Laziness doesn’t account for everything

I wouldn’t be writing this if I weren’t waiting on Jonathan to finish something before we play a highly anticipated game of Family Feud. Also, because I’m having a difficult time managing my various social media outlets, I’m sorry if this post seems redundant with other things I’ve written today.

Today we were excited because, unlike most Saturdays, we had a plan that would not only keep us busy for a fair part of the day but would also get us up early enough to avoid feeling like one of our last vacation days had passed us by. Plan = go to farmers’ market, stand in line for perhaps the “best barbeque in the U.S.,” and eat a frozen banana at a banana stand. A noble plan indeed.

Reality = try and fail before succeeding at using some ATMs, buy some ice to prepare for farmers’ market purchases, hurry away from the farmers’ market to stand in line for a long long time, eat most delicious barbeque ever, forego banana stand because we already ate banana pie at barbeque place, go home, realize extent of sunburn, and fall asleep for a few hours.

Now, although the morning went mostly according to plan, the afternoon was not productive at all and slightly depressing. My sunburn didn’t feel very good, and I blame the same sun for my tiredness. I felt justified and even wise sleeping for a long time, but then I felt bad for not doing stuff as per my crusade against laziness. So I tried to figure out how this situation happened.

Obvious answer: I didn’t wear sunscreen! Was it because I was lazy? Not really. After I woke up this morning, I THOUGHT about wearing sunscreen, but as I learned at the beach, it takes a loooong time to do sunscreen right, so I just put it on my face as a compromise. I didn’t really have time to do much else due to the schedule constraints of the morning (we had to rush through the market to get to the bbq place “on time” (i.e. 45 minutes before it opened and 3 hours before getting food, which ran out 15 minutes later)). So, although I would have been really reluctant to spend time putting on sunscreen, the main problem was that I honestly hadn’t included the time to do it in our schedule (though, had I really understood the line-standing part of the plan, I could have easily brought some with us).

So, here are some lessons from today:

  • My shoulders burn faster than any other part of me. This isn’t terribly useful information, unless I apply the following rule:
  • All-or-nothing thinking can be detrimental. Even though sunscreen crossed my mind, I knew I didn’t have enough time to put it everywhere I should, so I didn’t think about minimizing the damage (the face sunscreen was just part of my make-up considerations). Next time: face and shoulders :)
  • Analyzing motives can prevent incorrect characterizations. As the title implies, laziness didn’t really cause this sunburn problem, though it was easy for me to suspect that as a primary cause. In reality, this issue resulted from a failure to plan for standing in line for 3 hours, and that was just an idiosyncrasy of the situation. I guess “better safe than sorry” is a fair mantra to take away.
  • Plans aren’t always foolproof. This is significant because Jonathan and I are planners, and we try really hard to think things through. Alas, we just failed to think about sunscreen in this case, and that’s not really anyone’s fault. It happened, it affected our day, and that’s life.

That’s all. As I said, this post wouldn’t have existed if I hadn’t been bored, so thank you for your patience.

About Sarah

10 years ago, I was a computer science student. 5 years ago, I taught kindergarten. 2 years ago, I trained teachers. Now, I'm a technical writer. I have thoughts about most of these things, but most likely I'll just write about neuroses and why I love Mr. Gatti's pizza. Which might be a neurosis.
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2 Responses to Laziness doesn’t account for everything

  1. Greg says:

    Don’t feel too bad about the afternoon – sunburn or not, being in the sun for hours usually wipes the rest of our day too…

  2. Kirstin says:

    I’ve started carrying a small tube of sunscreen in the diaper bag for instances like this. I try to put it on the kids at home, but I feel better knowing I have some with me, too.

    In my case, I don’t put on sunscreen enough because I hate the way it feels, especially in hot, humid weather like you’ve got right now. Oily goop is not exactly refreshing.

    Don’t forget to sunscreen your ears!! And I’d add the tops of your feet if you’re in chanclas and going with the approach of partial sunblocking.

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