Cooking, and Other Things I'm Not Particularly Good At | From a Distance

Wednesday, March 18, 2020



I am pro-embracing-things-you're-not-good-at-doing. Back in high school, I had an extreme all-or-nothing mentality – it was either do things perfectly, or not at all. Now I, a small handful of years wiser, fully revel in the art of doing things poorly. (As long as the list excludes my actual job & responsibilities.) So what are they?



1. Cooking
I wouldn't say I'm bad at it – with a good enough recipe, how hard can it be! (Right?) Not that I've ever tried successfully making anything past fried rice or scrambled eggs. I keep asking my sister, who is now a mother, at what age she learned to cook. She learned at 22. I have a good two more years.

2. Reading! (Believe it or not!)
There's a reason I read all the time – I'm a slow reader. Reading is a grounding activity in my life, but also a constant practice. Especially that juggling studies, work, and extra activities keeps shortening my attention span. (Not that these wonderful things should be made into excuses.) Throughout my life I have never finished more than 30 books a year. *With this new stay-at-home lifestyle, though, I'm trying to turn things around.

3. Not touching my face

It's never good to touch your face in general, but this rule has been extra emphasised these past few weeks. All the skincare gurus and medical professionals say it, yes, I know. But I rest my chin on my hand all the time – when reading, when in class, when talking to someone across a table. At this rate I think it's gonna take me a football helmet.


4. Having proper dinner
As Frank Sinatra sings in The Lady is a Tramp, "She gets too hungry for dinner at 8." (How does one begin to cook themselves dinner instead of snacking their way through the evening/afternoon? How does one fully transition into adulthood and eat dinner like a normal person? Any advice is welcome. Please help during this difficult time.)

5. Keeping pens
Or hairbands, and other small, expendable things. I take one out, carry it to the ends of the earth with me, until one day it's just not in my bag anymore. It's like taking a friend to a short trip to Italy then they decide to stay there permanently and leave you for an Italian lover.

6. Keeping myself from buying pens.
Or any other forms of stationery. Very rarely do I leave bookstores or stationery stores empty-handed. I have two highlighters of the same colour. I always own six journals at least.

7. Crafts
This is controversial given that I'm in art & design school, but I hate crafts. I struggle cutting a straight line, I'm messy when trying to glue things together, and I have no patience for scrapbooking.

8. Exiting small talk
Really, though – is there a way to do it that doesn't make you die of awkwardness?


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From a Distance is a blog series documenting this new life in the social distance. Paper airplanes flown out my window, hoping to reach yours. For connection. Companionship. A little human-ness in this very strange time. My hope is to make you feel a little less lonely. If you are. Whoever you are.

I hope you're doing well. I took my first online class today – verdict? Could be better, but also could be worse. Takes every remotely awkward thing normally found in a class meeting, and amplifies it in half-working microphones. After a week or so, however, I reckon I could get used to this home-work life.


Surprisingly, today was a good day. And I'm excited that tomorrow is a new one.
How was your day? What are some things you're not particularly good at?
Let's celebrate the things that make us all the more human.

I send you joy. Talk to you soon.

Signed,
Jo
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