I started to write a post about the free online to-do list I found: Toodle-do. You can list tasks and goals and make notes and set due dates and start dates and set it to send an e-mail each morning to remind you what you’re supposed to do for the day. You can spend hours setting up your list, deciding whether things look better in green or blue or pink or salmon or beige.
Then I thought about Myrna Loy in Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House. She’s telling the painter what colors she wants the various rooms painted, describing the colors in the most specific terms possible. I googled the scene and found it on Youtube, and I watched it, and she is just marvelous.
I noticed a link to an episode of What’s My Line when Myrna Loy was the guest challenger, so I watched it. I’d never realized how much she looked like my Great-Aunt Elizabeth.
My grandmother looked like Claudette Colbert, and right down the column was a clip of the episode with Claudette Colbert as the guest challenger, so I watched that, too.
Then I watched episodes of What’s My Line with Bette Davis, Lucille Ball, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, Elizabeth Taylor, and Jonathan Winters.
After that, I watched Jonathan Winters on the Steve Allen Show; and on the Jack Paar Show, first playing the Voice of Spring just arrived from the forest, and then improvising with a stick; and then as Maudie Frickert on the Dean Martin Show; and then being interviewed by Jack Paar in England, first playing a British gentleman and then playing an American tourist; and then in a recently-discovered clip, playing an airline pilot; and then on the Dean Martin Show, improvising with props in an attic.
I read a comment that reminded me that Jonathan Winters was in It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World. Because I had just seen a link to the entire movie of Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, I decided to see whether I could find a link to the entire Mad World movie. I couldn’t.
Remembering that I had intended to copy the link to Myrna Loy choosing paint colors, I again googled it and so found myself back on the page with all the links to What’s My Line. I was tempted to watch the one with Alfred Hitchcock and the one with Grace Kelly as well, but a look at the clock reminded me that I had begun this post with the intention of finishing it tonight and then moving on to write a piece I have to send to a Story Circle Network friend who edits one of its newsletters.
I volunteered to write a column for April, but that was in January. Actually, I volunteered for February if she couldn’t find anyone else, but she did, so I’m April, and it’s due tomorrow, and oh, how I wish I’d done it in February and gotten it over with. But I didn’t.
I e-mailed the editor this morning and told her I hadn’t forgotten, even though for several weeks I had, and said I would send it to her. I intended to write it this morning and e-mail it, but the muse was busy helping someone else–I don’t have a muse of my own, mine comes from a temp agency–so I’m hoping that the pressure of a deadline will come to my aid tomorrow well before breakfast.
Now for the other things that were to go into this post: I was going to write about all my Franklin planners, particularly the ones that were stolen from my car one night while I slept, along with a can of asparagus, and I was going to refer to Alice Flaherty’s observation in The Midnight Disease, and quoted in my last Teaser Tuesday, that to-do lists don’t cure procrastination because people who procrastinate know exactly what they’re not doing, and I was also going to point out that although Toodle-do sends me a daily e-mail saying that each of the three tasks I entered is overdue, said Toodle-do cannot make me open and read said e-mail.
That’s what I was going to write about before I thought about Myrna Loy. I will mention that Myrna Loy was also an outstanding citizen who held benefits for my hero, John Henry Faulk, back in the ’50s when he was blacklisted, but then I would have to go into everything about John Henry and the First Amendment and the Constitution and James Madison and Louis Nizer and John Henry’s court case and Molly Ivins and various other things, and I would also remember that last Thanksgiving we had lunch with friends at Green Pastures, the Faulk family home, which John Henry’s sister turned into a restaurant, and that it sits among old live oaks and has peacocks strutting about the lawn, and that it isn’t far from here, and that they start you off with a milk punch (3 C vanilla ice cream, 1-1/2 C milk, 1/2 C bourbon, 1/4 C white rum, 1 jigger brandy, 3 ice cubes, nutmeg, combine and blend until consistency of milkshake, serve in wine glasses and sprinkle nutmeg on top, makes about 5 C) that is to die for and that I drank both mine and David’s and was quite relaxed and rather jolly throughout the buffet luncheon.
Isn’t it amazing how you can manage to come up with 900 words when you don’t have to write but can’t eke out a half-dozen when you do.
And, Susan, if you’re reading this, don’t you dare tell Lee how far behind I am.
For a look at what I did the rest of my day/year/life, please watch this video:
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YES! That video applies to just age-related, um, aging, I think. You don’t need ADD to have a day like that.
Yeah. But I was having days like that when I was twenty-one.
Great post….and great taste in films, Kathy. I love Its A Mad Mad Mad Mad World.
Youtube is lethal, isn’t it? Oh, the highways and byways it can lead one down, and before you know it, two hours have flashed by.
I had no idea I could find old TV shows on Youtube. I’m going to have to stay strictly away from it. (As if.)
I’m sure I could leave a coherent reply if I could stop laughing long enough… Though I do want to assure you that the muse was not here either. I’m sure the agency has totally flummoxed all the muse assignments lately–perhaps someone with ADHD has misplaced the muse altogether.
If someone were to follow the browsing history on my computer…well, I’m sure I don’t know if I would be diagnosed with ADHD or simply committed. Or perhaps win a prize of some sort for creative misuse of time.
I have an article due Thursday for a different SCN publication, for which I receive email and smart phone reminders, but like you have found no way to connect said reminders to actual actions. Maybe if I Googled…
Have you found the muse yet? I hope she got to you in time. I think she’s off on spring break or a cruise of something. Evading all her responsibilities. And after all we’ve done for her.
Oh Kathy! I do so look forward to my first belly-laugh of the day, and this was a delightful one. I am constantly amazed at how little work I get done these days, especially when compared to my ones when kid-care and work outside the home were combined. Now I have neither and I get way less accomplished. Now I know why. Great blog.
But don’t you FEEL busy? I feel busy. I just can’t find anything to show for it. Except topics. Well, we might as well laugh. It’s good for us.
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