It’s in the Genes


I say: Do you know what this is?

You say: Yes Crystal, it’s a cup of tea.
(You also think to yourself: Oh man, Crystal is losing it!)


Not to worry; I still have a few of my marbles left. 😉

This is a cold cup of tea because . . .

I am an incurable multi-tasker!!!

It’s true. I can’t tell you how many teabags I have failed to rescue before they’ve turned my cup of tea to lukewarm mud.

How does this happen? Well, right after I pour the hot water, I think – “Hmmm… while this is steeping, I’ll just check the mail, or maybe start a shopping list, or make the bed, or pay a bill”. My intention is just to do something quick, but one thing leads to another and before I know it, half an hour has passed.


When I finally return to my tea… it’s too strong and too cold. Lest you worry that it’s wasted; I do nuke it and add extra milk to try and rehabilitate it, but I really don’t enjoy it that way.

I fear I’ve passed this flawed genetic material on to my daughter. She, too, appears to be a multi-tasker. The other day, the subject came up as we were chatting and she said:

“Oh that happens to me too! I’ll be sorting laundry and then will realize I should go grab some dirty towels…but then I get sidetracked in the bathroom by stopping to clean the sink. As I scrub, my tummy rumbles and I remember (oooh yum!) I have cheese and crackers in the fridge! I’m off to get them…then decide to treat myself a bit and watch some TV while I enjoy my snack. One episode of CHiPs later and it hits me…I never started the washer! Ok, I’ll just put my snack plates in the dishwasher first…. Oh, but the dishwasher is full of clean stuff! Must put THAT away, of course…

And in the midst of all of this, I might be suddenly tweezing my eyebrows or checking Facebook. Or napping. It happens!”

Poor kid, along with a wonderful sense of humor from her Dad, I guess she inherited the multi-task bug from me.

I must be a “carrier”! How about you? 😉



It’s in the Genes — 10 Comments

  1. Yes, I must be a carrier also. I’ve learned to drink coffee cold, for this very reason. It gags my hubby; I’ll carry around a cup of cold coffee and sip on it all day, because I’m too busy to heat it up or I get distracted on the way to heat it up. I have come to discover that the microwave will only beep a finite number of times before it decides to stop reminding you that your coffee was done 20 minutes ago. I need an alarm to remind me that the timer will go off, but then I would have 2 things to turn off or remember to set, or forget where I put them. What was I saying? beep beep beep Oh, and as I write this, I’ve had Biggest Loser on pause, for over 2 hours. I suppose I should go see who got voted off now. 🙂

  2. Snowflake…I think I wrote that comment. I was going to say if you drank coffee you could just heat it, but after reading Snowflake, I was reminded that I make it in the nuker, 1/2 hour later after looking all over for my coffee I pour a new cup, then when I go to nuke that one, I find the first one in the nuker….

    x, Carol

  3. I am a terrible multitasker! I am also a little bit OCD so I am constantly running around doing something and I am always late. I feel that I have to get everything done before I leave the house, (dishes, laundry, etc.) but I am always finding something else that needs to be done. Although, I never leave my coffee or tea, that just goes with me. I am bad about laundry; I’ll tumble the dryer countless times (and walk away to do something else and forget about it!) before I actually fold the laundry. Speaking of laundry….I have some tumbling now!

  4. lol! Oh man does that sound like me, I do it with toast as I don’t drink tea 🙂 I put it in and think right I will run to put some washing on and I get distracted by something that needs a soak and then I walk past something on the way and think where did that bib come from! so I walk back and put it in then the postie turns up and I go see that and then I think oh yeah my toast, meanwhile the bubba is running a muck around the house, lol, so I get back to my toast and it is cold! Warm it up, butter it and then I have to go rescue my daughter from something and back in the cycle again.

  5. We have tea every night before bed (it’s the only thing that has calmed my many somnambulisms) and steeping is always a problem. I bought a cheapo digital timer at the dollar store that clips on, so I clip it onto my shirt and go off while my tea steeps. As soon as it goes off I put it in my hand so I can’t do anything until I get my tea 🙂

  6. And here I thought I was the only one.
    I used to make all the tea I drank in the tea pot.
    Then, I just started using the one cup method.
    And I found that I would arrive back to the kitchen counter
    to find a strong cup of tea!!!! And cold! I now stay at the counter
    until I get the tea bag and sugar in and my tea cup cosy on the cup.
    I knit a cosy especially for the tea cup I like to use. Works well
    for keeping the tea warm. I still have to use the microwave at times when
    I sit down to enjoy my tea and I think to myself, I must do this about that – right now, and off I go.

  7. First, that’s a very pretty cup, Miss Crystal!

    It’s so nice to read that you, your daughter, and everyone here, all have the same problem I have! So much to do and so little time…now I need a cup of tea!

    Paulette xoxo

  8. I think that “gene ” is actually the XX chromosome…Look at all we expect ourselves to do! We’d never get anywhere, doing one thing at a time! Plus I suspect it would be boring.

    Plus, you know, there is such a thing as iced tea. Very forgiving of those of us with busy schedules..;).

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