What We’ve Done with Brain Switched Off, in 6 Words

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photo credit: Playing with bubbles.. via photopin (license)

The lights are sometimes on – even if no one’s home.

6 words graphicIt happens. Sometimes, it’s mild – like when I wore the wrong team’s shirt to a soccer match. Or left an egg salad sandwich in my car on a sweltering July afternoon. Wait, that wasn’t minor, was it? We all do stuff with our brain switched off. Right?

Every month, I compile a post called 6 Words. Ernest Hemingway inspired it when he said any story can be told in a six-word sentence. I ask bloggers, friends, strangers, and a few strange blogger friends to respond to a prompt.

March is Brain Awareness month. Sometimes, we’re not so aware, though. In six words, what’s something you’ve done with your brain switched off? Think “put on my hoodie backwards – again.”

Thanks to blogger friends (hey, I left off strange!) such as Mo of Mocadeaux blog and Lisa of The Meaning of Me for posting 6 words post at the same time!


 1. Mmmm, coffee in cereal …. yeah okay.

Nicky O., of Little Family Adventure blog

2. Why did I come in here?

Lisa W., of Planet Weidknecht blog

3. Gotten ready for work… at midnight.

Kim, of Protean Mom blog

4. Come again? My passport has expired?

Pat C., of New Bloggy Cat blog

5. Dressed daughter…didn’t remove pajamas first.

Meg D., of Dear Crazy Kids blog

6. Damn, another drafty up skirt day.

Stephanie-May, of 50 Shades of Me blog

keys lost

7. Where did I leave those keys?

Serins, of Serinsphere blog

8. Switched TSP with TBSP– ruined cake.

Kiesha J., of The Brooklyn Baker blog

9. Shaken medicine doubles as paint job.

Janine H., of Confessions of a Mommyaholic blog

10. Microwaved Ramen noodles without any water!

Crystal P., of Mommyfied blog

11. Got in the shower with socks. 

Darcy B.

12. Lost my glasses…on my face.

Rabia L., of The Lieber Family blog

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photo credit: A Day at the Drom via photopin (license)

13. Locked keys in car. Engine on.

Tamara B., of Tamara (Like) Camera blog

14. Mistaking orange juice for coffee creamer.

Kelly M., of Just Typikel blog

15. Text meant for husband sent elsewhere….

Dana H., of Kiss My List blog

16. Walked into a room…but why?

Ginny Marie, of Lemon Drop Pie blog

17. Arrive at register, wallet’s at home.

Penelope G., of Penelope’s Oasis blog

18. They need to be fed again?

Robin R., of Masshole Mommy blog

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photo credit: Salesman via photopin (license)

19. Spoke with door to door salesman.

Trey B., of Daddy Mojo blog

20. Found my panties in the fridge.

Melissa B., of I Eat You Mamma blog

21. Opened ketchup then shook well – oops!

Shoes, of Shoes on the Wrong Feet blog

22. Taste the purr things without thinking.

Bacon T., of Pig Love blog

23. Find missing glasses on my face.

beth k., of i didn’t have my glasses on … blog

24. Set milk in the pantry – ugh!

Deb of Deb Runs blog

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photo credit: sippy cup via photopin (license)

25. I poured coffee in a sippy.

Kristen H., of Mommy in Sports blog

26.  Put my keys in the fridge.

Ashley M., of Post-Grad Jitters blog

27. Wait, I don’t work here anymore.

Colleen P., of Lemon Thistle blog

28. Walked outside,  without my pants on!

Debbie, of Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains blog

29. Dinner ruined: Didn’t turn on crockpot.

Brenley D., of Spoons of Grace blog

30. Stumbled leaving boat, landed in sea.

Rhonda A., of Albom Adventures blog


31. The remote’s in the fridge again…

Jamie C., of Pink Noam blog

32. Left purchased chicken at grocery checkout.

Nicole, of Family Table Treasures blog

33. Milk in cupboard. Found next morning.

Jenn S., of Jenn’s Midlife Crisis blog

34. Yes I talk to myself, and?

Rebecca B., of Everyday Life blog

35. Going out without my shoes on.

Cristina, of Exhale Joy blog

36. Wore two completely different shoes. Twice.

Kathleen G., Middletini.com blog

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photo credit: deco-keys via photopin (license)

37. Seriously? That is an entire post.

Lisa L, of The Meaning of Me blog

38. So klutzy I walk into walls.

Cynthia, of You Signed Up for What?!? blog


Meegan, of Meegan Makes blog

40. Turned around, ran into a wall.

Megan W., of The Walker Fireside Chats blog

41. Though my shoe was my phone.

Amber M., of Airing My Laundry blog

42. Toothpaste is not for washing faces.

Alison L., of Writing Wishing blog

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photo credit: Hello, my name is… is. via photopin (license)

43. Just met – already forgot your name.

Mo L., of Mocadeaux blog

44. Went to doctor with wrong kid.

Amy M.

45. Washed face with shampoo in shower.

Cathy C., of An Empowered Spirit blog

46. Put liquid soap in dishwasher, twice.

Eli P., of Coach Daddy blog

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  1. Can’t tell you how many of these I’ve done…but it’s a lot. And others that I may not have done…well, hilarious! I’m thinking specifically of “panties in fridge” here. Can’t even imagine. Thanks for letting me play along!

    1. I forget how many I’ve done, and that tells you something. You have plenty of time to do more on the list, don’t worry.

      Panties in the Fridge sounds like the title to the next parenthood anthology.

  2. Nice to know I am not alone. These are so funny, mostly because I can relate to loads of them. Sadly a few so common (lost keys, random items in fridge, talking to myself and losing my glasses on my face) that I don’t even think of them as brain switched off, just part of everyday life. Fantastic post.

    1. It should tell you something that everyone I asked to contribute had something to say – some more than one.

      They’re hilarious because they’re real, and could happen to any of us today. It really is a lifestyle, isn’t it?

      Glad you liked it Rhonda!

      1. No dear. I adjusted my saari so that no one can notice my feet. But you can’t do that in a party where women notice dresses and jewelry.

  3. There is great comfort in knowing that I’m not alone in putting liquid soap in the dishwasher and going shopping without my wallet and wearing mismatched shoes and confusing tsp for tbsp and…
    Thanks, Eli!

  4. Looking for glasses, still wearing them. There you go hope you don’t mind me putting my two bobs worth in Mate.

      1. It’s…… okay Mate. sniff….. I can handle it. Glad you liked it.

    1. I think next time you’re in this, Robin, you should really try to work ‘wicked’ into your six words. Someone at my former favorite pizza joint once made sweet tea with a bag of salt instead of sugar.

  5. What, it’s the end of the month again? Did I miss your invitation because I sure as h*** have something to contribute. Here’s one of the more remarkable ones:
    Drove off, gas nozzle in tank
    Now I think I’ll have a coffee from the sippy, how cute is that, Kristen?

    1. It’s like the light bill coming due, Tamara. Except I totally dropped the ball in getting you an invite!

      I remember your gas-nozzle adventure. And can you imagine Kristen’s kid wanting a repeat the next day? (Coolest kid in preschool.)

  6. Sadly, I can relate to most of them.

    I tried to send you a contribution earlier in the month when my messages kept getting returned. Maybe I’ll aim for next time?

  7. Too many of these are hitting too close to home. Not a bit surprised by the repetition of forgetting why you came in a room.

    1. If you’re apt to put your remote in the fridge, isn’t anything possible? I purposely don’t stop if I’m on the stairs, lest I forget if I’m going up or down.

  8. You can’t even imagine how much more normal this makes me feel! Actually, I guess you can since so many of your comments say the same thing. I even forgot that I contributed and when I got to my own I nodded feverishly before I noticed it was mine! Good to know I agree with myself!!

    1. That’s just what I said to Brenley before. Lots of parallels here (usually, parallels in 6 words posts center around chocolate and wine. Notice that?)

      So, your brain-off moment was also that you forgot you participated in a brain-off 6 words post?

  9. Gahaha! I so enjoyed this list, man – very funny, and completely relatable. I have lost my glasses many a time on my face… If I may humbly contribute to your collection:


    It was not one of my finer moments, actually…

    1. Glad you liked it Dorreen – I searched my car for my work badge only to give up. When I stood up, it fell back onto my chest. It was around my neck the whole time. Yeah.

      So what’s the story with the soda and car wreck? Is it in a post somewhere? (No? Well, it should be.)

    1. Who knew a brain was so … crucial? You’re every bit quirky still – you just have lots of company. Without caffeine, we wouldn’t know 90% of these things are even happening to us.

  10. haha! I think “Wait, I don’t work here anymore” is my favorite.. because.. I would want to see a video clip of that one.
    They’re really all my favorites. Fantastic.

  11. another great list of 6-word approaches to life. laughed out loud to see that another of your crazy blogger friends and i both lost our glasses on our own faces )

  12. Oh my goodness…this was so AWESOME! I feel like I’m among friends as I read and remember doing just about all of these (how did the panties get in the fridge??)
    My husband was just about ready to ship me off to the local senior center after a big breakfast fail.
    I put on his eggs, walked away to fold laundry and was brought back to my senses when the smoke alarm went off. How would that work in 6 words? Forgotten breakfast on an open flame.
    I’m so tweeting this – we are not alone! xo

    1. Glad you liked it, Michelle! I have to send you the prompt for the next 6 words when you email back.

      I think Melissa might have to post about the frozen panties. They’re getting some attention around here.

      That’s technically eggs burned-side-down, right?

  13. oh my gosh – laughed so hard. You all are my kind of people.
    my problem is I can’t shut my brain off. I even remember my kids names. pathetic. 🙂

      1. that might not be so bad…. maybe I will be a cross between Sophia from the Golden Girls and the Grandma from Christmas vacation who wraps up her cat??

  14. These are GREAT! I’m so glad I emailed you back right away or I would have completely forgotten to send you my six words!

  15. Eli, This was great! When you asked me to be a part of this I thought I’d be the oldest at age 56. I’m probably right, but I also thought I’d be the only one who had as many brain moments as I do! Whew! I’m so glad I’m in good company with the “younger folk” here. Hysterical! Many thanks.

    1. Glad you liked it, Cathy. We come in all ages around here – I think there are even some millennials beating about.

      Brain moments don’t discriminate – I have a fourth grader who has them! I like to look at it as a positive that we all practice “brain energy preservation” now and then.

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