Friday, 6 May 2011

Finishing jobs

Recently, I was diagnosed with C. A. A. D. D. - Child 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 my car needs washing.
As I start toward the garage, I notice that there is mail on the porch table that I brought up from the mail box earlier.
I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car.
I lay my car keys down on the table, put the junk mail in the rubbish bin under the table, and notice that the bin is full.
So, I decide to put the bills back on the table and take out the rubbish first.
But then I think, since I'm going to be near the mailbox when I take out the garbage anyway, I may as well pay the bills first.
I take my cheque book off the table, and see that there is only one cheque left. My extra cheques are in my desk in the study, so I go inside the house to my desk where I find the can of coke that I had been drinking.
I'm going to look for my cheques, but first I need to push the coke aside so that I don't accidentally knock it over. I see that the coke is getting warm, and I decide I should put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold.
As I head toward the kitchen with the coke, a vase of flowers on the counter catches my eye: they need to be watered.
I place the coke down on the work surface, and I 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 set the glasses back down on the work top, fill a container with water and suddenly I spot the TV remote. Someone has left it on the kitchen table.
I realise that tonight when we 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 lounge 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 set the remote back down 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 warm can of coke sitting on the work surface.
The flowers don't have enough water.
There is still only one cheque in my chequebook.
I can't find the TV 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 day long, 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.
I read this joke a while ago and apart from the fct it was originally about retirment it could have been wrote by me. lol. I never used to be like this. Before I had my kids I was SO organised. Always on time and had everything done early. However then Cameron and his short attention span came along and changed all that. Id start the dishes in the kitchen while he played on his boucner. I'd probably have just enough time to wash them before he started wailing and I'd need to leave the wet dishes and move into the bedroom where I would start sorting washing (collected earleir then left in the room) while he played with toys on the floor. I'd manage to sort it before he'd get bored but not have enough time to put it away. You can see the pattern there. lol. Admittidly now they can play alone (for longer than before anyway) without my intervention but I just cant get out of the habit of leaving things half done and starting new jobs.
So, today will be a 'finish and start again' day. All the half finished jobs, such as the ironing waiting to be hung up and the pile of clothes waiting to go to the chairty shop, will all be finished. Then tomorrow morning I will do what I used to do, make a to do list that morning and stick to it untill its done.
Taking bets on how long this will last btw. ;)
But in the sprit of good starts heres a layout I finished this morning which has been unfinished for the past week.

Scraplifted from 'Across the miles' By claire on the sc team. :)


  1. yes I can relate to that too :) Great page there

  2. I just thought that was called "Motherhood" lol. Great Lay out.

  3. Hee. That really made me giggle! And yes, I can relate! I find myself making lists in an attempt to organise my mind and remember what I need to do on any given day but, tbh, it doesn't work very well! :lol:

  4. Lol, that made me laugh because it is so familiar!! I tried the list too and it didn't work and the worst thing is even once they are all in school it still carries on, it is an uncurable disorder :) Lovely layout!


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