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Now, where was I?

Updated on February 12, 2016

Ever find yourself in the middle of a conversation, about to say something profound and then blank out?...You search your memory banks and nothing; the word is gone and so is the message...

Have you ever lost focus and concentration; wander into a room and wonder why you're there? If so, welcome to my world. The following is a 'tongue-in-cheek' account of one of those days for me:

Although I am very busy, I have completed nothing all day. For example, I may go into a room and then have no idea what I intended to do there. So, blank and bewildered, I do something else. I may decide to clean the bathrooms. I start cleaning and then realize the bleach is in the cupboard under the kitchen sink...

In the kitchen, I realize the floor could do with a clean, but first I put the kettle on for a cup of tea. While I'm waiting for the kettle to boil, I dust the floor, then go into the garage to get the mop...

In the garage, I see a pile of clothes my son left out to wash. After separating the clothes I start a wash (which reminds me to check the hub poll on my latest Hub). Once on my computer I do some work on a writing project, update my Home Exchange page and take a look at my son's Facebook page...(the tea, clothes wash, mop, bleach, bathroom forgotten).

A comment in Myspace messages reminds me I need to secure a La Quinta Hotel room (I have a voucher for a free night, I know I put it somewhere) to attend my son's UCF orientation in Orlando, but can't complete this until I speak with him first (I remind myself to speak with him later)...

Now where was I?

I realize I haven't eaten, so off to the kitchen to find out what's available. The fridge tells me it's time for a shop, so I seek out a pen to write a list... In the office, (pen and list forgotten), I jump online and check my emails. Still hungry, I then go back to the fridge and notice it could do with a wipe down. ..(may as well do it now, in case I forget) ...but first I need to get the sponge from under the kitchen sink...

On my way to get the sponge, I realize I haven't picked up the mail. Going through the yard to retrieve the mail, I notice some weeds...so go to the garage to get a pair of gloves and weed spray... but, the mail is beckoning and always absorbing, especially when there's an invoice for an over-charge from Verizon which needs immediate attention, and another irate phone discussion with a Verizon rep. (Grrrrr)!

Now where was I...?

I decide to take a walk to cool down, but can't find my walking shoes... (and a cup of tea would be nice)...Time has gone by and I have forgotten the bathroom I was going to clean, the bleach, the mop for the kitchen floor, the sponge to clean the fridge, the discussion I was going to have with my son, the unwashed clothes in the washing machine, (a surprise for next wash day)...the gloves and weed spray, the pen for my shopping list and my shoes to take a relaxing walk... (Luckily my kettle clicks off by itself).

By the end of the day, hungry and exhausted, nothing has been completed. But I've been SO BUSY! Can anyone relate?

So my fellow hubbers, if you find some mid-sentence nonsense in any of my comments to you, please forgive me, I will have forgotten my point. Its getting late now, and I know I had something pressing to do all day....Oh , forgot to get dressed! ...(thank God I work from home)...


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      Helen 6 years ago from Florida

      Hi GmaGoldie, thanks for stopping by! Yes, its difficult to imagine how we coped with all that dressing and undressing for the office! It's nice to meet you, and I look forward to reading your hubs... thanks for your comments :-) Helen

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      brightforyou,

      My days blur and I too have to think what am I wearing. The days of the formal business suit behind me - the life of an entrepreneur and stay at home clothes - strangely different. My universe is filled with emails rather than chairing a meeting.

      So busy - so very true. Great Hub - thank you!

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      Helen 7 years ago from Florida

      Hi Laurie - I'm so glad you had a laugh~ you are very welcome. I've had another 'busy' day today - but have achieved absolutely nothing! Oh well.. never mind. Thanks again, Helen

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      LaurieDawn 7 years ago

      Hi Brightforyou!

      What a delightful hub! I can SO relate. I have spent most of my day doing that exact same thing!

      Thanks for giving me a laugh today.

      Blessings.

      Laurie

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      Helen 7 years ago from Florida

      Hi ahorseback - you too eh! LOL... thanks for reading my hubs - I look forward to reading yours!

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      ahorseback 7 years ago

      Have you been following me , You described me to a tee.

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      words cocktail 7 years ago from Australia

      No Bright..you did not miss 'some' thing but probably you missed me?? ;)

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      Helen 7 years ago from Florida

      Hi words cocktail - ??? Sry, did I miss something?

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      words cocktail 7 years ago from Australia

      My hunch is not meant to harm the Universe at all!! It is all bright that ways....just wrote what I felt/feel like!

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      valeriebelew 7 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

      Gosh, brightforyou, you've been reading my diary. So many tasks; so little time. (:v

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      Helen 7 years ago from Florida

      God, I know ezhuthukari!

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      ezhuthukari 7 years ago from Kerala

      God! This is the limit o absent-mindedness! LOL

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      Sa`ge 7 years ago from Barefoot Island

      oh my my sounds like me. I found mine in the freezer! this is a lovely hub. I enjoyed it very much and laughed a lot through out the whole hub. thumbs on this one! ~aloha~

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      Helen 7 years ago from Florida

      Hi Micky Dee... tell me about it! Just yesterday I couldn't find my phone - was just about to take the trash out when I heard ringing coming from inside the can - very troubling...

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      It's a real day! About as real as it gets at our age!

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      Helen 7 years ago from Florida

      HI KoffeeKlatch Gals (love the name) thanks for your kind comments - yeah growing old is a bummer.. I guess we won't remember much soon - I just hope I keep my dignity whilst losing my memory and mind..!

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Very funny, love your style. Sadly I find myself forgetting what I am doing and saying sometimes. Oh well, what are you going to do. Yje alternative to growing older is not appealing to me. Great hub.

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      Helen 7 years ago from Florida

      Hi your Highness Duchess OBlunt - it is an honor to have you pass by and read my hub. Thanks for your comments. Sorry about all the links, but I wanted to highlight my fellow hubbers as much as possible. It would seem I have gone ADHD on this also!

      I found the picture on one of the free use photo sites, but can't remember (go figure) where..

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      Duchess OBlunt 7 years ago

      Ok, brightforyou, I keep getting side tracked going to all those links you have! For those of us who actually can't remember from one moment to the next, it takes forever to get through this one. I finally had to stop clicking and ignore the links just so that I could enjoy your story! It gave me a few chuckles. Now, I think I might try another click to see where I end up :)

      Do you mind if I ask where you got that picture? Love it.

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      Helen 7 years ago from Florida

      Hi Alissa, life getting in the way of what though? LOL.. thanks for your comments and glad to hear I'm not the only one!

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      Alissa Margaret 7 years ago

      Seems a bit to me like it's life that was getting a bit in the way and distracting you. That happens to me all the time! I'm pretty sure it's normal...I hope :)

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      Helen 7 years ago from Florida

      Thanks for your comments Kellsbells1 ~ good to hear I'm not the only one! Thanks for the vote. I look forward to reading your hubs.

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      Kellsbells1 7 years ago

      Very funny hub and so true, I am constantly moving on to the next job because I have forgotten what I am supposed to be doing or something else has grabbed my attention before completing the task in hand. Enjoyable read vote up from me.

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      Helen 7 years ago from Florida

      Hi petermdhart, thanks for your continued support - I'm glad you enjoyed the hub!

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      petermdhart 7 years ago from Cornwall, UK

      Read this again and its just as good, love the photo!

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      Helen 7 years ago from Florida

      Hi words coktail - thanks so much for rereading (I changed it up) yeah.. I think the picture is ideal - I was lucky to find it. Now, now, don't be negative about your longevity ~ mustn't give those vibes out to the universe...

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      words cocktail 7 years ago from Australia

      :) Read it again and must say the picture displayed above is perfect. 60ies..I do not think I will go that long ;) just a hunch.

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      Helen 7 years ago from Florida

      Hi 2uesday, glad I made you smile absentmindedly!

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      2uesday 7 years ago

      Voted up as this made me smile, I even managed to click on both the funny and the useful button - now where was I?

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      Helen 7 years ago from Florida

      Hi ehern33 - Thank you for your comments. I'd be interested in hearing what those 3 important things are each day and how you manage to follow through to completion, when there are so many other pressing needs (like staring into space..). "Busy doing nothing" is a very apt phrase for the condition I find myself in! LOL

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      ehern33 7 years ago

      I have had a few of those days but your are right, lately it seems I get less done that I did in my recent past. Maybe I just want to do more and we loose focus, so I have tried to accomplish at least 3 improtant things every day and it has turned out that by the end of the week I have nothing to do.. LOL

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      Helen 7 years ago from Florida

      Hi words cocktail - thanks for your comment - 50 is okay but nearing 60 is tougher; just forgot what I was going to say...

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      words cocktail 7 years ago from Australia

      Loved it. I feel 50 already! gosh..wondering what it would be like when I actually am.

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      petermdhart 7 years ago from Cornwall, UK

      Very funny hub. Oh the stories I could tell! LOL. No its not just you. Makes me feel quite normal, thanks for such a fun hub.

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      Helen 7 years ago from Florida

      His Miss Honey - thanks for reading. I'm in my 50's too... perhaps it gets better in the 60,70's & 80's (I hope)!

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      MissHoneyVercetti 7 years ago from Alicante, Spain

      my mom has all tha same problems and she has just turned 50 lool x