In general, I have a hard time making decisions. Big or small, I can’t decide what restaurant I want to have lunch at, what color paint to choose, and in yesterday’s case, in what order I should run my errands.
Yesterday was Monday, so we had swimming lessons. The swim school is a half hour from our house in the town where my parents live. Driving 30 minutes to a half hour swimming lesson is insane, but we tend to go to lunch at my parents’ house after and spend the day with them, so it works out.
My family was leaving for a trip today and I wanted to give them some money in case they bought any souvenirs for my kids (I feel guilty when they spend too much). I also needed to give my brother money because he was going to preorder the new Tinkerbell movie. The problem was that this is me. I never have money, and of course, I didn’t have any gas in my car either.
Swimming ended at 11, we make it out by 11:15 and my brother was leaving for work at 12:15, so I had one hour to get there and give him the Tinkerbell money. Step one, gas. About 2 traffic lights away from the Wawa was the bank, so that was my next stop, but when I got there I remembered that for some reason, none of the branches in this town have drive through ATMs. So after circling the building, I figured I would just have to leave the kids locked in the car in front of the building (which I hate!) while I ran in, waving frantically at them the whole time.
I get up by the ATM and there are two cars parked by the curb and a line in the vestibule. No time for that, so I decided to go to Target before lunch instead of following my original errand plan of doing everything after, and get cash back there.
At this point I was in a weird location so I took a round about route to Target. It started snowing right when I had to get the kids out of the car, and the parking lot was of course a wind tunnel.
When we got inside, I wanted to get Icy Hot for my shoulder, dishwasher soap and American cheese. I walked past the Icy Hot aisle, had to ask someone, went back, and ended up buying a different kind than I wanted because it was all they had. Next I walked to the back of the store to get dishwasher soap, only to remember that it is paper towels and such back there and the soaps were in the front, so on to the American cheese, but half way there I thought, I am going to the grocery store tomorrow so why bother, I’ll just get it then, so I turned around and went to get the soap. After getting the soap I realized that I probably wouldn’t run the dishwasher before going to the grocery store but Little Miss would most likely want American cheese on a bagel in the morning so really I should switch items, but I had made enough circles already and was getting what was in my cart and that was it.
At the register I discovered I could only get $40 cash back, which was what I wanted to give my brother (he was also buying a shirt for Mr. Man) so I wouldn’t have the money to give to my parents, which meant that I would have to go back to the bank again later.
My little ridiculous trip with the end result of gas in my car, dishwasher soap that I didn’t need, Icy Hot that I desperately needed and $40 took my 40 minutes. And you know what the worst part is? I do these types of shenanigans on a semi daily basis. I pick up ice cream at the store, walk a few aisles, decide I don’t want it, and put it back. I can’t buy anything without checking my phone to see if it is cheaper on Amazon. Basically, I’m a mess.
In the end, after a second trip out for errands, everyone had their money, Little Miss got a new sleeping bag for a weekend trip to see my sister, I returned bras and bought the ones I wanted and all was well, but it was a little exhausting. Please tell me there are other people out there as indecisive and compulsive as I am! If not, I think I may need to seek medical help!