Wednesday, November 17, 2010

This Is Why I Need To Entertain More....

I appear to have a bit of a penchant for losing things. Generally, I find them again, but the time when they are ... misplaced is a challenge for me. I don't lose thing (all evidence to the contrary). I like being organized and knowing where things are.

Almost a month ago, I misplaced a book. I love to read, but I don't always have a ton of time to do so. My solution is to check out a book from the library and bring it with me everywhere. When I have a free moment waiting somewhere, I'll crack open the book.

That's what I did that Wednesday. That night when I went to look for the book to read before falling asleep, I couldn't find it. It wasn't in my car anywhere, and I do mean anywhere. I even checked under the car seats and booster seats.

Where had I been that day? 1) Little Miss's school to volunteer at the book fair. 2) Mister Man's school to pick him up for speech. 3) Speech therapy. 4) Mister Man's school to drop him off again. 5) Grocery stores. 6) Home. 7) Mister Man's school to pick him up. 8) Another grocery store. 9) Restaurant to pick up meals for teacher conferences. 10) Little Miss's school to drop off the meals for conferences. 11) Chiropractor. 12) Library. 13) Home again.

Good thing I didn't have too many places to look.

Since it was a library book, I figured I had a good chance of someone finding it and returning it, but that was not to happen - no matter how many times I checked my online account. I checked lost and founds at every location I could. I looked on the ground near where I'd parked everywhere. The book was just flat out gone.

It was due a week and a half ago, but I renewed it in the hopes that somehow some way I would still find the book. I'm an eternal optimist like that.

This past Friday, I hosted bunco at my house. Rather than the usual cleaning where things are organized but in piles and clean, I actually removed several of the piles. My house looked great. Ok, except for the basement stairs where I ran out of time and had to kind of pile a few things there. Shhhhh, no one needs to know about that though.

As I was trying to consolidate books I had bought the wee ones into a single bag (from Little Miss's book fair and other places), I noticed that there was a book in the Scholastic bag that didn't belong there. Any guesses what that book was?

On the plus side, I have since finished the book and returned it to the library.



PS The gift cards that a friend of mine bought almost a year ago from Mister Man's fundraiser that she kept forgetting to pay me for and I kept forgetting to bring to her? Well, she paid me, and I forgot to bring them to her again. Twice. Yesterday, I couldn't find them where I swore they were. Today? I'm finally tackling the organizing of the office, and phew I found them. They are now in my purse, so I can't forget them again, right?

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9 comments:

NYCPatty November 17, 2010 at 11:37 AM  

This happens to me all the time especially with my phone. Thank God I have mobileme so I can activate the alert when I lose my phone and it is literally in the sofa seat next to me.

sigh!

Susie November 17, 2010 at 12:54 PM  

I know that my house is never cleaner than when people come over AND, I find all kinds of things:-)

septembermom November 17, 2010 at 1:04 PM  

I drive myself crazy lately with misplacing things. Soon I'll need to put that chain on my glasses. LOL.

Laural Out Loud November 17, 2010 at 7:05 PM  

I swear I'm not a disorganized person, but this is exactly how things are going for me right now, lol. I have piles of stuff everywhere that I need to go through. If I could just get the kids, my husband and my mom out of the house for a WHOLE DAY I'd get everything tackled. And probably find lots of things I don't even know are lost! Glad you found the book!

anymommy November 19, 2010 at 2:28 PM  

It drives me crazy when I lose things, I'm really organized, so when I can't find something...nutso. It's always something like this, I've stuffed it in a bag and whisked the bag out of sight.

Pat November 19, 2010 at 7:37 PM  

I, too, occasionally lose things. Then usually weeks or months later I find it in an odd place, always because I didn't put it in its proper place, I just set it down without making a mental note of where I set it...drives my organized husband (and me, too) nuts!

Michelle November 19, 2010 at 8:29 PM  

Patty - Oooo what's this mobileme you're talking about? Having my husband call my phone only works when it's charged ;)

Susie - It's a win/win/win, isn't it? Next up? Cookie exchange. I wonder what I'll find then.

Kelly - But they make sure really cute glasses chains now. I suppose that isn't a huge help though, huh?

Laural - Oh I unfortunately need far more than a full day. A whole day would be nice, but it would be just a start.

Stacey - Absolutely! It drives me absolutely batty.

Pat - That's exactly what happens. It's that odd thing that you put somewhere for a not good reason that disappears. And when you find it, the duh-slap-your-forehead moment is so irritating. And frequent.

Karen November 21, 2010 at 5:56 PM  

Which reminds me that Micah lost a library book. Maybe I'll have to entertain to find it!

Michelle November 21, 2010 at 9:28 PM  

Karen - Go for it! Then again, as thoroughly as you decorate for Christmas, that might do it for you, too ;)

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