Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Watching TV


I'm good at a lot of things, but watching TV isn't one of them. I have no problem watching a movie, on a premium channel, so it's not interrupted by commercials. Some people sit transfixed in front of commercials, but my brain looks for something else to focus on immediately, it's like flipping a switch.

Have I checked my email?

Any new comments on my blogs?

Should I throw another log on the fire?

Do I need to move my clothes from the washer to the dryer?

Oh my, I still have dirty dishes in the sink, better clean them up! Next thing you know, I'm toddling off to complete a quick task, and that's where things go wrong. I go downstairs to move the laundry, and while I'm down there, I smell something nasty. I find the source. It's a trash bag that's been waiting too long for me to muster up the enthusiasm to go to the dump. I hate going to the dump, and would trade it for any other household chore, if I had someone to trade with, but I don't. I have to do everything, so I put it in a heavy gauge large plastic bag and take it outside to put in the truck. I notice how dirty my truck is, and realize I haven't washed it in a couple weeks. It has my company name on the door. I have to keep it clean, so I get out the bucket the soap, the telescoping brush and wash it. I should vacuum out the interior. I look for an extension cord, but can't find one. I know I have one out in the workshop. I get to the workshop and see a cabinet clamped up, that still needs doors made so I can deliver it and collect the money. I should get those doors started, I'll need my ipod. That's in the house, I go to get it, and the dogs are all excited to see me because I've been away from them for close to thirty minutes, I let them out. When they come in I give them cookies and realize it's lunch time. I start to look for something to make, and remember that I meant to go to the store. I have to clean up to go, after all I'm single and you only get one chance to make a first impression. I go upstairs to put on a clean (non-paint-covered) shirt, check my hair, brush my teeth, because you can never do that too much, and I'm ready to go. I realize before I leave that I have some outgoing mail to prepare, I need to fill out a deposit slip, write a check, and send back a Netflix movie. I go into my office to get the bank envelope and stamp and see what a clutterfied mess it is in there, it looks like the hall of records threw up. I really need to organize my desk and get these invoices and receipts filed...and so it goes. I'll come back into the room later when something else has started, and try to think of what I was watching when I left, but it's gone. Whoosh, mind-swipe. Whatever it was, it was a complete waste of time. Have I mentioned how much I hate having my time wasted. Well, it's my biggest pet-peeve, almost all the other peeves can be filed under the heading: Time wasted!

11 comments:

kj said...

you have just described, in perfect detail, an ENFP in the Myers-Briggs Inventory. i'm an ENFP also. you might be surprised to learn more about your "style" from this--in my opinion, one of the most helpful "tests" ever.

:)

Ben said...

Whoa. That was a pretty impressive stream of consciousness! I'm surprised you find time to eat.

RED MOJO said...

kj, I took that once. I don't remember the results, but you're probably right.

ben, Sometimes I forget, but that usually results in me overeating, because I'm famished when I finally get to it, so I try to stay on track with meals.

citizen of the world said...

I'm wacthing TV now, even as I check blogs and I just heard the dryer stop...
yeah, I understand completely.

Baino said...

Happens to me every time I decide to clean the bathroom cupboard . . .find something that belongs in the kitchen . . then something that belongs in the laundry or bedroom or garage . . . I resolved never to clean my bathroom cupboard . . problem solved, no time wasted!

VE said...

Hah. I knew we had the same mother. I pretty much only watch movies on my TVs. Sitting in front of a commercial is right up there with root canal.

RED MOJO said...

cit, I have the attention span of a flea, and it seems to be getting worse as I age.

baino, You're a problem solver!

ve, I am beginning to think we were separted at birth, but which one of us is the evil one?

heartinsanfrancisco said...

Reading this has made me so tired that I need a long vacation now.

Slip said...

Girlfriend,
One word TYVO

RED MOJO said...

heart, sorry I wore you out like that.

slip, indeed.

Ces said...

Oh gee. I was tired and went on vacation, came back even more tired and after reading this I am exhausted.

P.S. I found the cutie.