"Browsing QVC?" I freely admit that's been known to happen (and sometimes goes beyond browsing); but not that day.
"Have you been trolling dating sites for a new husband?" I'd be a liar if I said it had never crossed my mind; but no, not this time.
Fresh out of ideas, Doug knit his brow — a sign of deep thought or growing hunger, I wasn't sure which.
Suddenly, "I've got it!" he exclaimed. "You've been watching funny cat videos again!" Okay, you got me.
I don't sit down at the computer with the intention of watching funny cat videos. It happens organically. Plus, the Internet knows what you're doing and recommends similar content (i.e., more funny cat videos).
If I click on one, it leads to another, and another, and another.... Eventually, the real world, in this case, a starving husband, intrudes and I reluctantly stop clicking. Or I just fall asleep, whichever comes first.
Occasionally, even reality can't break the spell cast by adorable kitty-cat videos. But in my defense, have you ever seen an entire litter of eight-week-old Siamese kittens with their heads and eyes moving in unison as they follow the movements of something out of camera range? Even Scrooge would have to admit that's doggone delightful.
It's not only cute kitten videos that distract me from whatever I should be doing, or started out to do. Sometimes, it's the very thing I'm working on, or reading, or watching a program about, that derails my train of thought, sending it tumbling into a mental ravine.
I'll give you a for-instance: The other night I was watching an Animal Planet documentary on African fauna. When the topic turned to "big cats," I wondered how African lions were related to Bengal tigers. I went to Wikipedia, which said that lions, leopards, Bengal tigers, and jaguars are all in the same genus, Panthera.
Next, I looked up Panthera to discover the genus' common ancestor, how the different cats — including domestic ones — evolved, and how they wound up living in so many different habitats all around the world.