An Exercise In Futility

This past Saturday my fellas went camping, and oh, I had some plans. I was going to finish decorating for Christmas, write a couple of posts for Ree, watch the SEC Championship game, order sushi, write some more posts for this blog, catch up on laundry and clean out our refrigerator. Then I thought I might paint the house and re-landscape our backyard just for kicks. After I split an atom, of course.

My point is that I was feeling very industrious and goal-oriented and whathaveyou about my “home alone” time. So about 12:30 Saturday afternoon, I said good-bye to my people, shut the door, and here is what I did for the next 12 hours:

1) napped
2) finished decorating for Christmas
3) felt vaguely unsettled by all the quiet
4) watched the SEC Championship game
5) ordered sushi
6) washed four or nineteen loads of clothes

But alas, there was no writing. Not even a hint of writing. Not even a smidge.

There was no refrigerator cleaning, either, but for some reason I didn’t seem to miss that part as much as I missed the writing part. Go figure.

And once Monday arrived, I hit the ground running. I don’t blog about work because BOUNDARIES, THEY ARE HEALTHY AND GOOD, but I think it’s perfectly fine to mention that this week has been and will continue to be a little CUCKOO-KA-CRAZY, as evidenced by the fact that I just sat here for about five minutes trying to remember if today is Tuesday or Wednesday. And listen. For about two of those minutes I was totally convinced that it’s Wednesday and that I’d completely forgotten about Bible study, but then I realized it’s only Tuesday. However, the only reason that I realized that it’s Tuesday is because I looked up in the right corner of my computer and saw this reminder.

Basically that’s what things have come to around here: an increased dependence on calendars and calendar-related alerts. This morning I actually set the calendar on my phone to remind me about three different things at 4:00 this afternoon, and then I realized that I could set my reminders, too, so at 4 my phone pretty much screamed at me and I was all, “CALM DOWN, GLADYS – YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE SO LOUD,” but by diggity I checked a few more things off of my list, cooked supper, looked around the Facebook and the Twitter and then sat down here so that I could wonder what day it is.

But now I know.

See? I totally remembered.

Oh! I forgot to mention that Sunday night I watched all 16 1/2 hours of the bowl selection show on ESPN, and I’m now convinced that the whole bowl selection extravaganza is nothing more than an excuse for four grown men to sit around in suits while they watch 30-second college football highlights. It was perhaps the most boring 44 hours of television that I have ever witnessed, but I felt like I needed to stick with it just so I could make sure – MAKE COMPLETELY SURE – that State was headed to the Music City Bowl. Somewhere around hour 62 they mentioned that State was going to be playing Wake Forest in Nashville, and then they talked about our team for 15 whole seconds and the end.

So I guess what I’m saying is that while I’m tickled that State is going to a bowl game in a city that I love, the official announcement was a little anti-climactic. And in that respect I suppose that it has a great deal in common with, you know, this post.

Because sweet mercy at the boring. Can I offer you some coffee or some chocolate to make this experience more enjoyable? Or, better yet – a peppermint mocha?

What about an update on the day and time?

You’re welcome.


Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance to you and your naming-the-day-of-the-week needs.

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  1. Misty Leigh says:

    I know what you mean about crazy! Today I rushed home from work, had the babysitter waiting, got all dressed up, and headed out with my husband to our Sunday School Christmas Party. We arrived at the restaurant, told them we were with the Sunday School Party, and realized that the party is NEXT Tuesday! CUCKOO-KA-CRAZY indeed.
    (Love your blog and the Arkansas Razorbacks. Went to the State game in LR and thought fondly of you.)

  2. For a while I thought it was Wednesday too and that my husband would be home tomorrow. Tomorrow (which is now today, but I still need to get to bed) is Wednesday and my husband will be home Thursday ( which is now tomorrow!).
    What day is it again???

  3. I set reminders/alarms on my phone ALL THE TIME. I set them to go pick my kids up from events that they are at. I set them to put food in the crockpot. I set them for EVERYTHING! I would forget my head if it wasn’t screwed on! My husband thinks I am nuts- but between homeschooling 4 kids, working 2 jobs from home, and being a homemaker- I have way too much in my head and get sidetracked too easy. I would rather set all those alarms than forgot somebody somewhere! So thankful for technology or I would be carrying around a rooster shaped kitchen timer!

    • Terrie Cash says:

      Sherry I remember the days of homeschooling, getting children from here to there, and back home; however, I didn’t hold down two jobs. I can just picture a woman walking around with many rooster timers with post a note to the timers. I found the visual quite humorous. Both my children are now college students so it’s just the my husband and I now running around with our phones and their alarms going off. I am not convinced that technology really makes are life easier, just more compacted.

      • Terrie- good for you! I have 2 headed to college next fall and then 2 left at home (6th & 4th grade). 2 almost down, 2 to go!

  4. Do they make day of the week panties for grownups? Ooops…what day is? Let me check my panties! Oh good, its only Tuesday. (read my dilema on them with my daughter ) Its craziness! And if it makes you feel any better, I woke up thinking it was Friday, and it is SO. NOT.

  5. Well, I for one needed the reminder about what day it is! I haven’t been able to keep track for about a week now. I usually get up a little early on Wed. mornings so I can get ready before Life Today Wednesdays with Beth comes on at 7:30 AM. Yesterday I got up, ready, and planted on the couch only to be flipping through the channels thinking the channel numbering must be off. My husband finally came in and told me it was only Tuesday. Even after that I was still late for work. Feel free to announce the date and time any time you feel the need, thank you very much!

  6. Where is your favorite place for sushi in the ‘ham? I have had a hankering for the stuff lately…nothing says, “Merry Christmas” like raw fish wrapped in seaweed.

  7. I always have these long lists of things I will accomplish whenever I’ve got a miracle free minute alone in my house, but somehow I end up doing everything but! This time of year is so busy, seriously, if you can squeeze in a nap here and there–I say go for it!

  8. Go State! We are going to a bowl game Woohoo! In Nashville no less- can’t wait never been there :)

  9. I have to set an alarm on my phone to remember to put dinner in the crockpot. The crockpot that’s in the next room. Maybe 20 feet away. I can have the crockpot out, all ready to go. Recipe next to it. And then around 2 hours after I should have put the food in, I will wander by and realize I didn’t do it.

    So there you have it.

  10. GO STATE!!!! That was important TV watching you were doing!

  11. I laughed- mainly because my Granny’s name was Gladys and whatever it was you wrote tickled me and reminded me of her…and how much I miss her buttermilk biscuits and the yellow cake with chocolate fudge frosting she’d send me in one of those giant cookie tins because we lived so far away. We home school; the two youngest and I have circle time in the morning- mainly because they get to change the days of the week and it helps me remember when I see their chart all day long! :)

  12. Oh my. You know, I have been having a smidge of the forgetting-what-day-it-is-symdrome and honestly last night I really forgot it was Tuesday and thought it was Wednesday and had I read this last night, it would have been SO perfect! Still helpful. Because it is a rather busy season of life right now. And I would forget my own head if it weren’t attached. ;)

  13. You are funny. ;-)

  14. so, I’m reading this on Wednesday—or is it really Thursday, or maybe Tuesday?? now I’m all confused.

  15. You need a sis like mine! Every Friday she sends me a text saying something like “It’s Friday! Go see what new Nook Book is available!” One day she forgot to text me and I sailed through a Friday thinking it was still Thursday. Have a Merry Christmas Boo Mama! Here’s to getting’ all the stuff done and enjoying all the sweet at the same time!

  16. i am sure glad that you “bored” us with this little rambling post because i laughed out loud. love your humor!!
    There are times when a good laugh will fix what ails ya. Thanks!