Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Busy Doing What?

Do you ever feel like this? Like you're really, really busy, but you have nothing to show for it? That's kind of what my life's been like lately. I'm staying occupied all day long, it's not like I'm sitting watching novelas eating bonbons all day, but I can't really say I'm making a lot of visible progress.

I've been running, practicing piano, finally finishing Team of Rivals (I was crying reading it today while I was getting my hair cut, that was cute), working on some minor organizational projects, playing a little tennis, and being a mom. Which I guess, when I write it out like that, sounds fairly productive, but I just don't feel like I'm accomplishing much. Does that make sense?

My mom sent me a forwarded email almost 4 years ago that has survived many an inbox purging. I'm not a fan of the forward, most of the time I don't even bother reading them (sorry, forward senders), but in this case I did (probably because my mom hardly ever sends forwards) and I can totally relate to it at times (like now) (sorry, I don't know to whom to give credit for this or I would):

"Recently, I was diagnosed with C.A. A. D. D. - Child Activated Attention Deficit Disorder. This is how it manifests:

I decide to do the laundry. As I start toward the laundry room, I notice that there are Cheerios all over the floor and my house keys are in the cereal bowl . I decide to pick up the cheerios before I do the laundry. I lay my keys down on the counter, put the cheerios in the trashcan, and notice that the trashcan is full. So, I decide to take out the trash. But then I think, since I'm going to be near the mailbox when I take out the trash I may as well pay the bills first. I take my check book off the table, and see that there is only one check left, my extra checks are in my desk in the office, so I go to my desk where I find a cup full of juice. I'm going to look for my checks, but first I decideI should put the cup in the refrigerator to keep it cold. As I head toward the kitchen with the cup a plant on the counter catches my eye--it needs to be watered. I set the sippy cup on the counter, and I discover baby wipes that I've been searching for all morning. I decide I better put them back, but first I'm going to water the plants. I set the wipes back down, fill a container with water and suddenly I spot the TV remote, left on the kitchen table. I realize that when I go to watch TV, I will be looking for the remote, but I won't remember that it's on the kitchen table, so I decide to put it back in the den where it belongs, but first I'll water the plants. I splash some water on the plant, but most of it spills on the floor. So, I set the remote back down, get some paper 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 laundry isn't washed, the bills aren't paid, there is a warm cup of juice sitting on the counter, the plants aren't watered, there is still only one check in my check book, I can't find the remote, I can't find the wipes, and I don't remember what I did with my keys. Then when I try to figure out why nothing got done today, I'm really baffled because I know I was busy all day long, and I'm really tired.

I realize this is a serious problem, and I'll try to get some help for it, but first I'll check my e-mail. Do me a favor, will you? Forward this message, because I don't remember to whom it has been sent. Don't laugh if this isn't you yet, your day is coming!"

Well, at least now I can go to bed tonight knowing that I at least blogged today!


Janice said...

I haven't seriously run in about three weeks. With this basement remodel, I am constantly needed by the workers or I have been buying appliances, etc. I am hoping to get serious again later in the week or at the latest, Monday.

My latest goal is to do "one room at a time". My house is always feels messy even though I have picked up parts of every room every day. I need to focus on one room every day.

Head Nurse or Patient- you be the judge said...

Oh how I hear you!

Abby said...

That's how I feel at work some days! Are you training for the half in CO already?

Ballerina Girl said...

hahaha, I am with you on this post!!!


Lucy said...

Yes, oh yes. I have that same disorder and my kids are all in school.

It reminds me of that poem "Girl in a Whirlby" by Vickie Gunther. (Although this lady in the poem really does accomplish things, unlike me.) I posted the poem years ago here:

Maine Mom said...

Yes, I can relate! I have been feeling the exact same way lately.

Joanna said...

This is MY LIFE so many days! I am printing it and hanging it on my wall! Glad I'm not the only one! :)