practically imperfect in every way

This is about The Reality. The Reality of everyday life in a world of expectation and noise.

The expectation to be a career woman, a nurturing mother, a social contributor, a home chef. To sew, to clean, to support. To be an inspiration, to be a provider, to be a socialite. To pay the bills on time, to walk the dog daily, to look fabulous. To make new year resolutions, AND be expected to keep them.

Well, they are my expectations anyway. And quite frankly, they are unrealistic.

While Mary Poppins would meet most of those expectations (in fact all, because at one point she even seems to walk someone else’s dog), I have to wonder if its possible at all.

I’m not far off, just slightly to the side, a bit of the way but not all the way. I walk the dog sometimes, I cook pretty good, I’m a little pudgy, I’m organised but only in a few cupboards – I’m just barely Poppins. Not totally, but practically imperfect in every way.


banner image: Disney and Cameron Mackintosh, Mary Poppins: The Musical


37 thoughts on “practically imperfect in every way

  1. I love it all! Gorgeous, gorgeous and just a bit more gorgeous! Thank you for allowing me to procrastinate and smile while doing so. You’re a delight, Barely Poppins!

  2. Well well well…. I think you underestimate yourself…. a career woman – you are doing just fine & dandy, a nurturing mother – U R an amazing mother, a social contributor – you have a distinction for this, a home chef – your food is always fabulous. To sew – you can, to clean – your house is spotless, to support – you give so much of this to all close to you! :-).
    Personally I think you ARE Mary Poppins!! x x x

  3. Dear Ms Poppins,
    thank you so much for your blog and your inspiration to our lives and to our humble home making. This evening we tried two of your wonderful recipes – the soup with kale (sold locally as the pretentiously renamed ‘Tuscan Cabbage!) and chorizo and the plum unpronounceable.
    Both were fantastic – I have photos for you if you like. Despite you providing the perfect recipes and excellent instructions I am sorry I am not one to follow a recipe to the letter. We also often need to rely on what is in the pantry because of our distance to the shops and the appalling state of our road (thanks to the maintenance program of the local councils!! :-}). Still, I think we came close to your culinary perfection. Your recipes also gave us a feeling of being closer to you and your generous spirit. Thank you for sharing your tips, recipes and insights.
    To the soup we added white beans and some fresh baby tomatoes from the garden. We also substituted liquid chicken stock instead of vegetable as that is what was on hand. Yum, it was still hearty and delicious. The dessert was the dessert of desserts as it was really easy and soooooooo tasty and even a bit healthy. For that we substituted angelina plums instead of the blood plums as we seem to have given our entire crop of blood plums away!
    Keep up the great work, you are a wonderful, generous and delightful human being and you bring sunshine to our lives, xoxo Frank ‘n Phyllis Stein

  4. I’m very glad to have found your blog. I have found Operation Drop Standards to be an excellent antidote to my own and others’ expectations.

  5. Well said. I can’t pull a lamp or a coat rack out of my carpet bag either, but I have lolled about blogging for untold hours, while not out pulling weeds/planting veggies :) Perfection pfft..totally over rated imo. Fun site!!

  6. Randomly stumbled across this blog and I absolutely love it. You’re saying what we’re all thinking – keep up the good work and thanks for providing me with something uplifting today!

  7. Just discovered your blog. Love, Love, Love it! The perfect description of the imperfect in all of us. One of my favorite lines from the movie is, “First of all, I would like to make one thing quite clear….. I never explain anything.” But I’m glad YOU are. Looking forward to reading more.

  8. Wonderful!! I fell in love with the title “Perfectly imperfect in every way” I love it!!
    How many precious moments, hours, weeks, days, months and years I have wasted trying to be perfect. when in fact it is impossible and above all dreadfully boring :-)

  9. So glad I discovered your very unique style. I will look forward to popping back in. How very fresh! How very witty! Congratulations on your being fresh pressed. Thanks for being real, and thanks for being authentic.

  10. I read Mary Poppins for the first time this year, and she really is a lot to live up to, isn’t she? Surely one person can’t be that good?! Love the idea ‘Perfectly imperfect in every way’. :) Abbie

    • Cats are great like that. They are more of a guilt-free pet than a dog is. As you can see, I’m trying to increase the guilt-free in everyday life. But the other side is that you can feel free to gloat if you actually have walked the dog!

    • Thank you so very much. I’m flattered that you think I’m worth nominating for any kind of award. … I’m not sure about them though, like you say, I think it’s blogger chain mail. Please don’t be offended if I don’t. I’m sure neither of us will get bad luck. I’m really just so chuffed at the thought that someone enjoys reading this stuff I write. Knowing that you like my blog makes my day, makes me smile, makes me warm and fuzzy, more than any award would (unless there’s cash involved – just joshing – kinda).

      • No pressure to continue the chain. It did take quite some time to get it all done. I’m glad I did, because I got to connect with some of my favorite bloggers (like you), but I’m not sure I would do it again. I’ll let you know when I find one with a cash prize!

    • Hi kimolgren, to be totally honest, I have an internal struggle with these things. I want to show my appreciation to my nominator, to say thank you in a way that transcends the internet void. At the same time, I hope that my readers will see that I reveal a lot about who I am on these pages. I guess, it’s my voice. I really appreciate that you consider this blog worthy of any attention at all. For me, knowing that you enjoy reading what I write is by far more important to me than awards. So please accept my very humble thanks.

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