No Whining Allowed…


I tend to feel overwhelmed when getting ready to travel — my to do lists become gargantuan barriers standing in between me and a good time.  So, yesterday, I worked for 4 hours, and then went to Sam's Club to get some things for the beach, and get to the checkout and have the embarrassing "I can't find my debit card," to which the next five people in line behind me scramble to another checkout line (sorry, guys ;-)) I have no debit card, and they don't take Visa credit cards (only MasterCard & Discover).  I remember exactly where my debit card is, it is in the back pocket of my jeans in the floor of my bedroom in a pile of laundry. 

So embarrassing — I can't figure out how I'm going to drive the 40 minutes home and back without losing my mind.  The cashier puts my cart in the "special" area for people who forget their debit cards or other ways to pay, and I walk out of the store muttering to myself about being SO stupid.  I get to the car and start going through the contents of my purse (which could seriously take days — why are store receipts so long now?  They didn't  used to be.) willing my debit card to be there, or at the least some other form of payment such as a Mastercard or a Discover card.  I have lots of junk in my purse and then found a true gem, an oldie but a definte goodie that saved my day — my checkbook — I cannot remember the last time I carried my checkbook in my purse.  I ran back into Sam's triumphant like Charlie Bucket with the winning golden ticket in my hot little hand (from the movie Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory), only to find out that Sam's doesn't take checks….

Just kidding!  They SO take checks and I paid for my purchases and headed for home with a smile on my face.

I'm taking this packing thing in baby steps…because not only do I have to pack, but I really have to have my house in order before leaving town.  It makes me feel so much better when I get home, and have to grudgingly face reality…

When this posts at 7:00 a.m., hopefully Zachary and I will be well east of the Bay Bridge heading towards the Atlantic Ocean….

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