All I Wanted was a Recipe


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Guess what? You can find this post in the spring 2018 edition of ADDitude Magazine! I’m SO excited!

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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Lacy Estelle

Lacy Estelle is the writer of and the Podcast host for An ADD Woman.

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2 Responses

  1. I could have written this, sounds exactly like me. It took be “all day” to change my fairly new Digital Alarm Clock radio back 1 hour for Daylight Savings Time. Purchased 2 months previously from Aldi’s, I had lost the manual. I went online, and tried to google the answer. Anyway, by midnight I figured it out with some help from a combination of resources. Anyway, I appreciate having this blog to read as sort of a “support group.” I have been on Adderall for 15 years, I am now down to 10mg per day but need to be off of it for side-effect reasons of headaches & irritability. Do you have any experience with this? Or could you perhaps guide me to a more appropriate blog/place. (Besides my doctor, yes, I am under medical supervision). I just want more “been there, done that” type of help. Thanks, Denise

  2. Denise – my only side effect from Adderall is a dry mouth, although the ones that you are experiencing are common. They do have a fairly new drug out for ADHD called Mydayis. Maybe you could speak to your doctor about it.