I decide to make fresh salsa. Going to my computer to look up the recipe and I notice I have to reboot it because of a power outage caused by the morning rain. While waiting for the computer to reboot I decide to put some music on. While in the living room I notice the floor needs sweeping. While walking to get the broom I notice that the shoes I was polishing are dry enough to buff. So I polish the shoes and put them away when the phone rings. I take a long call from a young friend who needs some hand-holding.
After getting off the phone I ask my husband whether he wants to take this shirt on our trip which leads to me sorting through all his shirts.
While listening to the music it reminds me to pray for a friend who is burying a family member today.
I go back to the computer to look for the salsa recipe and realize that I have to answer some emails. I have to look up a link for the friend on the phone, when my daughter calls and I want to visit with her. I go back to the email, remembering that I wanted to upload something to my website.
Then I realize that I better get back to the salsa because I want it to meld flavours before the meal. I see the shoe polish kit sitting on the counter and in order to put it away properly I have to reorganize the junk drawer in the hallway. Which leads to sorting through lightbulbs.
I go back to the salsa, however I spill some onions on the floor which I have to clean up. While doing that I realize how dirty the kitchen floor is and end up sweeping and washing part of it.
The music stops and I want to put on another CD which makes me think of a blog post I want to write. So I go to the computer to get my thoughts down and realize that someone asked me to update a website which I monitor. And I notice a link in an email which I want to look up. Which leads me to facebook where I ‘like’ a group which is interesting. And while there I watch a music video my nephew just posted.
I finally get the salsa made. It’s only noon and I wonder where the morning went.
Here is the original AAADD- KNOW THE SYMPTOMS…..
Thank goodness there’s a name for this disorder.
Somehow I feel better, even though I have it!!
Recently, I was diagnosed with A.A.A.D.D. –
Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder.
This is how it manifests itself:
I decide to water my garden. As I turn on the hose in the driveway, I look over at my car and decide it needs washing. As I head towards the garage, I notice post on the porch table that I picked up from the postman earlier. I decide to go through it before I wash the car. I put my car keys on the table, put the junk mail in the recycling box under the table, and notice that the recycling box is full.
So, I decide to put the bills back on the table and take out the recycling first. But then I think, since I’m going to be near the postboxwhen I take out the recycling paper anyway, I may as well pay the bills first.
I take my cheque book off the table and notice that there is only one cheque left. My extra cheques are in the desk in my study, so I go into the house to my desk where I find the cup of coffee I’d been drinking. I’m going to look for my cheques but first I need to push the coffee aside so that I don’t accidentally knock it over. The coffee is getting cold, and I decide to make another cup. As I head toward the kitchen with the cold coffee, a vase of flowers on the worktop catches my eye – the flowers need water.
I put the coffee on the worktop and discover my reading glasses that I’ve been searching for all morning. I decide I better put them back on my desk, but first I’m going to water the flowers. I put the glasses back down on the worktop, fill a container with water and suddenly spot the TV remote control. Someone left it on the kitchen table. I realise that tonight when we go to watch TV, I’ll be looking for the remote, but I won’t remember that it’s on the kitchen table, so I decide to put it back where it belongs, but first I’ll water the flowers.
I pour some water in the flowers, but quite a bit of it spills on the floor. So, I put the remote back on the table, get some towels and wipe up the spill. Then, I head down the hall trying to remember what I was planning to do.
At the end of the day:
The car isn’t washed,
The bills aren’t paid,
There is a cold cup of coffee sitting on the kitchen work-surface,
The flowers don’t have enough water,
There is still only 1 cheque in my cheque book,
I can’t find the remote,
I can’t find my glasses,
And I don’t remember what I did with the car keys.
Then, when I try to figure out why nothing got done today, I’m really baffled because I know I was busy all bloody day and I’m really tired.
I realise this is a serious problem, and I’ll try to get some help for it, but first I’ll check my e-mail…..
Don’t laugh – if this isn’t you yet, your day is coming!!