No surprise, I didn't make it through the list of 20 things before I got distracted; never went back to finish the list. But I remember one of the lines was that in the ADHD brain, exposure to certain novelties triggers "an obsessive thought pattern of 'wha-ifs'."
Novelty 1:I was given the gift of fabric scraps
My friend Pam cast off excess from making a quilt with 1930's fabrics. If you ask me, there was a lot of excess, enough to think about making my own quilt.
And thinking, and obsessing thinking, and obsessing dreaming, and obsessing planning. Yep, the old cranial region got to work on designing a new quilt. All background thought went into this endeavor--couldn't stop myself from thinking about it.
Finally settled on two ideas, and that calmed my mind a bit. Want to augment the 1930's reproductions with blue and yellow. AND, I'm particularly intrigued by an alternating block design that I saw on Marcie's blog Patchalot More.
Novelty 2:I toured my soon-to-be-moved-into new house
Measuring tape in hand, I made sketches of the floor layouts and began problem-solving about how best to furnish a 500 sq ft living room and 18-ft long dining room. Gone was any thought of the fabric windfall and any effort to put a new quilt pattern into action.
Helplessly, I followed my brain to the land of interior design, furniture shopping, and budgeting for all the new-house-ness that was soon to be mine...
Their brilliant minds are constantly in gear creating, designing,
thinking and never resting. Imagine what it would feel like to have a
merry-go-round in your mind that never stops spinning.--from 20 Things to Remember If You Love a Person with ADD
Umm, yeah. I live on that merry-go-round. Every. Day.
Novelty 3: Family emergency
In this case, I think even a non-ADD person would drop all their other idle thoughts (in my case, the background processes that border on obsessions, but that allow me to focus on the day-to-day in my mind's foreground). I was able to focus and BE in the present in a way that is unusual for me.
This concludes our brief tour of Alla's mind. Thank you for your attention.
Linking up with Molli Sparkles for Sunday Stash. Go see other new fabrics that have found homes this week!