Monday, June 11, 2012

If Only that Was Me

Do you have things you feel like you "should" be doing? I'm not talking about the things we really should be doing, like exercising or genealogy or whatever. I'm talking more about things that you wish you did because you feel like they fit into who you think you are, or who you want people to think you are or who you wish you were. Does any of this make sense? Didn't think so. Let me give you a couple of examples.

Take, uh, me! I feel like I should do yoga. I know it would help my running and my body in general. It would strengthen me and my core. But for a small set of reasons, I just can't make myself do it. It doesn't feel like exercise (because I'm not getting my heart rate up). I would have to use valuable kid-free time to do it, which I'm not willing to do. Besides, it all seems too serious and introspective...two things I'm not. Every time I do it, I end up laughing.

Also, gardening. I so wish I could/would do this. I wish I had the discipline and the desire. Sure, I'd love to go out there and pick our own pumpkins, but I can't make myself do all the work that would be necessary to reap such wonderful things. And yes, I'd love to have fresh basil for pesto, but let's be honest: no one but me eats pesto in my house. No one eats squash. No one eats tomatoes. We can't grow loaves of bread or else maybe I'd reconsider.

And of course, I wish I was the type of person who didn't watch T.V., mostly so I could say I don't watch T.V. I really admire all of you who do this but I can't. Once the kids are asleep, there are some nights where I just have to sit and do nothing. But not really nothing, just mostly nothing, like watch T.V.! Thankfully having kids has reduced our television watching, especially on weekends. I might watch a show during nap times and then only again when kids are in bed for the night. I honestly just like T.V. (Especially the show "The Middle." This is one funny show. Spend the summer catching up on it and then get ready for it to return in the fall.)

Finally, there's the salad thing. I just don't like salads, but I wish I did. I wish I could eat a salad for a dinner. But I can't. I don't like lettuce, and that's a major problem when it comes to salad.

Your turn. Things you feel like you should be doing?

Tomorrow: Things I do but I wish I didn't! Oooh, exciting!


  1. I've tried many times to get into yoga but I just can't do it.
    Seriously, you should at least do the pumpkins. We don't even have a garden but we threw some seeds into the ground and when all we really have to do is water, it's kinda cool to get cute little pumpkins come fall.
    And I love salad, but have I ever made salad for a dinner time meal? Nope. Unless you count Cafe Rio salad.

  2. you're funny. there's lots of things i feel like i should WANT to be doing. . . but i don't want to think about them! :)

    hmmm, maybe hiking more. i feel like i used to be "outdoorsy" but not so much anymore. i still claim to be a hiker, but the last time i went on a real hike (ahem, sans kids) was waaaaay long ago.

  3. ooops, i don't know why ben is logged in! funny!

  4. I have been to a few yoga classes and I do know what you mean! I didn't feel like it was really doing a ton for me, although I know it would help with my back. That's why I went one time.

    I feel like I should be better about reading books to my kids and taking more time to "teach" them things. We read books at night and sometimes in the day, but I think I should do better. But I just don't very often. I wish this summer I would be better about doing some sort of school with them. Obviously I have a newborn, so that makes it a bit harder, but I still could find time, yet I haven't!

    And yes, the cross-eyed thing is weird for sure. I wish they wouldn't do it!

  5. I have the exact same list as you! I really want to make myself do yoga but I also think it doesn't feel like exercise. I feel like my time for exercise is limited as it is so I need to use that time for calorie-burning activities. Yet I feel like yoga would help with my balance and core, which are suffering right now. I even bought a yoga mat but it hasn't inspired me.

    And gardening! I have tried so many times and I am horrible at it. I have whatever the opposite of a green thumb is...a black or gray thumb, I suppose. We decided to experiment with only TWO plants this year to see if we could keep them alive and so far one of them is already dead. Yet I love the idea of walking outside and eating fresh garden produce.

    The other thing I would add to my list is that I wish I were the type of person that didn't want to drink a diet coke every single day. Especially since Henry is getting old enough to notice, I don't want him to think it's OK to drink soda all the time.

    p.s. I am not a huge salad fan either but I find that if I add fruit, cheese, and nuts to the greens and use a sweet dressing (poppyseed or a honey vinaigrette) it makes a yummy combo.