It's the Little Things...

Where Did the Morning Go?

I stayed home Thursday morning to wait for a delivery.  I put on an old sweatshirt of Peter’s and a pair of  jeans. I decided to be an “energizer bunny” and check some things off my long “to-do” list.

The next thing I knew it was 1:00 pm and I had accomplished nothing that was on that list because:

  1. My Internet provider emailed to inform me that the credit card to which my account is automatically billed was expiring.  First, I tried unsuccessfully to update it online.  Then I called.  Without ever talking to a human, I was able to complete the change.  It was not a speedy transaction.
  1. My condo fee is paid automatically from my checking account, but the fee is increasing in January.  It wasn’t obvious how to adjust it, but I succeeded (I hope) without anyone’s help.
  1. An email from Amazon informed me that the new phone case I ordered had been “delivered to the mailroom.”  Normally, the mailroom informs me of packages in a timely manner.  It turns out they had an Amazon package with no name on it.  It had only an apartment number, and it was the apartment we moved out of!  But it did contain my phone case.
  1. The attorney who is helping me process Peter’s “estate” emailed to tell me I needed to set up a "secure" account that would allow me to sign documents online.  I do what he tells me.

Suddenly, it was 1:00 and I hadn't completed a single thing that was on my list.  I also had not eaten lunch.

I asked myself, “How did I do all this when I had a husband, two children, and a more-than-full-time job?”

Unfortunately, the answer is pretty obvious.


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I am so glad to hear that I am not the only one that has days like you described. Thanks for sharing.

Monica James

So enjoyed reading this post as I too have days like this:)


I'm not so sure it's age, if that's what you mean. Those seemingly "little" things can be very stressful and time-consuming, regardless of age. Especially frustrating is how hard it can be to actually speak to a human being, let alone someone that can really be of help. It appears to me that you accomplished a great deal in one morning! With all of the benefits of online services, the loss of human communication is not a benefit, to my mind.

Maureen Helen

Sounds like a huge amount accomplished Judy, even if not on your list.


We did accomplish so much when we worked, didn't we? But, it seemed there was never time to just sit and think. Now I have that and it's pure luxury.

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