Wednesday, October 23, 2013

the worst kind

So, I have been doing some thinking, and on paper, I am pretty much an awful person. Examples:

I am chronically late.

Some of you might already know this because we have met in real life. I know, I know. Late people are jerks with little regard for other people's time. They're lazy and irresponsible and inconsiderate. I know. I have people like that in my life, too. But that's not me!

Okay, maybe it is me, but only accidentally.


I neglect to think about how long things take. We're meeting right after work? Cool, I can get there in fifteen minutes, with traffic... but I didn't factor in the five minute walk to my car. We need to leave for dinner at 7:30? Okay, I can be ready by then. Oh but I still have to feed the cat, find my keys, and find a jacket on the way out of the house. Oops, I guess that was an extra five minutes.

You would think since I know this about myself, I would be better at being on time, but it seems that no matter the circumstances, I am consistently late. I don't want to be late. I am just awful at avoiding it. My husband is one of those that has to tell me we need to leave five minutes before we actually need to leave so we're (mostly) on time when we go places together. He can't stand being late.

I'm a little... messy.

It seems that as a whole, bloggers like to clean. I don't. I hate it. I can't think of much that I take pleasure in less than scrubbing and dusting. I love having a clean house, but I don't like doing it myself.

This also carries over into stuff. I will get home and leave mail on the table. If I go to the gym, my water bottle will stay in a chair, untouched, until the next time I go to the gym. I can live with piles of clean laundry rather than putting it away and pulling clean dishes from the dishwasher as I want them, rather than putting them away, is perfectly acceptable in my head.

I realize that I am getting older and less of this needs to be okay. I mean, let's not even talk about my tiny office at work covered in paper and just... stuff. So I am working on it. Kind of. When my husband complains that I need to clean up, mostly.

I can be selfish... sometimes... mostly about things that don't matter.

When you're raised as an only child, you get used to certain things. When you don't finish all your cookies, you expect the remainder to be waiting for you next time you're hungry. Sometimes if you have an idea of what you want to do for the day in your head, you get a little inflexible when other people's plans don't fit in with that. What can I say - I always want the bigger half when something big is cut in two and I make sure to hog more than my side of blanket every night when I fall asleep. I think my selfishness is mostly seen by those who know me best. I try to stay on my best behavior for everyone else.

Basically, if I was writing a personal trait resume, I would never get hired as a friend. I kind of suck on paper. But we all have our faults and we are all our own worst critics and I know I do a pretty good job of hiding these things from most people. Just make sure you tell me to meet before you really want me to get there. Make sure you don't peek in my car because you'll see my mess. And please, we'll each order our own meal, okay? If we stick to that, I'll come across as a perfectly nice person. I promise.

Make me feel better - how are you bad on paper?

17 comments:

  1. i'm pretty bad; did you see what i do to my husband? (laugh when he gets hurt, never fold his laundry, never pack his lunch etc) LOL!

    i don't give a shit about many things ie. if i don't like you, you don't exist in my eyes so if you're standing in front of me, i basically don't even see or acknowledge your presence.

    i hate small talk so even if you're behind me or walking near me, i won't say a word. people think i come off a bitchy.

    some even say that i have resting bitch face but that's not true. when i'm at work i'm usually angry so that doesn't count, right?

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda


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  2. I really like when bloggers get "real" on their sites. It's not always sunshine and rainbows. I can be pretty selfish too sometimes... but my worst trait is not being patient. When things aren't going the way I think they should, I tend to get very grumpy. I also think I expect too much from the people I love the most. For example, I hate repeating myself but I will be patient and repeat myself to my coworkers. However, if my mom or husband ask me to repeat something I get angry and feel they should have listened well enough the first time. It's something I need to work on.

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  3. Well I happen to like you just the way you are. I will, however, stab you in the eye if you're late when you're meeting me. I'd only do it out of love though. Because I like you more than I like people being on time. But just by a hair ;)

    I am THE SAME WAY about planning things in my head. I am terrible for this. I do it all the time--I'll have an idea of how something is going to go or how I want my day to be, and then if something gets thrown in there--I can hardly take it. It's definitely something I'm working on!

    <3 <3

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  4. My husband is chronically late and it makes my head want to explode. I am the right on time person...not a minute early, not a minute late. It is an art form, really. My dad used to be super early (like 30 minutes early!) for everything, and then he got remarried, and my step-mom makes him late for EVERYTHING. I love seeing how annoyed he gets. He drove us crazy with his need to be so early, so it is fantastic that he is late now.

    I am selfish too. I don't like sharing delicious food, and I hate that if I don't eat something fast enough, John will finish it before I get back to it. Rude.

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  5. I am indecisive. Ridiculously, frustratingly so according to my husband.

    I don't like when there are plans made and they are not followed. It makes me grumpy cat.

    I might have road rage. Just a little. (Read: a lot)

    I am OCD about certain things and would just rather do something myself than let someone help me. Some people take offense to that.

    Sometimes I cant control my facial expressions.

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  6. The late thing totally bugs me but that is okay I will just tell you to be there 15 minutes early so you are actually on time! ;)
    I can be very grumpy when it takes me longer to learn something that I want it to. I tend to take on more than I should and my house pays a price. It is clean but it can be messy at times. The list could go on and on but I'll spare you.

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  7. I have road rage and am pretty impatient in general. I also tend to take over when I think I can do things better, something I'm at least trying to fix ;)

    And man cleaning and I, we do not get along. I like a clean house but I want someone else to do it, haha.

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  8. I'm awful on paper, now that I work from home I never get dressed like ever. I shower every three days because I don't have to go anyplace so who cares if I'm gross looking? I hate washing the dishes and will let them sit overnight just so I don't have to wash them.

    Whatever, we all have our no so good traits but someone loves us anyway right? :)

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  9. I freak out over ridiculous things and barely blink at very serious stuff.

    If I don't like you, you know it. I don't go out of my way to let you know, but you know it anyway.

    Do not ever speak to me when I'm either super tired or super hungry. I am a monster.

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  10. I am rarely late to work, but always late to fun stuff by at least 5 minutes for the same reasons - darn cats! ;)
    I am guilty of brig selfish and always wanting other people to drive! After my weekly commute I'm done driving on the weekends...but I still have to suck it up and do it.

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  11. I think a lot of bloggers do the things like leaving mail on the table, but they simply choose not to show it in photos! Our table is covered in stuff we quickly set down after coming home, like keys and phones. I personally like to dry the laundry and leave it in the dryer. And when I do put clothes away, I don't fold them.

    As for the selfishness, we all come from different backgrounds. My parents were very overprotective and strict, so I got used to spending the majority of my time alone, without a friend or boyfriend. Like you, I had to adjust to thinking about what someone else wants to do.

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  12. I seriously don't think you've ever been late meeting me! Except that one time, I caused us to be late to the Pastry War. My bad! I get selfish for food. Poor Walt always wants to share food and I'm like heck no! That's come with age :)

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  13. man every time there are bigger halves, i try and play it off like oh it's cool i don't care which one i have....but inside i am yelling 'DON'T YOU DARE TAKE THE BIGGER BITE!'

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  14. Girl, I am also constantly late and I hate it! I don't want to be late, but I am so horrible about time management and I underestimate everything, just like you mentioned! I try really hard to be better about it, but it's just so hard! Why?!

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  15. I am so indecisive. It takes me 4 years to pick what salad dressing I want!!

    The late thing really bugs me hahahah but I'll forgive you! ;)

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  16. Girl you are so courageous to actually write it all out. I'm super scared of myself and can't do it!

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  17. Sadly this is me too... Always like 5 minutes late, hate to clean, and im selfish sometimes without really meaning to be! ugh. really need to make an effort to allow more time before being somewhere

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