I had a found hour between getting home from work and needing to get on a video conference call. I knew immediately what I would do with my time. Read. A book I had requested through interlibrary loan arrived that day, and I am always eager to start the shiny new book.
3:35. Sit down to read.
3:38 Get up to adjust pillows on chair.
3:39. Sit back down to read.
3:40. Feel thirsty.
3:42. Sit back down to read with glass of water.
3:45. Realize I’m still in work clothes. I’d be more comfortable in sweats.
3:49. Sit back down to read wearing sweats.
3:55. Acknowledge that I have felt the itch to check my email or text messages at least 200 times in the last 20 minutes. Feel virtuous that I have resisted.
3:56. Give in to urge to check email and text messages. Nothing new.
3:57. Set phone back down. Go back to reading.
3:58. Remember a work email I was supposed to send. Pick up phone.
4:00. Set phone back down. Go back to reading.
4:02. Notice Chipotle. The light is good. I should try to take a photo.
4:03. Cute but kind of goat-eyed. Light definitely good. Snap more trying to get a non-wonky one. Several out of focus. Another goat-eye.
4:04. Feel satisfied with a good photo.
4:05. But he’s really cute, so take a few more. Inadvertently capture another yawn photo to add to my collection. Why does this cat yawn every time I take his picture?
4:06. Set phone down. Get back to reading.
4:07. Notice Chipotle keeps looking up at the cabinet where we store his favorite toy.
4:08. Snap another photo.
4:09. Set my phone down and pick up my book.
4:10. Maybe I should play with the cats? I could read and twirl their toy around. That’s an example of good multitasking.
4:11. Play with cats. Oliver looks cute in chair. Love the light. Maybe just one more photo?
4:12. Ok, only 15 minutes of reading time left. Focus! Set down phone and pick up book.
4:15. Oh crap, I forgot to charge my laptop. No way it has enough charge for this video call. Search for charger.
4:17: Sit back down. Pick up book.
4:18. Where did the toy go?
4:19. Sit back down. Pick up toy and book.
4:20. Did I get the message with directions for the conference call? Maybe I should check.
4:21. Oh! I have a couple of new emails. I should respond.
4:23. Forgot to text my husband to remind him about my conference call.
4:24. Set down phone. Pick up book.
4:25. Check time. Almost 4:30! Better get laptop set up.