All I Wanted was a Recipe

Have you ever started to do something simple, something that should only take a minute or so, only to have it consume hours of your time?

Oh, and while it’s consuming your time, it’s also testing your threshold for frustration?

I bet you can relate.

All I wanted was a recipe.

That’s easy, right?

I already had it pinned to Pinterest. All I needed to do was print it.

Why do simple things have to be so hard?

That little recipe cost me over 3 hours of my time and loads of frustration.

I needed to install an update to my printer so it would stop sending me recipes disguised as blank sheets of paper.

But to do that, I needed to login to their site.

Did I know the password?


Turns out I didn’t even have an account, so I had to create one. I saved the password on my computer, but if I had to recall it now, I’m not sure I could.

Then I had to find the update in my downloads. That took some doing because it was sent as a pdf, which I wasn’t expecting.

Then came the fun part.

In order to install anything to my computer, I need a system password. That’s in addition to my iCloud password.

I had no idea.

Oh, and you can’t change your password – you know, if you forgot it – without knowing what it is.

Madness, I tell you.

Several misery filled hours later, after a lunch break, I realized that the password in question was the one I use to login to my computer every day.


Now I have my recipe printed out for dinner tonight.

So why should you care about any of this?

Well, if you’re An ADD Woman like me, here’s why:

  • We have poor short term memory, which is why we often forget things right after we create them, or ask a question we asked 5 minutes ago.
  • We tend to overthink things. It’s hard for us to see the forest for the trees, which is why nothing is ever really simple for us.
  • We can become immersed in something to the exclusion of everything else. It’s called hyper focus, and yes, it is possible even though ADDers are known for their lack of attention.

So I had a day that was nothing like what I planned, but at least I’ll have dinner.

And that recipe? It’s here, if you’re interested.

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