Things I Think I’m Supposed to Like Because Other People Seem to Really Like Them but I Actually Don’t Like at All

1. Running for recreation. “You should go for a run!” No. No, thank you.

2. Game of Thrones. It’s about some sort of a dragon, right? Or, that young magician? Wait! It’s Middle-earth and magical rings? Do I have that correct? Yes, I think that’s correct.

3. Glass shower enclosures. So, I guess this is a thing we’re all installing now? Our bathroom has one and it has looked absolutely awful since about the third shower I ever took in it. Bob and I just stand and stare at it frequently, wondering aloud how one keeps a crystal clear glass shower door clean. Because, if you think I’m going to squeegee that thing dry after every shower, you don’t know my life, man. Also, I really don’t need to be so… visible when showering. Best to hide all that behind a curtain, as our founding fathers intended.

4. Large gatherings of people in public places when it is hot outside. Concerts, festivals, fairs, amusement parks, farmer’s markets – all terrible when it’s too hot. No good. Would not recommend. Add my kids in to the mix and this is a DEFCON 2-level misery.

5. Pickling all of the foods. Why are we pickling everything all of a sudden? Did I miss a magazine article somewhere? Does everyone really like so much of their food pickled? What do you do with all of your pickled food? Do you put it on salads? Or burgers? It probably looks pretty in your cabinets though. Kind of all Little House on the Prairie up in there. I get that.

6. Playing board games with my kids. They’re really not very good at board games.

7. Snapchat. “WHAT DOES IT EVEN DOOOOO,” I holler at no one in particular while shaking my cane at the squirrel in the bird feeder and reaching in my shirt sleeve for a Kleenex.

8. Instant Pots. I don’t know about your circle but everyone in my circle seems to be using these things and I’m worried that, best case scenario, I’ll seriously scald myself or, worst case scenario, I’ll blow my whole damn house up.

9. Camping. I want to like camping. I really do. But, I accidentally walked through a spider web in our garage two days ago and basically looked like this for a solid ten minutes before I just went and showered.

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10. Unnecessary decks. Look, a deck solves an elevation issue, such as when a steep slope precludes level, accessible outdoor space. But, people seem to just put decks on everything now, all willy-nilly, irregardless of necessity or incline. Why does everyone want decks? We have a deck on our house when really, the backyard elevation is such that a patio is much more appropriate. As a result, our deck has all of these weeds growing under it and all out the sides but because the space is so small beneath the deck, we can’t get in there to do anything about it. It’s stupid. I obviously have a lot of strong feelings about decks. I just… why install a deck when a patio will do?

11. The beach. I enjoy looking at the ocean. From a balcony. Whilst sitting in a chair. Entirely uncovered in sand. The ocean is really beautiful but for purely recreational purposes with young kids, I am firmly Team Pool.

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4 thoughts on “Things I Think I’m Supposed to Like Because Other People Seem to Really Like Them but I Actually Don’t Like at All

  1. Amen to most of these. I enjoy camping and my Instant Pot although I have no idea why people seem to think that EVERYTHING needs to be cooked via instant pot. We have ovens and stoves and grills for a reason too.

    Also I love my deck, but it’s not tall enough for any weeds. it’s about a six inch elevation.

    I run, but I can’t say I enjoy it. I just do it.

    • True. If you search Pinterest for Instant Pot recipes it’s just an avalanche of things that can be prepared in it. Rice! Whole turkeys! Hot dogs! ALL of the beans ever!

  2. If I’m running? It’s because I’m being chased. Pretty sure if I actually was being chased, I’d be doing a quick cost-benefit ratio on whether living was really worth it running was required.

    The stars really have to align for a beach day to be great. A bad beach day might as well be camping.

    I only watch GoT because it’s something to on Sunday nights while I relax and either do handwork or polish my nails. Really any show will work for these pursuits.

    I will never get an Instant Pot. My crew really doesn’t like anything that comes out of a crockpot except pulled pork, and I already have a crockpot I use twice a year for that. Sorry, Instant Pot. We’re all stocked up here.

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