Friday, January 20, 2012

Sometimes I’m Really Smart….


But most of the time I’m an idiot. I have a very high IQ, but you would never think that if you met me. It’s not lack of brains that causes this, but lack of awareness of time and space. I’ve always been this way. I have a very active imagination and can spend a lot of time there – and I don’t always have control of when my mind chooses to wander.

Got to Hyperbole and a Half to read and LOVE the blog post including the simple dog featured left.  I relate to that dog more than I would like.

I must have driven my teachers insane. I frequently didn’t do assignments because I wasn’t aware the assignments existed. I didn’t care all that much about the grades (having an ego a mile wide about my own abilities and not needing to be defined by a letter grade) so I was difficult to get through to. Then, every once in a while, I’d knock my teacher’s and fellow student’s socks off by saying something on topic AND brilliant. So I was in honors classes, but was always in a non-drug induced haze (I was a really good kid, all in all). If I was a high school student today, I would probably be medicated for ADD. Then, I was just in la-la land.

Coffee doesn't actually make me energetic.
 And I still am. Today I put the water in the coffee pot and added the beans and turned it on. When I got light brown hot water, I realized I hadn’t put the beans through the grinder where they'd get ground then pour themselves into the filter part. In the past, I’ve put in water and no grounds, grounds but no water, and water and grounds, but didn’t put the top back on the pot so the water ended up pooling in the grounds filter and spilling gritty hot water everywhere. I do have a good understanding of how to operate my coffee maker – but I still am not always entirely present because my mind is very busy.

I drive myself crazy. I know I drive other people crazy – I just don’t realize it at the time it’s happening.

The good news about my idiosyncrasies is that they provide me with a good understanding of students who function well below their potential. It also has led to some good writing. I have learned that I always need to be doing something or I will drift off. I’ve done some awesome writing during staff meetings – and that writing has kept me on task and actively listening. I have a staff meeting later today and anticipate finishing my final scene in Courtly Abandon.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, my coffee is ready (so says the beeper). I will find out what happens when you put hot, wet beans into the grinder.

8 comments:

Karyn Reed said...

I have a friend who is lovingly known as "the dumbest smart person I know." Book smarts don't always come with common sense. That is good for us other folks who may not be geniuses but we almost always remember to grind the coffee beans. We all can't be good at everything or life would be boring.

*~Briget~* said...

Wow...we could be best friends! But we would never give each other our full attention :) I think you have a beautiful understanding of how Elijah's mind operates too.

Erin Kane Spock said...

@Karyn, life is definitely never boring.

@Briget, I totally relate to Elijah. I'm not a great friend because I simply forget things unless they're written down. Luckily, the friends that know this about me give me frequent reminders.

BTW, the coffee got ground up, but then was a thick paste and did not pour into the filter area as it was supposed to. I have since done a very thorough cleaning of the coffee maker.

*~Briget~* said...
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*~Briget~* said...

I almost NEVER have issues with my coffee maker. It's my lifeline!! It's become one of those things I don't actually have to think about anymore, like breathing. I got a Keurig for Christmas and had to learn to operate that with as much ease as I did my old coffee maker. I guess when it's something necessary for you to actually function you'll figure it out QUICKLY! I have issues with the oven. Forgetting either to set the timer, turn the oven ON, or put the food in the oven, or a combination of any of those. I mean, do people really NEED to eat?? I had my coffee, so all is well...

Avadonja said...

Not a coffee fan. Good luck and get back to writing. :)

Stacy McKitrick said...

Why don't you buy the coffee that's already GROUND? Wouldn't that save you some time in the long run? Just a thought.

Donna Amis Davis said...

Greetings from a fellow Platform-Building Campaigner!

My husband and I love Hyperbole and a Half, too. Though she bled all over her blog in her October post about her depression. A tortured genius.

Congratulations on your completed WIP's! That's great. I'm only 9000 words into my first one. Lots to learn.

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