Toni, that's so funny -- I'm basically the opposite! When I was 17 I had to go through some testing once for some gov't funding for school and they said I had very high abstract reasoning skills and that's part of why I did so well in math throughout high school. Budgeting though is not my strong suit and something I work at on a regular basis. But I can look at a piece of furniture and generally tell you if it will fit in an allotted space without measuring (quite handy in setting up a home!).
I love reading though and I love writing and I think that's why I study them; it's not as easy for me, but I truly enjoy the challenge. DD's bio-dad is more ... structured. He also studied English in college and was better at than me; language comes more easily to him, but not the learning of a foreign language.
I'm still waiting to see how DD is going to turn out. I think 1st grade is going to reveal a lot about who she is, how she learns, etc. She's a GREAT reader, but tends to be mostly self-taught in math. In preschool she figured out how to add and then later how to subtract. In kindergarten she figured out how to divide by 2 ("cutting" things in half is how she described it). I would like to see how much she can do on her own given time and minimum instruction. Patterns, shapes, matching, etc. come easily to her.