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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

In Which I Get Flustered and Fall off the Wagon!

Tuesdays are our "in town" days because Kaelan and Aaron have piano lessons in the afternoon. We drop Jordan off at work and then have an hour to run an errand or two before their lessons start. Yesterday I thought we had enough time for a WalMart run which included picking up prescription refills that had been called in on Monday. We went to the pickup window, waited in line and then got our bags of prescriptions (yes, bags....5 children and myself have asthma, a different mix of 5 children and myself have severe eczema and we ALL have allergies). All of the scripts were not ready (called in 24 hours earlier) and then there was a mixup and then another mixup, etc. Finally got most of the prescriptions and decided to go through the self-checkout. We had 25 minutes to get out and make it to piano on time which should not have been a problem, but...

I am not a patient woman, especially not with electronic equipment. If I push a button or whatever the gizmo should do what it is supposed to do, right? Well, the special clerk who watches over the self-check lanes had to come over no less than 6 times and maybe more for me to finish my half-cart- full purchases. I was getting flustered but we finally got through, stopped at the potty, got out to the truck, loaded up groceries into the coolers, got four children and the stroller loaded up and then noticed the time. Already time for piano. ARGHH!! I hate being late. We made it within 5 minutes, so not too bad, but still.

Lesson learned? This mama doesn't need to EVER get in the self-check out line again. And maybe I should call in prescriptions two days in advance.

The two little boys and I made a quick dash to the library (where the parking lot and side street parking were overflowing) to return overdue books and pay a fine so I could request books online (only to discover that there was one other book still out....I didn't check the childrens school drawers--another ARGHH!). We also ran to Kroger to pick up a great deal on chicken, then on to pick up the older ones at lessons. THEN we went to Happy Hour at Sonic. I really needed Happy Hour!!! I have been trying to totally eliminate Cokes from my diet and have been successful except for two times. The first was after making soap with 16 young girls at Keeepers ; ) and the second was yesterday... and yes, I got a Route 44 full of Coke and enjoyed every sip (or gulp!) Two Cokes in six weeks isn't that bad, is it?

I had intended on some clearance rack shopping at a couple of stores with all the children after piano, but decided to skip that in order to get the house back in order. We had left a mess before we left. We had time to get the house in order and get a great dinner on the table, clean up, baths, Bible study and ALL were in bed before 9 (except Caedmon and I). Jeff was very appreciative of the clean house and the dinner. It was a nice relaxing evening. So thankful for that this morning!

5 comments:

Heather said...

Every time we walk by the self-checkout, Josh says, "Look mom, your worst nightmare... Self checkout! Ha ha ha..."

Loretta said...

I avoid those self-checkout things like the plague.

Jenny said...

I think self check outs are for "some" folks, but not all. Kinda the way wrist watches (the old-timey wind-up kind)used to work for most folks and then there were those few people who could break a watch forever just by wearing it one time. (my sister had a jewelry box full of broken watches)
But about the pharmacy thing. I have used pharmacies in the past whose policy it was to never NEVER never fill a prescription until the customer showed up to pick it up. Not very nice. I would, during an un-busy (ha) moment, go and talk to the pharmacy manager and learn what their policy is and how to work it. It's never the right time to wait for a prescription. That shouldn't ever have to happen. Do I sound like a disgruntled pharmacy customer? I really don't like being jerked around by somebody's policy that disrespects the paying customer. I know I'm ranting, but it just shouldn't happen, especially to busy moms. I feel your pain! ;)

Louisiana Laura said...

I'm so impressed with the number of prescriptions you have to keep straight. On top of the regular errands that are necessary. I made a last minute dash to the small wal-mart(mini-grocery version) less than a mile from my house with both boys yesterday, and left the cheese in the back that fell out of the bag, till today. Needless to say, we still ate it. I figure if people eat blue cheese... Self-check out can get really crazy for me, when my oldest decides 'he will help'.
Gulp, I mean 'big Gulp'. Here's to Happy Hour! Cherry Limeade,here i come!

Roan said...

Anita, I cannot believe you have been 6 weeks without coke! That's great! And your two indulges were greatly deserved!
Hope your next outing to town is not quite so stressful!

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