Things That Should Be, But Aren’t

I married into a very logical and practical family, comprised mostly of engineers. Many evenings have been spent debating this or that, only to be promptly put to rest with a quick Google search.

On a side note, I can tell you that there are many intricacies in the subject of space and physics that I simply don’t care about.

What I can tell you is that there are many random, non sequitur items I do care about…and that I ponder should be a certain way, but simply are not. Here are a few:

1. I should like cooked fish

It’s terribly confusing for dinner hosts when I tell them I’ll pass on the fish tacos, even though they saw me eating shake nigiri the night before. There’s no rhyme or reason to my madness, except that raw fish has a distinctively less fishy flavor that I find delicious.

2. I should be ripped.
This car seat weighs 11 pounds:

At the little girls’ last appointment, she weighed somewhere around 20 pounds; but I think it’s safe to say that she is pushing 22 pounds now.

For the non-math inclined (like myself), let’s review: 11 + 22 = 33 pounds = this bundle of munchkin.


I should have arms like the Hulk. Or at least some toned shoulders would do.

3. I should know more Spanish.
I’ve talked about this subject before, but it’s always at the forefront of my mind on every trip to Miami. At least I know the essentials like ‘bistec empanizado’ and ‘cafe con leche.’


4. I should be able to touch my toes.
I’ve been practicing yoga on and off for 10 years, but those toes somehow feel further and further away.


5. I should expand my vocabulary.
Using phrases like ‘hot mess’ to describe digital design and/or functionality to an engineer isn’t always effective, but I do think it gets the point across.