Well...probably not becoming.
Most likely I've been that way for quite a while and am just now willing to admit it.
Here are a couple of recent examples of my scatterbrainedness.
Last week I needed to get three things at the store: butter, juice, and shampoo. That's just three things. No need to make a list for three things, right? So as I enter the Wal-Mart I begin chanting to myself "butter, juice, shampoo; butter, juice, shampoo; butter, juice, shampoo".
What did I get home with? Butter and juice.
I often can't remember why I go into a room. I find myself standing in the middle of the kitchen with my face scrunched up trying to trace my thoughts back to the moment I decided I needed something in the kitchen. To get the full picture, repeat this scenario substituting kitchen with garage and school office.
So that got me thinking. If it's just a matter of memory space available in my brain, I'd be willing to take some things out of my memory to regain space for important matters today.
create more brain space
- Being able to sing all the words to Chumbawamba's "Tub Thumping". That's the "I get knocked down, but I get up again" song. I can also perform the brass section.
- 787-3001. My family's phone number from 1968-2000. Haven't needed that one in a long time.
- Any memory of Mean Cindy from my freshman year at OSU. She lived on my floor and she was just plain mean and vulgar to me. Memories like those are definitely taking up needed brain space.
- Being able to identify a Brady Bunch episode by the first 30 seconds. This one almost didn't make the list. It's a very unique skill.
- A certain former student who shall remain nameless and genderless. He/She cussed at me, called me names, habitually lied to me, and bit my finger.
- "How funky is your chicken? How loose is your goose? So come on all you Pirates and shake your caboose." And all other silly pep club cheers from junior high and high school.
- How to fold a sheet of paper into a fortune teller. I realized I still knew how to do this in February. First graders were celebrating the 100th day of school. I had this special fortune teller paper with little factoids about the number 100. When it came time to show the kids how to fold their paper, I checked the instructions. I then tossed them aside because I realized at that moment I still knew how to fold one.
- Being able to recite almost all the dialogue from Man From Snowy River. I so love that movie and I'm happy to watch it anytime, but I'm certain I would still enjoy that movie if I couldn't recite the lines. Now I can also do this trick with Princess Bride. However, Princess Bride lines are way too useful in life to give up. Not willing to do that.
So this is where I had to end my list of 10 because I'm out of ideas. I started writing this a couple of weeks ago and got stuck at number 8. So I set it aside thinking more ideas would come. But they didn't. I guess there's not as many things I'm willing to get out of my brain as I initially thought. Stay tuned for a post about how to use "Princess Bride" lines in your day to day life.