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Title: You might have "Widda Brain" if....
Post by: lcoxwell on March 21, 2015, 09:41:12 PM
1) you get in your truck and start to leave the house, but remember you forgot to put on your shoes, so you have to go back inside.  You start to leave again, but realize that when you went inside to put on your shoes, you left your keys on the dresser, so you have to go back inside again.  You start to leave a third time, and manage to pull out into the street, when you look down and notice you also left your purse inside, so you have to park once more and go back inside a third time.  You start to leave a fourth time, and realize you should have gone to the bathroom, then decide it isn't worth it to go back, because at this rate, you might never leave.  Ten minutes later, you FINALLY start driving down the street.

2) you have to dig through the pile of clothes you had planned to take to Good Will, in order to find something to wear for the day, because although you washed a load of clothes, you forgot to move them over to the dryer.

3) you have to feed the dogs people food, because even though you went to the store three times this week, you forgot to pick up dog food while you were out, and now you have on pajamas and don't have it in you to get dressed and go back out again. 

4) you realize that you did not pay one of your bills on time, because rather than putting the envelope in the mail for it to be delivered, you instead put it in the glove compartment of your truck, like that made good sense.

And last, but certainly not least....

5) you run out of gas on the way home from work, because even though you have gone out multiple times in the last few days; and even though your truck has had the little warning light and the little alarm go off that tells you you need to put gas in the truck; and even though, as you have been out running errands, driving to and from work, and taking a coworker home you have passed AT LEAST seven different gas stations, MULTIPLE TIMES, you still forgot to fill it up with gas.

(Please, feel free to add your own "Widda Brain" moments, either for our entertainment, or to stand in solidarity with me, so I don't have to feel like a complete imbecile.)
Title: Re: You might have "Widda Brain" if....
Post by: Questions on March 21, 2015, 11:54:21 PM
.. if you write everything on sticky notepads that over time become a large stack of sticky yellow papers on top of your desk & mistake it for efficiency.

.. if you write a long grocery list then drive to the store, leaving it behind on the kitchen counter.
 
.. if you decide to slow trickle all your trees roots via the hose & don't remember until 6+ hrs have passed that the hose is still turned on watering the 1st tree.

.. if you spend 2 hours preparing a nice chicken dinner & then fall asleep on the couch while it's baking for an hour only to wake up 3 hours later to something resembling charcoal.

.. if you know there are many more incidents that could be added to this list but for for the life of you can't remember what they all are..  :o
Title: Re: You might have "Widda Brain" if....
Post by: RobFTC on March 22, 2015, 12:33:51 AM
... if you set your drink down and lose it for ten minutes, wondering if God is trying to tell you something

... if you make a cup of coffee and completely forget about it for hours (today was only 15 minutes, though!)

... if you completely forget to pay property taxes until you clean your desk weeks later, and then have a rough time figuring out the penalty

Take care,
Rob T
Title: Re: You might have "Widda Brain" if....
Post by: canadiangirl on March 22, 2015, 09:27:34 AM
.. if you write everything on sticky notepads that over time become a large stack of sticky yellow papers on top of your desk & mistake it for efficiency.

I am so efficient this way!
Title: Re: You might have "Widda Brain" if....
Post by: Wheelerswife on March 22, 2015, 09:38:11 AM
You might be a widow if....you find out you didn't put the car registration sticker on the license plate...when I nice policeman pulls you over to tell you....and you reach into the glove box with a look of confusion on your face because you KNOW you updated the registration....and there sits the sticker...still attached to the registration paper.  And then...you start to cry....because widowbrain sucks...and the policeman gets all concerned about your emotional well-being...and you have to convince him that you aren't going to completely fall apart over a registration sticker.

Yeah.  That was me.

Maureen

Oh...that reminds me...I have to renew the car registration....
Title: Re: You might have "Widda Brain" if....
Post by: swilson on March 22, 2015, 11:16:21 AM
Thanks for starting this, many postings I can check off as shared. Don't have anything to add but after only 6 months, there's still plenty for me to screw up.
Title: Re: You might have "Widda Brain" if....
Post by: Questions on March 24, 2015, 12:52:57 PM
... If you made really ambitious plans for the following day..
... & you went shopping so you'd have everything you needed when you started..
... & turned in early so you could get a fresh start 1st thing in the morning..
... but you couldn't sleep because you were anxious about the plans you'd made..
... so you turned on the TV in the bedroom hoping it would lull you to sleep..
... but there was a documentary on about bereaved children & you watched it in it's entirety..
... & it got you to missing your spouse something terrible..
... & you stayed up all night crying & blowing into tissues..
... & now it's morning of the next day & you feel like a zombie & look like you've been hit by a train..
... & are far too tired to fulfill any of the plans you anxiously made.
Title: Re: You might have "Widda Brain" if....
Post by: Captains wife on March 24, 2015, 02:01:09 PM
..if you fill up the car and leave the gas tank off as you drive away.

..if you go to the store and forget why you went there.

...if you call your date by your husband's name by mistake (yes, I have done this)

...if you misplace all your important files

...if you cant remember any of your new neighbors names (even though you met them after the accident several times).

...if you cry over spilt milk.

...if you forget everybody's birthdays
Title: Re: You might have "Widda Brain" if....
Post by: Mangomom on March 24, 2015, 02:28:45 PM
You might be a widow if....you find out you didn't put the car registration sticker on the license plate...when I nice policeman pulls you over to tell you....and you reach into the glove box with a look of confusion on your face because you KNOW you updated the registration....and there sits the sticker...still attached to the registration paper.  And then...you start to cry....because widowbrain sucks...and the policeman gets all concerned about your emotional well-being...and you have to convince him that you aren't going to completely fall apart over a registration sticker.

Yeah.  That was me.

Maureen

Oh...that reminds me...I have to renew the car registration....
CRAP!  I started to fill it out last week and I cannot for the life of me remember if I finished it or mailed it or put it somewhere.  Total blank!!

You know you are a widow when someone else's statement jogs your brain but doesn't actually engage it fully. :(  Off to hunt for the renewal form...
Title: Re: You might have "Widda Brain" if....
Post by: lcoxwell on March 24, 2015, 10:15:40 PM
Thank you all for adding to this.  I love finding out I am not the only one who is afflicted with "Widda Brain".  My latest additions to the list include:

1) You might have "Widda Brain" if it takes you six hours to do a job that should have only taken about three, because you are too scatterbrained to concentrate.

2) You might have "Widda Brain" if you placed an envelope and stamps on top of your purse, so you would not forget to take them out to the truck, which you do, only to then take said envelope and stamps right back out, when you got to work.  Then, you returned to your truck twice, throughout the day, forgetting the very same envelope and stamps on your desk, not once, but both times.  Finally, you manage to remember to take the envelope and stamps to the truck, when you head home, only to absentmindedly carry them back inside, once you made it home, so that the envelope and stamps are back in the very place they started out, instead of in the truck, where you needed them.
Title: Re: You might have "Widda Brain" if....
Post by: Lmsmdm on March 25, 2015, 06:33:02 AM
If you stand at the door to your house getting pissed that the door opener for your car doesn't work!!

You walk around the house frantically trying to find your phone, all the while you're holding it.

Title: Re: You might have "Widda Brain" if....
Post by: DansSoulmate on March 25, 2015, 02:40:30 PM
You get ready to go to lunch with a friend to a nice restaurant and wear heels but don't realize they are two completely different shoes until you get back home  :)

You hit the button to open the garage door, don't wait for it to open all the way, walk right into it and end up on the ground.  Lucky for you the person you were meeting was coming up the drive at that time and saw the whole thing.
Title: Re: You might have "Widda Brain" if....
Post by: Portside on March 25, 2015, 07:11:10 PM
You pack the kids off to school and then scurry to the airport in order to fly out for a week long business trip. When your work mates ask "Who's going to take care of the kids this week?" and you say "(Dead wife's name), just like always." After your buddy's looks of shock force reality back into your head and you realize you didn't make any arrangements for the kids due to you being gone for 5 days - Yeah, you may have widda brain.

The drive home from the airport was the worst.

Mike
Title: Re: You might have "Widda Brain" if....
Post by: HvnBound on March 25, 2015, 07:24:46 PM
@Lmsmdm I have to say I smiled when I read your post above but I hate to admit to you that I did worse! I was talking to a wid friend on the phone in 2012 and I was walking around and finally I said to him, where the heck is it? He asked what are you looking for? I said, I am looking for my phone. He said ummmm hate to tell you this, but you are talking to me on it!  He still reminds me of that fact every now and then :)
Title: Re: You might have "Widda Brain" if....
Post by: lcoxwell on March 25, 2015, 11:06:28 PM
You might have "Widda Brain", if you are driving down the same road you have driven down thousands of times before, literally less than a block away from your home, and you suddenly get worried, because you have no idea where you are, you think you are lost, and you can't remember where you could have possibly made a wrong turn.
Title: Re: You might have "Widda Brain" if....
Post by: Mangomom on March 26, 2015, 05:50:34 AM
You might have widda brain if...  every time this thread pops up you remember that you posted earlier about forgetting your registration for the vehicle after reading lcoxwell's post about an envelope in a car days ago.  Then you promptly forget that you still need to find the damn registration.

Great.  I am now using you people as my reminder feature on my computer...
Title: Re: You might have "Widda Brain" if....
Post by: Trying on March 26, 2015, 07:17:19 AM
You might have widda brain if you need to write yourself a "to do" list of places to stop on your way home from work, don't even realize you left it at home until you get home from work and see it sitting on the desk.  Then you add two more items and forget the list again the next day. 
Title: Re: You might have "Widda Brain" if....
Post by: swilson on March 28, 2015, 12:53:28 PM
The skillet you slid into the oven to hide from company sets off the smoke detector later in the week when you pre-heat the oven for a TV dinner.  ::)
Title: Re: You might have "Widda Brain" if....
Post by: marjoe on March 28, 2015, 04:51:24 PM
If you try to change the channels on your tv with your cell phone and - then wonder why the heck nothings happening.
If you double, then triple check to make sure everything is off before you head off to work. And make sure the key is in your hand before you lock the door behind you.
If you talk to yourself like a therapist. And then answer yourself.
Title: Re: You might have "Widda Brain" if....
Post by: Mangomom on March 28, 2015, 04:54:35 PM
You might have widda brain if...  every time this thread pops up you remember that you posted earlier about forgetting your registration for the vehicle after reading lcoxwell's post about an envelope in a car days ago.  Then you promptly forget that you still need to find the damn registration.

Great.  I am now using you people as my reminder feature on my computer...
And guess what came in the mail today?  The finalized registration.  So, I filled it out, wrote a check AND mailed it, all with no recollection.  I made sure to put it right in the glove box.  Now I'm off to find the Calgon...
Title: Re: You might have "Widda Brain" if....
Post by: Munsen on March 28, 2015, 07:03:05 PM
If you go to the grocery store then pull into your garage and forget the afore-mentioned groceries in the vehicle...until a day or two later when you start wondering what happened to the ice cream you'd gone to the store to get...

Taking out the garbage and leaving one door wide open (as you were going to come back in that way) then decided to go back in through a different door (for no reason just forgot what door you came out, I guess!), then wondered why house was getting cold...till you discovered the first door still hanging open...

Turned on the ensuite shower while I ran downstairs to get something; then forgot about my plans to shower until later in the day when I went upstairs to get something else and found the shower still running...

I have also forgotten sprinkler lines on for hours. And have forgotten to pay taxes or bills. Or left something on in my vehicle until the battery ran dry.

Widda brain is not a good life skill.. :(
Title: Re: You might have "Widda Brain" if....
Post by: lcoxwell on March 28, 2015, 09:24:43 PM
If you go to the grocery store then pull into your garage and forget the afore-mentioned groceries in the vehicle...until a day or two later when you start wondering what happened to the ice cream you'd gone to the store get...

Oh, my goodness!  I did this exact same thing, not once, but TWICE, recently!
Title: Re: You might have "Widda Brain" if....
Post by: Wheelerswife on March 28, 2015, 09:26:54 PM
I don't forget ice cream.  Everything else...maybe.
:D
Maureen
Title: Re: You might have "Widda Brain" if....
Post by: Munsen on March 28, 2015, 10:43:17 PM
I don't forget ice cream.  Everything else...maybe.
:D
Maureen

Lol...spoken like a true ice cream aficionado :D
Title: Re: You might have "Widda Brain" if....
Post by: RobFTC on March 28, 2015, 11:02:05 PM
... if you take your car keys out of your pocket before a bike ride, and then later want go to the store in said car, but can't get why the pushbutton start is not cooperative (this happened today and once last weekend!)

Take care,
Rob T
Title: Re: You might have "Widda Brain" if....
Post by: gracelet on March 29, 2015, 11:33:33 AM
...you find your laundry detergent in the fridge and the milk in the cupboard.
Title: Re: You might have "Widda Brain" if....
Post by: MrsMisterman on March 29, 2015, 01:56:51 PM
I just filed all my federal and state tax forms.  Fun times! I'm sure it took me 3 times as long as a non- widow.

And the program does the math!
Title: Re: You might have "Widda Brain" if....
Post by: CBB on March 29, 2015, 04:30:06 PM
You know you have widow brain when you start filling your sink full of hot water for dishes and the phone rings and you forget said water running and wander off to another room while talking on the phone. You end the conversation and hear a really strange noise coming from the kitchen and it dawns on you and now you have a lake in your kitchen!

You go out to start your car in the winter because you want it warmed before you leave and then you decide not to go and you forget your car is still running for like 4 hours! Been there , done that.

I am a big list writer but always manage to forget the lists! I should just give that up completely!

All of these things on this thread I have probably done at least once maybe more. I hope this condition improves!

Cyndi

Title: Re: You might have "Widda Brain" if....
Post by: ThalginsLuv on April 02, 2015, 11:59:48 AM
You might have widow brain if.... You wake up groggy because you hear something that sounds like the garbage truck is on the next street over. But yet you think, nawwww tomorrow's garbage day and I must put it out because the can is full. So you roll over and look at your phone and it says that today is Wednesday... you know... YOUR GARBAGE DAY! So you scream "Holy F" and start racing around the house for some assemblance of clothes. Your wonderful daughter wakes up and rushes with you because she wants to help. We end up outside in the freezing cold morning wearing our stylish outfits that screams "ode to homeless/trailer trash/hangover", struggling together to move the trash can around the car. We get it on the curb just in time for the garbage man to see us in our complete glory in our stylish clothes, un-brushed bedhead hair, and miss matched shoes. Yep we must of looked really hot.

You might have widow brain if later the same day as mentioned above you drive near where your daughter has her guitar lessons and think, "I have to take daughter there tomorrow for her Wednesday lesson." Then of course TODAY is Wednesday and her lesson was 90 minutes ago.
Title: Re: You might have "Widda Brain" if....
Post by: lcoxwell on April 02, 2015, 11:45:07 PM
You might have widow brain if.... You wake up groggy because you hear something that sounds like the garbage truck is on the next street over. But yet you think, nawwww tomorrow's garbage day and I must put it out because the can is full. So you roll over and look at your phone and it says that today is Wednesday... you know... YOUR GARBAGE DAY! So you scream "Holy F" and start racing around the house for some assemblance of clothes. Your wonderful daughter wakes up and rushes with you because she wants to help. We end up outside in the freezing cold morning wearing our stylish outfits that screams "ode to homeless/trailer trash/hangover", struggling together to move the trash can around the car. We get it on the curb just in time for the garbage man to see us in our complete glory in our stylish clothes, un-brushed bedhead hair, and miss matched shoes. Yep we must of looked really hot.

This is hysterical!  I have a wonderful mental picture of you, your daughter, your "ode to homeless/trailer trash/hangover" clothes, and all your shining glory, trying to beat the garbage truck.  I've made that mad dash, a time or two, myself, thanks to my own "Widda brain".  The last time I did, I went out with unbrushed hair, no shoes, skimpy pajamas, and NO BRA! I made it with seconds to spare, but I am pretty sure the garbage man got a clear view of my "bodacious ta-tas" (as my sister would say). I was mortified, but he at least grinned and waved. Of course, I don't know if he was grinning, because I looked so ridiculous, or because he liked my boobs.  ;D
Title: Re: You might have "Widda Brain" if....
Post by: ThalginsLuv on April 03, 2015, 02:47:17 AM
You might have widow brain if.... You wake up groggy because you hear something that sounds like the garbage truck is on the next street over. But yet you think, nawwww tomorrow's garbage day and I must put it out because the can is full. So you roll over and look at your phone and it says that today is Wednesday... you know... YOUR GARBAGE DAY! So you scream "Holy F" and start racing around the house for some assemblance of clothes. Your wonderful daughter wakes up and rushes with you because she wants to help. We end up outside in the freezing cold morning wearing our stylish outfits that screams "ode to homeless/trailer trash/hangover", struggling together to move the trash can around the car. We get it on the curb just in time for the garbage man to see us in our complete glory in our stylish clothes, un-brushed bedhead hair, and miss matched shoes. Yep we must of looked really hot.

This is hysterical!  I have a wonderful mental picture of you, your daughter, your "ode to homeless/trailer trash/hangover" clothes, and all your shining glory, trying to beat the garbage truck.  I've made that mad dash, a time or two, myself, thanks to my own "Widda brain".  The last time I did, I went out with unbrushed hair, no shoes, skimpy pajamas, and NO BRA! I made it with seconds to spare, but I am pretty sure the garbage man got a clear view of my "bodacious ta-tas" (as my sister would say). I was mortified, but he at least grinned and waved. Of course, I don't know if he was grinning, because I looked so ridiculous, or because he liked my boobs.  ;D

Well in true trailer trash glory I didn't have a bra either. I miss the bodacious ta-tas days but after nursing 2 babies and being over 40 I am afraid the garbage man left singing, "Swing low sweet chariot....."
Title: Re: You might have "Widda Brain" if....
Post by: Ursula on April 10, 2015, 09:51:09 PM
My widowbrain is so bad, everytime I have a true widowbrain moment, this thread comes to my mind and the next time I open WIDDA, I cannot even remember......lol
Title: Re: You might have "Widda Brain" if....
Post by: MrsMisterman on April 11, 2015, 06:22:36 AM
I backed up and crashed into my garage door the other morning. Not sure if I can even call this a widda brain moment, since it requires no brain cells. I do it by rote. Every day. For years
Get in car.
Press door button
Put key in ignition. Turn.
Put car in reverse.
Back out.

How did I screw up a simple sequence? More baffling since my car now has a back- up camera with alarm. Widda brain?  Yeah, let's go with that.



Title: Re: You might have "Widda Brain" if....
Post by: lcoxwell on April 11, 2015, 03:21:34 PM
You can feel a migraine coming on, you discuss taking medication with New Guy, then ten minutes later your New Guy has to remind you to take the meds, when he notices you rubbing your temples; because even though the pain was there, and you had had a conversation about it, you still forgot to take said medications.
Title: Re: You might have "Widda Brain" if....
Post by: JacklessSally on April 13, 2015, 07:28:43 AM
you rent red box movie, you think that you rented two. You only have one in your hand after walking into the grocery store to get food for dinner. It dawns on you that you should have two movies. You go back outside to the machine and there is nothing in the dispenser slot. You rent the movie you are missing, thinking to yourself that you are going to have to pay for the other movie because someone has stolen it..

You check you receipt and find that you really only rented one at a time..
Title: Re: You might have "Widda Brain" if....
Post by: lonepanda on April 13, 2015, 11:40:39 PM
An elderly Florida lady did her shopping and, upon returning to her car, found four males in the act of leaving with her vehicle.

She dropped her shopping bags and drew her handgun, proceeding to scream at the top of her lungs, ?I have a gun, and I know how to use it!  Get out of the car!?

The four men didn?t wait for a second threat.  They got out and ran like mad.

The lady, somewhat shaken, then proceeded to load her shopping bags into the back of the car and got into the driver?s seat.  She was so shaken that she could not get her key into the ignition. 

She tried and tried, and then she realized why.  It was for the same reason she had wondered why there was a football, a Frisbee and two 12-packs of beer in the front seat. 

A few minutes later, she found her own car parked four or five spaces farther down.

She loaded her bags into the car and drove to the police station to report her mistake.

The sergeant to whom she told the story couldn?t stop laughing.

He pointed to the other end of the counter, where four pale men were reporting a car jacking by a mad, elderly woman described as white, less than five feet tall, glasses, curly white hair, and carrying a large handgun.

No charges were filed.

The moral of the story?  If you?re going to have a widda moment? make it memorable!
Title: Re: You might have "Widda Brain" if....
Post by: BrokenHeart2 on April 14, 2015, 07:37:22 PM
Ok Lonepanda, you win!  Thank you for making me laugh. I needed that! 
Title: Re: You might have "Widda Brain" if....
Post by: NoKindaDancer on April 14, 2015, 08:58:46 PM
I was gonna say I lost my keys for a whole day and tell that story but lonepanda - wow! Your story is awesome. I'm just gonna read it again instead.
Title: Re: You might have "Widda Brain" if....
Post by: Amor on April 17, 2015, 11:32:57 AM
if you took a test 2 years ago then now you take the same test and score way lower.
if you are asked a simple math problem and just stare like you never heard of such a thing in your life(I must have looked so dumb).
if you consistently forgot names, people, important things that before you would have never struggled for the word before. 
you can only focus on one thing at a time. 
will not do things just because it hurts so much, even if the consequences hurt as well.
Title: Re: You might have "Widda Brain" if....
Post by: Mr C on April 18, 2015, 01:17:32 PM
It?s a sunny day and the new neighbors across the street are out working in their yard. This seems like a good time to meet them, so you walk over and introduce yourself. They respond with their names and say that you have met and talked before. There was one time that you and DW took care of their cat when they went out of town. Turns out they have lived there for a couple years.
Title: Re: You might have "Widda Brain" if....
Post by: lcoxwell on April 18, 2015, 04:00:48 PM
You have managed to stub your toe on various objects in the house, that are in the exact same location they have been in for the last several years, not once, not twice, not even three times, but FOUR TIMES IN TWO DAYS. My toe is now bruised, and it hurts, when I walk.  :-\
Title: Re: You might have "Widda Brain" if....
Post by: rifatheroffour on July 21, 2015, 08:55:54 AM
This is clearly widda brain fodder, should or could be in a confession thread and clearly a bad parent thing...so I'll fess up here...

My kids are all away for the week, the two oldest driving from RI to VA.  I am finally catching up on paperwork last night and what do I find?  The letter from DMV telling me to renew my registration...in JUNE...for which car? Oh, the one that has four teenagers driving into the south with New England licence plates!

The registration is now renewed, thank goodness for online registration and a copy of the receipt has been emailed to my son's smart phone.  Only technology saved my ass on this one and the fact that my son is not a bad driver since they left on Saturday/Sunday and it is now Tuesday.

I used to be so on top of things...not so much anymore...sigh!
Title: Re: You might have "Widda Brain" if....
Post by: gracelet on July 23, 2015, 11:22:43 AM
you find the laundry detergent in the fridge.
Title: Re: You might have "Widda Brain" if....
Post by: lcoxwell on July 23, 2015, 08:48:59 PM
You go into the same room three times, in a row, and still forget what you went in there for. I've done this a couple of times today, going back and forth from the living room to the bedroom, with a picture in my hand, because I kept forgetting to get the box I needed out of the bedroom, in order to pack it away.
Title: Re: You might have "Widda Brain" if....
Post by: sdarrah1130 on July 24, 2015, 09:49:10 PM
you are interviewing a potential new hire. start to explain the job, ramble on for 3 minutes and then can't remember what you were originally explaining. 
Title: Re: You might have "Widda Brain" if....
Post by: nonesuch on July 25, 2015, 11:06:46 AM
I put a batch of granola bars in the oven to cook, and then went out to the shop to build a spice rack. 

Granola burned to a crisp.  The only thing to savor is the irony.

I got out tools to try and fix the air bed.  Hope it's fixed. Put air bed back together but can't find pliers to put them back where they belong. Have trouble getting comfortable on bed which deflates, even after potential fix. The next morning, dis-assemble bed to try new fix.  Find pliers and realize why you weren't comfortable.
Title: Re: You might have "Widda Brain" if....
Post by: lcoxwell on August 29, 2015, 08:24:17 AM
You open the cabinet to get out a new trash bag and find the pliers you had been looking for (for several days) inside the box of garbage bags; and you cannot figure out for the life of you, why it would be there of all places.
Title: Re: You might have "Widda Brain" if....
Post by: Guaruj on September 03, 2015, 09:28:27 PM
You might have widda-brain if:

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