Positive thoughts and a list of things that I am just plain bad at

Life can be tough. Right? For most of us, there’s a lot on our plates day-in and day-out, and we’re just trying to make it through sun-up to sun-down. Well, I’m here to tell you today, that if you ever feel down or stressed, you’re definitely not alone.

While I don’t know what each and every one of you reading this blog is going through, I do know that there has to be at least a couple of positive things in your life. And if you cling to those, appreciate them and put one foot in front of the other each day, you’re doing great. And you’re probably managing your life a lot better than you think. I bet you even take time to provide a little support to some people around you. So maybe, just maybe, you could provide some of that support to yourself too? Go for it.

But I’m not here to give you a lesson in positivity. I’m here to make your day a little lighter with some mindless ramblings and silly chatter, because that’s what I do best. Instead of focusing on the tough things, what if you just decided to laugh at a few of the unimportant things. Am I right? Ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, I present to you a few things that I am just plain bad at. Let’s see if you can relate …

Things that I am really bad at via A Lady Goes West blog

A few things that I am really bad at 

  • Loading the dishwasher. Dave says our dishes don’t get fully cleaned because I stack too many things in there, one on top of the other. Whatever. I like to fit as many things as possible, so that we only have to run one load. I think it’s efficiency. He disagrees.
  • Closing the toothpaste tube. Apparently I never close it all the way and a little bit drips out. Dave says it’s gross. I think I just don’t care to close it all the way up, and it’s not all that big of a deal. A little toothpaste never hurt anybody.
  • Filling my water glass until it’s full. This one is just pure impatience. I’m ready to move on to the next task, and that usually means only waiting until my glass is about half full when filling it up from the fridge or a water dispenser. I really should fix this though, because I’m constantly wanting more water. You think I would learn. But I don’t.
  • Responding to group texts. Well, let me be clear on this. I respond to group texts. However, lately, I’ve made the incredibly stupid mistake of thinking I was sending a text to one person, yet I was actually responding to the group text from a previous message. I’d say I’ve done that about five times in the past month, yet I never learn. And the responses are always so embarrassing. I laugh, but then I cringe. Ha!
  • Getting up from the desk to stretch my legs. Even though I continually tell people to be more active during the workday, I can be the worst offender. I get stuck on a set of tasks and sit in the same position for far too long, sometimes until my limbs fall asleep. It’s absurd, and I need to work on it. Dave laughs when I get up from the couch and nearly fall over … he’ll say “You did it again.” Yes, why yes I did.
  • Being in pictures. I don’t think I’ve ever taken a good picture on the first try in my life. My famous line? “Just one more.” Why? Because my eyes are closed, my head is tilted or my arm is totally awkward. It’s like I always need a warm-up shot before I get to the real one.
  • Cleaning the bathroom. Just won’t do it. This has been one of the chores on Dave’s responsibility list since we moved in together nearly five years ago. While I’m a total neat-freak, this one’s not for me, so I don’t do it. Perhaps that’s why I’m so loose with the toothpaste too. It’s not my problem.
  • Disciplining our puppy. Apparently you are supposed to teach your puppy what’s right and what’s wrong, and sometimes that means yelling at him with a deep voice. Well, I don’t like to do that. I want our fuzzy little Rudy to hear nothing but loving noises, and I want him to do whatever makes him happy. Dave says Rudy is becoming dependent on me, and I need to lay down the law. No way. He’s too cute.
  • Choosing a restaurant. I love to try new places, but I also love to go where I know the food is good. If it’s up to me to choose a restaurant, you can bet I will put in no less than one hour of internet research, looking at all of the pictures of food. Then, I’ll make the reservation way in advance and second guess it at the last minute. It’s just what I do. But when I get there, I never have a problem making my order or demanding that we order dessert. Go figure.

What else am I really bad at? Apparently writing a short blog post. This was supposed to be a quick one, but alas, I’ve gone on long again. Thanks for sticking with it, my friends. Hope you have a great day. Get out there, be positive, be good at stuff, and if you’re not … well, then laugh at yourself. We’re all just doing our best, right?

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  1. I am horrible at trying something new off the menu of restaurant I go to all the time. I always end up ordering the same thing even though there are other dishes I’m just dying to try! I think if it’s not broke why fix it but then again I need to take a few more risks in life.

  2. I”m trying to stay positive as well today! I am EXCELLENT at loading the dishwasher. It was my brother’s and my “job” growing up, so I am super badass at it. I am terrible with planning money things. I just don’t understand financial planning. I understand when I am spending too much, but taxes terrify me!

    1. Hi Susie! Ohhh I’ve been trying to get better and financial planning, but it can be so confusing. I feel you on that one! And yes, STAY positive. πŸ™‚

  3. Even when I tryyyyy to use a stern voice with my dog, she just wags her tail ha so there’s really no point. I’m really bad at keeping my desk clutter-free. Type A people would probably want to pull their hair out if they saw it. Somehow I still know where everything is though πŸ˜€

  4. I can relate to not disciplining Rudy..I am the worst at that with Selma. She’ll do something that’s “bad” but it’s SO cute so I can’t yell at her! She always gets so sad when I yell and just wants to make me happy again, so I can’t do it πŸ™ Breaks my heart! I am really good at teaching her tricks though! She picks them up so quickly and loves to learn!

  5. Boy did I need this today! Let me tell you, my husband always rearranges the dishwasher after me lol he says I don’t pack it in enough. Oh and I’m terrible about not washing my face at night. Now I have a teenagers face currently. Sexy!! Thank you for the reminder to lighten up once in a while. πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Jess! Make-up wipes … those are my savior when I feel too tired to wash my face at night. And I’m glad I’m not the only one getting schooled on the dishwasher heheh

  6. I love lighthearted posts like this, Ashley! I am REALLY bad at unloading the dishwasher but good at putting dishes in πŸ˜‰ Same goes for the dryer – I am good at doing laundry but not so good when it comes to putting it away. Disciplining puppies is so difficult because they’re so darn cute πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Becky! Glad you enjoyed! πŸ™‚ And yes, puppies are too darn cute. I cannot yell at him. Just can’t do it. Happy house-chores to you, lady! heheh

  7. haha! This was cute. I am horrible at guessing the right amount to mix drinks. Inevtiably it is always at the tippy top and sloshing all over the place as I hand it to someone. They are always delicious though, so I am allowed some grace. πŸ™‚

    I am also horribly impatient. My enthusiastic personality translates into me wanting everything right now. God forbid Adam shows me a picture of a lovely home, I want to buy it RIGHT NOW. I will never learn!

  8. Ha! This is too funny! I am bad at so much! Okay- but if I had to pick one, it would be folding laundry before it sits in a pile too long. I seriously do laundry every day (Thank G-D that I have a great washer/dryer) and with 4 kids it just adds up…so my guest bed just piles it up, until I can get to it. The kids seriously just find their clean clothes, some days by picking through the pile! Oh. That is horrible, isn’t it?!

    1. I can hardly handle the laundry for my husband and for me … I can’t imagine adding in four other little bodies of clothing. Good work to you for at least getting it washed. Let them pick their stuff back out hahah! Love it, Barrie!

  9. Hmm. I’m really bad at dusting. Cleaning in general, if you must know, I am not a neat freak. I like things neat: I just don’t want to do it!

    I’m very good with the dogs. Discipline doesn’t necessarily mean yelling. In fact, it shouldn’t, although of course I can be guilty of it. Dogs do like discipline. They’re like kids, they like rules & routine, but you get better results with positive reinforcement.

    1. Hi Judy! Oh yes, our little dog has routine and rules, but when he breaks the rules … well … I just want to squeeze and cuddle him anyways hehehe πŸ™‚

  10. I love this!! You are so right, we need to not take ourselves so seriously and learn to laugh at the things we suck at. It’s funny because a lot of the things you said are things I would say Danny is bad at and I get annoyed about πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ like the toothpaste and dishwasher thing. I am bad at grocery shopping. I will literally wait until I have only milk left to go to the store. I use being low on groceries as an excuse to go to Chipotle πŸ™‚

  11. What a great post! But I sure know two things you are good at – making our son happy and being a great daughter in law!

  12. This was awesome Ashley. Thanks for the laugh.

    I am a champ at cleaning the kitchen & vacuuming (probably OCD.)…. but my car? Nope. I’m awful at remembering during the week and after a week’s worth of work stuff/ gym stuff/equipment is there I get overwhelmed & put it off for as long as I can.

  13. Cleaning the bathroom is seriously the bane of my existence… and it sucks because I live alone so there’s no one else to do it πŸ˜† And is it crazy that I don’t even bother using my dishwasher since I really only eat out of a few dishes and it takes way too long to fill up otherwise? Probably a good thing since I’m not the best at loading it either…

  14. Love this post! I would have to say I am the opposite of you with loading the dishwasher I am bad at Unloading the dishwasher – as I am typing this at home there is a dishwasher of clean dishes that has been sitting there for two days. I’m also bad at putting away clean laundry. I don’t know why I get it upstairs and then….it just sits in the basket.

  15. There is not enough room to write all that I am bad at. πŸ™ However, I do try to keep a positive attitude (most of the time) and keep trying. I am really, really bad at never having enough patience with my kids. I hate that I am so impatient with them. It’s a struggle every day and every day I note that I did not do any better, yet I keep trying. Somedays are better than others. I am also bad at nagging my husband at times. There will be things that he has to do – that I can’t – and he doesn’t do them and it drives me crazy! So, I nag and nag. I hate this too and am trying to work on this as well! I am really bad at thinking that “my way” whatever that may be, is the “only way” or the “right way”. I recognize this and am getting better at that. I feel like I am really good at remembering names. I try really, really hard to learn, memorize and use peoples names. I feel like it’s important.

    1. Hi Melissa! I’m pretty sure EVERY parent would say they wish they could be more patient with their kids, so don’t feel bad about that. Just do the best you can. And Dave may say that I’m a bit of a nag too. I should do a list of things he’s bad at next haahah. Good work on the names, because that IS important. Before I taught so many classes I was way better with learning peoples’ names, but now that I have like 6 gyms and 10-15 classes, I just can’t do it! UGH! I wish I did though!

  16. love this post!!! I hate cleaning the bathroom too! My best friend and I lived together in University and we made a deal, I did the dishes and she cleaned the bathroom, for some reason I find doing dishes sooo therapeutic….like not maybe a thanksgiving meals worth but like a dinner party…I guess it reminds me of when I was little helping my dad do them and we’d just be silent together…no one really bothers you when you’re doing dishes and you’re hands are super clean after! lol

    Ohh girl, you gotta learn to discipline your dog or you’re gonna end up with an annoying yappy little dog…..trust me, my in-laws have two pugs and they are NUTSO….I mean my dog barely listens but for a short while …when we were consistent with his training he was a really good dog…he is most days now…just the occasional mild destruction! I got told by our dog trainer my dog would never listen to me if I didn’t lower my voice..lol, I have like a kid sounding voice and it’s so true, when he’s not listening and I’m calling and calling him, I just lower my voice into like a man voice and he does listen that much better…lol not always ..but sometimes…so actually ignore my advice on dog training because clearly it doesn’t work …lol

    1. Ahahaha Fiona, funny stuff. Okay, so you like dishes. I get it. I don’t HATE dishes, I just don’t load them properly hehe. And yes, Dave does a lot of disciplining of Rudy, but perhaps I need to join in. With a LOW voice!

  17. This was a fun post to read! It looks like we have some of the same tendencies. Scott always gives me a hard time about loading the dishwasher. I’m on your side sister… the more you can jam in the better! I’m also horrible about picking a restaurant unless it’s for a special occasion like my birthday where it’s obviously MY choice. πŸ˜‰ Good for you to find Dave who will clean the bathrooms! *keeper*

    1. Good to know I’m not alone with that one, Heather! And YES, Dave does a lot of things for me … I hold the bathroom cleaning up HIGH on that list! πŸ™‚

  18. This is such a sweet idea for a blog post, and I smiled at nearly all the things you’re bad at. Okay wait that sounds a little rude, but I’m bad at many of them too! Especially cleaning the bathroom and disciplining my little fur ball. So glad to have found your blog I know I’ll be back very soon. Love your fun, upbeat writing style.

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