Thursday, June 25, 2009

Tasteful Talent

Missed Girl Talk Thursday last week, life happened. This week's topic, what talent do you wish you had, is fun! There are so many things I would LOVE to do and be GOOD at.

1. Dancing. Contemporary, Jazz, Latin, Ballroom... bring it.
2. Running well without much effort.
3. Starting to love swimming.
4. ART - I would love to be able to paint like my mom, aunt or friend's mother. Whoa. Like amazing.
5. Woodworking - I LOVE to build things. I dream them up in my head and sometimes I actually get to make them. We're talking cat stands and shelves here but I dream about building a pergola on our back porch, a built in book case in our family room, and then finally building out a decent attic that is heated and cooled and has shelves and everything. Could I do this now, probably. Not well though. I want to be GOOD at this. It's in my blood.
6. Horseback riding (like crazy Darren Chiacchia Olympian good - dude I know him too!)
7. Playing piano (I regret giving this up as a teenager)
8. Playing guitar
9. Writing
10. Public speaking

But, the thing I really wish I were good at, that I had time and patience for is COOKING. I make a passable lasagna (if you come over for dinner and I haven't seen you in a while, this is most likely what I'll make) and I can do an awesome french toast casserole. But I would love to be able to cook interesting, colorful and flavorful meals, without recipes, making it up as I go and creating a masterpiece meal. Plus, I would really, really, really love to be able to make and decorate cakes well. I watched a show last week on cakes and it struck me how much I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that. It's cake, so score, right? But it's art and structure and design. It's all the things I like and have a propensity for doing. It's things I could be good at if I had the time and energy to try. My mom is an artist, my dad is an engineer. Cake decorating would be killer. I should take cooking classes and find a cake class too. That would be awesome.


Anonymous June 26, 2009 at 12:35 PM  

Can I say ditto? I totally wish I could do ALL of those things. I'm passable at public speaking with enough practice, but that's about it!

averygoodyear June 26, 2009 at 12:35 PM  

You totally should take a cooking course. I took one once and my passion for cooking REALLY strengthened - I thought I knew a lot, but I learned even more, and that was just in the course of four classes.

You don't like to swim? Swimming is the bomb. When I lived in CT we had a river & waterfall behind our house that we kids pretty much spent all summer in. I miss those days :)

Maria Melee June 27, 2009 at 7:31 PM  

Oh I wish I could cook too. But it isn't high on the list for me because I hate hate hate hate hate cleaning the kitchen. So I wouldn't want to be good at cooking unless I also had a magical kitchen maid.

And George doesn't count. He sucks at cleaning.


French toast casserole sounds awesome.

Ange June 28, 2009 at 5:30 AM  

1) You should totally take a cake design/decorating class. Some 'you' time to fulfill a dream!

2) I'll totally teach you piano for your recipe for French toast casserole? It sounds totally ridonk. :)

Unknown June 30, 2009 at 4:29 PM  

your list is awesome, I ran out of time AGAIN this no list for me. :(

Kekibird July 1, 2009 at 7:24 PM  

I'm a horrible chef. And it's probably a lack of confidence on my part. But in reality, I hate cleaning up after and touching raw meat. YUCK! But yeah...wish I could get past that and be a great cook.