If losing my car keys wasn’t enough . . get this!
I left Chad’s Saturday morning. I got as far as Joplin and Nicole called . . .”Do you still have our garage door opener?” Yes! Dang it! I told her to buy a new one and I’d pay her back and I’d keep one in my car because they’re always one short when I’m there. I should have asked the garage door guy to program the built in remote in my car. I’ve tried it and can’t get it to work.
It gets worse . .
I got to the hotel yesterday afternoon, took my first load of stuff in . . the knitting bag, my clothes for today in a tote bag. Went back to the car, got the cooler, my makeup bag and toiletries. I was walking across the parking lot and it hit me . . I didn’t see my computer bag. I stopped and was just standing there thinking “I didn’t see my computer bag in the car!” I took the bags I was carrying up to the room and went back to the car to search. Just when I got to the car, Nicole called and said “Guess what you left here!” I said “Please don’t say my computer!” Yes . . my computer and in the bag was my iPad mini, my little lamp I use when knitting in bad lighting, and worst of all — Ann Budd’s book, Knitter’s Handy Book of Top Down Sweaters that I need for Suzanne Bryan’s It Takes a Guild Knit Along. I’ve put off watching her videos or doing anything with her knit along because I just didn’t have much time to myself and I was super busy there. So, I was looking so forward to getting home and getting caught up with Suzanne’s project.
When I told Vince that I had left it all there, he got my last computer out and worked on it for me. He told me to order a new book but I wasn’t going to do it, then this morning . . I said . . why not? I really want to do this project. I am not scheduled to go back to MO til February. Chad, Nicole and Addie will see my uncle this coming week and then I’ll see him in December so I thought about getting Chad to take the computer bag to my uncle and then he could bring it home and I could get it when I see him but if something happens and I end up not going to Louisiana in December, who knows when I’ll get back there so . . I’m using my old computer and have a new book arriving Tuesday.
I thought my full size iPad, its charger and my phone charger were in the computer bag but then I remembered I had stuck them in my knitting bag. Thank goodness!
I tried to write a blog post on the iPad and couldn’t get it to work. I tried with the phone and couldn’t get it to work. I went down to the hotel business center and couldn’t get it to work. I think it’s because I’ve beefed up the security settings on the blog (I didn’t do it but paid someone to do it) and the wifi in the hotel was not secure so . . I couldn’t do anything with the blog. That explains why I’ve been so quiet . . and so disappointed in myself for having left that bag there!
Dawn in NL says
Woul it be more expensive to ship your bag home than the price of a new book?
Judy Laquidara says
No. The book was only $20.
You need to make an inventory list and carry No more two bags. The absence of the garage door opener is the real inconvenience for the kids until another one arrives.
Judy Laquidara says
Two bags to include sewing supplies for finishing flower girl dresses, clothes for three weeks, knitting for two weeks, tablets for knitting projects, computer, food items I use for smoothies, ice cream maker – not happening with two bags. Plus a few things I bought while there! Nope, I leave with a car full. If I could make that trip with two bags, I’d fly.
The garage door opener is not a problem. They were able to buy a new garage door opener today.
When my parents had a condo in Florida, Dad had a book that included his condo-opening and condo-closing tasks. It helped me when I visited Florida without them being there. So, when I was traveling a lot (OKC to Michigan for a few weeks) to visit my mom, I did the same thing for my trips. Some items were obvious, but it still felt good to cross off tasks as being completed.
Since I was gone for a while, I did things like unplug many electrical items, turn off water in the utility room, set lights to go on & off, check thermostats, including the hot water heater, stop mail & paper, etc. It sure helped.
Glad to see that you made it through Tulsa & OKC, but, did you get into the OU football game traffic on I-35?
Judy Laquidara says
I usually do pretty good with getting everything back and forth. I started out the door with my computer bag, stopped to do something, sat down and talked some more with them and then walked out without it. Yes, making a list of routine things is a must when leaving for a while. If we are going to be gone more than a few days, we turn the water and the water heater off. We control lights and the thermostat with wifi so we don’t have to deal with that. We stop the mail online too so that’s easy. We don’t get the newspaper.
I understand not shipping electronics, but why not have Chad or Nicole ship your book rather than buying another? Inconvenience?
It’s good that you have security on your blog, even though it means you can’t use public WiFi!
Judy Laquidara says
Yes, inconvenience. They both have a very busy week coming up. If I hadn’t already been there three weeks, I would have stayed to help them. The last thing I want to do is cause them more work. The book was only $20 at Amazon with Prime (free shipping). Nicole can have the book I left there. Maybe she’ll want to use it some day.
Oh, I’m so sorry, Judy. I know how you feel. Think about all the wonderful things you’ve accomplished while you were there. No wonder some things got misplaced! You were busy.
Nelle Coursey says
At least you know where it is. They could ship them to you though. You could have them within a few days.
You were living there for three weeks, and it probably just seemed to fit in wherever you left it. You didn’t lose it, and you have a back up, so all is well, and the Bryan videos are … well, how many have you watched so far? LOL Welcome home!
The Suzanne Bryan “course” has so much information that I am struggling to keep up. Unfortunately I don’t seem to have enough time with everything going on here to get through the backlog of posts on Ravelry, and the videos are good but I seem to be missing a few important facts and information is a bit scattered. However, I am hopeful when things slow down here that I will get caught up and have a sweater for my husband in the end.
I have a colored index card pinned to my closet wall that has a list of do things before a trip (shut off water to washing machine) and a list to take (meds for sure). then I have an index card in luggage to check when I leave the hotel room. I put a red pillowcase on my pillow so I do not overlook it although it is on the check off list. Just think all of your knitting works out your arms for those long drives!
Can they overnight the bag to you ?