Monday, March 8, 2010


Brian and Melissa went to see Alice in Wonderland and have dinner with friends from out of town Saturday. They had a good time and enjoyed the movie. Brendan stayed with me and spent the night. We had a good time and had fun. Sunday, however, was a different story. Not my day. The morning was fine. Brendan and I had breakfast, and he played. As I was getting him ready to leave for Nashville to meet Brian, he said he didn't want to go. I told him he'll be here three days in April.

We met at the Publix parking lot in Bellevue. All that was fine, too. They left and I went in to get a few groceries. As I was heading to the car and reached into my purse to get my keys, no keys. Yep, I locked them in the car. For some reason I put them in that console between the front seats instead of that pocket in my purse where I always keep them. I went to the customer service desk at Publix to ask if there were a security guard or policeman around who could help me get in my car. She said they aren't allowed to do that any more, which I recalled after she mentioned it.

She got me the number of AAA since I didn't have my card with me. Talk about planning! Why didn't I put it in there when I changed purses? She also wrote the address for the store which came in really handy, and in my panic never occurred to me to ask for. I went outside to call AAA and was afraid I hadn't sent in my renewal form and check. Of course! My membership expired March 1. I thought I would just cry and live at Publix right then. She said I could renew on the phone with a credit card, so I did gratefully. I'm not usually such a ditz but believe I got the Bernice award for all this so far.

I waited outside for over an hour and a half for the AAA truck. Fortunately, the weather was great - warmer and sunny. Felt good. It didn't take him long to unlock my car. I was so glad to be able to get home! Later on (too late) I wondered if I should have given him a tip. I was certainly thankful enough to have been generous. I googled it last night and got several different opinions on it. I still think I should have. What do you think?

The woman who answered the AAA call was very nice. Her first question was, "Are you in a safe location?" Then we went from there.

When I got home, I changed clothes and took a nap. Then to add to my already not-so-great day, when I woke up my foot hurt. I couldn't remember hitting it or anything and finally decided that something must have bitten me on the top of my foot. It still hurt just as much this morning and is reddish and swollen. I think it's a regular spider bite based on my online research. It really hurts.

So today has involved complaining about my foot. Yesterday definitely could have been better.


froggy said...

We loves AAA. They rescued us in the middle of a looooong stretch of road.
Hope the foot is better.

Sam said...

I'm with froggy about the AAA thing. Not that I would know anything about locking myself out :). There is a nationwide service found almost everywhere called POP A LOCK. They only do lockout service for about $35 plus they seem to be really quick about getting out to you plus if you have a child in the car the service is absolutely free.
FYI if you are ever in a hurry or have a child that's locked in the car.
But for the money you spent on your renewal for AAA the benefits that come along with it are well worth the money spent.
Did you atleast get some good people watching done at the store?

David Dust said...

I have a feeling Brendan is going to be babysitting Bernice soon. And if Bernice behaves herself, she will get ice cream!

Ugh - that just sounds horrible - but I'm glad you were able to take care of it without having to live in the Publix parking lot for the rest of your life.

I have WALKED all the way home from work before (it takes over an hour), carrying grocery bags (etc) only to realize I had left my apartment keys at work. Prompting me to have to jump in a cab and head back downtown. So frustrating!!


Kyle said...

Joy, I'm sorry you had such an ordeal, but I'm glad you weren't stranded and that you were able to work everything out, even though it was one of those days you don't want to wish on your worst enemy.

If you are anything like Bernice, memory or not, I'd have to love you Joy. As far as I am concerned she lifted Designing Women to the clouds.

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

Sorry you had such a tough time, and especially the foot. Hope you get better soon.