July 25, 2007

Forest - Trees

I'm a detail person. But not really. I like numbers and trends and patterns. I can tell you what sale price we ran OJ at in a certain chain of stores in November of 1999.

But yet I can't tell you what I wore to work yesterday.

I memorize entire sets of product, hundreds of items, but forget to stop at the store for milk.

I can remember my buyers names and phone numbers for most of my major accounts over the past few years, but I can't remember what my mother's phone number is.

It's simple, I can't see the forest for the trees. Hell, half the time I can't see the trees for the branches.

It's very frustrating sometimes. Folks get used to me knowing and remembering then ask me something EVERYONE would know and I got nothin'.

And it's getting worse. I've mentioned on more than one occasion how I forget to pack a certain item when traveling. Well, it's getting worse. And it's spreading.

Some days I feel like a complete ditz. And I have to tell you, I hate those kind of women. The ones who just don't "get it". I've got a quick mind, it's just full right now.

I watched the movie Momento last night. It was pretty good, not one I'd call my favorite, but it was a fine way to spend the evening.

But I sooooo got his "issue". The man can't make new memories. He remembers everything up to a certain point in his life, but from then on out he only remembers what he writes down or tattoos on his body.

Now, I'm not doin' the tattoo thing, mainly because I'm really not a fan of needles. But the notes? Reminders? EVERYWHERE.

And it's not just "things" I forget anymore. It's movie lines/plots. It's conversations. It's schtuff.

So trust me. I'm not nearly as ditzy as it seems. I'm really NOT a dumb girl. I'm just overwhelmed and understaffed.

Well, that and directionally challenged. But hey - I do make a mean manicotti, and I haven't forgotten THAT........yet!!!

Posted by Tammi at July 25, 2007 07:30 AM | TrackBack

Mmmm... manicotti!

...now... what were you saying? LOL!

Actually, I think a lot of us are suffering from "Information Overload". I'm frankly amazed that Arthur can remember my name some days... ;)

Posted by: pam at July 25, 2007 09:01 AM

You need a Treo. It is an excellent substitute for short term memory.

Posted by: og at July 25, 2007 09:30 AM

I love my Treo - it is great for stuff like that.
But as for packing, I have a small sheet of paper inside my suitcase with everything I need to b_ring.
I see it as I throw things in and it review it before I close it. I've grabbed a few things each time. It is also helping when leaving the hotel - I've remembered to grab a charger from the corner floor...
I also have a list of what papers I need for my taxes. I attach a copy to the folder I start each year for the receipts. That way, come tax time, I know what I'll need to collect.
So it isn't just "lists", it is task-specific, location-specific lists.
I use lists - and I don't think anyone is going to call me a 'ditz'.

Posted by: _Jon at July 25, 2007 11:21 AM

Your spam filter prevented the "b_r" of "b_ring". (minus the _ )

Posted by: _Jon at July 25, 2007 11:22 AM

At first, I read your statement of "I'm really NOT a dumb girl" as "overwhelmed and undersatisfied" as opposed to understaffed....

It does make more sense now!! :)

Posted by: ktreva at July 25, 2007 06:48 PM

"I'm really NOT a dumb girl. I'm just overwhelmed and understaffed"

Tammi needs to get "staffed" :-)

Posted by: Harvey at July 26, 2007 03:11 PM

See!! Harvey read it the same way as I did!!

Oh crap, that's not a good thing, is it?!

Posted by: ktreva at July 26, 2007 05:02 PM

I have the opposite problem. I can remember phone numbers, license plates, SSNumbers, etc, but if you introduce me to somebody I will not remember their name in 5 minutes. Give me their phone number and ask me in 6 months and I will be able to rattle it off, but the name? Nada. No idea why. I can even remember my parent's and my brother's license plates from back in the 1950's and mine from 3 states ago but not my next door neighbor's name. It bugs me!!

Posted by: dick at July 28, 2007 08:54 PM
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