I’ve been writing about these MOMENTS, these snapshots of life in stokes that try to capture a piece of actual life, but seem light on details.
Well, today was ALL about the details! Such A DAY! Nothing traumatic. Everyone is still healthy and happy, and generally just okay. But SHEESH.
It started when I broke my shoe within five minutes of arriving at work. I guess I’d fallen into a bit of a routine, or a lull, with mornings. Most mornings the middle kid gets himself up and out the door before the other two get up. Then those two get up, get themselves breakfast and Chad and I each get one to school. It’s low stress and fairly calm. I have a half hour drive to work, but I listen to talk radio and catch up on the world. I get to work and make another cup of coffee before I hunker down to get some projects done. Fridays, especially, are great because I’ve got full student coverage on the Circ Desk all day. I can just hide in my office and get things done. Breaking my shoe was NOT in the plan.
I kicked both sandals off, but going barefoot at work was just not going to work for me. Students often walk around there barefoot, but it’s my workplace. I just couldn’t pull it off. AmazonNow to the rescue! I ordered a pair of Teva flip flops and a frozen Amy’s Kitchen dish for lunch and had them within an hour. I guess I’m pretty blessed to be able to do that. The sandals arrived and they were a bit tight, but they got me through most of the day and they’ll be the girl’s pool shoes next summer.
At midmorning I got a notification on my phone that my Pending Fuel Purchase would finalize in 1-3 days. Well, since I was reasonably sure I was sitting at my desk and not standing at a gas pump, I shot a message to my bank’s support staff. When they got back to me, they said there had been an attempted gas purchase in Pompano Beach, Florida. If I was sure it wasn’t me (yup, still pretty sure), they’d put a hold on my account and issue a new account. Done. But I can’t use my card now until the new one arrives. Thankfully I have other ways to access cash until the it’s sorted out. What if I’d been a single parent with crappy credit and no access to any other account or credit?
When the too-tight flip flops started really bugging me, I emailed my boss and let her know I was bugging out of there to go find some better shoes. She told me to be gone and complimented my resourcefulness for ordering from AmazonNow. Well, she said she was impressed I thought of it. Same thing, right? So, I headed out and went straight to TJMaxx to see if I could score a pair to replace the broken pair. I bought a completely different pair, but got out of the pinching sandals. Yeah, but I locked my keys in the car in the process.
No sweat. I’ve got a phone, a smart phone even. And AAA. Opened the app and summoned help. Yeah, I had to shop a little more and then head over to Wendy’s for a snack. Found a great pair of pants, a couple cute tops to get through this transition to fall, and that pair of loafers I mentioned. It was annoying, but it wasn’t raining, snowing, windy, too hot, too cold. I relished a little alone time. My kids were all safe.
Picked up the youngest kid from Matt and Ray’s and headed home to feed the gang. We were down a kid since the middle kid went to the high school football game with the family of his buddy. Friday night means pizza, right? Of course. Tied to order from Papa John’s but apparently our regular store has decided not to deliver to this area. I’ll spare you the whole story, but 30 minutes, two online attempts, and four different phone calls later and I still didn’t have any pizzas on the way. Finally jumped in the car and picked up Little Caesar’s. Done.
There were a dozen other little mishaps, none of which amount to any real hardship, all of which are simply new twists on First World Problems. It’s so easy to forget that, though. My freaking shoe broke. How spoiled are we that these things seem like annoyances? I didn’t even have to go an hour without a shoe. The worst part was walking on the bathroom floor minutes after it had been cleaned. It was cold and damp, BECAUSE IT WAS CLEAN! What kind of whiner complains about THAT? And I locked my keys in my car. My working, reliable (knock wood) car that was unlocked in an hour and a half by the nice man from AAA.
And I couldn’t get the pizza delivered. I had to get in my (working reliable) car and drive two miles to the store and buy pizza for the family.
They all seemed like annoying things, frustrating things, obnoxious things when they were happening. Right now, though, all I can think is that none of that is a big deal. So what? It’s a pretty sweet deal I’ve got going on. I guess the thing to do is go make another donation to Hurricane Relief. Might as well spread the blessings, no?