After picking up the car, I was headed out for a “quick” trip to Target. With a storm coming there were a few random odds and ends we needed (nope, we were good on eggs, milk and bread!). The biggest reason for going out was to get a few little presents for the kiddos for Valentines day. So, off I went. It took me a LOT longer to get there than I anticipated, probably about 30 minutes. I should have known that two days before V-day the entire world would have been “getting a few odds and ends before the storm hit”. In any case, I made it there no problem, but the place was PACKED. There was a cart in every isle! I fought my way through the toy section, searching for the perfect gifts for each kid. After another 30 minutes, I had their V-day surprises in my cart and ready to go. Now, the last minute guy that I am, I needed a little something for the wife. Another 15 minutes and I was GOOD to go! So, I played a careful game of Frogger to the front of the store, waited in line for longer than my fading patience should have allowed. Then I reached in my back pocket for my wallet……and realized I had left it safely at home on the coffee table after paying to set up THIS BLOG.
Now, I had four viable options.
1) Put things back and head home empty handed, which in terms of blood pressure was probably not in my best interest.
2) Drive home, drive back, reload the cart and then pay with a less imaginary wallet (also blood pressure unfriendly).
3) Call the wife, and see if she was willing to drive the wallet TO me ( the “no school tomorrow” call had already been recieved).
4) Sit Indian style in the middle of the checkout lane, put my index finger between my lips and make a gentle humming sound.
With my sanity resting in the balance, I decided my best bet was option 3 (though option 4 was VERY tempting). So, I called my wife and, with a few expletives, I explained the situation. She, being completely awesome, packed up the kids and brought me my wallet. So, another 30 minutes went by, my wallet was delivered, I payed for the cart of goodies and headed home at 8:15….to EAT DINNER. Well, at least we had made pulled pork BBQ in the crock pot, and my wife was off from school. So, I figured we would eat, get the kids to bed, and maybe watch a few left over TV shows together. However, once again, the universe had a more interesting plan for the evening……