Space Cadet


I like to think that I am pretty smart. 

I consider myself a geek – I even have a Geek card

I like science fiction and can follow along with twisting plots – even when there happens to be a tear in the space/time continuum or a hole in the universe or the fabric of reality. There are a lot of holes in science fiction, come to think of it.

I have a great memory and can spout random dates and numbers and obscure details about events in history. 

But sometimes, I am not so bright. In fact, I can feel like a genuine space cadet. Not like Wesley Crusher, Star Trek boy genius space cadet – but rather, spacey – as in spaced-out. And not like Kevin Spacey, who actually seems rather cerebral and not spacey at all.  

The other morning as I was dropping David off at work, he realized that he had left his cellphone at home on his nightstand. I didn’t have any appointments so I told him I would drop it off to him after I took Captain Alpha to school. 

When I got home, I put his phone in my pocket and got ready to go back out the door. 

I stopped to text him first.


I didn’t realize what I had done when I heard the in-coming text notification. I had just sent a text when I knew he didn’t have his phone. 


See what I mean? Sometimes? Space cadet.

Moments like this can get me down. I can feel of inadequate and unworthy and “why am I so dumb?”

But for some reason that morning, I thought of it differently. I laughed it off. And in part, I have blogging to thank for it.

Isn’t that what life is a lot of times? People trying their best – and sometimes we get it right. We are organized and efficient and we have it going on.

But other times, without even realizing it, we can do truly hair-brained things.

One of the most popular posts EVER on my blog is one I wrote about the time I cooked the absorbent meat pad.

I couldn’t believe it when I did that one – I ruined our supper by cooking that thing for HOURS.

But you know what? Nearly every day, I get search engine hits from people searching for some variation of ‘cooked meat pad.’ I has made me realize that there are a lot of people out there slow roasting their meat pads.

And that always makes me smile.

Mostly because it also tells me I am not alone. Someone else is out there lamenting over their Crock Pot or roasting pan thinking “How could I do that?”

One of my favourite parts of blogging is that “me too!” moment. When you read someone’s words and see yourself. It makes me feel not that I am stupid and a failure. But in fact that I am normal and that others have had the same feelings. Everybody messes up sometimes.

So thank you, blogging. I am not Wesley Crusher, but I am my own special brand of space cadet – and therefore, normal. And that is a good feeling to have.

PS – All you people who found me because you cooked your meat pad – did you still eat the meat? I am always curious. 

Do you ever have non-Star Trek space cadet moments? Ever spacey in the non-Kevin Spacey way?

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    • says

      I have spaced out during laundry, too. I went to switch the laundry a couple of weeks ago and discovered that I had forgotten to turn the dryer on – I just left all the wet clothes sitting in it for over an hour.

  1. says

    haha – the cooked meat pad was your first post I read. And look, I come back each time.
    I went to the pediatrician two days before my kids’ appointment.
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    • says

      I don’t think that I have gone to an appointment on a different day – but I *have* forgotten about them and therefore missed them completely. Oops! Maybe my memory isn’t so great all the time. :)

    • says

      You know, Kerstin – I really think that my space cadet tendencies do tend to be related to when I get busier or have a lot on my mind. Something does have to give, so I end up making silly mistakes. :)

  2. says

    Oh my GOODNESS. I ruined dinner one night by slow cooking the meat pad. AND we were having company over. We didn’t realize it until I started serving the food. Oh my goodness, it was horrifying. We didn’t not eat it, but I can’t remember what we ate instead that night.

    And now, I forget what the rest of your post is about. … oh right. Being a space-cadet. Me too, obviously. 😉 (Also, this is why I love blogging too!)
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    • says

      At least it was just us for supper that night – we ended up ordering pizza so therefore no one was *too* disappointed. Except for maybe David – we were having ribs and they are his favourite. I could not believe that I had done it.
      Do you always check for the meat pad now? (I do!) :)

  3. says

    Oh yeah, I have spaced out moments for sure, every day. Pretty cliche stuff though. It usually involves putting things in the wrong place or desperately searching for my sunglasses and then realizing they are on my head. When it gets really bad, it’s usually when I need more sleep. But so glad to be having that “me too” moment reading your blog. Thank you for keeping it real. :)
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    • says

      I think sleep could be a factor for me as well, because I do tend to stay up too late. Hence my need for more coffee on the morning I texted David with his phone in my pocket. :)

  4. says

    Just yesterday, I saw that my 14-year-old had left her cell phone on the kitchen counter when she left for school so I texted her to say I had it.

    So yeah. I get it.

    You can call me Kevin Spacey :-)

    p.s. And if you watched the show Fringe, could you explain the finer points of the two parallel worlds to me? I’m still a little confused…
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    • says

      I can’t tell you how much it means to me to know that I am not the only one who has texted a phone they are carrying!
      Also, I have seen one episode of Fringe – years ago. It was in the middle of a season and I didn’t really understand what was going on. But I found it on Netflix so I think my husband and I are going to check it out. We are always looking for new series to watch. :)

    • says

      I forget what I am planning to do all the time. I’ll get into a room and think ‘what am I doing here again?’ I have to backtrack until I can figure out what I am supposed to be doing.

  5. says

    I LOVED the post where you baked the meat pad!! Bwahahaha. More than once (or even four times) I have spent 5 minutes looking for my cell phone so I could run to carpool line…only to realize I was talking to Ashley ON MY CELL PHONE the entire time I was looking for it. I consider myself pretty smart, too. I still haven’t done the meat pad, but I don’t put it past myself. 😀 –Lisa

    • says

      I think of the meat pad every time I cook meat now, Lisa. And since people find that post to this day, I consider it my little public service announcement to the world that I have been there, too.
      And I am can totally see myself “losing” my cell phone in the exact same way. :)

  6. says

    Been there too! Once when my son was on break from school, I woke him up (it was not early) to wash and clean the car out. Then I proceeded to take the car to go work out. As I was driving home, I was thinking, I hope he did the car, and then I realized I HAD the car. Parenting fail. I felt really bad until I got home and found him still asleep.
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    • says

      I can totally see myself doing that, Michelle! At least he got some extra sleep out of the deal and you got a ride to the gym – and hopefully a clean car soon after. :)

  7. says

    I can’t even tell you the number of spacey things that I do during the day. And I usually pride myself on my memory but my husband has now taken to reminding me to do things numerous times during the day. And when I still forget to do them? Then I feel really silly and like I’m losing my mind. But like you said, those “me too” moments that we share through blogging, those moments of connection truly are the best.
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    • says

      That connection is the best, isn’t it?
      I can’t tell you how often I wonder what it was I was supposed to – or intended to – do during the day and then get distracted with somethings else. It is amazing that I get anything accomplished. :)

    • says

      I have done the walking in the room and not remembering what I was doing and forgetting what I am going to say, too.
      Hopefully my cautionary tale will ensure that you never cook the meat pad. :)

  8. says

    Kim you are so cute. It’s totally something I would do, too, and yes – this is also my favorite part of blogging – the connections. xoxo
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