The Prayer of the ADD afflicted (a "not so typical day)

The following is basically a blow by blow of yesterday’s events in my little corner of the world:

6:00 a.m. –
Woke up on couch. (Removed dog from bed and moved to couch on previous night because DH had to get up early for work. DH could not get to sleep because the dog had the “jiggy leg”.)

6:30 a.m. –
Gentle wake up reminder for children.

6:45 a.m. –
Son in shower. Pull the “Santa card” on daughter in order to get her out of bed.

6:49 a.m. –
Turn on computer, get a cup of coffee, and put cereal on table.

6:55 a.m. –
Receive a prayer request via email from “Clare”. (Names have been changed to protect those whom I have not received permission from to recount story.)
I am simultaneously alarmed and confused as sender has requested prayer for a condition that “is sort of acting like Maria”. Wondering who “Maria” might be, as I assume the Hispanic population in this particular area is as common place as the Caucasian population. Finish my coffee and then brilliantly deduce that “Clare” must have meant “malaria”. Now am very concerned. Send reply asking for confirmation of condition.

7:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. –
Son leaves for bus stop. Put daughter in car, drive over posted legal speed limit through neighborhood and cut the bus off at the pass. Daughter gets on the bus. Return home at legal posted speed.

7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –
Write a brief blog post explaining the need to pray today. Check email for any additional updates. There are none.

8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. –
Attempt to pray, but am too distracted. Decide to use an old stand-by — keeping my hands busy so that my mind can focus on God. Put third coat of wood filler on the home improvement project run amok and begin to pray again. Much more focused this time.

9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. –
Continue to pray while I begin to paint the baseboards in my soon to be uber fantastical studio/escape from the world.

10:00 a.m. – Noon –
Am comforted by prayer, but am wanting to check on the status of “Clare”. Temporarily defer my ADD to status in order to go into full OCD mode. (This process will be fully outlined in just a moment.) Check email and gmail again. Words of comfort and encouragement from friends, but no update on status.

Noon –
Decide to eat something. (I come from a long line of stress eaters, when all else fails: stuff your face.) I heat up some Hungarian chicken taco soup and proceed to inhale it.

1:00 p.m. –
Can’t stand it anymore. Check Facebook for any possible news. Read “Clare’s” Facebook wall. It says: “has taken proper meds, will be fine, just not fun.”

Immediately post the following rambling comment on “Clare’s” Wall:

Well THANK GOODNESS! I was not “worried”, but I was praying, and (shockingly) kept getting distracted. So I called the phone number for GCM in Owerri, oh, I don’t know about 25 times, (I’m ADD, but have some shining OCD moments). Then I called the GCM headquarters and got someone’s voice mail (which, btw – they really should change because you can’t even understand what that chick is saying), then I called your church in Florida, got a REAL LIVE PERSON, told them who I was, and did they know who you were, and she said, “Oh, yes.” So then I said, I’ve been trying to get in touch with “Clare”, but the number I have isn’t going through, to which she replied, “I wasn’t even aware that she had a phone.” To which I said “Are you nuts, lady? She’s in Africa, not Gilligan’s Island.” (Just kidding – I didn’t really say that.) I thanked her and hung up. Then I prayed some more, and then I thought I would check your facebook one more time and BINGO! She shoots, she scores! (at this point, Facebook will not let me type anymore letters.)

So, I post another comment:

How am I supposed to ramble on incessantly when they only give me so much space? Anyhoo – glad you got some good meds and are on the mend. I’m wondering if you might not be second guessing your “Conquest of the Giant Vat of Stew”??? You should probably send Sherri an email, she’s probably about to have a conniption or something…

1:30 p.m. –
Close Facebook. Read a new email from “Clare”. Am greatly relieved that she is okay. Thank God. Back in full ADD mode.

1:45 p.m. –
Having gone a full 6-1/2 hours without making a sarcastic remark on anyone’s blog, I decide to venture out a bit…..(your welcome).

The rest of the day goes on as “normal” (whatever that is.)

Editor’s Note: The preceding post was my typical sarcastic fodder. But to be serious for just a moment, I want to say that I truly believe in the power of prayer and know that many of you were praying fervently as well. I know I kid around most of the time. I hope you know how VERY BLESSED I am to be privy to the privilege of your friendship. And “Clare”, I hope you’re feeling better and aren’t mad at me for writing this post.

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23 Responses to “The Prayer of the ADD afflicted (a "not so typical day)”

  1. Mare December 16, 2008 at 7:06 am #

    >I always liked the name Clare.

    I loved this.

    You are incredible!!

  2. Mare December 16, 2008 at 7:29 am #


    Yes, I thank God it wasn’t Maria as I had accidently stated. I hear there is only a 1 in 10 chance of surviving when she strikes.

    I was little delirious okay…

  3. Beth December 16, 2008 at 8:44 am #

    >I’m so glad that you are on the mend, Mare.

    Thanks for asking me to pray, Kathy. I didn’t really know what to pray FOR, but I always trust that God knows more, and my spidey sense (aka the Holy Spirit) said PRAY HARD.

    And I appreciate your prayers for my father-in-law, too, by the way. Who is at home now, but didn’t get very good news at his follow up appt, so now they are facing some big questions like whether or not he can work again, if they can pay for all his meds (no insurance), etc.

    So it’s been a heavy week and it’s only Tuesday…and I am up way early for me, but I know God’s got us all resting in his big and gentle hands.

  4. Sherri December 16, 2008 at 9:10 am #

    >This was funny Katdish, but you failed to leave the part about your first venture out of the prayer room was a visit to a site where you left a snarky remark about my trademark typos!

    I was hurt once again by that viscious toungue of yours!
    DEEPLY hurt!

    I also wondered about that soup.Really. I was wondering about it when she was telling us about it.

    Funny– Also being A.D.D., I often am in a perpetual state of prayer-while I do EVERYTHING, kinda’ all day long as opposed to the “hour on my knees” like some practice. Never really thought about it that way.

    Anyway, about my sagging sidebar question I asked yesterday,

    When I click on dashboard, it seems to look the very same as before (but I am NOT one to pay attention to detail, so who knows if there is a difference!)
    What would I be looking for?

    Thanks for your help.

  5. Helen December 16, 2008 at 9:29 am #

    >I am glad “Clare” is doing better.
    Wow, you do have a way with rhyming names. I can imagine Sherri or Beths rhyming name, but not yours or mine. Do I want to know, or will it be a flashback to grammar school and being taunted with “Helen the melon, fellin”. Yeah, they were creative liike that.
    Like Beth, I too am glad we got to pray for “Clare”. God bless us all.

  6. Annie K December 16, 2008 at 10:06 am #

    >I’m glad to see I wasn’t the only one obsessing about ‘Clare’ and checking my email every 12 seconds to see if there was an update. We’re all so thankful for answered prayers Mare!

    Beth, still keeping Frank’s dad in my prayers and that all will work out ok.

    Helen, I was Annie Fannie(if that makes you feel any better). My childhood friends still call me Annster Fannster. I’ve learned to live with it…

  7. Kris December 16, 2008 at 11:35 am #

    >kat…i know prayer works…and i am glad to know that i am not the only blog where you point out spelling and gramtical mistakes…

    i am note alonw! (mistakes thrown in for effect)


  8. Beth December 16, 2008 at 12:39 pm #

    >Oh yes…Beth is so much fun…it inspires so many…

    I have a cousin named Seth
    It rhymes with death
    I have been called Bethlehem
    A girl at the youth center dubbed me Bethamphetamine
    My roommate referred to me as Elizardbreath

    But you can just call me….Queen Elizabeth or Saint Elizabeth or Beth the Most Humble. Really, any of those would work I think…

    On to housework!

  9. mr. miyagi December 16, 2008 at 5:15 pm #


    Young Mare-san you have honored me with your superior sarcasm skills. Your training has been very effective indeed.

  10. katdish December 16, 2008 at 5:37 pm #

    >Beth – I will continue to pray for your father-in-law. And luckily, the baseboards need a second coat, so I’m good.

    Sherri – By “viscious toungue”, did you mean “vicious tongue”? Please tell me you didn’t get a job as an editor! (tee hee hee!) I’m not really sure about the sidebar thing. It’s hard to tell without actually seeing it. And yes, the soup was fabulous and easy.

    Thanks to everyone for their prayers. It was really comforting to know that ya’ll were praying too.

    Kris – I just think its funny when you have the occassional spelling faux pas because of all the long, intellectual comments on your blog. I guess you’ve noticed that I like to go over there and say something stupid just to mix it up a bit…that’s how I roll.

    Nicknames: kat fish, dish pan hands, dishwasher, dish rag, and the ever popular practice of replacing the “Dish” in “Dishman” was a feminine cleansing product. Good times…

  11. Stacy from Louisville December 16, 2008 at 6:22 pm #

    >Is this where all the cool chicks hang out? You ladies are full of ideas and I'm a needin' some ideas from Katdish & club. Send me some funny women's ministry Christmas tea inspiration! I've got writer's block. Can ya do it?

  12. katdish December 16, 2008 at 6:53 pm #

    >Stacy –

    I think the term you are looking for is “blogstipation”.

    And since flattery will get you everywhere, I’ll see what I can come up with and I’m sure you’ll get some bonafied awesomeness from the other gals as well.

  13. Beth December 16, 2008 at 7:18 pm #

    >First the link o’ love from Jon…now SFL makes a personal appearance! You ARE a star! And you have your own club, apparently. Is there a dress code?
    I’m not worthy!

    I already shared my lovely “Rocking Around the Christmas Tea” story w/ Stacy by the way….

  14. Helen December 16, 2008 at 9:35 pm #

    >Groucho Marx claimed to be unwilling to belong to any club that would have him as a member. Luckily I am not suffering from such self esteem issues.

    wv fulablur–the large and the nearsighted combined?

  15. katdish December 16, 2008 at 9:58 pm #


    The dress code is very strict. You must be wearing some type of fuzzy, baggy pajamas, and if your hair is long enough to do so, it must be worn in a scrunchy at all times.

    But I’m not much for the leadership role. I’m more of the “make fun of the leadership role” type. So I’m going to defer that position. Who votes for Sherri?

    Helen – “fulablur” (snort!)

    Hey, where’s Steph?

  16. Sherri December 16, 2008 at 10:55 pm #

    >My “leadership qualities” must be spreading around the blogs, ’cause I just answered an email sent to me from none other than SCL’s JON ACUFF himself!

    SOmething about an apology for the snarky comment made about cheerleaders by a guest blogger awhile back!

    How funny is that?

    I accepted his apology and demanded he do a post on the VALUE of cheerlaeders and told him that now I stictly am “Scriptcheerin’ for Jesus!”

  17. Helen December 16, 2008 at 11:22 pm #

    >Katdish, about the dress code: what about muumuus? Do they have the same fashion quality as baggy fuzzy p.j.’s. Because I really rock the muumuu. I always have the scrunchy.

    Sherri, after I read your comment, I hurried and checked my email (remember, I sent the email “offend the cheerleader, offend the world.” Okay it was more like “I am a geek who copies the cheerleader”). He sent me “thanks for reading”.

  18. katdish December 16, 2008 at 11:27 pm #


    Oh yeah, we totally rock the muumuu! Provided it doesn’t have any extraneous feathers or fur. Slankets are also acceptable.

    P. S. – thanks for reading.

  19. katdish December 16, 2008 at 11:31 pm #

    >Ohhhh! I must have missed that post! Which one is it?!?!

    (Cuz I wanna defend your honor and stuff.)

  20. Sherri December 16, 2008 at 11:36 pm #

    >Oh, yeah, I’m sure you’re wanting to defend my honor and stuff!

    I’m serious now….What can I do about by sagging sidebar on my site? (no sagging jokes, please)
    It’s all the way to the bottom?
    I’ve read the little “help” stuff and nothing addresses it?
    Go there and see what I mean. SOMEBODY HELP ME!

    Can someone refer me to someone/place for help?

  21. Helen December 17, 2008 at 12:10 am #

    >Sherri, your sidebar does not appear to be sagging to me. Maybe it is something that happens to you when you sign in. Try not signing in first. Sorry, that is all I got.

    wv, vicksno: a rejection of the smell of menthol.

  22. Beth December 17, 2008 at 12:28 am #

    >Oh goodness. I’m gonna pee my pants.

    Kathy- Ever since the “vaseline incident” my hair is ALWAYS in a scrunchy. And I’m slanket obsessed now. I really do want one. It’s freezing up here. Jon commented on my “security slanket” comment today!!!

    Sherri- I may be non-observant, but your sidebar looks the same to me. And I would totally vote for you as President, but Kathy gets to VP because it is her club, and they’re usually not responsible for much unless the President is incapacitated…and I nominate Helen as Secretary because the rest of us would forget to write minutes. I’m kind of worried about Treasurer, though. Is anyone good at math? Anyone??? Wait, we don’t have any funds….

  23. Annie K December 17, 2008 at 12:29 am #

    >Sherri, you’re sidebar is sagging? I’m going to keep my comments to myself. (But maybe you should see a doctor?)

    Katdish, I love the quote. Expect a T!

    Dress code…hats, gloves, scarf, handwarmers, boots that are good to -40, goggles, long underwear.. Remind me again why I didn’t book that flight to Mexico?

    wv: atedalv

    Rub tow atedalv on you sagging sidebar and call me in the morning.

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