Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Memories, stretched between the pages of my mind

Or is that stuck between the pages or stretched between the corners? Stuck into the corners? Argh!!!!! See? It's already happening!!!

So the other day a friend and I were talking about memories. Not actual memories but the ability to remember. Now please note that the things I am about to say I do not mean in a bragging sort of way at all, it's just the way things happen to be - at the moment.

For some reason I have the uncanny ability to remember many, many things. I'm great with numbers. I can tell you so many peoples telephone #'s home and cell. I remember peoples birthdays. Sometimes to an annoying degree. I mean really - Ruby Cline. I haven't seen her since I was a sophomore in high school. Do I really need to remember that her birthday is May 19th? NO!!!!! But it's there floating around in my head like some bizzaro factoid that NO ONE cares to know! Another thing I remember rather well is people's names - their full names!!! I can remember the full name of every single guy I dated!!! Which is pretty impressive since my husband can't seem to remember the names of even half the girls he's dated!!! If I was around when any of my friends had kids - I can remember their full names! And my husband would tell you that I seem to remember exactly what was said by whom during an argument and then I bring it back up later when he no longer remembers anything about said argument. So all of this to say, because I remember things so well right now, I'm terrified that I will start losing my memory as I get older. And not just the little things but big important things. So far my family has been blessed to not have Alzheimer's in the family tree. And I truly realize that Alzheimer's is a serious disease and not something to joke about. In all honesty, this is really something I fear getting as I get older. But because I am who I am I will joke about it and poke fun at myself.

So my question is this, how will I know if I am in the beginning stages of Alzheimer's?

Last night I was up rather late making sure my husband had clean undershorts for today. As I was walking towards the laundry room through the kitchen I saw my half drunk latte' sitting there from earlier. Like 6 hours earlier. Very much still in the realm of drinkable. So I pour it into a mug that is microwavable and go to stick it in the microwave. When I opened the door I found my carton of Ben and Jerry's Coffee Heath Bar Crunch ice cream sitting there! Not because I had decided to warm up my ice cream was it sitting in there. No apparently 3 hours earlier when I was putting my ice cream away I put it in the microwave INSTEAD OF THE FREEZER!!!!!!!

So has it started?????

22 comments:

Kimberly said...

Chelsea to prove my point just a tad - I remember that your middle name is Shay or Shea but either way I remember that! I remember the full names of each one of Tim and Gretchen's kids names!!!

Jane Anne said...

Alzheimer's- no. Loosing your mind-yes. Hee, Hee, Hee.

BTW, you totally grossed me out and made me laugh. Don't you know that latte's have milk in them!? Would you drink milk that's been sitting out for 6 hours? Ew.
VERY, VERY funny story. I can't beat it. Closest I have come is putting ice cream in the refrigerator instead of the freezer.

Bakatari said...

The pills I've been slipping in her Starbucks are starting to work.)

Bakatari said...

So guys, all I had to do was sneak out and take the ice cream out of the freezer and put it in the microwave....

Kimberly said...

JA - only if it had coffee added to it. I'd drink about anything for my coffee!
Scary part of that whole story is that I still do not remember putting the ice cream in the microwave. I would totally believe that Keith had done it if I didn't remember putting my spoon in the sink and the lid back on the carton of ice cream!


I'd also believe that Keith was slipping stuff in my Starbucks but he'd actually have to be buying and bringing me home Starbucks and since that ain't happening well?????

Bakatari said...

WHAT!?

lisa said...

Holy COW!!! i like to blame my memory issues on having kids... i could remember everything before pregnancy, now it HAS to be on the calendar (or at least written down)!

and... i am SO jealous if you are drinking caffeine late at night and then going to sleep... if i so much as have a half glass of dr. pepper after about 6:30 pm, I will be up until the next morning... and coffee... well, i am not allowed to have it after about 2pm.

Stephanie said...

You're a crack-up!! Maybe it's because we're only a day apart, but I'm the exact same way with #s. In fact I've wondered how long it would take me to write down all of the phone #s and b-days I can remember. Seems like there are an infinate amount!! In fact, a couple of years ago, I remembered a phone #, but I couldn't remember what it was for, so....I called it. It was the # to the preschool that my grandma used to own in Colorado in 1985!!! WHAT?!?!?! Sorta scary!! Glad to know I'm not the only one!!

Kimberly said...

Stephanie - you've added much intrigue to this post. I wonder if it does have to do with time of year we were born. Or just being born right smack dab in the middle of October. This is very, very interesting and definitely something to possibly investigate. And it totally is a number thing. Like peoples addresses or prices of things at different stores. With all these numbers running around in my head, it's no wonder I can't remember to balance my checkbook!

Kimberly said...

Lisa, I'm so sorry to hear that you are caffeine deprived from the afternoon on. I am one of those blessed people who can drink whatever I want as late as I want and it doesn't seem to affect me, by keeping me awake or making me pee!!! I don't think I'd survive w/o being able to sit down in the evening after we've put the girls to bed and having coffee with my hubby.

Kimberly said...

JA, in the name of research Stephanie and I need to know if Carrie is a numbers factoid person?

Sunflower Seed Gallery said...

Comments from the Sunflower Seed Gallery (since I do not allow peanuts in my house):

When I read your post, my first thought was- "You call your husband latte'?" you know- since you said you saw the half drunk latte sitting there from 6 hours ago...(Its not as funny if I have to explain it, is it?)

The second thought is: Who are you? Do I know you? Yes, you are in the early stages of... what were we talking about?

JA didn't fess up, but the other day I found some of our kids plates in the pantry... and it isn't a rare occassion that non-refrigerated items (not including Velveeta!) end up in the fridge.

Lastly- Colby Swiss and Cheddar blended all together makes lovely orange goodness!

And furthermore- I disagree with your statment that you can...lemme quote here...."drink whatever I want as late as I want and it doesn't seem to affect me, by keeping me awake or making me pee!!! " I have seen you drink a glass of wine or two. And you were definitely affected.. and I am SURE you had to pee!!!

Kimberly said...

Seth aka SSG aka Jeff -
I'm busting a gut here as silently as possible as not to wake Samantha who is sleeping in the spare bedroom. Why didn't you fix my wireless before you left???

You have completely confused me with the talk of all the different cheeses producing yummy orange goodness! What??????

And I don't remember having ever had a glass of wine or two in your presense (sp?) so I couldn't possibly know what you are talking about! =}

Bakatari said...

See, she won't admit to drinking my wine!

I am sure I am offended by most of the comments popping up here.

oh, and "we all use numbers every day". good day!

Bakatari said...

Hello Steph! Welcome to the land of odds!

John & Carrie said...

Hi Kim
I'm JA's little sister, Carrie. Yes, I'm a numbers person! (And not just because I was a math major). But, the street numbers on people's addresses, their zip codes, their phone numbers (although, I have to admit, I don't know phone numbers like I used to but that is because everything is programmed into our phones.) And birth dates, and other numbers....as well as other stuff. My husband loves it that he can ask about where something is, and right away I know where it is even if it has been a long time since that item was used/seen.

Kimberly said...

Okay someone who is smarter than I and who knows how to navigate thru all the intracacies (sp?) of the internet needs to help me out and find out about birthdates and personality traits. I'm not thinking it is birth order though because Stephanie and I are both the oldest. Carrie is the youngest. I'm not really sure that anyone besides me really even cares but I do find this bit of information very, very interesting.

Carrie, thanks for letting me know about your talent with numbers.

sunflower seed said...

in May when my parents are here ask my mom about your numbers- she will tell you ALL aboput it.. along with some voodoo.

lisa said...

oh Kim!

thank you so much for the change in title... you're the best!

Bakatari said...

Umm...did you forget Thursday was yesterday?

Chelsea said...

I can't beleive that you remember that. I didn't even remember my middle name. Although if I think back real hard to the times when B and I were at your house in Tacoma like every night.....oh yes, I seem to remember you always calling me "Chelsea Shay" as if I were in trouble.

Kimberly said...

it's true - i love calling people by their full names!