This really should be a "Five for Friday" BUT since it's SUNDAY and I can really only think of four things...it's not.
This past week seemed to be, for me, a series of really, wildly unfortunate events, or just terrible choices. So instead of burying a week of embarrassing, frustrating, and down right goofy moments of my life, what does a good blogger do? A good blogger blogs!
Yes, I can be taken down with a necklace and a door handle.
My grandmother was a big fan of the long necklace and I wear one of hers all the time. It's not a precious antique or anything like that. It's just really, really long string of odd shaped pearl-like beads. I wear it looped twice around my neck, so that one loop is right up at my throat and the other dangles almost to my waist.
One of the things I do at work each day is, at the end of the day, go to the shop and make sure the two back doors are closed and locked. It's not a difficult thing to do and 99% of the time the doors are closed and locked. But I do it because in those last five minutes of the day I try and do as much as I can AWAY from my desk so I don't get that last minute phone call that puts me at my desk past quitting time.
This past week I was wearing my double looped necklace while doing this. Now I've worn this necklace to work a million times, without injury, but on this day, on this one day, the bottom look of the necklace caught on the door handle while I was opening and closing the door and checking the lock. I did not notice it so when I turned to check the other door, I couldn't move and, thanks to the fact that I at first had no idea what was going on, the upper loop of the necklace instantly strangled me.
You'll be happy to know the necklace is in tact, the doors are locked. As for oxygen loss to my brain, well, who will notice, really? (Especially after you read the rest of this list.)
And if the necklace and door handle can't finish the job, French fries might.
For quite some time now I've not eaten French fries. I used to LOVE THEM, but as I age, I find they don't really agree with my digestive tract all that much and, frankly, since I have to limit my caloric intake more and more with each passing year, I'd rather not eat something that doesn't make me happy anymore.
Last week, however, I had a craving for Culver's French Fries, extra crispy. (If you go to Culvers, you can order them "extra crispy" and they have to double deep fry them. MMMMmmmmmmmm.) So I got a small order at lunch and ate them in the parking lot where I eat lunch and take naps along with about a half dozen other office drones from other businesses. (We don't speak, we nod to each other from our cars and everyone keeps their radio volumes down.)
I then decided to forgo the nap and instead clean out the rubbish from my car. Somewhere in the up and down motion of cleaning the floor of my car, my body said, "Well if you're just going to toss your stomach contents around, then you may as well have them back."
Yep, I blew chunks in the Culvers parking lot. More specifically, I blew French fries in the Culvers parking lot. Unfortunately, it was the same day Peaches and Skippy came down with some sort of stomach bug, so for a brief bit I thought I was actually sick. But...no...it was just my fat old body telling me that 1) We are done with the French fries and 2) physical activity immediately after eating is never a good idea.
Oh I'm sorry...I thought the express lane was for 15 ITEMS or less...not three items and your endless personal and financial issues.
Immediately after said barfing episode, I got a text from Peaches requesting white soda and crackers for her stomach ailment. Since I wanted to distance myself from my soiled parking space, I ran over to the local Pick and Save (and we all know how I feel about that store) for TWO THINGS! TWO THINGS!
I figured, two things, and the express lane only has three people in it, I'll be in and out quickly.
WRONG. I chose...poorly. See, the first woman in line had about 30 items...and was trying to redeem a cash reward from her store card before the reward expired. (That would be...on that very day.) She was arguing with the clerk about the amount of the reward.
The next woman behind her only had two items. And seven coupons. And she also, wanted to redeem her cash reward from her store card...again, because those rewards were expiring. SHE argued with the clerk about how many of her coupons she could use. (again, this is in the EXPRESS LANE.)
The gent directly in front of me had 8 items. I counted them because I had so much TIME in line. He had a store card, which he had out and ready and he was paying with a credit card. I was overjoyed.
She scanned all his items: two bags of peanuts, two loaves of bread, three of those HUGE chocolate bars and the BIGGEST bag of sugar the store carried. He handed her the store card, which took off half his bill, leaving him with about $20 to pay. I had to wonder just how much that huge bag of sugar was...but I didn't have a chance because old guy then said, "Well, you have to take the sugar off, because that's three more dollars than what I have."
Dude, you are paying with a CREDIT CARD!
I know that feeling. I've been there more often than I care to talk about, with credit cards. BUT, I also know that if you're banging on the ceiling of your limit, you add your totals BEFORE you get in the EXPRESS LINE.
Finally, after the longest 9 minutes of my life...and remember this is the EXPRESS LINE, it was my turn. I had my two items there, and I put one of those plastic dividers between my two items and the soup the woman behind me was getting. She said, "Oh, you don't want to pay for my soup?"
Looking back, I may have been a bit short with her when I yelled "NO! I AM NOT PAYING FOR YOU SOUP!" But hey, I'd just spewed in the parking lot and spent 9 minutes of my life watching three people (and does it surprise any of you that they were elderly? Nope, that's how my life goes.) try to argue and adjust things with a Pick and Save clerk like we're at some camel market.
And finally...I get vengeance on Woodman's gas station for making me look uncool.
I like Woodmans' markets. We just got one here in my home town, but there are some hither and thither around Wisconsin. Woodmans' markets are low priced and do not take credit cards. They do take debit cards. And, they have gas stations.
While visiting my friend Linda this weekend, I realized I needed gas. I decided that, before we went to breakfast, I would fill up at the Woodmans'. I'd never gotten gas there before, but I thought I'd give it a try. I pulled up to the pump and got out. I realized I hadn't pulled up far enough and there was no way the hose would reach my tank. So I had to get back in the car, start the car, pull the car forward about a foot, and then stop it again. Not cool.
THEN the pump said, "PREPAY." No problem. I always prepay because I don't like going into the gas station. I got my debit card and looked for the slot to plug it. There was none. Nope, they wanted me to PREPAY by going in to the station and paying up front. Not looking cool at the moment.
So I go to the station, and hand the girl my debit card. She tells me to go fill up and she'll run the card when I'm done. I do so and return to the station where she hands me my card and tells me to swipe it. Which I do. "Oh you have to wait until I tell you to do it."
I thought you just did.
Well, no matter, she then says, "Go ahead and I swipe it again.
To the woman who came in to prepay and heard clerk child say, "It's going to be a few minutes, I have no idea how long," Sorry. But hey, at least you didn't have to wait in line for twleve minutes...like the guy behind me did.
And to the guy behind me who thought getting gas was going to be a quick little errand, sorry. But, no, I'm not really, because you were good looking and gave me something to look at while clerk child was trying to say clever things about how long we'd have to wait. (Hint: She failed at that.)
So yeah, thanks Woodmans' gas, for helping to perpetuate the world view that I'm super uncool. Next time, you can mess with some other complete dork who may, or may not, be able to unwittingly shut down your gas operations for twelve solid minutes on a Saturday.
Friends, this is going to be my last blog for the month of November. Most of you know that I do nanowrimo in November and this year I'm hoping to write almost an entire novel. Pretty steep stuff, considering I haven't written anything since November started. So I'll be out until after Thanksgiving. In the meantime, check out past blogs...because there's no way you've read them ALL, OR, click here to purchase my past novels AND THE FIRST ELSIE BOOK to pass the time until we meet again!
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