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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

And How Was Your Monday?

So, Mama realized at about 11 am Monday morning...that's right, about 2 hours AFTER we were scheduled to start our first day of school for the new year, except that we hadn't actually started because everyone (yes, really, everyone) overslept. Even Mama.

Might have had something to do with that cold brewing in her head. The one everyone else had last week. And everyone (yes, really, everyone) was in a grumbly mood. Even Mama.

But I digress. Fully 2 hours into what was supposed to be a fun and productive 1st day of school, Mama realized that
  1. Tuesday was the first day of soccer practice for both David and Mary.
  2. Exactly 2 shin guards had been located since the move: 1 peewee and 1 youth size.
  3. Exactly 0 of the 2 pairs of soccer cleats in the house actually fit any feet in our house.
  4. Nobody knew where any of the 5 or 6 pairs of soccer socks are.
  5. And that the closest place to buy soccer cleats was 30 minutes away...45 in traffic.
We did have a good 2 hours of instruction, followed by lunch, some much needed rough-housing and a quick nap in the car (not me, the littles).

Too bad I forgot to bring Emma's stroller to the mall.

It would have come in handy when I parked the car near Sears on the wild guess that maybe (just maybe this once) the shoe store I needed would be at that end of the mall. Or maybe even Sears would have the cleats (you never know).

So, we got out of the car and scampered into the mall, through the Barnes and Noble because David just had to get a first-hand look at the Nook. Idle curiosity, or is he working on his Christmas wish list already?

And found the mall directory. Wouldn't you know it...the Payless and the sports shoe stores were at exactly the opposite end of the mall.

It's my own fault, you know. Since I never shop in the mall, I haven't a clue where anything is. At least I knew Payless was there.

Of course, I had to add to the distance by going all the way to the back of Sears to their shoe department just to make sure they didn't carry any cleats. After all, you never know. Nope.

I'm utterly amazed that no matter how much I carry around 25 lb. toddlers, I still have the upper body strength of a lettuce leaf.

You'll be happy to know that after our 5 mile jaunt to the other end of the mall and back we had 2 pairs of cleats. And a pair of church shoes. And a pair of "crocs." They were having a sale.

Next was a hop across the street to get the shin guards, and socks.

Life is good. It amazes me that I can decide that I need something, right now...and I can get it, right now.

We truly are blessed.


  1. I agree, we are very blessed to be able to get what we need, when we need it :)

    I was picturing your trek through the mall as you were telling it...we go maybe once a year, so even though I've lived in this area for over 20 years {and that mall has been here for at least that long}, I still have a hard time remembering which end the stores that I need to be at are on :)

  2. Yep, it's my own fault for only patronizing these retailers when I actually need something {wink}.

    You think they could come up with a GPS for retail you could punch in what you want and the store and it could pinpoint the exact aisle including the shelf height and part of the aisle? I would buy that! It could save me a ton of time and trouble. It would totally kill the "science" behind product placement and store organization, though.

  3. I am so happy that I'm not the only one who oversleeps and I can't seem to ever get school started at the right time. However our start time is 10am, so you'd think I'd be able to get that done!
    Loved this post and the one from today for the Not Back to School Blog Hop! That was hilarious!

  4. I needed that...I debated over whether to link that post after reading some of the others on the blog hop...I sooo don't look like I have it together compared to everybody else. Oh, well! Gotta be real.

  5. I giggled and groaned to whole way through this post, nodded at every statement, and high-fived you at the end for getting it done. We are truly blessed for the lifes we are able to lead, I'm glad you can recognize that through the huslte and bustle and "inconvenience" of it all. God Bless all of your Mondays!


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