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And YOU Thought Chili and Blackened Catfish Didn't Mix !

OK.  Try and follow along with me here.  We're going on a journey... you and me.

I just put on my hip boots.  My "waders" I guess you would call them.  And then, in my imagination, I shrunk myself, and climbed into my own brain.  Yes, I mean "inside" my brain.

I'm pretty small now.  And I am sloshing around... trying to keep from slip'slidin' on those crevices that we see on pictures of the brain.  I would hate to fall down and get all that gooey brain-stuff all over me, but that's the chance I guess I take, here.

I'm just lookin' around in here... trying to figure out what, if anything, is going with this gooey mess I call my brain... and why things happen like they do.

It's prolly a lost cause, but I just had to try.

Ya see... I just read another post a few minutes ago.  It was short and sweet.  About a Chili Cook-off.

And BOOM!  Like a bolt of lightening, my brain grabs my attention, and yanks it away from the "chili"... and goes right straight to the last remaining catfish fillet I have sitting in the fridge.

I have this incredible urge, now.  Almost unstoppable. 

The powers of the universe are pulling me to get up from my computer, go to the fridge, and pan-fry my one last catish fillet.  Blackened, Cajun catfish.  Yum!

Why does my mind DO that to me?  Gosh, I wish I knew.

OKAY!  It's time for you to confess your inner thoughts. Choose one of these two.  Either reach into your vast compendium of psychological and culinary knowledge... and tell me why this happened.  Should I try and stop it, or should I encourage it further.

Or TWO... do YOU have times when something... something very innocent happens... and it acts as a stimulus, and zooms you away from whatever you were thinking... and plants your mind right in the middle something else totally unrelated?

I just shared my strange story.  If you've had something similar happen to you... I invite you to please share yours.

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Comment balloon 56 commentsKaren Anne Stone • January 27 2013 10:34PM

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Good morning Karen, I dont get the chance to eat catfish that often, but I do know that Chile makes just about everything taste Great!

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities) over 5 years ago

Bob... thanks so much for your comment.  My lil catfish post was feeling lonely.

Eating catfish is nothing at all like "looking" at a catfish.  They are delicious.  Most folks dip them in batter and deep fry them... but I like them "blackened."  And Chili on a catfish.  Ouch!  That sounds like heresy to me.

The local stores also have a fish called Tilapia.  I find the taste much, much too bland.  I don't want my fish to overpower me, but I DO want fish to actually taste like fish.  Blackened Cajun Catfish... yum.  Not hot and spicy, but very "tasty."

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 5 years ago

Hi Karen, after your endorsement, I will need to go and find some blackened catfish so that I can stay up late thinking about enjoying this delicious treat.

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities) over 5 years ago

Sometimes KarenAnne, but not lately.  School tends to do that to me... drain me of all things creative.  School just leaves me drained and needing more sleep.  And I really need to read another chapter and not a dozen AR posts, but it's just not what I feel like this morning.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 5 years ago

But Chili might be what I have for dinner one of my school nights this week... after it simmers in the crock pot all day.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 5 years ago

Karen Anne, I'm more of the zoomer type.  I never know why I can sometimes get so distracted that it requires a map to return to the original thought.  Guess I need to zoom into gear though, I've got bad brakes to attend to and a ton of work waiting for me this week.

Posted by Mona Gersky, GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate. (MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC) over 5 years ago

Karen Anne ~ I love your description of walking around in your brain, I was with you. Although I don't care for fish I have experienced the off task, way in left field thoughts that take me away. I'm no psychologist so I can only speculate that the stimulus is more rewarding and less stressful than our current, at the moment task. However, now that I am curious about the answer, I'm off goggling it looking for an answer. Ahhhh!

Posted by Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365, Specializing in Carroll Co., MD (Frankly Real Estate Inc.) over 5 years ago

Karen Anne ~ Check this out: Science paying attention to not paying attention.

Posted by Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365, Specializing in Carroll Co., MD (Frankly Real Estate Inc.) over 5 years ago

Diane, I am glad you could visualize my description of walking around inside my brain.  Actually, come on it, if you'd like to join me.  <smile>  I like your thought about the stimulus being more rewarding... or perhaps better yet, less stressful than the current, at the moment task.

And... thanks so much for Googling off and finding that great link, and article.  I just glanced at it, and will go back and re-read it thoroughly.  It looks quite interesting.  Thanks so much, and have a wonderful Monday.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 5 years ago

Bob, if your grocery store has some of these ready-spiced, that would be great, but I just buy the plain catfish fillets and season them with black pepper and Cajun seasoning, a dash of onion seasoning... and then just fry them seven minutes a side.  Yum.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 5 years ago

Tammy, Monday mornings can be tough. Sometimes they're the worst of the week.  And I surely know what you mean about needing more sleep.  I usually get up early most days, which of course still leaves me time for a morning nap.  I just hate it when I occasionally get up so late that there isn't time FOR a morning nap.

And that messes up my afternoon nap, as well.  I wasn't aware you were in school.  What are you studying, may I ask?  Ahhh yes, the struggle to read "just one more chapter."  On Mondays, I can understand how that might be brutal.

Mmmm... chili simmering all day long in the crock pot.  I bet your place smells terrific when you come home to that.  My favorite chili is the sausage chili that they serve at Bob Evans.  I have re-created it at home, and it tastes pretty darn good.  Uh oh.  Now my brain is wandering back to chili.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 5 years ago

Mona, I can start on something, and yes, I can ZOOM right off... and go on, and on, and on.  It's a good thing that there's such a thing as a "back" button, here... or I'd never remember what started things.

Yeah... go get your brakes fixed.  In your hilly country, that's all you need is bad brakes.  Take care...

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 5 years ago

Ms Karen- well I haven't eaten catfish is probably 25 years but did eat it fried in cornmeal but also used to catch them in Lake Conroe which makes me think of Cheetos because when I was bored I would place them on the hook to try to catch the catfish because let's face it it's a lot better than hooking a squirmy worm on the hook but I digress.. as for getting in my or anyone else's head I do that enough already because I find myself talking to myself quite often and have to admit I am often self entertaining which is probably why I often just come out with a thought or question that is totally off the current topic because in my head I've already moved on to another topic.   Oh yes... what was the question?

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 5 years ago

I wish I could explain this to you, but I can't. It happens to me too.  My husband will be talking about a friend of his and what's happening with them at work, and then, BLAM.....I'm off on a tangent in my head.  The last time I saw his friend, we all went out to a Mexican restaurant...suddenly I want tacos.  I can usually trace it back. 

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 5 years ago

Simple - it's food related.  Just like watching a commercial for say, Doritos, you feel like having a few yourself.  I think you were hungry.  That's all. Chili to Catfish, not a stretch to me.

Posted by Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate (Baird & Warner Real Estate) over 5 years ago

I completely understand, sometimes in the middle of a serious conversation my brain leaves and goes off on a path and even if I try to pull it back it won't listen. It doesn't bother me anymore because we have had some wonderful little adventures together.

Posted by Liz Wallace, Broker C21 Sherlock Homes, Rockville Centre, LI, N (Century 21 Sherlock Homes) over 5 years ago

I totally get you Karen... Yep scary isn't it... LOL... I too experience being zipped from one thing (mentally) to another for no apparent reason.  I must admit you had me smiling then an actual big belly laugh as you described being inside your own head...... Still smiling :)

Posted by John McCormack, AlbuquerqueHomes.com, Albuquerque Homes Realty (Albuquerque Homes Realty * www.AlbuquerqueHomes.com) over 5 years ago
Karen Anne. Today I went upstairs 3 times to do the same task - each time I was distracted to do something else.
Posted by Valerie Zinger, Home Organizer (House Proud Ottawa-Ontario-Canada) over 5 years ago

Valerie:  Here is an example of something similar that I do.  I often say that the older I get, the more I am interested in "the here-after."  I walk into a room, stop, and ask myself... "What am I HERE after?"

It's happening more and more.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 5 years ago

It just happened now because you said catfish and I'm thinking Manti Te'o. That's the big mess with the football star and the dead fake girlfriend. Being lured into a false relationship online is called catfishing.

Posted by Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate (Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500) over 5 years ago

Karen Anne, Dr Barath does not have the answer:) I have a solution JUST Make it, you are making me hungry reading your post and I will have to stop commenting and prepare dinner I wish I had a Catfish in my Fridge:))

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) over 5 years ago

Jill... are you serious?  And, it figures... as far as the wording you just used.  See, your brain is silently at work, and proves my post... as you said that "catfishing" is defined as being "lured" into a false relationship online.  So clever... LOL.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 5 years ago

Dr Barath:  It also figures... with your quote.  Here I am, sitting at my computer screen... munching on dinner.  And what am I having for dinner?  CATFISH.  (LOL x 2) 

This time, instead of using Cajun spices, I used a packet of dry French dressing dip powder.  Just sprinkled it on... pan fried one side for six minutes, sprinkled the second side with the French dressing dip spicing powder... flipped it for another five minutes... and yummy in my tummy.

PS... if you lived closer to me, I would gladly either lend you a catfish, or prepare one for you... cuz that's the kinda girl I am.  :)

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 5 years ago

Karen Anne FYI  I watched the Iron Chef America this evening and the Secret Ingredient was Catfish and one of the Judges said the best Catfish he had was in Texas. Inquiring Minds want to know was he over at your house:?:)))

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) over 5 years ago

Karen Ann, Only you could possibly put walking in your brain all together.  I thnk it is either adult add or the law of attraction, either way, I would rather have chilli than cat fish!

Posted by Christine OShea (Christine E O'Shea Real Estate Broker) over 5 years ago

Karen Anne, Love it! Of course, you can always have chili but catfish isn't an everyday occurrence...love blackened catfish and prime rib...yu-um! Sometimes when I'm talking to someone, I tend to get in front of myself. Just today I was chatting with a title rep and completely forgot the point I was trying to make...he came back later and I was still stumped. Part of my brain quit working...must be sometimers...

Posted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR (Prado Real Estate South) over 5 years ago

Karen Anne,

      It happens all the time especially in my line of work I will be thinking of all the things I have to do and the swoosh the phone rings and I am on another avenue and sometime I cannot remember what I was doing before.

Posted by Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert, Sitterle Homes (Sitterle Homes) over 5 years ago

Karen Anne, that was certainly not a stretch for me. Seems I'm too often hungry and eat the craziest things at the craziest times.

Posted by Connie Harvey, Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate (Pilkerton Realtors) over 5 years ago

I don't know about the combination...but blackened catfish sounds great to me right about now!

Posted by Lanise Warrior-Johnson, Real Estate Specialist (Real Estate Brokers Services, Inc.) over 5 years ago

Karen you are not alone,  I find myself having similar experience now and them, minus that catfish ;)

 

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) over 5 years ago

Hi Karen Anne,

I think your brain heard 'chilli' and sensed how good it was to you and then connected catfish as the closest good food you had available.  The weird connections happen to all of us.  Very funny post!  Thank you!

Posted by Jordon Wheeler, J W Group Real Estate Sales and Service (The Jordon Wheeler Group) over 5 years ago

Jordon:  You are close, but backwards.  Catfish, at least the way that I make it, and also the way they prepare it at Raven's Grill in Euless, Texas at the Texas Star... is way, way more my favorite than anybody's chili.

And... thank you for your kind words.  :)

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 5 years ago

Karen - you are not alone. My husband biggest complaint about me is that my mind is all over the place all at the same time. I could be talking about dieting and losing weight, next thing that comes out of my mouth is that I am craving donuts. I think is the thought of wanting that one last bite before the tough regiment???

Posted by Les & Sarah Oswald, Broker, Realtor and Investor (Realty One Group) over 5 years ago

I am now beginning to understand why sometimes after working with a few agents I crave a stiff drink!

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 5 years ago

Happy Birthday, belatedly, Karen Anne!  I hope you had a great one....hope the rest of the year is tremendous!

Posted by Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc. (Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc.) over 5 years ago

I'm no expert but I would guess you were hungry and was probably ignoring the signs. I would also bet that you like pan fried catfish and the chili triggered the response. Or we could ignore all that and just accept that we do weird things as we age...lol.

I did enjoy your description of the out of body-in the body brain adventure.

Posted by Suesan Jenifer Therriault, "Inspecting every purchase as if it were my own". (JTHIS-Professional Home Inspection Team) over 5 years ago

I just found out from Debbie Laity that yesterday was your birthday. I had no idea, but now that I do: Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday!!!!

Posted by Suesan Jenifer Therriault, "Inspecting every purchase as if it were my own". (JTHIS-Professional Home Inspection Team) over 5 years ago

Happy Belated Birthday Karen Anne! I am sure you had a great day and I wish you a fabulous year ahead.

Posted by Liz Hill (YOUR CHOICE REALTY CORP BROKERAGE) over 5 years ago

Karen Anne, well yes that sort of thing happens quite a lot with me...i wish it would stop because I really need to focus on this day....day...birthday...oh yes...that's why I stopped by...HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!

Posted by Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource (Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL) over 5 years ago
Karen Anne-Happy Birthday and I hope it was a good one. Take any two foods you like and magic can happen, sometimes.
Posted by Wayne Johnson, San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale (Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS®) over 5 years ago

Karen Anne, what would be do without your beautiful humor, I so enjoy you and feel as if I've known you for years. You're a very colorful light in the old world of bloggers. Thank you :)

Oh yes, and i would have to pick both questions, one just wouldn't work with our real estate drama brains.

Happy belated BD

Posted by Bob Ratliff, "Sold on Bob" (CB Stagecoach ) over 5 years ago

Well Karen Anne..... I came over from Debbie's blog  to wish you a happy belated birthday and got distracted with food.   Now I'm starving. 


I hope that your 69th birthday was relaxing and that you have enjoyed the extension of the birthday wishes. 

You are an incredible person that shares a birthday with a number of really intersting people.  

I hope you have a great weekend. 

 

Sondra

Posted by Sondra Meyer:, See It. Experience It. Live It. (Star View Real Estate ) over 5 years ago

Hi Karen, stopped over from Debbie Laity's post to wish you a happy belated Birthday!

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker) over 5 years ago

Happy Birthday Karen Anne, I am glad that lots of people noticed and let us all know of this special day!

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities) over 5 years ago

Dear Karen,

Seems like you were inspired subconsciously and your stomach was inspired to eat some chili!!!  All the ingredients were there all you had to do was prepare them.  :)   Glad you took some time off for yourself from your busy day.  

Warm Regards,


Posted by Carmela Jacobs, Ventura Co., Los Angeles Co., CA, & Global Realtor (Cornerstone Community Real Estate) over 5 years ago

LOL! I've always just been told it was my ADHD! zoom, Zoom, ZOOM!! :)))

Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Anderson Properties) over 5 years ago

Just stopped by to say hi and see if you had posted anything new I hope you are having a beautiful day as we are in Katy, Texas! Take care!

Posted by Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert, Sitterle Homes (Sitterle Homes) over 5 years ago

I think I need to join the group Bratender make it a double what do you think cuz I need a drink! Almost time to go home!

Posted by Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert, Sitterle Homes (Sitterle Homes) over 5 years ago

Yolanda, now that's what we need for the boys... a Group called Bratender... LOL.  Sorry, I just could not resist.

Anyhoo... ActiveRain Group: Bartender, Make it a Double is Chris Ann Cleland's group.  I don't know if you are familiar with Chris Ann, but she is one awesome Realtor... and Blogger.  She is in Northern Virginia, and does a marvelous job with her listings, and all of the linked-posts she has written to market her neighborhoods.  I very much recommend her and her group.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 5 years ago

I have to admit, Catfish and Chili do not seem to match, and then I start thinking about what really does, and I get lost again.

Posted by Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc (Benchmark Realty LLc) over 5 years ago

Haha. Cute post Karen Ann. I think when you're mind gets stuck on obsessing over something - best to find a way to feed that urge. I'm thinking chocolate chip cookies. ;)

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) over 5 years ago

I often find my mind zooming from one thought to the next, and I'll finally think, "How the heck did I get HERE?"  And then of course I have to share the zaniest of my mind with whoever happens to be near me. 

I think it's awesome the way our brains work.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) about 5 years ago

Karen, I am thinking chili goes with most everything, plus it is almost Cinco de Mayo!

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) about 5 years ago

My mind roams from one subject to another, many times every few minutes. I think it is a woman thing!

Posted by Sussie Sutton, UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers. (UTR Texas Realtors) about 5 years ago

Karen, your writing is very entertaining, hope you are doing well.

Posted by Catherine Ulrey, Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist (Keller Williams Capital City) over 3 years ago

Karen Anne-I do that all the time. I was called a scatterbrain years ago by my ex husband

 

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) over 3 years ago

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