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A Noodlenoggin’s ID

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That I did this is absentminded. That I’ve done it before is mindlessly absentminded. That I’ve done it enough to be expert at it is absentminded mindlessness to the border of the noodlenoggin domain.

When I arrive at the end of an inbound commute, I need to take my ID card from its customary place hanging around my neck, so I can reach the security mechanism for getting me into the office garage. I usually place the ID on the passenger seat as I proceed into the garage, then all too often leave the ID behind on the seat when I head from the garage into the office building, only realizing my forgetfulness when I arrive at the main security post where I again need my ID to enter the building.

And you know how I hate to backtrack, even if only losing those few minutes I don’t have. A noodlenoggin am I.

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Written by macheide

13 November 2008 at 8:00 am

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Doesn’t French Cuisine Use It?

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Yesterday I asked to make sure we had everything I would need to make french toast this morning. Yes, Susan assured me, we have the milk and the eggs, and there is Texas toast in the freezer. So I was out in the kitchen this morning earlier than she and Nat were awake, setting out the eggs so they’d be room temp, then poking in the freezer for the box that said Texas toast, setting that out to defrost. I did notice that the label on the box said a little bit more than Texas toast, but shrugged it off, figuring I’d simply never noticed when I’ve made french toast before, maybe because Susan usually gave me slices that were already defrosted.

Nat made it into the kitchen about an hour later, pleased to see the coffee already brewed. I’d already put the box of Texas toast back in the freezer with what I wouldn’t be using, but she recognized what particular kind of Texas toast it was in the bag. So was puzzled, but shrugged it off, figuring maybe she’d finally discovered the secret ingredient that makes my french toast something she raves about.

Susan, who made it into the kitchen shortly thereafter, knew better. She knows I’m simply a noodlenoggin.

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Written by macheide

2 August 2008 at 9:16 am

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Forget Something, Mister?

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So I’m through building security and halfway out to my car before I realize I’m without my keys. And you know how I hate retracing my steps once I’ve headed off. Almost anything else, and I’d just leave it until next week when I get back into the office. For my car keys, that would be difficult to pull off.

So I trudge back up to my office. Brief panic sets in as my eyes quickly scan my ultra-clean desk space – no keys!! Amazing, the dense thunderclouds of dark visions that swept through my head in the microsecond before I lucked into seeing what the snapshot here reveals. As obvious as it appears when at the center of focus, it would have been so easy to overlook it. And then how stupid I would have felt if we’d found them after I’d gone through whatever turmoil might have pursued me had I not seen where I’d left the keys.

So have I just been working too hard this week? Nah. I’m a noodlenoggin.

(Postscript: Mildly curious that the office drama of the week involved temporary loss of the office keys, raising the spectre of potential security breaches and the temporary inaccessibility of locked files and mail, among other headaches.)

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Written by macheide

30 July 2008 at 4:13 pm

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Spills Like Tomato Juice

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Fact: Kittens raised on a barge will eat or drink just about anything.

Fact: V-8 juice on a light tan carpet looks like someone has just been murdered.

Conclusion: Leaving a nearly full opened can of V-8 juice out on my nightstand makes me a noodlenoggin.

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Written by macheide

3 July 2008 at 12:03 pm

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Immobility

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Written by macheide

20 May 2008 at 3:22 pm

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Black Sock Left, Navy Right

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black sock left, navy right
One risk inherent in keeping my old “walking shoes” around for yard work and such, after getting myself a newer pair to wear into the office: when both pairs mix it up partying under the bed, I need to be a little more careful about pairing them up. Sometime within the past several weeks – before I went to New Orleans, I think, so this would have affected what I was wearing to my meetings there – I left what I thought were the old pair back in my closet, then had been wearing what I thought to be my new pair from bedside. Today I only happened to look more closely at them, else who knows how much longer this pairing might have persisted. Noodlenoggin! Eh, at least I didn’t try to pair a right with a right.

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Written by macheide

10 May 2008 at 1:14 pm

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And Throw Away the Key

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My most important list of passwords is in a file that of course is itself password protected. And although that file’s password follows a personal set of rules that are supposed to ensure I would never forget that one, even if knocked good and hard over my noodlenoggin head, it does use one of the more complicated variations of that personal set of rules. So just in case I were to ever forget that special variation, I’ve written down clues for myself, split those into several pieces, and hid them in places in my office where they’d not likely be found even if accidentally left to a new office occupant. But of course, then it takes me some detective work trying to think how I think I might have thought to remember where all those places were, then it takes me some trial-and-error to recall how I coded those pieces themselves. Then one additional lock of which I’ll not even give more than this veiled reference.

Noodlenoggin. One of these days, I’ll lock myself out permanently, watch me.

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Written by macheide

17 March 2008 at 11:44 am

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