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I’m in high gear.  Probably because I’ve had too much coffee.  There’s just nothing like a good cup of coffee.   And I kinda have the shakes.  NO, I do have the shakes.  Probably from the coffee.  Well, definitely from the coffee.  Plus, I have a slight touch of ADHD.  I feel like thoughts are running around wildly in my mind out of control.  Like 10 kids on Christmas morning.  I hope you enjoy the chaos of my mind.

*Why do kids love to run through the house…. nonstop….for indefinite amounts of time…. Yet, when you send them outside, they are suddenly bored?  Is running indoors really that awesome?  Am I really getting that old that I can’t appreciate the sheer joy produced by feet running through the house?

* The cheap HEB shells and cheese (as compared to Velveeta shells and cheese) is really, really good.  I don’t ever eat the Velveeta or any other brand, but I can’t imagine any could taste better.  For real.  Plus, the price was r.i.g.h.t. And that made it taste even better.

* People magazine came out with their sexiest man alive issue.  Bradley Cooper was awarded the honor.  Ok.  I’ll agree…he is  a hottie.  But how can I ever take this list seriously when you consider that Rob Lowe didn’t even make the list AT ALL?  How can that be??  What idiot is responsible for making this list?

* FYI….. it’s kinda weird to take a hot bubble bath while the toilet is stopped up.  To the rim.  But when the plunger has dry rotted, you live in po-dunk nowhere, and you are desperate for a bath, what else do you do??    What’s even creepier is when you just get enough Lysol sprayed to fumigate the bathroom to overcome the stinch of said toilet (actually, it was full of clear toilet water, but it just seems like it should totally stink), you get comfy and cozy in a tub full of bubbles, and suddenly you hear the monstrous sound of the toilet throwing up the stoppage.  It’s like it gagged.  And just like that.  As fast as it threw up, it flushed.  As if it never had a problem.  Super creepy.

Nobody loves me....til they need me.

These two things just shouldn’t be together.  It’s just not right.

* Why don’t they make the light brown M&Ms anymore?  They were absolutely my favorite.  Why?  Oh why?

Such a tragic loss!

* Why is it the laundry never ends?  I mean, seriously, I wash every stinking day of my life.  Yet my laundry room is never void of dirty clothes.  This is why my dream house needs to have its own mini washateria.  Maybe then I could keep up.

* I’m really upset with Hobby Lobby right now.  I bought all this stuff to make snowball-like ornaments.  You know, clear ornaments you fill.  Tons of filler, I bought.  I had BIG plans for these ornaments.  But the openings for the ornaments are so small, the ‘snow’ won’t even go in.  Now I’ve got all this filler stuff, piles of clear ornaments,  and NO beautiful snow-ball ornaments.  When you sell ornaments for the very purpose of filling them with goodies….and you hang the goodies to stuff them with right there next to the ornaments….they should actually fit.  Geeezz!

These are NOT my ornaments. Mine are sad and lonely. All empty inside.

* Oh, I got flipped off last night.  I was going across the parking lot and some guy was coming up the aisle.  I didn’t see him, so I had to stop quickly.  I was NO where NEAR coming close to hitting the guy.  But he leans across the passenger seat of his truck to hang his hand out and flip me off.  Parking lot road rage?  Really?  I seriously considered following him, hoping he would pull into the gas station so I could give him a piece of my mind.  Because you know flipping me the finger really makes you a grown man.  It’s real admirable that you have absolutely NO self-control.  But then, I realized, I might get shot.  Plus, that would mean I had no self-control and would be the idiot myself.  But I’m still steaming about that nonsense!

*Okay, maybe this random list should be called the gripe and moan list.  It seems I’m on a roll with the whining.  I did put my big girl panties on this morning.  I guess they just didn’t do the job.  Or maybe I didn’t.  I can’t remember.  I know!  I just need that fifth cup of coffee!  Yep, that’s it!

* Speaking of M&Ms, I won the ‘Guess how many M&M’s are in the jar’ game at Thanksgiving this year.  We are still working on those M&M’s.  I believe there were 930ish in the jar.  We may have M&M’s until this time next year.

* Alrighty, since I have a touch of OCD, I need to balance my list with happy thoughts.  I just can’t in good conscience do all this griping and complaining without giving you something to smile about.  It will be tough to overcome my Negative Nelly tendencies of the moment, but I’ll do my best.  So here you have it….a list within the list.  Wow.  I impress myself!

* Coffee just makes my life worth living.

* Chocolate makes me happy.

* My Bernie boy is my sweetheart.   He loves me all the time.  No matter how grumpy I am.  He is always happy to see me.  Always loyal.  Always keeps me company.  Oh, and he is going to be in the family Christmas card this year!  I can’t wait!  We take pics tomorrow.  I will have to post for all of you to see my sweet guy.

* Kohls’ Big One throws are the absolute, hands down, the best, most comfy of all throws.  And they ALWAYS put them on sale every single Black Friday for less than $10.  Huge score.  I believe we probably have close to 20 of these now and yes, I bought a new one this year.  They are big HUGE.  SOFT.  WARM.  Best $10 of snuggly goodness you will ever spend.

Love, love, LOVE the zebra print!

Well, maybe it’s not COMPLETELY balanced.  But like Forest Gump would say, “That’s all I have to say about that.”  And at least I’m leaving on a happy note doing my happy dance.  Too much coffee will do that to you.  😉

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2011 in It's my life....., Randomocity

 

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Welcome Back, Old Friends


Tonight, I am supposed to be getting my bags packed for a quick trip to Houston tomorrow.  My mom and I are going to a wake.  Although this trip has been spurred on by the sadness of the loss of a friend, it will be nice to take a break from the everyday.  Any time away from the kids gives a welcome break.

We leave early in the morning.  Yet, here I sit, reading blogs, checking Facebook, strolling through today’s pins on Pinterest.  As if I have nothing to do.

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Nothing is packed.  In fact, I’m not even sure what clothes I am taking, what shoes I will wear.

I don’t even know if my traveling PJs are clean.  Or if the tee that matches them is clean.  Or where to find matching house shoes,  thanks to that puppy of mine.

It’s 8:30pm.   I drive out in less than 12 hours.

And I’ve got NOTHING.

I thought about getting busy and getting after my packing so I can actually get some sleep tonight and be rested for the drive. I even began the process (in my mind) of thinking through what I might wear.

8:45.  NOTHING.

But then I remembered I have a new purse.

A stylish, brown purse.

Of course, I can think of nothing to wear that matches this purse.  Well, that’s not completely true.  I can think of nothing I WANT to wear that matches.  And if I take the brown purse, then I have to wear brown.  My brown clothes aren’t very dressy.  I don’t want to be too casual.  I’m going to a wake.

9:00 and NOTHING has been packed.

Then, I begin to think about what jewelry I want to wear.  And although I really have no idea what jewelry I WANT to wear, I just know that it won’t match the brown purse…. Which I am now madly in LOVE with.  I wonder if I have enough extra money to buy a new outfit, with new jewelry that will match the purse.

9:15 and I’ve still got  NOTHING.

The one thing I’m sure of is the brown purse.  It’s a done deal.  I’m taking it.

As I begin to think through moving all my treasures into the beautiful brown bag, I realize I have no cash.  I need to go to the ATM so I will have cash for the trip.

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I also need to put out a meal to thaw for tomorrow.  The kids and hubby have to eat while I’m gone.  I ponder over what is easiest.

Then Bernie begins to sniff, and I know that if I don’t get up and take him out, I will definitely be sorry.

9:25.  Yep, you guessed it.  NOTHING.

As I walk through the kitchen, I see dishes piled in the sink.  If I leave them there tonight, they will be there waiting on me still…on Friday.  Two long days later.  YUCK. I better clean the kitchen.

Cleaning the kitchen reminds me that I better wash a load of towels, too.

While putting clothes on, I find a CD in the pocket of a jacket.

9:45.  Nada.  Zilch.  NOTHING.

I head to the car to put the CD away only to realize what an absolute mess it is in.  Yet another chore I need to do.

I run into the house to get a trash bag (I said it was an ABSOLUTE MESS), and I stumble upon my brown purse sitting on the kitchen table.

That’s when it hits me.

 

10:00.  Still NOTHING packed.  NOTHING ready.  NOTHING accomplished.

All I have managed to do is make a mental to-do list that I will never be able to finish.

Welcome back old friend, ADHD.

Glad you brought your buddy Procrastination with you.

Oh, that reminds me.  I pinned something about procrastination on Pinterest…….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by on October 26, 2011 in It's my life.....

 

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Library Loser’s Anonymous


 


I love to read.  And I read constantly.  I always have at least two or three books going.  I am a publisher’s dream.  And my budget coordinator’s nightmare (yes, that’s me..but the title sure sounds good).  Despite my un-medicated ADD, I read books.  And I even finish them.  Sure, sometimes I misplace them.  But that’s ok.  I just go buy another so I can finish.  Like I said, a publisher’s dream.

Life would be so much easier if I could just use the local library.  In fact, I do use our local library.  Once or twice a year.  The only problem is I seem to have a mental illness when it comes to borrowing and returning.  Every six months or so, I decide I can and should overcome this issue of slight irresponsibility.  I bravely walk through the doors.  Smell the aroma of books surrounding me.  And for a day, I am in heaven.

So, I come home, arms piled full of books (I said they were kind…they still let me check out TONS of books at once)….and for a few days I bask in the splendor of reading FREE books.  Ahhhh….mazing.

But then, a few days pass, I finish all my new and exciting reading material….and I forget about my loaned books.  It’s not that I intentionally keep them.  I just don’t think about it.  I’m an impulse, spur of the moment, fly-by-the-seat of my pants kind of gal.  That just doesn’t go well with Responsible Library Card Holder.

Last spring I decided to give it another shot.  I was spending a fortune on books and HATED my new Nook.  I wanted to hold a book and it look like a book, smell like a book, and feel like a book.  Ever since wasting  the hubby’s $200+ on the Nook,  I felt guilty about buying new books.  I froze in guilt every time I entered  Barnes and Nobles or Books a Million.  I came to the conclusion the library was my answer.  They always took me back.  I would try again.

Fail.

Four months or so later, I still have the same library books.  Sitting next to my bed under the end table.  And one day last week the dreaded phone call came.  It’s the library lady.  Apparently, she’s not feeling so nice anymore.  I say hello and the response I get on the other end of the line…

“Robin, return your crap!”

Oooops.  Maybe I’ve finally crossed the line.   We go on to have a wonderful conversation about our families.  But the message was clear.  Return the goods.  I was suddenly having dreams of the Godfather and of horse’s heads in MY bed.  After waking up a few times in the middle of the night covered in sweat, I break down.

I did it.

I finally returned my library books.  Four+ months later.  Give or take a few weeks.

I’m a library loser.

I admit it.

Admission is the first step in recovery.  I know.  I’ve been here for years.  I just might be stuck here forever.  Anyone wanna loan me a book until payday??

 

 

 
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Posted by on October 6, 2011 in It's my life.....

 

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Randomocity


Ok, so I have really tried to focus on a topic for today’s post.  The problem is my focus has been all used up.  ADHD is in full swing.  I have started to type several stories, only to copy and cut them.  Changed my mind…..or I should say….my mind changed me.  Since focusing on one topic long enough to complete a decent post is seemingly insurmountable tonight, I gave up.  So today, I give you Random Thoughts….they are what they are.  Enough said.  Here we go….

  • I wish someone would get up and cook supper……..just not bad enough to get up and do it myself.
  • People who claim to be a friend, but never check on you, because it’s only about them…..get on my ever-loving nerves.  I have come to realize I have very few REAL friends.  As much as I try not to let it bother me, it does……and even though I know that just may be what God has for me, I long for a dear friend.
  • My husband tells me that guys really can sit and have NOTHING going on in their head.  Actually just BE without any thought process whatsoever.  Nada.  Zilch.  I keep trying it.  I have yet to succeed.  But that might explain a lot about my hubby.
  • Dirty Jobs.  Really?  They are making a killing on that show showing gross and disgusting jobs.  I have yet to see one of these jobs that is around the clock and lasts for years.  Parenthood is filled with Dirty Jobs. It IS a dirty job.   Especially with FIVE boys.  Projectile vomit, poopy smeared and splattered everywhere it does NOT go, boogers (enough said), peeing contests, various categories of flagulence…. I could gross you out for days….but that’s another post.  I wonder if he could survive MY dirty job??
  • Cows have five stomachs.  No, I didn’t learn that from Dirty Jobs.
  • My last pair of flip-flops were chewed in two by the dog tonight.  Guess I might have to try that newspaper after all.  Either that, or just give up and go barefoot everywhere I go.
  • Why do men believe the remote is actually an appendage of their own body??  I can’t even remember the last time I was privileged to touch it.  This might be the reason I’m addicted to the computer.
  • The new Facebook format stinks.  I gave it a fair shake and it still stinks.  But since I won’t be quitting Facebook anytime soon, guess I’ll just have to put on my big girl panties and deal with it.
  • As I read back over my random thoughts, I realize I seriously need some girl time.
  • Which brings me around to the fact that I am in desperate need of a pedicure.  But then again, don’t I ALWAYS need a pedicure??

And now, I’m back to my original thought when I first started this post.  They make medicine for this problem!!  Go getcha some!!

 
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Posted by on October 4, 2011 in It's my life....., Randomocity

 

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Organization Anonymous…..Well, Sort of…


 

Organization is heavenly.  I am an organizer.  I love to organize things.  It’s some of the best fun…..taking random chaos and bringing some sort of meaning to the madness.  A place for everything (and hopefully labeled as such) and everything in its place.

I have spent a large portion of my life organizing things.  And I’m good at it.  I organize movies by genre.  I then even organize the various genres on the shelf.  The kid-friendly movies within reach of said kiddies, while putting the horror and action genre (generally NOT kiddie friendly) on the top shelf out of little hands’ reach.  Medicine?  No problem.  A basket for first-aid, maintenance meds, vitamins, etc, etc.  The pantry….oh, I can have a play party there.  Can goods can be organized in a multitude of ways.  School supplies.  Heaven on earth.  Toys……. By tubs of various sizes and colors depending on their respective category….action figures, construction toys,  transportation toys.  Each toy category can then be organized within THAT category.  This is just the tip of the iceberg.  I could start a blog on organizing things.  I LOVE it!!

So, why does organization elude me?? I try so hard to be organized.  I DO organize.  But there is a HUGE difference in organizing and BEING organized.  It’s maintaining organization that always makes a failure out of me.

I think the problem is that along with all this love for organizing,  I also suffer from ADHD.  Which means, by nature, I’m a slob.  I can keep up with nothing, I put things away in a ’safe spot‘, only to forget where the safe spot actually is.  I hate clutter, yet it follows me everywhere I go.  I spend hours organizing things, only to utterly destroy and dismantle said organization the second time I use it….ok, the first time.  I think it’s an illness.  I guess I’m hoping it is.  That way I would have a good excuse.  ‘I’m sick‘, I could say.  Well, I’m sick alright.  I spend TONS of money buying things to organize, HOURS of time organizing (and usually make a HUGE mess in the process), yet, you still need an appointment to come to my house.  I always hope and pray when someone uses the bathroom, they don’t open the cabinet door.  After all, it could be dangerous.   No telling WHAT might fall out of there.   I spend so much time in the perpetual quest for organization, that it keeps me from completing regular housework.  How can I clean the kitchen when the pantry needs to be organized (and it does…even though I do it every week)?

I don’t know how to help me.  Maybe there is no help for me.  Hello, my name is Robin.  I’m an organization addict.  No, you can’t see it, but it’s there.  Believe me, my clutter bothers me more than it bothers you.  It’s even worse living inside my head.  Oh, and don’t forget that appointment.  Otherwise, I might flip the lights off, holler for everyone to freeze, and hide behind a couch.  Heheee………..of course, I’m just kidding.  I won’t holler.  Geeeezzz, how dumb do you think I am??

 
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Posted by on October 2, 2011 in It's my life.....

 

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