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.