Me no Mentor

So before I begin I want to give a big thanks to Confessions of An Irish Procrastinator for giving me a wee bit of a kick in the ass to do this. She had decided to do the daily prompt every day for the month of May and asked for ride alongs. I am a ride along although I started 2 days in. If you have not had a chance to check out her  blog please do. I giggle every time I read one of her posts. And you do not need to be Irish nor a Procrastinator to enjoy.

I have thought long and hard about today’s word prompt. And I will tell you it has been difficult for me. Believe it or not I even googled the word to see if there was an alternate meaning that would work for me. Alas, there is not. Therefore this post is going to be short and sweet.

At no point and time will I ever mentor anyone. Never ever ever and this is accompanied by vehement head shakes.

I am the world’s worst teacher at anything. I do not have the patience to explain things over and over again. I become very frustrated and will end up just pushing whomever I am trying to teach out of the way (usually T although I believe he does it wrong just so I will) and do it myself. I get very irritated and do not know why.

See, I learn by hands on. Maybe I will listen to someone explaining to me what needs to be done, but for the most part I would rather play around with computer, phone, till, scales what have you, until I figure it out myself. Even if you do explain it to me, most likely I have zoned you out and figured out 10 different ways to do it faster and better. (Oh yes I know that sounds totally egotistical but that is how my mind works. I have short cuts upon short cuts and what may take someone upwards of half hour or more to do usually takes me 10 or 15 minutes.)

So my way of teaching is to show you once and than set you free. How else are you going to learn if you do not do it? Some people will thrive with this type of mentoring while others will flounder. And than my impatience gets in the way.

Best thing I have decided is to take a step back and not teach/mentor anyone. Let me do what I have to do and everyone else can be the teacher. It really is a better fit all around. Now, mom, wow she can mentor and teach but it is not a talent/attribute that she passed along to me.

Liebster Award

Imagine my shock to come home and discover that Rory  over at A Guy called Bloke and Doodlepip’s Adventures had nominated me. I recently stumbled onto his blog via Bitchin’ in the Kitchen and have been enjoying his wit and ramblings. (This is a compliment Rory in case you thought otherwise)

This version of the Liebster Award comes with six rules. They are:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  2. Share 11 facts about yourself.
  3. Answer the 11 questions the blogger gave you.
  4. Nominate 11 bloggers who deserve the award.
  5. Create 11 original questions for the nominees to answer.
  6. Let them know they’ve been nominated.

So here we go with 11 facts about me:

  1. I am the eldest of 2, my bro being 7 years younger. (I am also the better looking of the two)
  2. I have been writing since I was 6 years old, maybe younger. (Mom received a phone call from my 1st grade teacher because I wrote a story about a dog that died and his escort to heaven/in heaven was a squirrel)
  3. I have been reading forever. There are pictures of me on the potty with a stack of books.
  4. I am protective of those I love. If I decide that you are a part of my circle of family weirdos I will fight for you. (Just not lions or deranged killer clowns. There you are on your own)
  5. I am very self-critical. (Working very hard to get rid of this one)
  6. I am overly responsible. (Another one I am working hard at booting out the door. In regards to others and work. Will still remain responsible for myself and T)
  7. I have a very warped sense of humor.
  8. I enjoy getting in the last word. (As does T which makes it hard for either of us to win an argument)
  9. I am afraid that my ideas will one day dry up and I will become a silent ghost sitting at my typewriter staring at the proverbial blank page.
  10. I worry about becoming repetitive in my writings.
  11. I love summer and sun.


Rory’s Questions:

When wearing socks, which foot do you dress first? Left (I had to pretend to put socks on to figure out)

If we count sheep to fall asleep, what do they count? Blades of grass?

Why do we HAVE to keep up with the Joneses? We don’t, well I don’t because I don’t even like the Joneses.

What is the ‘secret of success?’ Being happy within your own life and stop comparing yourself to those dreaded Joneses.

What would be better than the fountain of youth? A magical door that when opened transported you to wherever you wanted to be. Fictional or real.

How much do you exercise and does it help? Daily for the most part and yes. I find that it centers me as well as helping me to maintain a healthy blood pressure which is important as strokes run in my family. (What a lovely hereditary thing to pass along to your children. Like the blue or brown eyes everyone else has.)

Why do they say ‘drown your sorrows’ – what happens if they can swim? Not sure but ‘sorrows’ always swim because all you end up with is a headache and more sorrows the following day.

How do we truly know that the world we live in is the real one and that we are NOT just the finger tip of some giant? We don’t but I would hope that if we are the finger tip of some giant that he/she would have given more thought to my life plan and assisted me in getting there.

If you had one week left of life as we know it, how would you live it? Quit my job, spend the remaining time with my family and friends. And throw one hell of a party the night before I was due to kick off.

Jolly Green Giant and the Big Friendly Giant are fighting over beans, who is going to win .. Why on earth are they fighting over beans? They are giants they can have all the beans they want just by stopping in one garden or another.

… and why? Neither because again refer to above answer.

Now my nominations:



Lana Cole

Thriving Not Surviving


Fuck MS

MSich Chronicles

Blended Hope

Russell Pennwright’s Blog



My 11 Questions:

  1. If you could step into any book which book would it be.
  2. How do you like to wake up in the morning?
  3. Besides writing what would be your ideal job?
  4. What is your sense of humor like?
  5. Would you prefer to live in the woods or by the ocean?
  6. Sunshine or thunderstorms?
  7. If you could only use one mode of transportation to get everywhere what would that mode be?
  8. What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
  9. Tent or Mansion?
  10. If you were the monster that lived under the bed what type of monster would you be?
  11. What was the name of your first stuffed animal?

There is no obligation to carry this forward but I am eagerly anticipating reading some of your answers. Have a beautiful Saturday/Sunday depending on where you are in the world.


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