold a fitted sheet.

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  15. Folding laundry. Still sort of spastic at it. I also never put anything away.

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  16. i'm still terrible at talking on the phone. oops. haha

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  17. This is hilarious! I was banned from the microwave as a kid too! When we were on a family vacation, I had a great idea to heat up some ramen noodles and water in a metal bowl in the microwave. When I picked it up out of the microwave, I burned my hands then dropped the boiling water all over the floor and my feet. Not too pretty.

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  18. It must be something about people our age and talking on the phone cause I HATED it too. I'm with you on the starving v. calling for a pizza. Thank goodness for online ordering now!

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  19. I still hate talking on the phone, if it's a friend or family I can handle it but calling for pizza or to make an appointment I have to like prepare myself.

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  20. I had the same bee-bopper 50s costume when I was in Kindergarten! So cute!

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  21. Talking on the phone and eating, I was such a bad eater,I didn't like anything and ate like two bites and started crying and nagging, asking to leave the table. How my mom endured I have no idea but she did. I still don't like talking on the phone but I'll get over that in time.

    xoxo
    All Saints Day

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    1. I think I only got over the phone thing because of work. The eating one though, sometimes I still do that! Dinner takes me awhile, I just get distracted.

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  22. I still cant give directions, and frequently forget my address.. I also was not too handy in the time telling and left right categories as a youngster (I got them under control now)

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  23. I sucked at walking!!! I tripped over everything! & I still do.... so sad.

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  24. hahahah I can relate to many of these. I like the post idea...I might do it as well (and give you credit of course) one of these days! :)

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    1. I super sucked at the phone, asking people in stores for things and addressing envelopes in a straight line (shh I still can't do it)

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  26. I've always been terrible at talking on the phone! I hate it so much (even ordering pizza and stuff, like you mentioned above). I'm ok with friends being mad at me because I refuse to do anything other than text or email. I hate the phone too much to change that.

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    1. Haha!! I love that, and hey, as long as you text and don't ignore them, I think that's just fine!

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  27. I definitely still suck at trifolding...and i hate talking on the phone!

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  28. HAHA. god yes these are hilarious.
    this is the only place i need to go to know that someone is just as weird as i am.
    and for that - we thank you.

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  29. haha this is perfect.
    I would've killed you for putting tin foil in the microwave!

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