I loved this post over* on HelloGiggles. This is kind of sappy, but I think it’s a great practice to focus on what we are super excellent at. So I’m going to copy their “I’m the world’s best …” idea and I really hope you do too.
Here’s the premise:
In my daydreams, I am the World’s Best. I do everything better than anyone. The Guiness Book of World Records is 250 pages of 8 X 10 photos of me, and when you thumb through them quickly, you create a flip book of me winking at you while shooting duel finger-pistols.
Here are some ways I could improve this world:
1. World’s best at-home mixologist
It might be kind of sad/embarassing/TOTALLY AWESOME to list something booze-related first, but man. I can make an excellent extra-large mason-jar-full of boozy goodness. I’m especially happy about this because I’ve never before had any good intuition when it comes to making food; as soon as I stray from the recipe things catch fire and become completely inedible. But, it appears I have great instincts when modifying cocktails. (In part thanks to the advice of a certain group of friends**.) Clarification: I am by no means a drunkard. It’s just nice to have a little something relaxing to sip on at the end of the day. Next up: More spiked from-scratch horchata and then this with whiskey & club soda.
2. World’s best gardening student
I may not be that great at gardening, but I sure am great at learning about it.
3. World’s best baby-tickler
I can pretty easily reduce Grady to a smiling wiggling pile of uncontrollable giggles just by waving my fingers at her. It’s pretty impressive. While I’m on the subject of the Kraken*** …
4. World’s best baby-translator
There are few things I like more than when Grady talks to someone else and they give me a look of utter confusion. And then I’m able to tell them what she just said. I guess it’s kind of silly; I mean naturally I’d be better at understanding what she says than anyone else. I’m with her all the time. But still, it makes me feel like a pretty cool mama.
5. World’s best giveaway-hound
I loooooove a good giveaway. I enter every giveaway I’ve come across, and won quite a few. (Examples: A Wii(!) from Ev’Yan, and free ad space from A Piece of Lisa and Nifty Thrifty Things.) The giveaway that I’m most excited about right now is this incredible one from A is for Ampersand (pictured below) – that purse! Those shoes! Giveaways are just an awesome part of the blogging community; it’s a literal gift in return for page hits, and I love that.
6. World’s best outdoor laundress
I adore drying my clothes on the line and washing my delicates outside in a basin. There is just nothing that says “summer” more to me than the crispness of line-dried clothing and linens. Which reminds me, I have a load to take out!
7. World’s best editress
I’ve got to say, I was pretty good at my editing job. I really enjoyed watching my writers improve under my tutelage, and I had a really excellent grasp on the specific style we were aiming for. (A collision of AP accuracy & magazine flair.) I haven’t written a thing but tweets, blog posts and journal entries in months, though, so I’m a little out of practice.
8. World’s best footnote-employer****
What are you the best at? I’d love to know!
*While I’m thinking of it, is using unnecessary words to indicate place like “over on HelloGiggles,” “up in Salt Lake,” or “down in Moab” just a Utah thing? I catch myself doing it all the time and hate it.
**Speaking of which, one of these dear friends is very sick right now, and if you have any good vibes/extra cash/meditative good energy/anything-but-prayers-because-that-would-probably-make-him-angry-but-thanks-anyway to send his way, that would be incredible.
***Her latest nickname. Because when she first wakes up she’s like a grumpy sleepy monster arising from a black and stormy sea. In, you know, the most adorable way possible.