June 22, 2006

Brain Fart

Is there such a thing as early-onset senility? And by "early" I mean 33.

Last night I discovered a pile of blank, white paper and a box of crayons. Beth and Mia had been drawing. So, I tried. I spelled out Mia's name in big block letters and, underneath it, I drew a great big bean (for Mia Bean...I didn't need to spell that out for you, did I?). Then I developed a nice little tagline for my daughter and wrote it at the bottom of the page. Proud of myself, I showed it to Beth.

Me: Check it.
Her: That's great. What does it say at the bottom?
Me: Being Cute Since 1995
Her: Uh.
Me: What?
Her: Uh, 1995?
Me: God. The year she was born!*
Her: Honey...1995?
Me: Oh my. How the hell did that happen? It's 2006, right?
Her: Yeah. Are you okay?

I was. Kinda. I ended up correcting the drawing. Then I wallowed in my own stupidity for a bit before actually beginning to worry about the health and well-being of my brain. In my defense, it's been a really hard week.

*Think Napoleon Dynamite for maximum effect.

Posted by Chris at June 22, 2006 07:31 PM

Uh...I'm just so confused how you could mix up 2005 and 1995. Ah, 1995 it was a good year ;) It really was, I was working on my second child. Love the fact that you included the picture...gave it that extra something.

Posted by: Kate at June 22, 2006 07:40 PM

I'm a bit confused too. But it's okay. After a hard week, can't say I don't say or do strange things too. I love how you covered it up.

Posted by: Melissa at June 22, 2006 08:05 PM

Is that a lima bean? Very good rendering. As for the brain fart, I'd guess that the artist in you was consumed with getting your vision out onto paper. Given your cellular penchant for AC/DC, at least you didn't write 1985.

Posted by: Jenn at June 22, 2006 08:14 PM

It's sleep deprivation! You can blame it all on Mia.

Posted by: Kelley at June 22, 2006 08:43 PM

Our two younger girls (the greats) were born in 1995. Jan 5 and Halloween. It was a strange year.

Posted by: ann adams at June 22, 2006 08:49 PM

Hey. We all have our moments. Although this moment was particularly funny.

Posted by: Emily at June 22, 2006 09:10 PM

I think it happens to everybody. Or else I'm just senile too. The 00's have all been a little hazy to me as far as what happened which year, but the 90's are pretty clear (certain college moments aside).

Posted by: Kate the Shrew at June 22, 2006 09:32 PM

What's sad is that I can never remember what year my son was born... SO I have to do the math... He's only 4!

Posted by: Lisa B at June 22, 2006 09:42 PM

What's sad is that I can never remember what year my son was born... SO I have to do the math... He's only 4!

Posted by: Lisa B at June 22, 2006 09:42 PM

Don't you hate it when your brain stops working? ;)

And you know those embarassing work stories you were looking for a while back?? I think I managed to hit upon one of those today when I accidentally emailed someone for work from my Yahoo email - and forgot that for a joke email I sent to someone a while back, I had changed the "From" name on it to "Buck Naked."

Posted by: Traci at June 22, 2006 09:43 PM

Beautiful drawing, Chris! You're just so multitalented, aren't you! Umm...yeah, you need to start doing crossword and/or sudoko puzzles, or something...! ;) kidding.

Posted by: haley-o at June 22, 2006 09:57 PM

I'm 43 and....

What was I saying? Oh, and it only gets worse... mooohaaa, mooohaaaaaa
Better start drinking/eating your antioxidants, folic acid (or acid for that matter) and your vitamin B.

Might want to order these just in case...

Have you checked for earwigs?

Posted by: Johnny Smoke at June 22, 2006 10:33 PM

There are times when I write 1992 for no reason. I don't know why it happens. Btw, the picture of her sitting on the guitar from yesterday? She looks SO grown up!!!

Posted by: Sparkle Pants at June 22, 2006 10:44 PM

it feels that long, eh?

Posted by: treespotter at June 22, 2006 11:25 PM

now it kind of looks like 2995...or 7995 or 7gg5.
very nice bean and handwriting though!

Posted by: Denise at June 23, 2006 12:13 AM

That's hilarious! Nice handwriting by the way!!

Posted by: ::c:: at June 23, 2006 01:08 AM

I sometimes write 2004, but I must admit that I've never lost 10 years in a day! ;)

I have confidence that you're OK, though. Your writing seems good, so your brain must be intact, right? RIGHT?!

Posted by: DeAnn at June 23, 2006 01:42 AM

With mad crayoning skills like those, you can be as scatterbrained as you like. It goes with the artistic temperament.

Posted by: Vaguely Urban at June 23, 2006 02:19 AM

Well, the picture is cute. That counts for something. And who needs to know the date anyway when you can write such fantastic stuff and draw?


Posted by: Alice at June 23, 2006 04:37 AM

That's hilarious! I love brain farts. Last week my friend and her bf were coming back from Boston and thought their flight was 6 PM but it had been at 6 AM! Doh!

Sidenote: I was trying to come up with alternate taglines for my own blog yesterday and came up with "Spilling on myself since 1980." Similar to Mia's tag, no?

Posted by: Liberal Banana at June 23, 2006 08:24 AM

It's parenting-brain, and happens quite frequently so get used to it. Kids, like alcohol, will just suck the short-term memory from your brain.

Posted by: fauve at June 23, 2006 08:34 AM

At my (soon to be former) job I'm always working on audits for the year before. This morning I was filling out some paper work and nearly put 2005 as the year. I'm always a year behind. And, because my birthday falls on the last day of a month, I'm always afraid I'm going to put the year of my birth on those clients that have the same fiscal year end as my birthday. I think you'll be okay.

Posted by: Beth in StL at June 23, 2006 09:03 AM

Hehehehe...Now the 1995 modified to look like 2005 ends up looking like 2995, that means you dont have Mia bean for another 989 years...Can you still have her when you are 33+989=1022 years old?

Posted by: Dee at June 23, 2006 09:31 AM

I frequently forget how old I am. I always remember the year of my sister's birth, then do the math from there. Which would be alright if I didn't have a habit of thinking out loud . . .

Posted by: Betti at June 23, 2006 09:38 AM

Frickin IDIOT.

Posted by: candace at June 23, 2006 10:10 AM

heh, I've done that too. Dropped entire decades. Scary scary scary.....

Posted by: carrster at June 23, 2006 10:14 AM

Hey, it happens to the best of us. The drawing is great -- almost on par with Beth's renditions of her rashes and such. :)

Posted by: Julie at June 23, 2006 10:20 AM

Want to be scared?

Imagine how old Mia would be if she'd been born in 1995.

Then realize that eventually she WILL Be that old. And starting to like boys.

Posted by: Randi at June 23, 2006 01:05 PM

That's OK... I blamed Hoop this morning for not pushing down the button in the shower that switches the water from the faucet to the shower head. It douses me every time I turn it on to get the water hot. Right in the middle of my heated little fit he tells me,

"YOU were the last one to take a shower."


The bad thing is I'd just gotten out of the shower 15 minutes before.

BTW: I wrote "Douches" instead of "Douses" first. That would have changed the story entirely.

Posted by: Tink at June 23, 2006 01:47 PM

If you're senile, then so I am. I do that kind of shit ALL the time!

Posted by: Michelle at June 23, 2006 02:28 PM

LOL! I always write 2005 instead of 2006. But in my defense I missed 2005 'cause I was on mat leave.

Posted by: Marie at June 23, 2006 09:12 PM

well I hate that very point when my Brain stop working!! So I need to have some work with me every point of time!!

Well if Mia is born in 1995 then how old she is now but she doesn't seem that old!!

Posted by: Linda at June 24, 2006 06:23 AM

My favorite part is the attitudinal "God, the year she was born!" That is just the sort of thing I would do.

And don't worry. I recently told someone I was 31 years old, and then had to backtrack with a "no, wait, 35." I should definitely know how old I am.

Posted by: bad penguin at June 24, 2006 09:28 AM

Well, the scary thing is she'll be 10 soon enough!

Posted by: L at June 25, 2006 02:49 PM

LOL!! Chris that was just too funny. I've had those... brain farts... Yeah I have. So don't feel alone, lolol! But thanks much for the laugh!

Posted by: Tammy at June 26, 2006 01:52 PM