This is a fictional club that my mom and I started back in 2002. We're the charter members, but we have some other great members, like my grandma Sonia and my friend Amanda. In order to be a member you have to have done, and continue to do, pea-brained things. For example, my grandmother used to invite people to dinner and forget. All the time. If you were at the house and the doorbell rang around dinner time, there was always complete panic-- "Who did I invite? What will I serve them?!?!" Lucky for her, she is sweet enough and enough fun to be around that no one seemed to mind getting lousy dinners on those nights.
Amanda most recently extended her membership in Pea Brains Anonymous (PBA) by trying for several minutes to swipe her credit card in the turnstile at the subway station in New York City. Needless to say, she missed that train!
I am currently working overtime to maintain my membership in the club. I'm not sure if it's mommy brain or what, but last month we missed Molly's son Nate's birthday party, and then today I arrived at the dentist at 10:30 for my appointment, only to find my appointment was at 11. Since having the boys, I've also had mishaps at work (the worst was when I changed a client's appointment time at her request, promptly forgot, and then was late to the session. I would have KILLED my therapist if she'd done that. My client is, fortunately, nicer than I am). Eric suggested that whatever system I am using to organize myself might not be working and perhaps it is time for a change. I completely agree it's not working, but I am not sure what else to do!
Part of the problem is that I used to have an excellent memory. You could tell me something once, and I would absolutely not forget it. Not only would I remember what we talked about, but I would remember what day we had the conversation, and what I was wearing at the time. No longer. Now, if it's not written down, it doesn't exist. So you would think writing it down would be enough, but now I am forgetting to check what I have written down (this is what happened today with the dentist). As I type, I am realizing that I am not sure when I have supervision this week, but I think it might be at the same time that I am scheduled to get a haircut. Argh!
I also know it is because I am tired. My brain just doesn't work as well without sleep. Some nights this is my fault, staying up too late, but other nights it is because my boys have woken, and even if I don't get up to feed them, my sleep is interrupted. Oh, and Eric snores. But I don't see any of that changing soon, so I have to figure something else out.
Any suggestions to help me organize myself are welcome, but feel free to tell me if you'd like to join our club, and what you've done that merits membership!