I am a terrible multi-tasker. And when I say terrible, I mean, I am always doing it. I read an article somewhere about multi tasking and that it actually reduces performance in each area one is tasking in/on. For instance; when I am cooking, doing emails and mothering, I am not doing my best at any one of them. This article (which of course I cannot find) states that by actually slowing down and focusing on one thing, fewer mistakes will occur and better performance overall.
I am pretty sure I have a problem though. I can’t slow down. Or do one thing. Right now I am typing, mothering (oh ok it is called not paying attention to my kids), a load of laundry and …I could say cooking…though it is a meal I threw together in a crock pot…heck..I am gonna say cooking too. The problem? I kinda like it. Almost feels like a need. Seriously. I find myself feeling awkward in silence. In stillness.
Yesterday, my ten-year old’s friend was going home and asked if I would stand outside and watch her walk to her house. So of course I said yes. I mean, I can stop what I am doing and watch a kid get safely home. Right? Being the good friend’s mother that I am. Out the front door I went, and stood in the front yard. And watched. After ten seconds I started twitching.
Where is my phone? Why didn’t I bring it outside with me? Should I sneak inside and get it? Wait..if I do that..she could get kidnapped in that ten second window. Really? Yes really. Well if you had your phone you wouldn’t be watching her anyhow, would you? Yes…I just would check my email real quick. Or take a quick gander at Facebook or read a post from a fellow blogger….
This was the freaking conversation going on in my head. In the minute and a half it took that sweet girl to walk home. I couldn’t even stand being still for a minute and a half.
It happens everywhere.
The bigger problem is I am setting a fine example for my kiddos.
I think God is helping me with my problem a little bit. After almost seven years of perfect cell phone coverage…my cell phone hardly works in my house now. I think the tower was tweaked…
Am I the only person…mother..that finds it very difficult to just be still? Or to do only one thing? And how sad is it that I can’t just mother? Shouldn’t that be so all-consuming and special that it fills me up? Damn. Mother of the year award time again.
I really appreciate my yoga. It is so HOT and takes so much concentration to get into, and STAY in the poses, that I have no choice but to be still. To find balance. And harmony. I do believe it may be saving my life. Or my children’s lives. Depends on how you look at it…
I am working on this problem though. Really, I am. By doing things that clash with my electronics. Like hikes. Swimming. And picking up trash together.
Another thing I love to do…even with my
brats kids, is to cook. Especially to bake.
Like these. Don’t they look delicious?
They weren’t. They were awful. Jack, the dog, barely tolerated them and he licks his own butt.
The next batch was much, much better. Quite delicious. I thought I would try a different flour recipe with the first batch. Massive fail. So I went back to my favorite gluten-free flour.
They went perfect with my Chardonnay I had chilling so that I could slow down (uh…doesn’t everyone drink Chardonnay with blueberry muffins?). Yes folks..wine does help with the multi tasking problem. By glass two (or is it three?) I forget where the hell the cell phone is. Sometimes the kids too.
Gluten/Dairy Free Blueberry Muffins (the GOOD recipe)
- Bisquick gluten-free flour (2 cups)
- 2/3 cup almond milk (non sweetened original)
- 3 eggs (or egg substitute)
- 2 tablespoons baking powder
- 1/2 cup agave nectar
- 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
- Mix the flour and baking soda together
- Add the cinnamon and sift
- In a blender add the dry mix and milk slowly then one egg at a time
- Mix in the agave nectar and vanilla extract
- Once mixed, mix in the blueberries by hand so as not to squish them (leave a handful out for topping); after mixed spoon into cupcake/muffin pan and place a fresh blueberry on top of each muffin
- Bake 15-18 minutes until golden brown
Makes about 10 muffins.