Monday, July 20, 2009

Jack of all trades

Somewhere around two years ago  while working in the Cardiovascular ICU I printed a “list” (list of patients he had in the hospital) for a surgeon.  Normally, the secretaries do this sort of thing, but none were around right then, so I thought, “Hey, I can do this, let me try.”  I did it, quite efficiently I might add.  When the surgeon expressed his surprise that I knew how to do a task that I wasn’t really responsible for, I smiled and said “I’m a jack of all trades!”.  I was pretty proud of myself, I’ll admit.  Until he smiled back and said “Master of none?”  Ouch.  And double ouch because it’s pretty much true.  I seem to be the master of being mediocre at a lot of things.  

My granny likes to say that I’ll try and do anything!  And, it’s pretty much true too.  If I think I can do it, I’ll try it.  At least the one time.  I may never do it again, but I’ll try it once.  There are at least two instances I can think of where this has rung true.  I sewed sofa covers out of painter drop cloths (cheap fabric!) for some old sofas we had right after we got married.  They looked fine, but I will never do that again.  The process was too painful.  The same can be said of this Martha Stewart baby block cake I baked for a friends baby shower.  It was cute, and everyone loved it, but I will never again make that cake.  At least until I forget how painful (and LONG) the process was to make it!  (FYI, this sort of process applies to many Martha Stewart projects, just in case you were wondering!) What’s the big deal you ask?  Well, the big deal is that I get frustrated with my lack of mastery at things.  I think that is why I have put off doing a blog for so long.  I LOVE to read so many (It’s the nosy introvert coming out in me.  It’s fun to read about peoples lives from the comfort and convenience of your own couch, on your own time.) But some of them are SO amazing, and I fear mine would never be.  I am not some awesome baker, decorator or even crafter whose ideas you are going to swoon over and have you coming back daily for more.  (Like my sister in law.  Yes, Kirsten, your creative genius intimidates me sometimes!  But, I’m also super thankful to have you around as a resource and for ideas.  You’re amazing!) I don’t even have kids to liven things up.  That has been my other hang up.  My life is pretty boring. It’s just me, Aaron, and the cats Tabitha and Mari.  We don’t do much that I would imagine would interest the rest of the world, even though we love our life.  So, how, you may be asking did I arrive here?  

Well, my lovely friend April has a great blog.  And, it hit me when I was reading it that there is nothing extra special in and of itself in her blog.  (Hang with me April...this is really a good thing I promise.)  I mean, she blogs about her kids fishing out of the toilet, what amazing deals she got using coupons, thinking of planning a yard sale, and what chores she has left to do that day!  But, I love reading it, because I love her and it’s fun to see what’s going on in her everyday life.  I mean, that’s really where life is isn’t it?  In the little things you do on a day to day basis?  

So, I may not be Martha Stewart, Ina Garten, Beth Moore, Jane Austen, Mozart, a marathon runner, or Florence Nightingale, but I can keep a clean, nice looking home, bake a good cake, teach a bible study, read music, run a 5K in less than 30 minutes, and take care of sick people, thank you very much Dr. Nazarian!  And, well, we’ll see if the blog thing becomes yet another check on the list of things to never do again.  For now, well, I’m going to give it a go.  I’ll be flattered if you come along for the ride! 


  1. Natalie Bailey Hill! Of all the things you are, mediocre is simply not one of them! You silly girl! :) I'm so glad you started a blog - it's fun and like you said, the little things about life are make it interesting. I'm glad i found your and i'm going to keep up with it. Plus I've always thought you were such a beautiful writer with a sweet/insightful perspective on life, so it'll be good to see what you're thinking! Take care! :)

  2. dang! i really gotta read my comments for errors before i post....that one was awful! ha ha! i promise i was once an english teacher in a former life....hee hee