So tired she forgot

Posted by: Jazmee27

So tired she forgot - Fri Sep 14 2012 03:49 PM

I was talking to my mother on the phone this afternoon when she turned to her brother and asked, "where's my phone?" I cracked up, for it was one of the funniest things I've ever heard. (Tears were nearly rolling down my cheeks, that's how hard I was laughing.)

She had told me, wenI picked up, that she was mentaly drained--but I never expected that she'd forget she was talking on the phone!

Does anyone have a similar story to share?
Posted by: ren33

Re: So tired she forgot - Fri Sep 14 2012 03:53 PM

Well I have picked up the remote control and tried to call someone before now, and there are endless instances where I have put my glasses in the fridge and the milk on the bedside table etc(But doesn't everyone?)
Posted by: george48

Re: So tired she forgot - Fri Sep 14 2012 03:57 PM

I spent 5 minutes looking for my sunglasses the other day, and yeah you guessed it, they were on top of my head.
Posted by: Jazmee27

Re: So tired she forgot - Fri Sep 14 2012 04:03 PM

I've said some really strange things under the influence of medication. The prime example was when I told my mother about something I'd done "when I broke my other leg."

I've also gone to bed (more times than I can count) without locking my apartment door (not funny, I know, but it still happened). Plus, I happen to be fortunate enough to live in an apartment complex where it's (mostly) safe to forget stuff like that. (I try very hard not to, and have even gotten into the habit of locking up before I go downstairs for the mail).

Another truly funny story (I can laugh about it now, but at the time it was downright scary), was wen I told Mom I needed laundry cleaner when what I really meant was mouthwash. Turns out, I already had some of the cleaner (and a few days later, I realized the brandname mix-up, so was able to tell her what I really needed.
Posted by: Jazmee27

Re: So tired she forgot - Fri Sep 14 2012 04:10 PM

Originally Posted By: george48
I spent 5 minutes looking for my sunglasses the other day, and yeah you guessed it, they were on top of my head.


I've done that, too!
Posted by: Jazmee27

Re: So tired she forgot - Fri Sep 14 2012 04:12 PM

I order my groceries delivered to me, and refer to the delivery guy as “wise guy.” Each week when he comes to the door he’ll say “it’s Santa Claus.” He’ll also tell me I spent insane amounts that week, just to make me laugh, and offers to put stuff away in the wrong place: The one week, he wanted to put my ice cream “on the sill over there in the sun.” The other day he asked if I wanted to put the toilet tissue in the freezer (another week he suggested I store it in the oven).
Posted by: lesley153

Re: So tired she forgot - Fri Sep 14 2012 05:50 PM

I did the same thing today - walked up the front path, chatting on my mobile, and patted my pocket to make sure I had my mobile with me.

I've also tried to change channels by pointing the phone at the telly, but yes, Ren - doesn't everyone?

When my husband went upstairs with his early morning cauldron of tea, and a shaving mug filled with boiling water, he more than once soaped up his shaving brush and dipped it in his tea.
Posted by: satguru

Re: So tired she forgot - Fri Sep 14 2012 06:41 PM

Two similar examples. People sometimes phone me on my home number and ask if I'm at home as they forgot which number they've called, but one woman I know phoned me on the mobile to ask me if I'd left it at her house. I don't think that can be topped.
Posted by: Barbarini

Re: So tired she forgot - Fri Sep 14 2012 09:43 PM

I picked up the phone to ring someone and started dialing on the microwave keypad. No wonder no one answered!
Posted by: dsimpy

Re: So tired she forgot - Sat Sep 15 2012 04:30 AM

I took the ironing board out into the front garden to trim the hedge, thinking it was the stepladder.
Posted by: ren33

Re: So tired she forgot - Sat Sep 15 2012 05:07 AM

Well this one I bring out every few years in here, but I suppose it will be new to some of you.
A few days out of hospital with my first daughter, I decided to take her out and show her off at the shops. I dressed us both up to the nines and tottered off pushing the posh coach pram. Every one of the usual shopkeepers expressed suitable admiration and I ended my trip at the butchers. Clutching a bag containing a pound of mince and some sausages, I started back home.
As I reached the front door and searched for my keys I realised some vital part of my belongings was missing and I hurried fled back to the shops. Strolling up the street in his rather bloody apron was the dear old cockney butcher, yes, pushing the pram with the forgotten item in it.
"Did you forget somethin'Darlin'?"
That may be the height of absentmindedness here.
Posted by: dsimpy

Re: So tired she forgot - Sat Sep 15 2012 05:36 AM

I managed to do something similar with my teenage learning-disabled daughter a few years ago on holiday in Tunisia. The two of us went down to the hotel foyer to change some currency, and I left her sitting down close by. However the currency desk was closed, with a sign saying that guests should go to a neighbouring hotel to change currency.

Forgetting all about my daughter, off I went, queued at the currency desk of the nearby hotel for 20 minutes, returned and went upstairs to our room. It was only when I walked into the room that my other daughter asked where her sister was! Aaargh!! I 'flew' down three flights of stairs in a time that would have left Usain Bolt standing.

There she sat, nearly 40 minutes after I left her 'for a minute', totally unconcerned, and oblivious to the fact that her guilty dad had just taken three 'heart attacks'!
Posted by: flopsymopsy

Re: So tired she forgot - Sat Sep 15 2012 05:55 AM

Ren, you must be my sister. I knew I knew you from somewhere. wink

Her eldest is the same age as me so when we were toddlers, we were both left with my mother as she went off to the shops, pushing her new baby in the pram. She went to various shops to see people she'd grown up with, had a good natter with some old schoolfriends, and went home, only to be greeted by mother with cries of "where's the baby?" She raced back to the town - it was about a mile and I bet she did that in under four minutes, a few years before Roger Bannister - and retraced her steps. She found the baby in the post office, being passed like a parcel along the line of counter clerks.
Posted by: Jazmee27

Re: So tired she forgot - Sat Sep 15 2012 07:23 AM

A few times, I've started looking one place for my apartment key, and realized belatedly that I moved it. I've also done that with my pen and signature guide.

The one time my mother was helping me with laundry and asked for the key, as she had a basket of my laundry in her car (or was it the time she had groceries to bring up. I immediately begin rummaging through my walker bag, only to realize I'd put it in a drawer when I last got done using it.

I also had to search for my rescue inhaler sometime back before I finally remembered where it was.

Once or twice, I dropped my cell phone, and didn’t even know it right away. The most recent example found me figuring it out a few hours later when I went to call my grandmother. It took me a couple seconds to figure that the best way for me to find it was to call my cell from my landline. Turns out, it was in the bathroom—must have fallen out of my bag.

Another time I forgot my cell phone was charging until I wanted to call my mother. Funny thing was, she didn’t even realize I was calling her from the Landline (I’ve called a few times to say ‘good night,’ and my cell’s charging, so I’m out in the living room using the Landline. Unless she checks the caller ID, she assumes I’m on the cell—and asks me if I’m in bed!)
Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: So tired she forgot - Sat Sep 15 2012 08:16 AM

I did the same sort of thing about my glasses, but my embarrassment came when I couldn't find them and stepped outside to talk to a few repairmen. As I'm standing there in the sun, squinting and shading my eyes, I apologized to the men that my eyes are very sensitive to light and that I couldn't find my sunglasses when one pops up with "they're on your head". It's bad enough to search and find them there yourself, it's even worse when strangers point out your problem.

I have tried to use my telephone keypad as a calculator and stood there wondering where the danged plus sign was.

Quote:
I took the ironing board out into the front garden to trim the hedge, thinking it was the stepladder.


This had me in tears! laugh
Posted by: Tizzabelle

Re: So tired she forgot - Sat Sep 15 2012 11:37 AM

Originally Posted By: dsimpy
I took the ironing board out into the front garden to trim the hedge, thinking it was the stepladder.

Were you going to iron your hedges? You could have got them so smooth with a little spray on starch. They would have been the neatest hedges in town! wink That story is going to be told to others I know and they'll chuckle like I have for the last half hour or more.

Twice, perhaps three times, I've stood at my front door after work and wondered why the key wasn't opening the door. I kept pressing the button and it wouldn't open. After a minute or so I remembered that I don't have a remote control front door and it was the car key in my hand. wink
Posted by: Jazmee27

Re: So tired she forgot - Sat Sep 15 2012 03:07 PM

The other week I put the key in the lock after leaving, and proceeded downstairs without checking it was locked. Later, Mom came back down (she'd gone up to put something away and bring something else back down,an she asked if I'd locked it "because I don't think you did." Even later, I went up and made a sassy retort, forgetting that, since she'd been up there, she'd have locked up afterward!
Posted by: Jazmee27

Re: So tired she forgot - Sat Sep 15 2012 07:59 PM

To Mom’s credit, she and Michael rode 24 miles on their bikes yesterday.

Tonight, I asked her on the phone if she’ll pick up bird food tomorrow. “You’ll have to remind me… You can’t expect me to forget that.” Both of us cracked up, for what she really meant was, “You can’t expect me to remember that.”

I then asked her the question I’d been waiting all day to ask (but was afraid I couldn’t ask with a straight face): “Do you know where your phone is?” “Yes, next to my right ear.” Immediately she burst out laughing, for she got her “right” and “left” confused.

She asked me to hold on while she told her mother and brother a funny story: she was on the rail trail and told someone she was passing on the right, when in actuality she was passing on the left!
Posted by: Jazmee27

Re: So tired she forgot - Sat Sep 15 2012 08:01 PM

I have also switched on the heat when I wanted AC, and vise versa.

And one month, I forgot a week after I'd paid the rent that I'd paid it, and wanted Mom to help me write a check for it!
Posted by: Jazmee27

Re: So tired she forgot - Sun Sep 16 2012 06:47 PM

When I came back from doing the laundry, I forgot to take my cell phone out of my Fanny Pack. It took a while before I remembered smile smile smile
Posted by: mountaingoat

Re: So tired she forgot - Sun Sep 16 2012 08:46 PM

I wish this had happened to me. A man on the radio yesterday spoke of a time he was coming out of anysth.. anaesthetics and he could see and hear noises coming from a screen. It was sounding a bit scary and eventually the line went straight and a beeping sound came on. Freaking out he buzzed the nurse. She reassured him it was just the television and it was the part in 2001 where HAL the computer died.
Posted by: Jazmee27

Re: So tired she forgot - Mon Sep 17 2012 01:42 PM

This afternoon I took out two bags of trash, then came in and prepared to go down for the mail—only to realize I’d forgotten where I put my key! At first, I thought Mom took it with her—and then I remembered that I’d been the one to open the door, and I’d put it away in my fanny pack (which I then put in the desk).
Posted by: Jazmee27

Re: So tired she forgot - Mon Sep 17 2012 01:54 PM

mountaingoat's post reminded me about several similar experiences.

A few times I've thought someone was pounding on the door, only to realize it was the TV.

Another time I heard sirens and was sure they were right outside, only to realize they were on the TV. (I once scared myself haf to death when listening to my audio drama: at the time I was recording, there were sirens blaring, so it sounded like they were right in the room).
Posted by: Popoki_Iti

Re: So tired she forgot - Mon Sep 17 2012 10:01 PM

My late Mum came out with a few funny comments. We were driving on a winding country road back in England (where I'm from) when a driver came towards us on the wrong side of the curve. Panic over (and no accident) Mum said "I'd never do that, unless it was a straight bend!" The trouble was - I understood what she meant!
Another occasion saw us driving back home from a shopping trip in the fall. The clocks had just gone back and it was dark. Me "Look how dark it has become!" Mum "That's because it's getting later earlier..." I needed Kleenex that time.
Trouble is....I find I am coming out with a few such gems myself!!!
Posted by: C30

Re: So tired she forgot - Tue Sep 18 2012 08:19 AM

In my ......er........."younger days", I used to ride a 500cc motor-cycle (for the purists, BSA A50 "Royal Star")in the UK.

Right, whilst the rapidly becoming popular Japanese machines had flashing indicators, most British biked did not. So hand signals were required. It was "routine" when carrying a pillion passenger for them to do this.
Unfortunately, the "love of my life" at the time, whilst a very good pillion passenger, did have this one defect.....she never DID cotton one to her left arm from her right!
Thus when we wanted to turn, I would say "Left"....or "right"........and it was in the lap of the God's which arm she put out! This was known to have "interesting" comments from fellow road users, and many "blasts" on hooters from irate motorists.
So this needed to be solved.............

Eventually, I hit on an easy answer, when we approached a turning I would point "this way" or "that way" and presto, when she indicated we were turning right, we actually did just that.
Posted by: Tizzabelle

Re: So tired she forgot - Tue Sep 18 2012 09:31 AM

I play trivia once a week with a group of friends. One night we were trying to think of TV shows set in Boston. One friend turned to us saying "Where was "LA Law" set? After pausing for a moment in stunned silence, two of us said... L.A.!!
Another friend of mine asked me "Hey, you know Bill and Ben, the flowerpot men? Did they have names?" I paused a moment to make sure I'd heard correctly and then said "Yeah...Bill...and Ben."
Posted by: Jazmee27

Re: So tired she forgot - Sun Sep 23 2012 01:51 PM

This morning I walked over to my shower chair, sat down, and felt a crusty washcloth behind me. “That needs to be thrown away,” I said out loud to myself, and burst out laughing, realizing immediately what I’d meant.
Posted by: sue943

Re: So tired she forgot - Thu Sep 27 2012 08:17 AM

I just made myself a mug of tea then attempted to put the kettle in the fridge instead of putting the milk in there. frown

Worse still, yesterday I was walking from the bank to a shop and mentally going over what I needed to buy, then realised that I was actually saying it aloud! Mad old woman talking to herself. frown
Posted by: WesleyCrusher

Re: So tired she forgot - Thu Sep 27 2012 09:25 AM

I can't beat some of these, but about two years ago, I quickly needed something from the local DIY store to finish a project, so I grabbed my purse, patted my jeans pockets to make sure the keys were in there, went outside and proceeded to lock the door...

...with the tape measure. Oops. So much for the "keys"...

(It was eventually solved without an emergency locksmith. The path back inside involved a partially open bathroom window and a neighbor's kid small enough to fit through it. "Do you have your tape measure?" is now a rather common saying in more than one family around here.)
Posted by: einsteinII

Re: So tired she forgot - Thu Sep 27 2012 10:14 AM

Dear Wes

I have locked myself out before. I recommend getting a spare key and hiding it in one of several devices that you can buy. One looks like a rock and has a hollowed out base, one looks like a lawn sprinkler, one looks like a frog and so on. They are handy and well hidden.

I especially like one on Amazon that looks like a Garden Bunny.

Al
Posted by: WesleyCrusher

Re: So tired she forgot - Thu Sep 27 2012 10:18 AM

Except that Burglary 101 includes a credit on "identifying key-hiding places and devices" that very quickly renders those a serious risk smile

I'm happy with a neighbor having a key for usual fits of forgetfulness, unfortunately they weren't at home that day...
Posted by: sue943

Re: So tired she forgot - Thu Sep 27 2012 10:24 AM

Al, it would be as well to check your home insurance policy, it could be that it would be invalid if you left a key hidden as you suggest. As Wesley says, leave one with a neighbour, or as I do, one with each of two neighbours.
Posted by: einsteinII

Re: So tired she forgot - Thu Sep 27 2012 10:40 AM

I am a simple man, heavily accented on simple. If you can't trust a bunny, how can you trust your neighbors? Just kidding, your points are well taken.
Posted by: einsteinII

Re: So tired she forgot - Thu Sep 27 2012 10:58 AM

Well to add to the discussion, such as it is, some insurance companies will cover non-forced entry into your home, ie a hidden key. Whether burglars know all the tricks, I don't know but if you bury a key, for instance, they would have to be pretty lucky burglars. It is a valid suggestion for some people, particularly if they don't know their neighbors all that well. My daughter cut her hand badly breaking into her apartment having lost her key. Better she would have taken the chance, I think.

"Note below for a sampled holiday home insurer in the UK.

No unoccupancy restrictions or security requirements
*Note: For UK holiday homes certain conditions and exclusions apply during the period of 1st November through until 31st March, please view the UK holiday home insurance section of our website.
Full theft insurance - including theft by guests and non-forced entry
Includes specialist insurance for holiday lets - including employers & public liability insurance, loss of rent and accidental damage to contents
14 day money back guarantee
Established in 1984 - Schofields have a proven track record as holiday homes insurance experts with vast claims experience
Arranged with certain Underwriters at Lloyd's of London, one of the world's leading insurers - exclusively for Schofields."

Al
Posted by: sue943

Re: So tired she forgot - Thu Sep 27 2012 12:00 PM

That is not the advice given by insuracne companies insuring homes, rather than holiday homes which will be different.

This is a quote from one...

Home Insurance and the Hidden Key

Are you one of the 27% of homeowners that hide a key somewhere outside their home to ensure that, should they lose their key or get locked out of their home, they are able to get back in? If you are then you are not only leaving yourself open to opportunists but you are also looking at a refusal of a home insurance claim and elevated premiums in the future.

Hiding a key has long been something that many individuals have done for peace of mind but thieves are now exploiting this by checking under pots, on ledges and all the other usual areas that homeowners hide a key in. If someone breaks into your own home as a result of finding a key then you could be deemed at fault because you have faclitated the crime. Do not expect too many insurers to pay out if this is the case but they can legally raise your premiums because of your admission of recklessness.

The moral of the story – move the key!
.................

I would add that I have never heard of Schofields.
Posted by: einsteinII

Re: So tired she forgot - Thu Sep 27 2012 12:33 PM

I raise the white flag of surrender and lay on my back like a spanked puppy. Leaving your window unlocked at night to catch a breeze could be construed as the same inattention to the possibility of burglary. Does every house have to have iron bars and an alarm system and motion detectors to be deemed adequately burglar proof? It's a sad world we live in where we live in fear and march to the tune of our insurance companies.

Fortunately I am a happy-go-lucky guy. What me worry?

Al
Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: So tired she forgot - Thu Sep 27 2012 01:27 PM

Or you could be like me. When I was a young teen and not always thinking straight **snicker**, I went to a friends house while my parents were away, locked up the house like I'd been taught, but then left a note on the front door. "Mom, went to Linda's house. Key is under the door mat".
Posted by: Jazmee27

Re: So tired she forgot - Wed Oct 03 2012 10:36 PM

Al—what happens if you forget where the key is buried? Just saying.
My key chain is on a strap, so it goes on my wrist. I actually have three ikeys—and I’d have to pay some outrageous amount to get extra copies. The only times the keys have been outside the building were those times Mom had them for one reason or another. (I have thought of buying an extra copy, but each time the cost stops me.)
Posted by: Jazmee27

Re: So tired she forgot - Wed Oct 03 2012 10:37 PM

Years ago, I locked myself and Mom out of our apartment because I locked the screen door (it was one of those screens with a lock and no key).
Mom was wearing a dress that day, and had to approach a neighbor to ask if he’d help her get in the apartment (actually, what she wondered was whether he had a ladder. He did, but refused to allow her to climb due to her being in a dress. In the end, he climbed that ladder, “broke in” to our apartment—in other words, went in through the window—and unlocked the door).
Mom likes to tell that story, “of when we met our neighbors Tony and Toni.”
Posted by: Copago

Re: So tired she forgot - Thu Oct 04 2012 03:35 AM

Originally Posted By: Jazmee27
Years ago, I locked myself and Mom out of our apartment because I locked the screen door (it was one of those screens with a lock and no key).


haha, you've made me think of a similar story.
Years ago Mum went out and reminded us NOT to lock the front door as she wasn't taking her keys. Okay okay okay, we won't lock the door. Before we went to bed we checked the door and it wasn't locked but we had forgotten about the screen door. ooops.
She had no money and no keys, we (us kids) were asleep upstairs and in her attempts to wake us she actually woke one of the neighbours. She went to the nearest phone box ad pleaded with the operator to ring us and tell us to unlock the door. Nothing worked and she ended up sleeping in the car for the night. Ooops again.
We had to tiptoe around the house for that day wink
Posted by: Chavs

Re: So tired she forgot - Thu Oct 04 2012 03:11 PM

Originally Posted By: ClaraSue
Or you could be like me. When I was a young teen and not always thinking straight **snicker**, I went to a friends house while my parents were away, locked up the house like I'd been taught, but then left a note on the front door. "Mom, went to Linda's house. Key is under the door mat".


grin Love it!
Posted by: Jazmee27

Re: So tired she forgot - Sat Oct 13 2012 09:15 AM

This morning, pulled out the jar of peanut butter to spread some on toast--only, it was a can of soup!

I realized a split second before I had a soup sandwich smile
Posted by: authorspalace

Re: So tired she forgot - Sat Oct 13 2012 11:48 AM

Sometimes I ask where my purse is and then see myself holding it.
Posted by: Jazmee27

Re: So tired she forgot - Mon Oct 15 2012 05:08 PM

One time my TSS (Therapeutic Support Staff) and I were having a class and she looked at the time and said "Oh, 10:10--oh, we have plenty of time!" I looked at her and said, "I'm late." (This was during high school, in ninth or tenth grade, and I had applied bio/chem around 10 AM).

To this day I can't make note of the time 10:10 (morning or evenigng) without laughing.
Posted by: Jazmee27

Re: So tired she forgot - Fri Oct 26 2012 12:26 AM

I was checking my pencil case for my signature guide, sure that I must have put it with my pens (where it should be). First check, nothing. Second check, nada. Third, and final check, zilch...

Sometime later, found it in my walker bag (where it used to be). Seems I forgot to move the guide with the other stuff ! [For those who don't know, the "guide" is a piece of plastic (oops, I meant two pieces--that's what I get for writing early in the morning) with space in the center that helps me tell where I should write my signature--I mostly only use it anymore for the rent check or the occasional official document. (Like the paperwork I had to fill out in order to renew my non-driver's license ID.) Without it I have a tendency to "go uphill" or sometimes down--a problem if there is writing there frown or, the other thing that happens, if I don't use the guide, I get so self-conscious that I write my letters on top of each other frown ]
Posted by: mehaul

Re: So tired she forgot - Fri Oct 26 2012 02:22 AM

Writing Jubeliah-Orphella Quincefilmartin (JOQ) would take a guide for anyone's penmanship. Have you considered shortening it to Dinky Snickledoodle?
Posted by: Jazmee27

Re: So tired she forgot - Fri Oct 26 2012 02:13 PM

**That's the hardest I laughed all week* smile
Posted by: Jazmee27

Re: So tired she forgot - Fri Nov 02 2012 08:14 PM

I recently updated my checkbook, and I had to subtract the numbers in my head because my calculator no longer works (no good can come from that). Add to that the fact that it was late andI was tired...and you have a recipe for one funny incident.

I later called Mom to check my figuring.

The equation was: 709.63-161

My answer... 549.63.

After she gently corrected my numbers, I thanked Mom and hung up. For a few seconds I just sat there thinking, "How did she get 8 from--" And that's when it hit me--and I burst out laughing!

I've never been particularly good at mental subtraction--but that took the cake smile I was even writing steps on the computer (something I haven't done since I was forced to take that math class in college)
Posted by: mehaul

Re: So tired she forgot - Sat Nov 03 2012 03:50 AM

You must have been absent on the "Nine Minus..." day in school. I have trouble with the "Eight Times..." because that's when I was out with the Mumps. I picked up some of it from the quiz the teacher gave.