Can’t believe it’s October! – Just had to say that even though I feel like that when most months change!
It’s different now – I realized this morning that my early morning trip to Starbucks is seasonal. The people change. Mr. Gorilla Man is gone. Haven’t seen him since August when he did a rant on having to go back to school. He teaches somewhere so either he’s a summertime coffee guy or our schedules no longer match. Then there was the fall drink rush. It was as if people never had a pumpkin latte before and they clogged up the works. Now it’s back to normal. Early Sunday mornings are peaceful especially at 7 a.m. For me Sunday mornings are never about sleeping in.
Does he get it? – (Sorry I’m sticking a Gus spot in here.) I have to put ear drops in my cat Gus’s ears twice a day. It was brutal the first few days. He ran and he hid. He cowered and he cried. I don’t know if the drops stung or it was just the sensation he didn’t like. I don’t like ear drops myself so I get it. The last two days he didn’t fight and he didn’t hide. We have today and tomorrow yet and we are done. Perhaps his ears are truly feeling better and he understands this is a good thing.
Lip service – I purchased a new car to replace the one that was totaled in an accident. Not a good time to buy. Not much supply. With people buying cars on line, I was expecting a streamlined approach at the dealership. It wasn’t. I put a deposit on a car that was “in transit” because that’s the only way I could ensure I’d get it. By the time a car arrives at the dealership it is already sold, sight unseen. To run my credit card for the deposit, I waited a half hour. There was no special paperwork, just a credit card receipt. The beloved husband and I snickered that they should put it through in the service department which is way more organized and timely. I got the car but there were a series of mishaps around money. They gave me the wrong amount for the check to pick it up. In the end I received three different refund checks from them because they overcharged (and I had to ask for two of them). Who was doing the paperwork? These things are usually run through a program. I was annoyed enough to give them feedback but I like to give it direct before blasting on the internet. I get feedback surveys all the time but none this time. On my last trip I asked for the manager’s name so I could send him an email. He came out to see me. What a putz. He listened with a constant smile and said all the things that sounded like they came from a book called “simulating warmth.” I wasn’t buying it but I said my piece. It’s unlikely I’ll get another car anytime soon (maybe never). The dealership has excellent service and usually a good selection of cars but the sales department is in the last century where you wait while magical things (not!) are happening in the back office.
Reflecting, good or bad? – I always seem to be looking forward to some life change or event. My mother called it “wishing your life away.” Right now it’s the kitchen but there was a time when I looked forward to retirement (which has been awesome!) or events or some dang thing. Today I was thinking back (wistfully) about my last house (and how much closer it was to Starbucks), my last job which was usually fulfilling, and my younger self (the one without wrinkles and sagging). I wondered if I appreciated those times as much as I should have. I don’t focus as much on appreciating the “now” as I should. By tomorrow I’ll be looking forward to (or dreading) the kitchen construction due to start in November. Today I will focus on good health (human and feline), wonderful weather and being alive.
So how was your week?