I sat down at my computer late yesterday afternoon. I suppose it was around 4:30. As I kept writing and tweaking my blog post, I realized that it was getting pretty dark outside. “Wow, I’ve been writing for a long time,” I thought. My fingers continue clicking on the keyboard. “Hmm. This is pretty cool, actually, being so lost in my writing.” Click click click, enter. “La la la...” then, BAM!! Oh my gosh! I totally forgot to take care of our chickens today!! This was new. Not once had I forgotten to take them their daily treat, usually a scoop of dry cat food, and collect the 12-20 eggs they’d produced. Not once! I’d been so hyper-focused on my writing, it almost startled me when I snapped out of it. I sometimes envied the people who could maintain their mental focus for long periods of time like that. With a touch of A.D.D., I tend to get — “Oh, look! Squirrel!
Don’t worry, the chickens are fine. I’d given them plenty of food and water the day before, plus I’ll be checking on them much earlier today than I would normally.
Once I’d completed my blog entry, I walked into the living room to watch a little TV and relax for the remainder of the evening. I glanced at the clock on the living room wall. It was 8:30 p.m.??!!! I exclaimed, “OH MY GOSH!! NO!!” This is just great! Not only did I forget about our chickens, I’d also forgotten to go to my Tuesday night salsa class being taught at our local gym, which started only two hours ago! What?! I was disgusted with myself. Then, I was amused by the fact that I possessed the ability to zone out and be so completely engrossed in what I was doing. I sat down in my chair, staring into space. I was in a slight state of shock, of disbelief. How the heck could I have been so oblivious to what time it was that I missed these two activities which are both pretty important to me? Then, I felt all three emotions swirling around at the same time. These three different feelings inspired me to create a new word that would describe the trio occurring simultaneously. Welcome the birth of “bef**kled.” (The asterics represent a bad word which I cannot bring myself to type in this blog post, but it’ll be in my book. I’m sure you know the word to which I am referring.)
Bef**kled: When you are disgusted, amused and in disbelief at the same time. Created by Vonda Newsome on March 12, 2019.
Bright side — After reading my blogs for the first time, my husband told me, “You are a very good writer, by the way.” Totally melted me.
The moral of my story — I will be using Siri reminders from now on! (Still shaking my head…)