I’m sitting here drinking my shake and shaking my head at what had transpired in the past four hours.
A lot can happen in four hours.
My morning was a quiet one. I had a dentist appointment, and my teeth are feeling very happy with a nice cleaning I had just gotten. I went home with a mission to tackle a laundry load of things to do– Including Laundry.
I live on the third floor of our apartment, and I have to do my laundry in a building on the ground level. So I hauled a bag of my daughter’s clothes onto my back and carried the soap and keys in my free hand. The bag was heavy, so I knew I was getting a workout just by walking down the stairs with all that I was carrying. I was able to get two loads in the amount of clothes my daughter had, and I went back upstairs to tackle the kitchen.
One of the chores of the kitchen is to take the recyclables out to the recycling bin. I hauled my big bin of plastics and glass bottles down the stairs with my keys and another bag of bottles in my hand. I dump all of it out of my bin into the large bin and threw the bag in as well.
When I started walking back, I got that nagging feeling that I was missing something. I looked down in my hands and realized that I was just carrying my recycling bin. I began to question myself if I had my keys with me or not. I walked back up to my third floor apartment and looked around to find that my keys were no where around. I walked back down to the bin, which I should mention is clear across the apartment parking lot, and tried to look in to find my keys. I couldn’t see them, but I had this strong feeling they were in there. I walked back thinking of how I could move things around at the bottom of the huge bin that was 4 feet deep, and I had no intention of climbing in. I remembered that my son had a couple of sticks he had saved to make some hiking staffs with.
I quickly climbed up and grabbed the sticks, and I quickly walked back across the parking lot to the recycling bin. I lifted the yellow lid, which was pretty heavy, and began moving bottles and bags away from the bottom, and when I did, I saw my lanyard with my keys laying there.
As I began trying to fish them out with the stick in my hand, I heard a telltale sound of a diesel engine rumbling right near me. I glanced up to see the garbage truck driving by and slowly situating itself to pick up the very bin I was fishing in! I wiggled my stick a little in hopes of making the lanyard move into an opportune loop for me to slide the stick into. It worked! I was able to pull my keys out quickly, and as I did, I let the bright yellow lid slam down onto the blue metal bin. I even threw the sticks into the wooded area. There was no way I was going to let my son use with some sticks I had used in the garbage bin! I see the driver of the truck give me a questionable facial expression and a tentative thumbs up. I gave him a hearty thumbs up and a relieved nod. The bin was all his. He smiled and waved as I turned to walk away.
The first thought in my head was, “Oh man. If I had waited five more minutes in looking for my keys, I would really be in a mess!”
As I made my way up the stairs, with sweat beading my forehead, I tapped my Fitbit bracelet to see how many steps I had gotten through that whole ordeal. Nothing. I groaned. What a time for the battery to die on me!
I put the Fitbit onto it’s charger and ran down to check on my laundry, which was all done by this time, and I carried a very heavy bag of warm clothes up to my apartment to fold them there. “I have to be at my 10,000 steps by now,” I thought.
I put the clothes aside to take care of later and decide to vacuum. I was just about done with the dining area (which is a ridiculous place to have carpet, by the way) when my vacuum sputters to a stop. I figured it must need to be emptied, and so I did that in hopes of getting it to work again. I put it all back together and pushed the power button. Nothing. I had just gotten this vacuum last Fall!
Yeah… And now I’ve got to go get my kids.
Hopefully the rest of the day will be better… Happy Friday, y’all!