Monday, December 05, 2005

If you give an OCD mouse a cookie...

So there’s a book that I used to read to my brother when he was little – it was called “If You Give A Mouse A Cookie.” It was about how this little boy gave a mouse a cookie and then the mouse needed a glass of milk to go with it, and then it snowballs into pretty much an exhausting day long experience of activity that ends full circle with the mouse being hungry and asking for a cookie.

Stuff like this happens all the time, especially when I’m cleaning. I decided to clean my bathroom the other day, and got distracted by the drawer where I keep all my makeup. So I tidied that up and in the process had to put something in the bathroom closet, at which point I noticed that the closet was a disorganized mess. So I cleaned THAT out and after a couple of hours and a ton of stuff to get rid of, I finally got around to the actual cleaning of the bathroom.

Saturday, I wanted to start putting up my Christmas decorations and so I was looking at some of the places where I usually put them and I decide I need to dust and tidy up before I put anything new up. So I take down the 85 million picture frames on the shelves over the t.v., dust them and the shelves, put some of the frames back up and put some in another location, and hey! It’s time for lunch and so I’m making myself something but while I’m waiting for it to cook, I’ll just unload the dishwasher and clean these counters and oh yeah! I told Dan I’d give him the paint I used to paint the second bedroom so I need to get it out of the storage closet on the patio. Hmmm. I forgot that this pumpkin was out here – gross. I’ll just put it in a bag and scrub off where it was all mushy on the porch. Ok, done. You know, maybe I’ll rearrange this coffee table and see if I like it better this way – yes, yes I do. Where’s the Pledge? This table needs dusting. Hey! My lunch is ready. I’m just going to eat this and start burning Jeff’s cd. Oh wait – I need to load on a couple more songs that I want to put on it. I’ll just check out some blogs while I’m waiting. Hmmm, Becki hasn’t updated in a while – I should call her. Ok, now I’m going to make the cd cover – hey! “The Wedding Singer” is on! I love this movie. Man, I want a guy who would sing a song like “I Wanna Grow Old With You” to me. That is SO SWEET. Damn – is that really the time? I better take a shower and get ready to go to dinner.

The moral of the story is, if you give an OCD mouse a cookie -- or an idea that involves putting up decorations and therefore cleaning – well, it’ll turn into an all day activity that ends with the mouse still needing to put up the decorations. Sigh. I swear, this week I’m putting up ALL the decorations AND the tree. I’ll tell you one thing, I’m going to ONE tree lot this year (instead of last year’s 4) and I’m just going to pick out a tree. It’s not rocket science. It’s not life or death – IT’S A TREE. That’s the thought process, but whether I’m actually chill about it remains to be seen. Yeah – wish me luck.


I'll leave you with a picture of me and my boy Dane -- Merry Very Early Christmas!!


15 comments:

Kiki said...

I'm the same way when I start cleaning. But don't you feel so satisfied afterwards?? Like a great sense of accomplishment.
Cute picture! :)

Edge said...

This is EXACTLY why I only celebrate Festivus. This year I'm looking forward to the feats fo strength and airing of grievences.

~Jef

The Other Half said...

that's funny...i can be the same way...

Cheryl said...

haha too funny. Just be glad you never gave a moose a muffine (that's the next book). But it sounds like you got a lot accomplished...

Kyahgirl said...

feels good to get stuff cleaned up, eh? doesn't feel so good to wind up at the end of the day with your original task still undone though. Happens to me all the time. I was thinking it was more a chronic case of distractability but maybe its an OCD thing :-)
You and Dane are very cute!

Kellie said...

I totally feel that- I am the SAME WAY!

and I love that book! :)

Whinger said...

When this happens to me, that saying always runs through my mind, something along the lines of the best way to do something is to start it, and don't finish until it's done?

And then I scoff, and continue digressing.

Hope said...

I agree with kiki, doesn't it just feel so good once it's all done though? I'm the same way, and I cleaned my whole apartment this weekend, and DAMN it feels good!

C. said...

Hey Amber! Go job on getting it all done.... Very nice picture too. Mrs. Photogenic:)
C.

The Husband said...

i can't believe you would go to 4 different places to find a tree!

Stephanie said...

Wow. That's so ME. Scary. Hope all goes well with the Christmas Decorating!

dasi said...

HEY!! I watched "The Wedding Singer" too!! I love that he played the somg on BIlly Idol's guitar... Rock on, Robby!!

Romeo Jensen said...

Im gunna do a blog about my mom's ocd... I mean this woman has problems!!!

my mom folds the dirty laundry

no shizzle
she folds... the dirty laundry as she puts it in the basket... when its clean and she goes to put it in the drawer... she closes it really slowly... then has to open the drawer again to make sure the clothes haven't fallen over inside the drawer... its sick! this can go on for 10 - 15 minutes till she's satisfied they arent gunna fall over

as to cleaning the bathroom... as bachelors... my dad and I try to clean the bathroom at least once a year weither it needs it or not

romey

Marie said...

You crack me up! hehehe... You sound very much like my OCD friend who is chronically late because she gets sidetracked by multiple projects at home or elsewhere. :-)

That's such a cute photo, by the way.

Alice said...

i've heard of this "cleaning" thing before.... i suck at cleaning. i really really really really want my place to be super-sparkly spotless, but never seem to manage to clean often enough for that to happen. clearly, i need a maid service. HEY! THAT's what i want for christmas! a maid!