Just Do It.

June 26, 2012 § 2 Comments

You know that old adage about the only way to conquer your fears is to face them? I gotta say, I couldn’t agree more.

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll know that I am not skilled at cooking. I was not blessed nor trained with the ability to bring complimentary flavours together or create a gourmet entree from a counter full of ingredients. I am, 100%, one of those buy-the-sauce-and-add-the-chicken kinds of girls. Initially, I was terribly intimidated by certain undertakings, namely roasting a turkey, baking a pie or making cabbage rolls.

Roasting a turkey was an immense milestone for me. While I have always enjoyed hosting family gatherings, every Christmas or Thanksgiving I would leave the turkey roasting to my older sister, mother or grandmother. I would volunteer for Easter dinner and bake the ham!

Baking a pie was naturally intimidating given my grandmother’s great talent.  It didn’t matter what flavour, apple, pumpkin, lemon meringue…the bar was set very high.

And cabbage rolls. I had tasted them, loved them, but didn’t grow up eating them, so they always seemed a far off achievement.  I had heard about the women in Italian families getting together for an afternoon to make cabbage rolls, which translated in my mind as a lot of difficult work, if so many hands were required to assemble them!

As I was assembling my first set of cabbage rolls this afternoon (on my own, using a recipe from my new favourite website:  MennoniteGirlsCanCook.ca), it occurred to me, how bigger the task had loomed in my mind than it actually turned out to be.  I could picture in my mind the proven “cabbage rollers” I knew, commenting about how easy it was, and teasing me at how long I had waited to conquer the task.  Yep, just plain silly.  37 years old and never made a cabbage roll. I could think of worse things.

Like making it to 30 before I attempted a turkey, or 25 before I took a crack at a pie.

Bottom line, give it a go. What’s the worst that can happen?  Now, onto skydiving.

Just kidding.

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Why Ya Gotta Be So LOUD?

June 13, 2012 § Leave a comment

You may not know this about me, but I am a Taylor Swift fan. Not just because I have kids that enjoy her music, but because I enjoy her music! I enjoyed it long before they did. And I like Justin Bieber too, so there!

Ahem, so, point made, moving along…one of my favourite songs by Ms. Swift is from her Speak Now album, and it’s called “Mean”.  Those who know it, know it it is a terrific song, and very catchy. You can listen to it here if you’ve never heard it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYa1eI1hpDE

Anyways, the main line in the song is, “Why ya gotta be so mean?”.  I often hear myself saying, ironically quite loudly so as to be heard over the din, “WHY YA GOTTA BE SO LOUD?!” as one or all of my four children run screaming up and down the hallway, around the island in the kitchen and jump off the top of a short flight of stairs to pretend they can fly. It occurred to me recently how great it would be to modify the words of Taylor’s song, and who better to have the material for it than a stay-at-home mom with four kids! So I did it. And here it is. Enjoy!

You, with your piercing screams
And shouts and cries that you hurt my ears with
You have got me screamin louder than you
Just so I can be heard, now
You, with your voice like gulls on the beach
on a hot day in the summer
You, making me a deafer mom

You can take me down with just one single screech
But you don’t hear, no, you don’t hear…

Someday I’ll have ear plugs that really do work
And all you’re ever gonna be is LOUD
Someday silence will be my biggest job perk
And all you’re ever gonna be is LOUD
Why you gotta be so LOUD?

You, with your boisterousness,
And your bangs and thuds and your pandemonium
You have drawn me to the edge again
As if I don’t already teeter
I walk with my ears plugged
Trying to block you out ’cause I’ll never supress you
I just wanna feel the calm again

I bet you got pushed around
your siblings stole your toy
But the cryin’ ends right now
‘Cause you must stop this tidal flow
time out you go, time out you go…

Someday I’ll have ear plugs that really do work
And all you’re ever gonna be is LOUD
Someday silence will be my biggest job perk
And all you’re ever gonna be is LOUD
Why you gotta be so LOUD?

And I can see me moments from now in my room
Sneakin’ a chapter from my book
With that misconception that
I’m off duty for a bit
Wrung out and weak from all the racket and wailing
tired and grumbling on about how I can’t think
But all you are is LOUD

All you are is LOUD
And intense, and chaotic, and deafening

And LOUD, and LOUD, and LOUD, and LOUD

Someday I’ll have ear plugs that really do work
And all you’re ever gonna be is LOUD
Someday silence will be my biggest job perk
And all you’re ever gonna be is LOUD
Why you gotta be so LOUD?

Someday I’ll have ear plugs that really do work (Why you gotta be so?..)
And all you’re ever gonna be is LOUD (Why you gotta be so?..)
Someday silence will be my biggest job perk  (Why you gotta be so?..)
And all you’re ever gonna be is LOUD
Why you gotta be so LOUD?

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