So Much for That Idea

Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings.
— Jane Austen

Sorry I didn’t return to regular programming – I got busy dealing with the body shop, the insurance adjustor, a lying student loan company supervisor (Oh, you’ll call me back in 48 hours, max?  Really?  I think someone’s pants are on fire.), and crappy apartment maintenance people (Oh, you can’t come today like you said you would, but you’ll be here first thing in the morning?  Really?  Oh, you’re sorry you couldn’t make it this morning, but it’s after hours now and a dishwasher is not an emergency but you promise you’ll be here tomorrow?  Really?  Oh, you couldn’t make it again today, but this time you super-duper promise you’ll make it tomorrow?  Really?  Suck on it.  If I get West Nile virus from the nasty, standing water in the bottom of my dishwasher, I may go all Lawyer on you.) – and frankly, was not in the mood for Things to Be Happy About.  But don’t you worry, I have a bang-up Christmas edition all ready to go for you – it will be like an extra present for you to open Christmas morning!

So the car: remember how I said how thankful I was that the damage wasn’t extensive?  Either I know nothing about cars, the body shop and insurance adjustor are ripping me off, or I jinxed myself.  I think it’s the first one, but I’m not positive.  We’re up to $2200 and they haven’t even put the car on the lift yet.  Awesome.  Thank god I wasn’t one of those people who said “Oh, I never get in accidents, so I can handle a $1500 deductible.”  I know myself better than that, and went for $500.  That hurts, especially at the holidays, but it could be worse.

Remember also how I said how great my boss is?  He gave us Christmas presents yesterday, which I was not expecting at all (we already did our “annual round robin gift exchange,” you know).  Two words: Coach wristlet.  If you know anything about me, you know I do not care about labels and I would never buy myself Coach anything, but I was amazed at his generosity.  It’s beautiful and classic – plain black leather – but I don’t know what I’m supposed to do with it.  Does anyone use one of these?  I’m stumped in the face of such a thing.

Speaking of gifts, I am officially done, and everything is wrapped, as of last night.  Actually, that’s a lie.  I left one thing for my brother unwrapped because I may have to exchange it after I get to his house tonight and see if he already has it.  He won’t be there til Sunday night – he’s on an out-of-town job – so it will be safe.

And speaking of my brother, welcome him to the blogosphere, won’t you?  He’s not a great speller, but I love him anyway.

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5 thoughts on “So Much for That Idea

  1. I am like you. Well, I care about labels sometimes but I buy purses that cost $10 at Target. The most I ever spent on a purse was $50 and it was on a huge sale and I had a gift certificate.

    This is what people like you and I are supposed to do with well-intentioned gifts from Coach: return them to Coach and get something one really wants. Or, re-gift to someone who does love Coach and spend the money saved in buying said gift to buy something one really wants.

  2. I considered that, actually; or, at least, eBay. But I decided it would be bad form since it’s from my boss, who I respect and would hate to offend. Plus, I really *want* to like it, I just don’t know what to *do* with it. Maybe I’ll just have to become the wristlet type.

  3. Hi there. Merry Christmas. Keep the wristlet. Put your key, cards, ID and a lipstick/chapstick in it. Use it sort of like a wallet. Drop it in your purse or brief and pull it out when you don’t want to carry the big bag into a store or dinner.

    It will hold its shape well and is understated. It fits in a coat pocket so you don’t have to do the wrist thing.

  4. Kim, that is genius. I seriously would never have thought to do that; I would have tried to make it double as a purse all on its own. I have a big briefcase-type handbag that I bring to work every day, and I hate digging in it to find my keys or my lipstick or my change when I need it. And I hate taking those things out and stuffing them in my coat pocket when I want to run out for lunch or something, but the alternative is bringing the whole bag, which is worse. Now I know what to do, and can be a proper wristlet user! Thanks for posting!

  5. I have a Coach wristlet and I use it like Kim does. I can’t remember the last time I used my wallet and while not to sound braggity, it’s LV. I prefer the ease of a wristlet especially since I carry a tote to work and don’t want to haul that around when I go out to lunch.
    Also, when I go to the grocery store, I hook it on a belt loop so I don’t have to stay with a ‘purse in the cart’.
    The only benefit to a wallet is a check book and I rarely need that anymore. It is also an easy way to get out of fundraiser crap…no checkbook – sorry!!

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