Monday, April 11, 2011


There are a number of things I feel like I should be good at, but I'm really not. For example:

1. Flower arranging.
I mean, how hard can it be? You just throw some flowers in a vase, cut the stems down and done, right? False. I have yet to understand how this can be such a struggle. Even when I buy those really nice bouquets that look fantastic in all their wrapping, when I get home and put them in a vase, they look unfortunate, no matter how much cutting and arranging I do. You would think that this would come naturally, since I'm an artist, but no.

2. Parking.
Yet again, how hard can it be? I'm a fairly decent driver, but when it comes to parking, I'm sort of screwed. Especially if I'm driving a large car. Parallel parking is just a mystery to me. How did I pass my driving test? I don't know.

3. Comforting people.
This is the worst. Inevitably people will come to me and relate some tragic story and then start crying. At this point I'm just lost. What do I do? Do I say something? If so, what? I usually just end up awkwardly hugging them and saying something ridiculously lame, like, "That's so lame!" Exactly. I suck at this.

4. Making small talk.
I have this problem where if I will never see you again I don't feel the need to get to know you or really talk to you. I don't actually care what you do for a living or what you're doing next weekend. I will most likely forget it all in about 10 minutes anyway. I know, I know, this sounds horrible. I suppose it is. But are we really enriching each other's lives at all? What are we gaining from this awkward chit-chat? Nothing, I say. NOTHING! This view on life is probably all due to the fact that I am horrible at making small talk, especially at college. Once you get past the "What's your major" and "What classes are you taking" questions, I get stuck.

5. Spelling
I used to be good at spelling. Somehow I lost that skill. I'm not really sure how.

Apparently, writing blog posts is also not one of my strong points.

In other news, yesterday I was wearing a name-tag at work that said "Sam." It took a good amount of time before I actually noticed.


  1. I completely agree on the small talk issue.

  2. I would peg you as someone who is GOOD at arranging flowers. Huh. You learn something new every day, I suppose.

    And besides having one tire slightly on the curb, your parking wasn't necessarily that bad last Friday.

    Wow. "Failstruggle," "False," "Unfortunate," "Fairly decent"'s Sarah Jean Perkins Lee Catchphrase Day!

  3. Okay, so the security code I just had to type to enter that comment was "hakiesse." I'm totally naming my first pet that.

  4. brian you forgot, "quality," "disagree" and "agree" Walking out of the room is also an important part of Sarah Jean Perkins Lee's vocabulary. Sarah, this has been my first blogger response post ever.

  5. No fair, why does Chris post comments on your blog?!

    In other news, I enjoyed this post. I too am bad at comforting people. I so want to be there for them but I just fail miserably. Except I always say "That sucks!" instead of "That's so lame."