October 13 11

The very first time I brought my now-husband home to meet the Atlanta side of the family, my dad picked the two of us up and took us to lunch to a place called Lettuce Souprise you. (Get it? It’s very clever, you see.) We sat down to eat and my dad pulled out that day’s paper and read it—cover-to-cover—while we ate lunch. It has now become another one of our funny in-law stories.

(My favorite one, of course, is from the first time I met my in-laws. My English father-in-law was telling a story about frequenting a pawn shop. Only what I’d heard was, obviously, that he’d been visiting a PORN shop, because his Leeds accent pronounces those two words exactly the same way. Pawn. Porn.)

But as I sit on my couch researching something on the laptop while I play Settlers of Catan on my iphone while I watch Revenge while I listen to a story about Emily likely needing braces, I have this sort of a-ha moment and realize that this trait must be inherited. This inability to just simply do one thing at one time. I can’t do it. I can’t ride the subway without reading a book and listening to music. I can’t cook without talking on the phone and dancing. I can’t sit in the backyard without eating cheese and crackers and writing a blog post and taking pictures. I can’t eat a bowl of cereal without reading every single word printed on the box.

And then I started to think about the weirder ones.

You guys.

I brush my teeth while in the shower.

I read a book while blowing my hair dry.

I always try to explain to my children that quirky is good; it’s great, even. Quirky is so much better than vanilla. Let your freak flags fly, I say!

Only now I’m starting to wonder if this is more than a quirk. Maybe it’s a disease. Maybe I need a possible intervention.

But you’ll have to wait until I’m done watching the news while drinking my coffee while making pancakes while running Emily’s play lines while fixing Josh’s shoe.

Tell me I’m not alone. PLEASE.

 

(Also, please tell me if I will be seeing you at Blissdom Canada tonight and if you’ll be joining my Lifestyle Tribe. I’ll be the girl wearing the lady-of-the-nightesque eyeliner, the hair that needs to be cut and the smell of subway and coffee. I’m a vision, really. Since I will be coming straight from work, I’ll also also in need of borrowing someone’s hotel room to drop all of my work stuff and to maybe, possibly, tame my ferocious mane. Anyone?)

 

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  1. I totally read a book while drying my hair!

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    ali replied on

    Seriously…you always make me feel so much better about my weirdness!
    love you. xoxo

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    Comment by Charna on October 13, 2011
  2. I read this while drinking coffee, walking Henry to school and talking to him about the stupid testing they have this week. I did wait til I walked in the door to comment. Just thought you might want to know you’re not alone!

    It should also be said that I’m writing this while listening to a story on the news about somebody not being allowed to let their flag fly outside their home. Wonder if that’s an American flag or their Freak Flag?

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    Comment by Jana A on October 13, 2011
  3. I’ll be at Blissdom tonight and Saturday!

    How do you read a book while drying your hair? That is a talent!

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    ali replied on

    I read on my iphone…

    ONE HANDED, FTW!

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    mapsgirl replied on

    I don’t think that I should even try that. It wouldn’t end well.

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    Comment by mapsgirl on October 13, 2011
  4. Brushing your teeth in the shower saves time, so that’s just practical. And reading while drying your hair makes perfect sense too… it can take a while, and it’s not like you *really* need to pay attention. You’re really just saving time.

    Sadly, not going to Blissdom – I didn’t hear about it until it was sold out, because I am obviously very far out of the loop. In my own city too. *sigh*
    Have a wonderful time!

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    Comment by Jessica on October 13, 2011
  5. Don’t worry Ali, I’m the same. I can’t do anything by itself. I read while I watch TV, I go online while I dry my hair.

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    Comment by Tammi Marie on October 13, 2011
  6. I also cannot just do one thing at a time. When I was a kid, it was watch TV, read a book, listen to music and talk on the phone all at the same time. It drove my parents crazy. Now it’s watch tv, tweet on my blackberry, play Words With Friends on my iPod and surf the net on my computer – all at the same time. And it drives my husband crazy. So really, nothing’s changed.

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    Comment by suze on October 13, 2011
  7. You are not alone…I listen to audio books while I cook. So kind of reading and cooking simultaneously?

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    Comment by Jen on October 13, 2011
  8. I cannot figure out how you read a book and dry your hair! It requires two hands for me to dry my hair lol. I WISH I had your kind of talent ;)

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    ali replied on

    iphone! I read on my iphone! :)

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    Comment by Andrea on October 13, 2011
  9. I do this too — all the time — but it annoys my family. They ask why I can’t sit still. I ask, “Why sit still?” While listening to my kid tell me about his day, I’m throwing the ball for the dog, folding laundry and reading email. It’s rare that I’m not doing at least three things at a time…
    You are NOT ALONE. : )

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    Comment by Pam @writewrds on October 13, 2011
  10. Confessed multi-tasker here as well. When I’m watching TV, I’m usually playing solitaire, texting with friends, and playing tug-o-war with the dog.

    Cooking is one of the few places I don’t multi-task as much, mostly because I really get into the feeling of everything. And I’m honestly using all of my senses while I cook. Though I sometimes dance while I drink wine and cook.

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    Comment by Darcey on October 13, 2011
  11. It’s a talent Ali. Truly, a talent.

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    Comment by Heather on October 13, 2011
  12. I’m the same way. I don’t brush my teeth in the shower, but when I’m brushing my teeth, I open the blinds, feed the cats, get my stuff for my lunch and breakfast out of the fridge and get out my clothes.

    I probably would read a book while drying my hair if a) I liked blow drying my hair (I bought the world’s most powerful hair dryer to cut down the time I dry my hair) and b) if I didn’t blow dry my hair upside down.

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    Comment by Kristabella on October 13, 2011
  13. I read a book while blow drying my hair, too! AND I read it hanging my head upside down (for volume!). Yep!

    Lately I’m on a big “efficiency” kick. I want to take as few steps as possible while cleaning and getting ready in the morning/getting ready for bed (WHY does it take me so long to get ready for bed? My husband is all “I’m going to bed” and is in bed literally 30 seconds later. I’m like WAIT FOR ME…30 minutes later I make it into bed). This little efficiency kick of mine has led to some rather interesting new maneuvers. Not quite habits yet. We’ll see.

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    Comment by Brittany on October 13, 2011
  14. I started brushing my teeth in the shower a few year back and think it is a great idea. I’d much rather stand in a warm shower to do this that over a sink. I catch myself just standing to enjoy the water anyway, so why not use that time wisely?

    I bring my laptop into the bathroom and read blogs or something when I’m drying my hair and catch up on hulu (we cancelled cable) while I’m doing my makeup.

    Also – I can’t get into bed without either a book or my laptop (Kindle Fire on its way to me, so I’ll have that joining me soon). Unless I am so tired that I can’t keep my eyes open, it feels weird to me to just lay there and wait to fall asleep.

    I think some of these things are good (the teeth brushing in shower), but I really think some of the other ‘keep busy multitasking’ things should probably be cut out. These kind of things cause me to tune out my family sometimes (I’ve resisted getting a phone where I can do more than text or call, thank goodness…that would send me spiraling downward). I think I should reduce trying to do several things at once to combat the possibility of boredom in order to just appreciate moments more.

    Laura

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    Comment by Laura on October 13, 2011
  15. I always brush my teeth in the shower, it’s just so efficient! I have to let my conditioner sit for 2 minutes anyway, so why not scrub my pearly whites at the same time!

    xox

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    Comment by heidikins on October 13, 2011
  16. I should learn to dry my hair.

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    Comment by Tamara on October 13, 2011
  17. Yeah, another freak over here. Last Friday night, I was writing a blog post while doing squats during the commercial breaks watching Fringe.

    I would totally join your and Haley’s tribe, if I were going to BlissdomCanada this year. I asked my friend Susie to say hi to you for me, so if a tall filipina comes up to you and says “Nenette says hi”, that would be from me. :) Have fun!

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    Comment by Nenette on October 13, 2011
  18. I would have loved to see the look on your face as your fil says ‘porn’ shop .. ha ha ha .. so funny!

    And all those quirks, I do the SAME ones .. are they quirky? I mean, doesn’t everyone read a book while blow drying their hair!?

    During one television show I can listen and watch the entire show while also folding 3 baskets of laundry, baking choc chip cookies, watering the plants and filling in school papers. Multi-tasker for sure, but I think also when you work and have kids/husband/house/pets you HAVE to multitask!

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    Comment by Sarah on October 13, 2011
  19. My English husband prounces pawn the same way too! One day he called me at work to tell me he was going to stop at Pawn Shop on the way home to look for a bike. I spit out my water and then wondered why he would be looking for a bike at a porn shop. I still get confused when he says pawn, you’d think I’d have learned by now.

    Also, I brush my teeth in the shower too. Why not get something accomplished while you’re standing there loving the hot water, right?

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    Comment by Mrs. Commoner on October 13, 2011
  20. Oh, you’re so not alone on this. My problem is that I’ll be trying to do so many things at once that usually something gets neglected… like I’m horrid with cooking because I want to be cooking, IMing someone, reading a blog, while watching a TV show and then all of the sudden I’ve realized I’ve burned what I was cooking.

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    Comment by nikkiana on October 13, 2011
  21. I brush my teeth in the shower, too … sooooooo glad I’m not alone!!!

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    Comment by Kymber on October 13, 2011
  22. Hey Ali, I’ve been reading you on Curvy Girl Guide, and I had to laugh because today for some reason is the first time I’ve ventured to your blog, and low and behold, I’m your long lost twin! Seriously, I multi task all the time! Also, I wish I had known about Blissdom. I won’t be there because I’m taking this exact weekend to do a solitary writer’s retreat in Cambridge. LOL. I hope it all goes swimmingly though. I’m sure you will be listening to speakers as you sip your coffee, check your phone for messages, chat with the lady beside you and find a cure for the common cold.
    Have a great weekend!

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    Comment by bellawriter on October 13, 2011
  23. I read shampoo bottles while I shower. I brush my teeth while reading. I am currently following along on Twitter/reading blogs/IM’ing my BFF and working. Oh and listening to music. All at once. I watch TV at night while reading and playing Angry Birds. I can bake and help with homework in the evenings, while the TV is on.

    I am a multi-tasker x a zillion.

    If you are a freak well then I am too.

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    Comment by Issa on October 13, 2011
  24. You are so NOT alone. I cannot watch TV without the computer on my lap. I just can’t. It feels weird. Once in a while Noah and I try to watch TV together while doing nothing else … JUST watching TV. It feels weird. I can’t do it. I also can’t just fold laundry. I have to be watching TV while I fold laundry. HAVE TO. I also have to be watching something while I do the dishes. Or when I bake. You know, actually, I think I have more of a TV addiction than a multitasking addiction. I might look into that.

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    Comment by Mrs. Wilson on October 13, 2011
  25. Doing things simultaneously is not weird. I even admire those who have the concentration to do different tasks at the same time. It is difficult and it takes a lot of focus. Try it!

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    Comment by Tony Scott on October 13, 2011
  26. Many things women can do! It is so nice post you have. :-) thank you.

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    Comment by Gla on October 15, 2011
  27. Having children makes me do several things at the same time too :). Like studying with the kids, having the dinner on the stove, watching TV, chatting on my computer and maybe making a phone call. And telling of my youngest one in case he does something naughty. All this at the same time… We, women are good at multitasking :).

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    Comment by Anna on October 17, 2011
  28. During one television show I can listen and watch the entire show while also folding 3 baskets of laundry, baking choc chip cookies, watering the plants and filling in school papers. Multi-tasker for sure, but I think also when you work and have kids/husband/house/pets you HAVE to multitask!

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    Comment by Jasmine on October 17, 2011
  29. I totally brush my teeth in the shower, too! But I don’t read a blow while blow drying my hair, unless, of course, someone else is blow drying my hair. ;)

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    Comment by Loukia on October 17, 2011
  30. My mind just cracked open like a rotten coconut when I read this and realized I could be using my hair drying time as reading time!! WOOO!

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    Comment by Amanda on October 20, 2011
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