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Where Did That Idea Go?

The first thing I do when I get to the computer each morning is normally to check my bank on Persona Paper and my notifications on tsu. While I was working through the notifications this morning I found a neat photo of a baby rat on the street. The photographer, Chris Lord for those who may know of him, stated that he retreated as soon as he saw that Mom and Dad rat were very near. That reminded me of something in my own experience I wanted to write about, so I opened my word processing program to start the title while the idea was hot.

Immediately a little window popped up telling me an update was available. Usually word processer or office application updates force you to shut down your browers in order to install them. I didn't want to do that, but I checked to see how important the update really was.

While I was checking, my husband came into the room and wanted us to get started on an important financial matter with which he needs my computer help. This meant we made a phone call with each of us on an extension (can you guys with smart phones do that?). He stated what we needed to do and I had to give them my email address and receive the test email and then get the real one, print it for my husband to read, place the order for him online, and give him his card back.

By this time the dryer let me know a load of clothes was ready to be put away, so I retrieved my sheets and made my bed and put the next load in the dryer. And here I am, finally able to write my post except for one thing – I forgot what I was going to write about because of all the interruptions when I was starting. I suppose I'll remember my post idea when I'm in bed trying to fall asleep tonight.

The photo is one I took at the Lighten Up exhibit at Studios on the Park in Paso Robles. It displayed lamps made by local artists. This one is titled “It's a Really Good Idea” by one of our most imaginative local artists who often works with mixed media, Nancy Vest.

There goes the dryer bell again.

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Comments

Magnolia wrote on January 28, 2015, 3:42 PM

lol I have many moments like that. It will come to ya!

valmnz wrote on January 28, 2015, 3:57 PM

Your day sounds so similar to mine! Life does get in the way of writing sometimes, doesn't it!

VinceSummers wrote on January 28, 2015, 4:00 PM

I try to stay out of automatic mode when it comes to updates. I received notice of a Firefox update yesterday to 35.1. First, it's an odd number. Now I'm absent-minded, but I thought I once heard odd-number updates were possibly a bit more unreliable? That doesn't sound quite right, but my browser is doing just fine, thank you, and I'm under no necessity. So I let it go.

maxeen wrote on January 28, 2015, 4:23 PM

It was 'Rats' that was you were supposed to write about,so you have an extra one now .

WordChazer wrote on January 28, 2015, 4:58 PM

One thing at a time already! I can hear my brain screaming for rest when it has to deal with that kind of a start to the day.

BarbRad wrote on January 28, 2015, 5:04 PM

I figured I wasn't alone in this.

BarbRad wrote on January 28, 2015, 5:06 PM

It's gets in the way almost all the time. I need to stop what I'm doing now and get busy on my sales tax return so I can get back to guilt-free writing.

BarbRad wrote on January 28, 2015, 5:07 PM

Aren't a lot of those browser updates for security issue reasons?

BarbRad wrote on January 28, 2015, 5:09 PM

Maybe, but I sure don't know what it is. Another baby animal, perhaps?

BarbRad wrote on January 28, 2015, 5:11 PM

When you live with someone else, no matter how much you love him or them, it's much easier to concentrate on writing when they are not home.

VinceSummers wrote on January 28, 2015, 5:29 PM

That's what they tell us. But to tell you the truth, I'm not 100% certain I believe it. I've never had any problems. That's not to say I couldn't have in future.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on January 28, 2015, 5:38 PM

I've had so many days like that. All the writing I was going to get done the last three days has just disappeared in a sea of errands, and now I'm brain dead. Hopefully tomorrow I can get some uninterrupted computer time.

wolfgirl569 wrote on January 28, 2015, 6:37 PM

Sounds like a busy morning. No wonder you forgot.

bestwriter wrote on January 28, 2015, 6:40 PM

What is once embedded in your brain will never go away but it will come back any time but when you do not have a paper and pen at hand. (lol)

inertia4 wrote on January 28, 2015, 7:13 PM

BarbRad I hate when that happens. I hate when I get that idea and then get interrupted. It always happens and I lose my train of thought. But as you said, it does come back at some point. Usually at the wrong time.

Gina145 wrote on January 28, 2015, 7:36 PM

I hate it when that happens, but my memory often lets me down that way. That's why I always have a pen and paper close by, and even sometimes use them when I'm working on my computer.

BNelson wrote on January 28, 2015, 11:06 PM

Hmm I just realized I have no idea how to do tags here.. hmm.

MegL wrote on January 29, 2015, 2:20 AM

Yes, other people's wants and daily living often get in the way of our own needs!

BarbRad wrote on January 29, 2015, 3:09 AM

I hope you do. Would be nice if you could make the tsu chat at 2 PM Eastern Time tomorrow. I really enjoyed the last one I participated in and won a Starbucks gift card I don't know what to do with. I never go there. I must give it to someone.

BarbRad wrote on January 29, 2015, 3:09 AM

Seems every morning is busy around here if my hubby is still home.

BarbRad wrote on January 29, 2015, 3:10 AM

That's what I expect will happen.

BarbRad wrote on January 29, 2015, 3:11 AM

So far it hasn't come back. But that's OK. I have lots of other ideas to write about.

BarbRad wrote on January 29, 2015, 3:12 AM

I had paper on my desk, but thought I didn't need it. Silly me.

BarbRad wrote on January 29, 2015, 3:13 AM

You do them just like on Twitter with the pound sign.

BarbRad wrote on January 29, 2015, 3:13 AM

Or at least our own wants.

Debbie wrote on January 29, 2015, 5:03 AM

It's always the way isn't it? I sometimes wonder how on earth we manage to write anything of any quality with the amount of interruptions we receive.

MegL wrote on January 29, 2015, 6:53 AM

LOL, I wasn't going to say that!

GemOfAGirl wrote on January 29, 2015, 8:35 AM

As soon as I saw your title, I knew I was going to be reading about my own life, lol. It happens to me all the time, except that the ideas never come back after they've fallen out of my head. I love the lamp - very imaginative, evocative, and I can see why you were moved to capture it.

BeadDoodler wrote on January 29, 2015, 9:16 AM

I'm sorry for all your hassle, but I can sincerely relate. I live alone, but all I have to do is open a file to write and I can forget my idea in the time it takes to load, so I don't need any distractions. emoticon :smile:

wolfgirl569 wrote on January 29, 2015, 10:25 AM

They can mess a persons whole day up cant they? emoticon :smile:

nbaquero wrote on January 29, 2015, 11:20 AM

Barbrad Yes, that happens a lot emoticon :winking: Or even worse, I write the idea down on piece of paper and then I can't find that paper. LOL!

LilyDay wrote on January 29, 2015, 11:37 AM

Between the boyfriend and the cats, quite a few of my ideas end up disappearing before I can jot them down. I think that I need to start keeping a notebook just for ideas, since I am frequently being distracted.

BarbRad wrote on January 29, 2015, 12:24 PM

Yes, but I'd wouldn't want to be without him.

BarbRad wrote on January 29, 2015, 12:25 PM

Think of the quality we might achieve if there weren't any, but it may be that some of them actually help us keep a foot in the real world.

BarbRad wrote on January 29, 2015, 12:26 PM

Sounds like a great feature.

BarbRad wrote on January 29, 2015, 12:29 PM

There were lots of very creative lamps in that show, but i had actually forgotten about this one until I did a search through my photos using "idea" as the keyword and this photo came up. it was perfect for this piece.

BarbRad wrote on January 29, 2015, 12:30 PM

That must be miserable. I guess you need to use old technology like paper and pencil to write those ideas down.

BarbRad wrote on January 29, 2015, 12:31 PM

I'm afraid that happens to me, too.

BarbRad wrote on January 29, 2015, 12:32 PM

I have an idea notebook, but i was so sure I was going to write this immediately that I didn't use it.

nbaquero wrote on January 29, 2015, 12:34 PM

&Bardrad Really, we need to come up with some sort of solution, don't you think? Well, not really, is not that big of a deal afterwards.

Gina145 wrote on January 29, 2015, 6:33 PM

I'm sure I fall into the same trap sometimes, but my worst time for losing ideas is when I'm driving.

AudreyHowitt wrote on January 29, 2015, 7:39 PM

I like the picture here--I often end up writing with just about every kind of interruption possible--then I come back and wonder what I was even thinking about!

BarbRad wrote on January 29, 2015, 11:53 PM

I can relate to that. I am hoping to get another post up tonight here, if the site will stop jumping around. When I started my last post, the formatting part of the editor didn't come up so that I could put photos in the photo gallery. I had to open another page and start over and it worked. The comments weren't working right when I tried to reply the first time, and now I see two of your comment above me while I'm typing this.

inertia4 wrote on January 30, 2015, 11:03 AM

BarbRad At least you have ideas. I seem to be running out. Too bad I cannot just go to the store and buy some more ideas. LOL.