The Favorite Customer

I was the last customer for one of the grocery store checkers, but I didn’t know it yet. He was dealing with the woman in front of me in the express lane. The lady was insisting that 14 food items and 20 bottles of wine counted as 15 items or less. Then she took forever getting her payment out, and insisted on bagging her groceries herself. With the six foot rule, it took forever.

Another checker came up behind me and closed the line and told me that the checker is off for the day after me. I told her I’m always a little off. She walked away laughing

When I got to the checker with my single bag of tomatoes, I told the checker that I was going to be his favorite customer of the day. He said “yes! The last one!” He got it! I was surprised. I only had a card with me, so I ended up charging $.62 on it, which annoyed me, but he took it with a smile. At least I made his day end on a positive note.

Telemarketing calls

My youngest child is very caffeine sensitive and she would talk non stop any time she had a little caffeine. When she was around 4, she had a Mountain Dew by mistake. The phone rang and it was a solicitor. We put the kiddo on the phone. 45 minutes later she was still telling him about her day at preschool. I’m really surprised that the caller didn’t give up earlier than that. Yes, we were listening to her end, so she didn’t give out private information, not that a 4 year old know much private info.

My Weekend Project

Last weekend, I finally got the key holder hung that I purchased 3 years ago, for keys. It has been floating around, waiting for someone to actually hang it. I found a better use for it. I still have to collect up my masks and hang them, but getting the hooks on the wall was a start. It’s right next to my door, so I can just grab one on the way out the door. I feel accomplished.

Kahlo at the DeYoung

Kahlo exhibit opening

I have been waiting for things to start opening in my area. Nothing has been open for months. Last week, things have slowly been opening, including hair salons and gyms.

I got the email that one of the museums will be opening soon. One of the first exhibits is Frida Kahlo, as mentioned in the above linked article. I thought I’d missed it when the museum closed. I’m so excited. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get there and start my adventures again soon.

Smog check time

I took my car in to get it smog checked. This is a car I don’t drive often, so it’s a process.

I had to jump start it, since I don’t start it often. I drove it around to charge up the battery. I figured I may as well get the smog check done while I was out.

I got to the smog check place and they took my car right away. I had to get back in the car, since the technician couldn’t move it. He didn’t know how to drive a stick shift!

Then, a while later, a different technician came to ask me for the paperwork from the last smog check. I have never needed it in the past, so I didn’t have it with me. It turns out that he couldn’t read a number on the catalytic converter, and he needed to document it. My friends who do smog checks tell me that it is not common practice to check the number.

I think that I will find a different station next time I need a smog check. These guys really didn’t seem to know what they were doing.

A couple of days later, I went to AAA to get the registration sticker for the car. The DMV computers were down, so I had to go back the next day. They only had one cashier open, so it was a long wait. I got it done, made a photocopy of the smog paperwork, and put everything in my purse.

I took the same car in for new tires a few days later. I told my mechanic about the issues. He wasn’t surprised. He told me a story about the valet parkers at Tesla. If they get a car that has a manual transmission and they don’t know how to drive it, they have to stand there with their hand up and call out “manual!” until someone is free who can drive it.

When I left the shop, I remembered the registration paperwork and sticker in my purse. I got everything out of my purse and into its proper place. I felt very accomplished.

The Magic Bag

My daughter asked for something from my purse.  I began digging.  I pulled out a textbook, then a clipboard.  Next I pulled out another textbook and some pens.   My kindle came out next.   I found my wallet and pulled that out too.

My daughter looked at me, and then at my purse.  She whispered “it’s a magic bag.” I told her, “yes, and I’m Mary Poppins.” She didn’t believe me,but asked for my car keys so she could look for the item in my car since the magic bag wasn’t spitting it out today. Yes. It was in the car. That’s why I couldn’t find it in my purse.

Going to the laundromat

I have had some strange dreams lately. I think my mind is on overload with all the changes that are going on. One of my dreams this week was about going to the laundromat. I got there, had all of my clothes and soap and such. I got everything loaded into the washer and found out that the machines no longer take quarters. They take slices of white bread only. Thankfully, 711 is next door, so I was able to go over and buy some bread, but wow, Brain. Where’d that come from?

Day two of classes

I still have no syllabus for my California history class. We did have a zoom meeting, so I at least know the instructor is aware that it’s not been published yet. Doesn’t help me with my scheduling, though.

I got the schedule for my communications class late in the day yesterday, so I don’t have that on the calendar yet. That’s a project for today. I do have a zoom meeting with that class next week, so I’ll get a better feel for that soon. We, as a class, have been busy with the group thread that is meant to be for us to get to know each other. It seems to be working.

I have been hearing a lot from my Film Appreciation instructor. It sounds like she’s ready for this semester. I was able to get the class schedule on the calendar and today is the first zoom meeting.

I think I’m ready for the semester, other than missing a whole class syllabus. I am sure that it will be published soon and I’ll get organized. It’s been an interesting start to the semester.

Attempting to Blow My Nose While Half Awake

Once in a while, I wake up randomly because my nose is stuffed. It’s from allergies and dry air. I get up and go into the bathroom to blow my nose.

One morning, I was attempting to take care of my nose and then head back to bed. I intentionally tried to stay semi-asleep in an attempt to get right back into bed to continue sleeping. I wandered into the bathroom, grabbed a Qtip and attempted to use it to blow my nose. Well, that didn’t work, as you might have guessed. I had to wake up fully to figure out that I need a Kleenex to take care of this job. So much for falling back asleep right away.

Two hours and an application fee later

I am still planning on going back to get my bachelor’s degree. I researched early and waited and waited for the application date to arrive. It arrived last week! I was so excited to get online and actually apply. I didn’t get to it over the first weekend, but I wasn’t too concerned because the deadline is all the way in October.

I went online to fill out the application, with transcripts in hand. The first red flag was when it asked me if I was sure that my high school graduation date was correct. Was that an age crack?

After filling out which schools I had been attending, I had to fill in all of my classes from my transcripts. Because my original community college work/A.S. was so long ago, I had to manually type in everything. It took forever. The classes that I have taken recently were no problem. I started typing in the class numbers and it filled in the rest for me.

It still took me over two hours to get everything done. Then I paid the fee. I am just waiting to hear if I get accepted to the program I want.

I haven’t received confirmation that my application was received, but I got an email to verify my financial aid application. I filled it out today, and I hope to hear back soon.