Do you ever run the same errand over and over and over? I do. I have been trying to mail two bills for the last week. What should have been a simple task literally took over my life. It was the strangest thing…
Most of my bill paying is done online — it’s quick, painless, no stamps, and I don’t have to wonder if the U.S. Postal system gets my check where it needs to go when it needs to be there.
For some reason unknown to me I pulled out the checkbook and wrote two checks; one for a cooking magazine subscription (like I need another cooking magazine) and one to the gas company. I put the checks into their matching envelopes, added stamps, and pasted on return address labels and laid the envelopes on the kitchen table. They sat there for a day or so — I meant to put them in the mailbox outside but then I remembered someone telling me not to put anything in your mailbox because that’s how thieves sometimes steal your identity. I had a check in one of the envelopes, and I decided it would be “safer” to mail it.
I took the bills from the kitchen table, put them into my purse and I hopped into the car to run errands. I got all the errands done successfully, came home, walked in, set my purse down on the kitchen table, and yes, there were the two bills still sticking out of my purse; I had forgotten to stop at the post office.
The next day I went shopping. This time I took the bills out of my purse and kept them in my hot little hands until I got into my car. Then I laid the bills on the passenger seat where I would see them and be sure to remember to stop at the post office. I got all my shopping done, drove home, pulled into the driveway, reached over to get the garage door opener and saw the bills still laying on the passenger seat. Gaaaaaaa.
I was determined the next day to get those envelopes mailed. I went to the grocery store first and the bills were on the console of my car — I was going to drive by the post office mail drop-off on my way home, but for some reason I took a different route home with my groceries…and the bills stayed on the passenger seat of my car. Jeez-Louise what was my problem?!
Today I had more errands to run. I wrote a list of what I had to accomplish and on the top of the list was “Mail Bills!!!” So this time I laid the envelopes on top of my dashboard right above my speedometer so I would constantly see them and remember to mail them. I stopped at the local Eye Mart to have my glasses fixed (again), took some stuff back to Target, went to Macy’s, and went home. Did I mail the bills? Of course not. There they sat looking at me.
Finally, this afternoon I made a special trip – the only place I had to go was the post office — and would you believe I got distracted and drove right past it? Unbelievable.
I could have walked the bills to their destination by now.