Tuesday, January 22, 2008

D.O.D.

Though A.D.D. may be all the rage these days, there is a highly overlooked disorder in the pyschological field that I would like to bring to light. My gut tells me I am not the only one with this disease, and by coming out of the closet I might even find some camaraderie among fellow sufferers.

Let me introduce you to an hour in the life of one who suffers from
DISTRACTION OVERLOAD DISORDER.

The other morning I was cleaning up after breakfast. When I opened the fridge I found it nearly bare which reminded me that we needed groceries. Leaving the dishes unfinished I sat down to write a grocery list, which led me to my recipe book in search of menu ideas for the week. The recipe book reminded me that I had been intending to get some recipes from a few friends, which made me think that some of those recipes might already be posted on my yahoo group. Leaving my grocery list unfinished, I went upstairs to my computer where I intended to check my yahoo group, but upon opening google, I got distracted by the daily news and started to read about the elections. Leaving my recipe list unfinished, I next checked my email where a message reminded me of a birthday party my son was invited to which reminded me I had a present in need of wrapping. The need to wrap reminded me of Christmas, which reminded me of a returned Christmas card which reminded me to put my email address on a friend's blog so she could send me her address. Leaving the present unwrapped, I went to her blog, which of course led to another blog and another where I ended up finding a fun activity posted that I just had to try. This led me to an internet site called myheritage where you can upload photos and use face recognition technology to find out which parent your child resembles most, or which celebrities you resemble. I then realized I needed to switch to my downstairs computer where the photos are kept if I wanted to play with face recognition. But I couldn't go downstairs until I cleaned up the mess of staples and 3x5 cards my son had scattered from the computer desk while I'd been at the computer. The mess upstairs reminded me that I still hadn't finished cleaning up breakfast which reminded me I hadn't finished my grocery list, my menu list, my recipe search, or wrapped the present...

SO....What would YOU do at this point?

1. Wrap the present while you are thinking about it?
2. Finish cleaning up breakfast before the grapenuts cement to the cereal bowl?
3. Check the recipes while you are still logged onto your computer?
4. Stop and clean up the mess of staples your toddler made?
5. Leave the room quickly to find the toddler who has now disappeared with a stapler in hand?
6. Go downstairs to your other computer because it is really quite crucial to find out which celebrity you look like ?
7. Stop and write a blog entry blaming the fact that you can't get anything finished on Distraction Overload Disorder!?

Well, being the prudent mother that I am forced to be at times, I first chased down my son. He had the stapler in the living room where more staples were now scattered, and this of course meant I had to vacuum the living room rug. At some point I also got to the kitchen, the bedroom mess, and the wrapping, but it was days before I got back to the face recognition, over a week before I got to the blog entry, and the recipes I pretty much gave up on for now.

Whether typical housewife hysteria, or truly a disorder of sorts, this my friends, is my life! (You can see why I relate so well to the "If you give a mouse a cookie" series of books.) And speaking of mice, my next entry will feature an incriminating picture of a little varmint who has been sneaking around our garage eating leftover Halloween candy. It's very funny, but will have to wait for the many distractions that are sure to come between now and that next blog entry...(like the fact that I just decided to experiment with font sizes and colors which you will now note in my entry.) See...distracto-woman!!! That is me, and I am not ashamed to admit it, so long as nothing distracts me before I get the chance! :)

11 comments:

Kirsten said...

Amy, this is EXACTLY how my everyday life is. Sometimes I wonder what I got done during the day??? It's usually a list of unfinished's.

Team Biddle said...

This made me laugh, since I am in the middle of painting my fingernails, doing a load of laundry, wiping Noah's nose, typing return emails, planning a vacation and oh yeah...commenting on your blog. Dang...there goes the fingernail.

The running with the stapler made me chuckle too, I can't wait to meet Cairo!

LollyGirl said...

AMEN sister!!!! I suffer badly from it, too!

merideth said...

you are so funny....and this world of blogging does not help in this matter.
and i have to say that i am so glad you are back because i love reading your blog!

Emily said...

Welcome to my life! At least when we look around at 3pm and we are still in our pjs, the cereal is NOW completely cemented to the bowl, and we still have no recipe and no food for dinner......we know we are not alone.

sandeebeaches said...

You should write a book on it. Everyone would buy it, and you could make millions. But what would you do with million and no time to spend it with all the other activities to get done!!!!!

The Titmi said...

What a fantastic morning laugh! Is this font and color thing new because I never saw it before posting this week. I love it distraction or not

Mike & Shelby said...

See, and you thought you were being FUNNY when you wrote your profile summary! That is EXACTLY how life as a mother goes!

One day, I was really feeling the D.O.D. and my reaction was a sudden burst of "AHHHHHH!" that surprised even me. It made me feel better for about 3 seconds...about the same amount of time it took for Mike to come running in from outside in a panick that one of children had died.

Thank goodness these kinds of posts make me feel more "normal"

Audra Bollard said...

Thank you for giving it a name--I just thought I was losing my mind! Can we get handicapped placards in our cars for this disorder? That would help me get all kinds of thing done, assuming I could get out the door in the first place . . .

Natalie said...

Love your blog! How are you feeling? Are you up for Disneyland? Let me know.
Nat

Miriam Lovell Dyer said...

HA!!!
That is so funny because it is so TRUE!
I thought I just inherited D.O.D from my mother...
I don't think Dan understands it. We women are blessed, yes I said blessed, with the ability to multi-task but this is where it can take us.