Hop Aboard My Roller Coaster

It’s time again for a thrill-a-minute roller coaster ride through my brain.  A toilet paper roll-er coaster.  Hang on.


Men and women do not see the same world.

Men tend to be linear thinkers who concentrate on one job until it is done.  We women multitask so much we’re like a pack of hamsters on speed in a room full of running wheels.

I’m not saying one vision is better than the other – they’re just different.  I also don’t pretend to represent every woman Nonetheless, I suspect this will sound familiar to many of the double-X-chromosomed.

Now that we’ve got the disclaimers out of the way…

The following is a true and faithful account of an actual event, which was experienced by me and my brain while spending quality time in my bathroom.









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72 Responses to Hop Aboard My Roller Coaster

  1. Elizabeth Helmich says:

    This is great – well done! Sounds about right for most of us. 🙂


  2. M.Winter says:

    Gosh! That happens all the time! When I’m out of paper in my bathroom, I check my hubby’s as well. I then see his bathroom needs cleaning and all that stuff… Waaaaahhg!

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  3. dmswriter says:

    Did you write this with me in mind?? Sometimes I feel like I can’t get a darn thing done during the day because I start one task and a trail of bread crumbs leads me, willy nilly, all over the place to a dozen other things. 🙂

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  4. Ha! I can sooo relate to this.


  5. Janu says:

    Yep. That about sums it up. Men. They have no idea whey it is so much harder to be a woman.


  6. Did you find my glasses while you were out and about restructuring the kitchen, the 401K, the parents condo, the paper-products shopping list, and fixing the world’s problems?

    Oh yea…they’re on my face…


  7. Al says:

    Roller coaster ride? More like a trip around the solar system. Now I know where that maxim “pee or get off the pot” originated.

    Your linear pal, Al


    • pegoleg says:

      Are you more linear, Al? Most stereotypes have their roots in fact, but not all.


      • Al says:

        Oh yes, I’m the quintessential linear thinker, not good at multitasking (a trait I truly admire in you female types). I will work on a problem non-stop for hours or days until it is solved, never thinking for a moment about any adjunct issues that might or might not be involved. That would deter me from the task at hand.

        Patty is exactly like you. If I were to say let’s take the garbage cans out to the curb, I would have mine done in sheer seconds. Patty would take forever. First she would stop at every bush to see if it needed trimming or fertilizing. Next she would look at the under-trim to see if was in need of painting. Then she would spend a few minutes trying to decide if she wanted to change the paint color on the shutters. That, of course, would be after contemplating if she really does like the new tiles we had put on the front porch or do they clash a bit with the stone work after all. Then I would see her thinking, should we use mulch again this year for the landscaping of go with pine straw? Meanwhile, the garbage in her can would reach it’s half-life and become 100 per cent compost with steam rising from the lid. An explosion would be imminent unless we quickly spread it around the garden area. Tell me, is there a support group for this mindset?

        Never mind, I think I’ll just continue to say “yes dear, we’ll talk about all this tomorrow.”


  8. franhunne4u says:

    That is why I have a sudoku riddle on my toilet – to never, ever go down that path …


  9. Carrie Rubin says:

    I prefer to do one job at a time, but I’m often not granted the luxury. Enjoyed your thought tree as always. Thanks for making me laugh. 🙂


  10. Dana says:

    And now I have to go to the bathroom!


  11. TamrahJo says:

    LOL – Can’t wait to share this with my mom and bachelor brother – who, we we call from town closest to his place with a “we’re almost there, need anything from town?” and he says, “Yeah, you might want to pick up some TP” – and I look over the prices, buy the big savings pack, we arrive – I carry it in, and he drily comments, “Great! The toilet paper fairy strikes again! – That’s got to be, a two? three year supply?” 🙂


  12. List of X says:

    I remember this post. I’ll use it as a reminder to refill the toilet paper, because we’re not financially ready to invest into a condo in Florida, and spending a few bucks on TP can prevent hundreds of thousands in real estate and other expenses.


  13. Soooo true. (Naturally love the go chart)
    It’s just like when Staff,Too says “Ready to go to the store/wherever and picks up the car keys tapping toes while I dash around the house closing and locking windows and doors, turning off appliances….making sure the dog and cat have water and nothing to choke on while we are gone, turning off the sprinkler…well, the endless list of must do before leaving things goes on and on…usually ending with cleaning up the crumbs and dishes as he’s gotten bored and decided to snack while waiting…


  14. For the last time; there is NO SUCH THING as multi-tasking. It’s a myth. It simply cannot be done. It’s a proven FACT! All tasks suffer. I offer this post as proof positive.


  15. Elyse says:

    There is a TP holder that I need to be tightened or replaced, but I have avoided it for the longest time thinking about this chart. I just don’t think I can afford that Allen wrench to tighten it! You probably think I am making this up.


  16. OMG! How did you get inside my brain? You totally nailed it.


  17. Ninasusan says:

    You are right on!


  18. Little Voice says:

    Oh my, how true it is. No wonder women are worn out just going to the bathroom. Going to repost…must share this insightful piece.


  19. Little Voice says:

    Reblogged this on that little voice and commented:
    I love Peg’s posts and this one is right on. Makes me d just thinking about a visit to the bathroom!


  20. Now, if you get one of those “self-cleaning” bidet/toilets, problem solved. 🙂


  21. mujtaba says:

    i was reeeaaally curious to see how that would end
    was not disappointed


  22. I loved the diagram!!! That itself was a bit of genius.


  23. The trouble is, every one of your different options triggered a whole different path of thoughts for me, and I then had to go back and move on to the next box, for the same thing to happen again. That’s why it’s taken me four days to read this post.


  24. Always loved this one, Peg. You truly do capture the non-stop flow of to dos that keep me awake in the middle of the night. 🙂


  25. Haha. I love this! There is a book called: “If I Get Hit by a Bus Tomorrow, Here’s How to Replace the Toilet Paper Roll: A Woman’s Instructional Guide for Men.” I think if I went away for a month, I’d come back and find that he’d been using paper towels and ziploc bags for toilet paper rather than driving to the store to buy some!



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