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.