Tuesday, September 12, 2006

In computer science we have the concept of a background process or job. It's some task that a computer performs while simultaneously doing other potentially more important things. This ability to do tasks "in the background" is what enables our government's super computers to win the war in Iraq while at the same time keep illegal aliens out of the country.

Our brains have a similar ability. It's trivial for most of us to, for example, instruct our legs to walk, while simultaneously chewing the hell out of a potentially distracting piece of Juicy Fruit gum. Mmmmmm, Juicy Fruit.

Doing one thing in the background isn't too hard, but this week I'm juggling more than I can handle. With Hank out of the house on her Vegas "business" trip, all of a sudden there are a zillion things about Daisy and our daily lives that I need to track. At any point in time I need to be aware of:
  • Where's Daisy?!?!
  • Do I have her allergy medicine nearby?
  • Is she wearing sunscreen?
  • Is she dressed right for the weather?
  • How many minutes left until school starts, or ends, or until dinner, or bedtime,
  • Is she keeping up on her homework?
  • What am I going to feed her?
  • etc
By 7:35 in the morning I'm already mentally exhausted from ensuring that everything on the pre-school checklist is under control. I'm not used to cooking her breakfast while brushing her hair and thinking about what snacks to pack in her lunchbox. I feel like I'm always one moment of distraction away from squeezing sunscreen onto her bagel. $10 says she'd have an allergic reaction to it too.

Anyway, I'm just venting. I'm sure that many people are much more busy than me, but most of them probably aren't as lazy as I am. That's what really kills me. Where's my lazing time? Apparently it's at 10:16pm.

On a how-do-you-like-them-apples note, Hank called tonight. She's out dancing, and probably not even chewing gum at the same time.


Anonymous said...

Zelda here: Well, I remember that running around keeping all the balls in the air and making sure not one falls, but that was when I was young. Now, well, it's hard enough to remember to take my blood pressure meds. So, I can relate to your mental exhaustion over your mental list. Just remember, other than keeping her safe, the rest will be okay.

patsy said...

so you think we are winning the war and keep the aliens out . your thinking powers are not what i would expect from a smart computer x pert.

Mike said...

Zelda, seems like even keeping her safe is exhausting.

Patsy, that was a bit of sarcasm on my part. I'll admit that my jokes aren't always particularly well crafted. My brain full.

patsy said...

truth is mike i knew it was sarcasm. nobody except georgie could be that dumb.

Mike said...

Patsy, so it's not that you don't get my sense of humor, it's that I don't recognize yours. I'll be more vigilant for future quips.