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

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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. jmgoyder says:

    Love this, Eli!

  2. 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. Eli Pacheco says:

      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.

  3. Alison says:

    Glad I’m not the only one switched off. Heh.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Psh. I’m pretty sure 73% of my writing is done with the brain at least in sleep mode.

  4. Rhonda Albom says:

    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. Eli Pacheco says:

      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!

  5. I almost forgot it was the last Wednesday of the month with 6 words today! But seriously, so happy it is and love being part of another fun addition 😉

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      March went out meek and mild like February did. Thanks for being part of the fray again, Janine.

      1. Thanks for having me once again!! 😉

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        Thanks for coming along – you’re a tradition in this thing by now, you know.

  6. Indira says:

    Loved this post. Many of these I have done and dumbest of all,’ To a party with different sandals’

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks Indira! Did anyone notice your sandals? I think I could wear porkchops strapped to my feet and no one at work would notice.

      1. Indira says:

        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.

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        I’m glad I’m a dude and can just pull on a hoodie and baseball cap.

  7. mocadeaux says:

    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!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Shoot Mo – I think I’ve done all those things on a given Saturday afternoon.

  8. Yvonne says:

    There are only a few of us perfect souls left in the world, it seems. LOL

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      So you’re the one hogging all the brain broadband, aren’t you?

      1. Yvonne says:

        I shall pass on my perfection to you, in my will, Eli.

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        I’ll probably just leave it in the fridge.

  9. Lyn says:

    LOL can relate to some of these. Mine would be: Threw water-bottle on lounge – minus lid.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Recently I put hair gel on my face like aftershave. I hadn’t even shaved.

      1. Lyn says:

        LOL now that’s funny!

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        If only I had a beard – I could have made sculptures out of it.

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  11. Haha! This is such a fun compilation- I’ve definitely done more than one or two of these… thanks so much for inviting me to play along!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Glad you were part of the forgetful (almost 50) this month, Colleen!

  12. laurie27wsmith says:

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

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Mate, I need to remember to send you the invite! Your two bobs are always worthy and welcome around here, Fratello.

      1. laurie27wsmith says:

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

      2. laurie27wsmith says:

        That’s me!

  13. becca112971 says:

    LOL I love Robin’s from Masshole Mommy to funny. Thanks for letting me join in.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Oh just wait, Rebecca – Robin’s going to guest post here soon.

      Thanks for playing along this month!

  14. So funny! I laughed all the way through wondering how many of these I’ve done this week alone!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      It’s funny because they hit close to home! It’s not the ones that I remember that bother me – it’s the ones I don’t!

  15. These were all wicked funny! I can relate to just about all of them 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      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.

  16. 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. Eli Pacheco says:

      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.)

      1. Makes me assume that this baby grew up with the occasional latte in the milk bottle without Kristen even noticing 😉

  17. Sandy Ramsey says:

    #34. All day. Another fun one, Eli!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Talking to yourself isn’t a problem, Sandy. It’s when you talk back to yourself that you need help.

      Glad you liked it!

      1. Sandy Ramsey says:

        Well….I may need help then 🙂

  18. Kathy G says:

    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?

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I just wish my brain had a low-battery light so I could see this coming.

      Try to email me again if you can – this time, try pachecoeli@yahoo.com and see what happens.

      I’d love to have you next month.

  19. NotAPunkRocker says:

    Slippers are the new work fashion!

    I can relate to too many of these, it seems 😀

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Slippers are preferable to going pantless.

  20. Kim says:

    not only milk in the pantry… try a whole case of Costco orange juice.

    I found it several weeks later. *facepalm*

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      *moment of silence for the fallen OJ*

      There’s nothing like a tall glass of orange juice to give you that breakfast taste any time of day.

  21. amycake76 says:

    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. Eli Pacheco says:

      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.

  22. Kim says:

    These were super funny today!!!
    Hope you didn’t eat that egg sandwich – that would be the real tragedy!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks Kim! No, even though the sandwich stayed relatively cool, I punted on that one.

  23. Best one yet!! Reminded me of another embarrassing “milk related” incident – my first car “accident” on my first solo drive…

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Glad you thought so, Jenn. Is this milk incident enough for a post?

      1. Eli Pacheco says:

        Oh Lord – I’d better read this.

  24. brenley says:

    This is awesome! Thanks for including me! It made me say “I am so glad I’m not the only one who has done that!” so many times!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Glad you like it Brenley! Glad you could make it. If anything, this list should make us all feel better about our brain-off moments.

  25. mamarabia says:

    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. Eli Pacheco says:

      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?

  26. 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. Eli Pacheco says:

      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. Not yet… It was about 18 years ago. But i will include it at some point!

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        Send me a link so I don’t miss it!

      3. Will do,Eli!-:-) 🙂

  27. Amber says:

    These are hilarious. I feel less quirky now. I’m also reminded how important caffeine is.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      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.

  28. tamaralikecamera says:

    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.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Not a bad collection of failed brain synapses, you know?

  29. ksbeth says:

    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 )

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      ain’t it great, beth. it’s only a matter of time before i lose mine of my face, too.

  30. PinkNoam says:

    Some very familiar thoughts in here I have to say!
    Great post 🙂

  31. Roshni says:

    Great list!! I’ve done so many but #18 happens every day!! 😀

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks Roshni! Kids are almost as hungry as dads.

  32. Dana says:

    These are awesome – I was going to say something witty, but then I forgot.

  33. kismaslife says:

    lol, the first one was good for me! I didn’t need to read further because it was awesome!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      That’s a helluva debut for Nicole, isn’t it?

  34. I want to know the rest of the story behind the panties in the refrigerator!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      me too – Melissa, you going to write about this one?

  35. Oh my gosh, so many of these are ME!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Seems we all conserve brain power pretty well, don’t you think, Penelope?

  36. 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. Eli Pacheco says:

      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?

  37. Rorybore says:

    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. Eli Pacheco says:

      If you don’t give your brain periodic breaks now, it’ll show up in the future, Rore.

      1. Rorybore says:

        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??

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        With a little Granny from Beverly Hillbillies mixed in, Rore?

  38. marianbeaman says:

    Found my keys in my hand!

    Thanks, Coach Daddy, this has inspired a post for April 15, tax day!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Send me a link! I could have added 37 things to this list since it posted.

  39. Ginny Marie says:

    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!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Glad you liked them Ginny – and that you got in quick. If your brain had turned off … forget about it.

  40. 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. Eli Pacheco says:

      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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