CRAFTY: skillful, clever, adept in the use of subtlety and cunning, marked by subtlety and guile
Some friends jokingly call me “Martha.” I think it’s because I’m crafty in the glue and scissors sense of the word, not the insider trading sense of the word…but perhaps I should ask them to clarify.
For my part, I think my “Martha” reputation is a bit overblown. I go to excess a couple of times a year and those memories seem to stick with people.
For example, each December I make cookies. LOTS of cookies:
We deliver those cookies to special people in our lives. Coworkers, preschool families, neighbors, our children’s librarian, and our favorite grocery store checker (Son likes the one with the magenta hair and nose piercing). But, it’s not as if I whip up thousands of cookies each week. It’s an annual affair; two days out of 365. Less than 1% of the year.
Each fall, I can hundreds of pounds of produce:
But, it only takes about seven days (roughly 2%) of the year.
Sometimes I get carried away making school lunches. I like to make my own cards because I can’t justify spending $3.50 on a Hallmark card that doesn’t say what I want it to. I think baked goods make just about any meeting better. And, if given my choice I’d rather make a Halloween costume than buy it.
Based on my calculations, baking and crafts make up about 5% of my year. It’s funny to me that 5% is enough to get a reputation. I spend more than 5% of my time looking for my car keys. But, nobody has ever introduced me as their “friend who can’t keep track of her keys.”