This is my tale of drama that played out one day, but all through the day I laughed, smiled and kept that sparkle, because you have to stay positive! Anyone else having one of those days?? You know the kind where you drive down the street and see your not-so-merry neighbor who belongs on an episode of Dallas because she is the drama queen, or where the person at the opposing stop sign never really stops but continues on and screams through the window, “what?” Then there might be the lines in the store where you are standing there and someone cuts in and says, “oh I am so sorry I did not realize there was a line, do you mind!?” Actually, “yes I mind and I think the 300 people behind me care as well — !” Yesterday was just the day that did not stop giving see if you can relate. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a dose of cheer with that to you, get in the season before it gets away from you!
I wanted to get those great fuel perks from spending with my debit card, so I exchanged my card, but when I went to activate it at the bank, somehow my card became filed as LOST. I had asked my teller to shred my card for me and she did. You see we have the nicest man(garbage stalker) stopping at only our trash can in a development of 200+ homes, but for some reason he has a liking for mine, so we throw nothing out that means anything, unless it is burned first! The teller shredded my card and off I went with my new debit activated and ready for Pittsburgh Frugal Shopping Mom and then it happened…. Declined. I was at the liquor store, buying wine for a gift and the card would not work, I went back to the bank and I am waiting for my card. My card had been marked LOST/STOLEN, even though I still owned it.
Then off to the stores, once I figured out what happened to my card, only to get into more of mess. As I was shopping, I realized that I needed a cart, because my one thing, multiplied into 25, so I swiped up the nearest shopping cart, that was in the girl’s department. No one was around it and nothing was in it, and suddenly I heard a, “HEY, put that back!”, so I turned around and there was a lady, she said, “I saw it first!”. I just left it go because honestly, I was younger and I could get to the front of the store and arguing over anything is not how I do life! You want it, take it! I got up to the registers with a cart over-flowing only to run back into my friend, her cart, one hour later contained………. a pack of gum! Wow, her cart was so not necessary – Merry Christmas Grinch.
Off to the parking lot, where upon I watched a honking war between 2 cars, he would not let her back up and she would not stop trying. I have to admit this was amusing, but I walked away. As I proceeded to the car, there was yet a legal crosswalk where people were crossing and a man stuck his head out of the window and told them ” if you people were not so busy shopping, I could just keep driving through a parking lot to get to the food place and you all drive me crazy!” It was all kind of nuts.
Macy’s called and while I had used my credit card almost a month before, and if you remember the story I had been hacked, I had never really reinstated it other than a one day, in-store use almost 30 days ago. Suddenly, they were calling because they saw activity(that had taken place 30 days prior) and now they were suddenly wondering if everything was ok and if I knew about the charges and how did I get that credit card to work when it had a STOP placed on it? Wait, the credit card company itself can’t figure out how I made my card work and I used it over 30 days ago, and there is activity and they were to watch it, but now they are finally calling? Oh, this is my eyes rolling! The day continues….
Last stop, the bathroom, some amazing things happen in here. One mom told her little girl, “no worries if you hit the floor here, mommy does not have to clean it up!” Hello we can all hear you and “oh so gross, really? ” Another lady was telling her friend, “bathrooms are so dirty, I can’t stand that I have to use the toilets that all these people stick their butts on and how gross the public is!” Excuse me, how do you think we feel about yours? LMAO!
I honestly can’t remember a day like this in a while, but what I remember from the day, is anything that can… will and that the world would do so much better remembering the happy, and the jolly rather than being miserable! This is the holidays, you get one sparkle season each year, smile and let them be bright and remember, they are only as jolly as the spirit you bring to them! Lavishly live every moment out loud, positive and taking the good with the bad, It’s that Merry Time of Year!