Missing: brain

Someone hit fast forward on my life and this month is flying by as though someone is playing a 33 at 45. (I’m reasonably sure that 85% of my readers know what that would do, which we can all pretend means we’re cultured not old.)

I have three new clients this week. Three. They all need something right away, which excites me and also makes we want to cry wee little baby tears. There is a fair number of gifts and donations and cards and foodstuffs to handle this month, as most of your know from your own experience with MP3s becoming MP8s. I also have a set of reviews to write, research to summarize, surveys to analyze, emails to compose, packages to mail, and four small creatures to keep off the table.

Shall we take a kitten break after all that? Let’s.


kittens in Peanut’s lap



kittens in Butter's lap

kittens in Butter’s lap

kittens in my lap!

kittens in my lap!

And in this sped up world where voices are veering toward the chipmunk end of the spectrum, I’m not doing so well.

A week ago, when one kid threw up all over the jogging stroller and killed my rare opportunity to exercise, I took him home and promptly forgot that I was substituting for a colleague for an hour, completely spaced a conference call, and blanked on my promise to bring something for the elementary school teachers’ lunch. Totally forgot my whole day because one kid barfed. Rookie move.

This week, I rushed home from dropping off at school to make a lunchtime conference call. Still in my coat I set up what I needed, plugged in all video call whozits and whatsits, tidied a bit, and nervously checked the fridge. After I shut the door I pushed the button in my pocket to lock and set the alarm. And then I actually paused for a moment to figure out why the fridge didn’t respond to the car’s key-fob lock button.

That’s more than operating on autopilot. That’s operating on autospacecase.

This weekend, when I was taking my son and his friend to fencing, I missed an interchange and went 15 miles out of our way on the wrong freeway. Thirty miles extra driving because I was so oblivious to the world and so lost in my head (one kid was telling me about arrowheads and I was brainstorming with him what type of stone it must have been made of) that I totally forgot where we were going. Signs pointing towards brain dead.

I don’t want to jump to any conclusions, but maybe I need to slow down a bit. Fewer clients? Lower expectations? More kitten time? Because we did have one heavenly moment, the boys and I, where we all cuddled up on a couch and let the kittens walk from lap, trying to decide who has the warmest place for a nap. I never win that game. Something about always wearing my coat, just in case I need to lock the car. Or the fridge.

8 thoughts on “Missing: brain

  1. I tried to use my key fob thingy from work on my apt door! Yeah, didn’t open. It takes a key for that, duh. It was a long day, that I don’t remember the drive home at all. I am Space Cadet Unicorn reporting for duty these days! I’m buying a house, my brain is all over the south part of the city. Maybe our brains will get a clue and find themselves back to our empty thick skulls.

    My pup is all wrapped up in her blankie. I stick it in the dryer and warm it up for her. Then she lays next to me and purrs. Yes, my pup purrs. Her goofy self makes everything better. You need more kitten time, definitely. That doesn’t mean your brain will return, the two are mutually exclusive I have learned.

  2. It’s ok to slow down! I do that with my dogs. I can’t have kittens since the hubs is super allergic. But I think animals all do the same thing, pretty much!

    • Pets are lovely. They don’t talk back or ask you to get them things.

      Slowing down? The very thought terrifies me. If I slow down I might stop, and then…then…ah, heck, I don’t know what happens then.

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