Thursday, June 30, 2022

Dumb and Dumber

 Today, I went grocery shopping to buy the things that we would need for the 4th of July cookout. Watermelon. macaroni salad makings, broccoli salad makings, potato salad, hamburgers, hot dogs, buns, chips, the obligatory makings for strawberry shortcake, cheeses, things like that. It was quite a cart full of stuff and the store was crowded with people doing the same thing that I was. 

The lines were long and I listened to the girl repeating like an automaton, "Did you find everything you needed today?" at the beginning of the exchange, and "I hope you have a good 4th of July weekend!' She was concentrating on getting us through as quickly as possible. She was doing a good job. 

It was finally my turn, and I received my "Did you find everything you needed today?" and so I said, "Well, if you have any common sense around, I'd like to buy a heaping helping of that..." and just that one spark was enough to throw her off script and we exchanged bon mots. I said, "I've got too much stuff on the list to get done today, and of all days to have my mind misfiring. Let me just say that I've been keeping myself entertained."

She laughed and said that she was pretty good at keeping herself entertained as well, and even as she talked, spiff, spiff, spiff! She was scanning like crazy. 

I stood there thinking about all the ways that I was ridiculous in just that one day as I inserted my card. I was startled from my reverie to hear her say, "You can pull that card out any time," and I looked at the machine beeping away. I laughed. "Sorry. I was thinking of all the foolish things I've done just today. I guess that we can add this to it." She got a good laugh out of that. 

I drove home, and unpacked my groceries. Then I carried the last basket of  dirty laundry down to the basement. I set it on the dryer. I opened the dryer and pulled the dry laundry out and put it into the waiting empty basket. I took the wet clothes from the washer. and tossed them in the dryer. I started the washer for the last load and dumped the basket in. I shut the lid and grabbed the basket to carry upstairs to be folded. I stopped dead in my tracks. I was carrying the basket of dirty laundry. I'd thrown the basket of clean clothes in. 

Like I said, I keep myself pretty entertained. 

34 comments:

  1. Oh dear! Maybe a little coffee; a little nap? At least you've got a really clean set of clothes. But I'm confused as to what's in the dryer; was it wet when you put it in? I've put clothes in the dryer, then forgotten to turn in on. Linda in Kansas

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    1. I've been waking up in the night with a splitting headache. I get up and take something for it and go back to bed. I fall asleep and sleep soundly, but maybe interrupted sleep is the reason. Last night I slept with the window wide open and it seemed to help.

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  2. Oh well, there's another day tomorrow!

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    1. Boy I can hardly wait to see what I do next!

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  3. Maybe brain fog. It starts at about your age. Some times you have to pull yourself into concentrating on what you are doing.

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    1. I have always been a bit of a daydreamer, doing one thing, thinking of something entirely different. Maybe I need to cut that out!

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  4. I was wondering if there was a twist coming. I do similar things frequently. I may have two things in my hand, one for the garbage and one to shelve, and you know what I do next.

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  5. I had to pick up Little Phoebe from her nursery school but at the door I said to the care assistant, "I have come to pick up Frances". Frances is 33 years old and she is Phoebe's mum! She does not attend nursery school any more.

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    1. It's become such a family joke that I mix up Dylan with William (and vice versa) All. The. Time.

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  6. You definitely have a funny story to share with that cashier the next time you see her! ­čśä

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    1. We'll probably get to laughing so hard that I forget to pull my card out of the machine again.

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  7. You made her day!
    Yes, days Like That...you do need a break!!

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    1. I hope so. It's a nice thought: my antics can provide entertainment for countless others.

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  8. Funny! Only old people like me are supposed to mess up like this. I enjoyed your post and what it really has to say. Happy Fourth of July

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    1. Hang around, Red. I'll make you feel much better about yourself in no time!

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  9. At least you didn't put your groceries in the washer. It could have been worse! LOL

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    1. Yet another reason to keep the washer in the basement.

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  10. I have done that too with the washing - I reckon it's the sign of a high IQ!

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    1. Yeah. Yeah! I am going with that!

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  11. If that was your worst mistake for the day, you're in good shape! -Kelly

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    1. Well...it didn't make ticking those boxes any quicker.

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  12. I once (or maybe twice) washed loads of water. In my defence, my mother's washing machines always have a codicil or two attached in there operating of them, and this one was that the powder had to be dissolved THUS, the recycled (from last rinse) that away and hold your mouth right before adding clothes. So it was sorta dirtyish water.

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    1. Holding your mouth right...i had a car once that required a proper setting of the jaw while gritting your teeth.

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  13. I was just at the grocery store this afternoon and pulled my card out of my wallet ready to pay. I dropped it on the floor and, as I was groaning and grunting while bending to pick it up, the cashier asked me for my I.D. (I'm 74) to confirm I was old enough to buy the bottle of wine in my cart! The card reader then had trouble reading my card and I told the girl it was just shocked at being dropped. We had a little chuckle and she wished me a Happy Fourth.

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    1. You and me...doing our part to make everyone else feel better about themselves.

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  14. When you get back to focusing, all will be OK.

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  15. At least you didn't fold the dirty laundry and put it away!
    I have been known to put dirty dishes in the fridge instead of the dishwasher. Our brains are too full of interesting stuff to retain the banal.

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    1. I am starting to realize I have a tribe!

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  16. Since we only do one load of laundry on any given day, I can avoid that problem. However, I can do ALL KINDS of other stuff that makes my husband shake his head.

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