Adventures in driving

It is very obvious Albert and I have different approaches.

How Albert takes Megan to orchestra rehearsal:

  1. Eat dinner.
  2. Leave very early.
  3. Go directly to rehearsal.
  4. Arrive early.
  5. End result: husband = happy, daughter = happy

How Angela takes Megan to rehearsal: (a recap of today’s happenings)

  1. End up in meetings most of the day.
  2. Lose track of time and realize she is late to get home.
  3. Run out the office door, forgetting to shut down the copying job she was supposed to shut down (and not realizing it  until 3 hours later). Hope that copier isn’t overflowing with paper everywhere.
  4. Rush home. Phone rings while she is driving. Illegal to talk on phone while driving. Needs a headset but forgot it at home. Puts phone on speaker and hears Albert asking her to stop by fencing to pick up the car.
  5. Goes to fencing and switches car.
  6. Rushes home.
  7. Doesn’t have time to eat dinner so eats a banana while Megan packs a dinner for her mom.
  8. Rushes out the door. Finally is heading to rehearsal, only a few minutes late departure time.
  9. Looks for Hwy 50. Sees Business 80 (which is Hwy 50) and doesn’t notice the “50” on the other side of the sign. Thinks, I’m looking for 50, not 80. I must take the other fork.
  10. Takes the wrong turn.
  11. Realizes she is on the wrong freeway so gets off at the first exit and turns back.
  12. Realizes there is no way to get to Hwy 50 when she is going in that direction.
  13. Exits off another exit and circles around to get back on the freeway going in the right direction.
  14. After a while, realizes that the surroundings look suspiciously like Davis.
  15. Finally sees some signs and realizes it IS Davis! She is back where she started!
  16. Exits off Davis (Chiles Road) and ends up on a very dark, deserted road, circling around to the other side of the freeway to get back on.
  17. Megan comments, “How come every time I go driving with Mommy, it seems like we end up on a dark, deserted road?” Out of the mouth of babes. So true, so sad.
  18. Finally, half an hour of time wasted, go the right direction, get on Hwy 50, and make it to rehearsal.
  19. Megan is late. Drop her off and she sets off running.
  20. Stay in the car to eat my dinner. Realize my dinner has leaked all over the lunch bag.
  21. Drink my water and spill water on myself and my phone. Realize I forgot to close the cap tightly.
  22. After dinner, go into rehearsal to wait for Megan and work on my computer. All the chairs are taken because I’m late. I sit on the floor, still in my work dress clothes because I didn’t have time to change because I was late.
  23. End result: daughter = stressed, mother = laughing hysterically at the comical scene in her life

Final quote from Megan after rehearsal: “I think next time I will see if Daddy can drive me.”

My response: “Hey, at least you know every time you drive with Mommy, it will be an adventure.”

So people think I’m organized. Now the real truth is out: it’s a coping mechanism because tonight was an example of the true state of what my life would be if I allowed my natural inclinations to take over. Being organized is the way I keep sane.

A Yee

Angela Yee is a professional designer (graphic design, stage design, interior design — angelayeedesign.com) and teaches leadership skills at strategysketchnotes.com.

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  1. Patty Kashiwamura - January 30, 2009

    LOL! Angela,
    I love it that no matter how many things we write down to do, and do it the right way, we don’t always accomplish it physically. I’m beginning to notice that it’s my idealistic mind that creates and organizes everything (that’s sanity) doesn’t really coincide with my the signals for the rest of my body to follow. Like waking up at 6 am and going to work out… 🙂

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