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Just for Laughs

January 12, 2008 Sarah Coggins

Things around here have gotten a little un-tidy, to put it mildly. Kind of ironic when I have posts labeled with “organization.” 😉 So this afternoon, I began to do a little picking up. As I moved things to their appropriate spot – the shred pile, the trash, another room – I noticed a small problem and it reminded me of this email forwarded to me a while back:


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:

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 start toward the garage, I notice 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 on the table, put the junk mail in the garbage can under the table, and notice that the can is full.

So, I decide to put the bills back on the table and take out the garbage 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 check book off the table, and see that there is only one check left.

My extra checks are in my desk in the study, so I go inside the house to my desk where I find the can of Coke I’d been drinking.

I’m going to look for my checks, but first I need to push the Coke aside so that I don’t accidentally knock it over.

The Coke is getting warm, and I decide to 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 water.

I put the Coke on the counter 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 set the glasses back down on the counter, fill a container with water and suddenly spot the TV remote. Someone left it on the kitchen table.

I realize 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 in the den 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 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 counter
– the flowers don’t have enough water,
– there is still only 1 check in my check 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 damn day, 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. Forward this message to everyone you know, because I don’t remember who the hell I’ve sent it to.

Don’t laugh — if this isn’t you yet, your day is coming!!

Like the person who wrote the email, I found myself wandering from room to room as I put something away – thus, not accomplishing much. Thankfully, I realized pretty quickly what I was doing and finally stopped in one room – the scrap room, of course! At least maybe this one room will be neat and tidy again so I can finish my posts about my scrap disorganization organization. 😉

  • Ryzmomplus2 January 12, 2008 at 4:14 am
    OMG not only is that hilarious! but so true!!! So many of my days go just like that!
  • :: gingerkitty :: January 12, 2008 at 3:18 pm
    Laughing so hard I am crying... oh this is so funny. I don't know why I am laughing that is so me. Still laughing. Thanks for posting that.
  • jp January 12, 2008 at 4:25 pm
    That is soooo funny! Describes my DH perfectly! (Of course, I NEVER do anything like that...) :-) Have a great weekend! Janet
  • Mrs. Staff Sergeant January 13, 2008 at 1:23 am
    Boy, I know I have this disorder for sure! Nice to know there's a name for it.

    Thanks for the laugh :)
  • Aimeslee January 13, 2008 at 8:10 am
    This is my life! Just hilarious and so so true!
  • Cheri January 13, 2008 at 8:23 pm
    I've read that one before, and I swear it just gets funnier (and true-er) every time! Fortunately, I don't think this one actually has anything to do with age/dementia:) And it does really hit the nail on the head, doesn't it?!
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