Monday, July 23, 2007

How does this thing work?

I can't for the life of me figure out how my mind works. Sometimes it has a mind of its own (if that's possible) and decides things based on no fact or reason. Let me elaborate. Once in college I received a bridal shower invitation in the mail for a friend who lived in Rockwall. The shower was going to be held at this date, this time, at this house. I made a mental note of the date and thought, OK, that's two weeks away. But it wasn't. My mind had just decided that on its own. The shower was really three weeks away. And I could have told you the date that was on the invitation - it didn't matter- in my head it was in two weeks. So the day of the shower came, and I drove all the way across the metroplex to Rockwall. As I pulled up to the house, I noticed that no cars were parked nearby. So I checked the time. Maybe I was early. (Yeah, I was a week early.) Again, I looked at the date on the invitation but was still clueless. I checked the address of the house. It too was correct. One more time I looked at the date and finally the light went off- OH, that's next week. I tried to see the positive side of this error: at least I would know exactly where to come next week when I would make the trip again.

I had a similar experience tonight. Josh and I had just left The Dinner Station and wanted a quick bite to eat. We decided on Smoothie King cause Josh had a free smoothie from his punch card. He was on the phone so I hopped out and tried to make it in before the "OPEN" sign turned off. I made it in time, purchased our smoothies, got a new punch card, and walked out of the store. As I left, I saw three middle school girls sitting on the patio and a black SUV sitting in front of them with the lights on. One of the girls was saying good bye to the other two. I remember thinking to myself, "That must be her dad in that car coming to pick her up." I kept walking past the car out into the parking lot. Josh was no longer parked in the space where he dropped me off. I looked back and forth for the Gold Mini (that's our '98 Town and Country minivan) but it wasn't anywhere in sight. At this point, I heard a honk nearby. Was that Josh? Still no sign of the Gold Mini though. Again, more honking. I realized it's coming from that guy in the SUV. As I'm pacing the parking lot, the SUV backs out of its parking space...the window rolls down...I'm thinking - what does this guy want? And then the light goes off- OH, It's Josh! And then I realize my mind has done it again. Just decided that we had driven the minivan even though minutes before I was sitting in the SUV. No wonder I couldn't find Josh. No wonder he was so perplexed when I walked right past him. No wonder he was honking. No wonder the Gold Mini was nowhere to be found. It was safely parked in the garage at home. And I was in the passenger seat of the SUV laughing with my husband about the complexities of my mind.

18 comments:

Richardsons of HV said...

Girl...I always say I have "blonde" roots. I'm so spacy!

Summy V & DawnyT said...

Oh Natalie, what can I say. This actually reminds me of a possible Lauren Falkner story. Lauren don't kill me!:)

Lindsey Brittain said...

haha I do this too sometimes!

LeRay said...

You better let Josh drive over THIS Friday (not next Friday) ha ha
Can't wait to see you guys, do want to bring a salad? Keep it simple. Let me know.
LeRay

lauren w said...

Natalie, don't listen to anything Summer tells you. I can't relate in any way.

Chilton Family said...

I seriously laughed out loud!!

Finally an Abrigg..... said...

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Jen said...

I should not have just read that post at work! I let out a few chuckles...thanks for the smile today!

Kristyn said...

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LeRay said...

Hey Nat,
Let's do a ceasar salad. that will go with whatever I decide to fix. Shawn and Simri are coming too, how fun is that!!

Jonathan, Andrea and Luke said...

Hey sweetie...it's called "having a baby". I tried to open my mom's house door the other day with my house key. Perplexed and literally 2 minutes later..I realized what I was doing.
HUGS and lol'ed at your story!

Melissa said...

Haha...classic...that is the Nat I know and love!

kittyhox said...

I can relate.

A few weeks ago I was driving home with my son from the Pediatrician and I stopped at a red light. I sat there for a while, just thinking. I noticed cars pulling up behind me in my rearview mirror. After a minute the car behind me began to honk politely. I was like, "Mister! I don't know where you think I intend to go when the LIGHT is RED!" I looked up and there was no light at all. I was stopped at an empty cross walk. No light anywhere. Ummmmm. Okaaaaay.

Kinda embarassing and made me wonder if someone as scatterbrained who imagines streetlights should be trusted to drive!

So you are totally a girl after my heart if you show up at social events a week early and make your husband chase you down in the parking lot while you look for him!

Do you ever get in the car and drive and forget where you were headed? I do that, too, once in a while.

Space Cadets of the world, unite!

thosetonnes said...

That made me laugh so hard!

sim said...

thanks for the late night laugh. now i can peacefully go to sleep.

maury jo photography said...

girl...that is me to a T...Sarah already ratted me out though! Love you and more!!!

chavon said...

i totally have moments like this all the time. i am convinced that part of the brain is in no way related to your smarts but only because we both do and we are both really intelligent, right?? i just had to look up how to spell intelligent. shoot.

Sunni at The Flying Mum said...

I have "moments" like that all the time!

And the pictures of you and Lily at the carousel are beautiful!