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My no, no-way, uh-uh forget it, list. |

My no, no-way, uh-uh forget it, list.

I look at other women, usually friends, and wonder how they do it all. How on earth were they made so perfect, and just so sickeningly good at everything.

They look great, their house is put together and decorated per the season, they’re always doing crafts with their kids, and they’re the first to volunteer at school functions.

And it makes me anxious, because I’m a train wreck most days.

My friend Jenn wrote this week about the things she doesn’t do. And honestly, her list totally surprised me! Who would have ever known that she doesn’t craft! This is shocking news, I totally pegged her as the crafty type.

So I thought it would be fun to list a few of the things I don’t do either. I mean, I do a lot of things. Heck, I do a lot of things really well. But not any of these things….

The no, no-way, uh-uh forget it, list:

I avoid at all costs taking my children out to dinner, which means I prepare 98% of all the food my family eats. I just can’t justify the money spent. And it’s never relaxing.

I do not do public speaking. This includes praying out loud in front of other adults. I’ll get hives. And cry.

I don’t do school fundraisers where you have to sell something to friends and family. I would rather hand over a crisp $20 and tell the school to keep 100% of the money, opposed to 40% of the sale of a tub of cookie dough. The only exclusion is Girl Scout cookies. I’ll buy those all day long.

I don’t mow the lawn. 

I don’t match socks. My kids wear socks, but they never match and it’s the least of my worries.

I don’t think I’ve ever craved a doughnut, croissant, scone, ect.

I don’t watch kids TV.

I don’t wash my face like a grown-up. If I shower, I’ll quickly scrub it with water, but otherwise I just don’t wash my face. Luckily for me I don’t wear much makeup either. I’m turning 35 next month, and keeping the theme of acting my age (or at least coming to terms with my age), I spent an Amazon gift certificate on a Clarisonic. That was a month ago – it’s still in the package. I’m just too scared (or lazy) to use it.

Even though I’m a blogger – I really don’t have the desire to own a fancy camera. Or write a book.

As of earlier this summer – I don’t drink Diet Coke anymore.

I don’t play euchre.

I don’t wear “dangle” earrings. There is a gruesome back-story to this one, tiny little studs is all I can do.


Ok, enough! I could go on and on and on probably for days….

Surprise me with one of your nopes. Or let me guess, you do everything.




  1. I’ve been a mom so long now that I finally realized no mom who has mommed this long worries about any of her kids’ clothes matching- especially socks. I find it amusing when I see newer moms and their kids in matching outfits. Because I know they’ll be me someday, too.

    Just before I sat down to read your post I looked at the carpet and I guess vacuuming is one of those things I don’t do. I also don’t do playdates. And I don’t dress in “active wear” to watch my kids play soccer. I wear what I normally wear (mostly because I don’t own active wear and if I did I wouldn’t wear it in public) even if it means I look all dressed up. That’s what I like!
    Stephanie Precourt recently posted..Do Soccer Socks Go Over or Under the Shin Guards?


  2. I don’t wear make up unless I’m going on tv. I don’t volunteer in the classroom regularly, you *might* get me to a classroom party but otherwise, I’m out. I don’t wear dangly earrings either. I don’t shower every day (TMI, no?). I don’t own a camera that’s not my phone. I don’t read fiction unless it’s a classic. I don’t like going to the mall. I don’t enjoy housecleaning *unless* I have a big deadline or goal and then all the sudden I’m the flylady. I don’t like to be told “you can’t.”
    Cherie Lowe recently posted..100s of Free Pumpkin Carving Patterns


  3. I don’t wash my face except in the shower. I don’t match my kids socks. And I don’t participate in school fundraisers. So there are three things we have in common.

    I also don’t do spring cleaning (as in vacuum under furniture, clean out behind the fridge).
    I don’t wash the outside of my windows.
    I don’t enforce strict limits on the amount of time my kids spend in front of a screen. Sure, at some point I holler at them to get off their duff and do something but they aren’t excessive tv/ipod users most days so I usually just let it go.
    Barb recently posted..You know what’s fun?


  4. Stephanie says:

    You’re from Michigan (and live in Indiana) and you don’t play Euchre? Isn’t that against the law over there?

    My mom’s entire side of the family is from Michigan (we live in California), and I grew up playing euchre. My friends who grew up in Indiana play euchre like crazy. No one else understands…

    (sorry – I couldn’t resist).


  5. I am so with you with the no public speaking and fundraiser thing!!!!! Hate doing both!
    Renee recently posted..DIY Serving Tray Makeover


  6. I am scared for your dangly earrings backstory… dangles are all I wear!
    classyfabsarah recently posted..10 Days a Mrs.


  7. I do not wear makeup. Ever. I do not even own makeup. I also do not wash my face (besides water in the shower). I do not sort my laundry before washing it. I do not make sure my kids match when they get dressed. They pick their outfits and it is what it is.


  8. I don’t use the carpet shampooer my husband so desperately wanted to clean the carpet and furniture. I told him he could learn to use it and then it would be his job if he chose to purchase it. To this day I do not even know how to turn that thing on. I also do not play XBox games, do my husband’s laundry, weedeat or clean out the litterbox. My husband refuses to dust. He will clean just about anything else but said he just hates to dust.
    Amy recently posted..Seaside, Florida, Part 1


  9. I don’t sew. And I don’t do the whole makeup thing. (I’m also not a fancy face washer- solidarity sister.) Additionally, I don’t do laundry anymore- that’s the husband’s job. He even puts it away. (Fist pump!)


  10. i don’t wash my face either. if i did, i wouldn’t be able to rely on yesterday’s make up to cover up today’s circles under my eyes!!!
    Bethany recently posted..Sex Ed for Youngsters


  11. I don’t vacuum carpets so my hubby installed all wood-like laminate throughout. I have to sweep or shop vac daily b/c I can’t stand to feel stuff on my feet.

    I don’t like fundraisers either so I give the school $$ directly.

    Public speaking = only if enough alcohol (3 vodka & cranberries should be enough) and maybe a Xanax. Then I might consider it and still tell you NO.

    I don’t mow or weed eat. I don’t make my own cheese and I am not good at crafting. GOt the girl a rainbow loom and it was stressed making one simple bracelet. She and hubby burned through over a thousand rubber bands and made close to 30 bracelets in less than 48 hours. Eeek!!

    I don’t take shots of alcohol – never have, never will. But I do like a good beer or mixed drink now again.

    I don’t volunteer to be the room parent at school. I make the conferences and most field trips (by using my precious vacation time) but I couldn’t be there full time,

    I don’t have my ears pierced. Traumatic experience as a child and no offer if diamonds will ever be enough for me to do that again.

    I don’t do stiletto heels. I have a couple pairs of wedges but I can’t walk in heels. I fall over or off them. It’s dangerous.

    I seem to have excessive bacteria in my skin so when acne hit at age 11 it never left. I am now 32 and still have the skin of a teenager. So I have to wash and moisturize daily. I don’t wear eye liner and mascara. I don’t own one or the other either.

    Oh, I don’t dye my hair. Did it twice in high school and not since.

    I have lived in my house for 10 years and have washed the outside of the windows once.

    I don’t pull loose teeth *shudder*


  12. Ha, love this. It’s a good day when the socks colors match, let alone the style.




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