Friday, February 15, 2008

Am I losing it?? Updated

Over the past couple of weeks, I have been very busy preparing for the Chinese New Year. As a result, i have not been reading the newspapers much, as well as not doing my daily sudoku.

Just yesterday, I attempted the Sudoku in the Today newspaper. Only 3 stars. Piece of cake, I thought. Should not take more than 5 minutes.

Guess what?? I could not solve all of it!! Today, I attempted the 4 star one. After 10 minutes, I still could not complete it. I had to put it aside as I had a meeting to attend.

What's happening? Am I losing my mental faculties. Previously, I only attempted those that had at least 4 stars and 5 minutes was the max I would take to solve it. Now even 3 stars I can't do!!

On another matter - I used to be quite a type A personality.

[Type A personality, also known as the Type A Behavior Pattern, is a set of characteristics that includes being impatient, excessively time-conscious, highly competitive, hostile and aggressive, and incapable of relaxation. Type A individuals are often high-achieving workaholics who multi-task, drive themselves with deadlines, and are unhappy about the smallest of delays.]

For me then: Everything must be done in good time, properly. No missing of deadlines. Perfectionist. Everything in their proper keeping place. But I noticed, now, the more I am home with the kids, the more I let things slide. "Sudah, la! Not everything can be perfect!" That's my attitude nowadays. True, with kids. We cannot expect to be on top of everything. Murphy's law is bound to rare its ugly head. Previously, cannot take it should it happen. Now: OK, la. Pineapple tarts not perfect also Ok. As long as edible right?

But the problem is: The house is falling apart!! The house is a big mess! Previously, I would be constantly clearing up. Putting things in its proper place. I would know where everything and anything is. Others mess up, I would just clear it to its place. Now I dont't. Nobody can find the stapler when they need it, because I dont bother to put it in its proper place when others leave it lying around. Ditto for the ear digger, and at times the nail clipper. But if I was using it, of course, I would put it back in its proper place.

The table is a mess. Tonight we are having guests over for dinner. Hubby said: Maybe should try to clear away some of the mess. Me: Never mind, la. Not show flat. Instead I am blogging. (hee! hee!) Now messiness is part of life for me.

Looks like it is true that if we dont use it, we will lose it! Looks like I have lost part of my type A personality! And soon mental ability as well!

Guess what? - After I finished this post, I went back to my sudoku puzzle. I finished it in less than 5 minutes. Yay!! I am getting back into the swing of things. Now to attempt today's 5 star puzzle!



bp said...

Hahaha, this is funny... I'm quite the Type A, too, and I'm suppposed to be picking up stray things lying around, but here I am blogging! (Let the others do the work, I always say, but you and I probably will end up doing it... when we get round to it... hehe!).

No, you haven't lost it lah, you'll get back into the swing of Sudoku, and all the other things in no time. You're just taking a break, and slowing down some (and I have started telling myself that more lately) is good for the soul!

SAHM, have a good dinner with your friends tonight, and a wonderful weekend with the family! =)

Ling That's Me said...

Maybe you are still in CNY mood ??

Bkworm said...

I am also like you - a perfectionist (which is bad, coz I drive myself crazy sometimes!)....I should cut myself some slack before I go crazy, eh?

Jenny said...

Hi SAHM! I love doing sudoku puzzles too! :)

Sweetiepie said...

i am not good in math.I guess i need to practice to become type A person.yup!I have to keep this in mind"if i don't use it,i will lose it":)

mott said... dining table is ALSO ALWAYS in a mess!!! WHY AH?????!!!!!!

Like...we're just piling up stuff like the pyramids of Egypt....then when guests come, we hurriedly throw it in one corner... sigh..

stay-at-home mum said...

Hi bp
We seem quite alike, hor? Thats prob whu we "click"!

hi Ling
CNY mood? it's been quite a while!!

hey bkworm
yes, some lazy days can do wonders.

Hi Jenny
Its so fun right? can get addictive too.

Just be who you are. Type A personality not necessarily good. have got bad traits too - like impatience, also chances of getting heart attacks are greater, I think!

Yes, what's with that dining table. it seems to be able to attract things on its own. everytime I clear, a day later, hey presto! its cluttered again. must be some magical powers. Hope it can attract gold and cash sooon.

Iml said...

It's perfectly okay to be messy sometimes. Life is not just about picking up and cleaning up after others.

stay-at-home mum said...

iml - I like your philosophy!

bp said...

=) me extend pinkie to SAHM... for BFF handshake too! ;p

stay-at-home mum said...

curls little pinkie arounds bp little pinkie for handshake
(hey - should be bbff- best blogging friends forever)