Thursday, January 28, 2010

The One Where I Can't Stay On Task

This morning I couldn't, for the life of me, stay on task. It was like I had ADD or Alzheimer's or a mini-stroke or something. It would be funny if it wasn't so ridiculous.

It all started as I was sitting at my computer typing an email to my small group at church. Currently, I am in charge of sending out a recap of our meeting with all of the prayers and praises. I try to get it out the following morning. One, so that I don't forget....lol.... and two, so that people will have the prayers and praises to pray over all week. While I was in the middle of that, the phone rang. It was my daughter. When we talk on the phone, often times, we talk for a LONG time. I decided that I couldn't very well type up prayer and praises while I was talking to her, but I could wrap a couple of presents for my girlfriend's birthday who I am meeting later today for lunch. I grabbed the gifts, wrapping paper, and card and headed to the kitchen table. I started to wrap while still talking to my daughter. I realized that I didn't have any ribbon. I walked back down to grab that. About that time, my daughter and I finished our conversation and the timer on the dryer rang. I went down to the laundry room and folded the clothes. Walking right by the half wrapped gifts on the kitchen table, I went down to the office to finish typing my prayers and praises. In the middle of that I remembered that I needed to put my soup fixins for dinner in the crock-pot. I got up and went back down to the kitchen lest I forget the soup. When I got to the kitchen I realized that I hadn't finished wrapping the gifts. I finished that, except now I couldn't find the ribbon that I had gone to get when most of this had started. I started looking all around the house. I found it on the desk, by the computer, by the still unfinished email. Deciding that there was a definite problem pattern emerging, I sat down and finished the email. Hit send and heaved a sigh of relief. I remember thinking that at least I had finished one thing that I started. With ribbon in hand, I went back down and finished wrapping my friend's gifts. Next, up? Take a shower and get ready to go. Shouldn't be that hard, one wouldn't think, right? I got in the shower. Then I remembered. (Some of you may have picked up on this already.) I never put the soup in the crock pot. I got out of the shower, dripping wet, wrapped in a towel and went back down to the kitchen to put the soup in the crock pot. I was afraid that if I didn't do it RIGHT THEN we would be eating out tonight. After that, I got back in the shower, managed to finish, dry my hair, put on make-up, get dressed and now here I sit recounting it all to you. Hopefully, I will remember to leave to go to lunch in a few minutes and yes, I already checked and I did turn the crock pot on.

Why does the human brain work like that? When I had small children at home and, certainly, when I worked for a living, I had no problem multi-tasking. Now forget it. Please tell me it's not just me and that these things happen to some of you. Even if it doesn't...lie to me.

8 comments:

Vicki said...

Reminds me of the children's book "When You Give a Moose a Muffin"! I'd go find it and quote it to you, but if I go down the hall I'll probably see the laundry room, and I'll probably get ready to start a load of laundry, then I'll probably stop because I'll remember that the dog food is still in the back of my car in the garage and go out there to get it out, then on the way to my car I'll remember that I need to go through the box sitting in the middle of the garage, then....you get the point! So instead, I'll just sit on my butt and stare at my computer and accomplish nothing! :-)

Deb said...

Oh Ginny! I'm not laughing AT you I'm laughing WITH you... as I look around my house, realizing yesterday was my day off and I started, touched, passed thru, a lot of things but not a one actually finished. Better get going. I could possibly finished something before I have to leave...

ⒿⒶⓃⓔⓉ said...

i have many of these days, lol

Sabrina said...

Whatever are you talking about? :0

Jon said...

Nope, it's just you. You're old. That's all there is to it.

Heather said...

Personally I liked when I read the prayers and praises the part that said....Today's encouraging words from I-LOVE....hmmmm I thought. I LOVE, so I googled it. OHHHHH you meant K LOVE....hahahaha!
LOVE YOU!

Grandma J. said...

It's not just you.

JediAeryn said...

I'm not staying on task very well either. I'm sitting here at work (taking a break), reading people's blogs! I suppose I should probably get to that stack (albeit a small one) in my inbox....