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Friday, January 27, 2012

Ava, this is Houston. Are you there?

Sometimes I am a space cadet, and not in a good way. I mean, I don’t work for NASA, nor have they ever asked me to travel to outer space for my country. No, no. I am a space cadet in the Where-am-I-going?…What-was-I-doing-again?…or…Who-am-I-today?…kind of way. Not the best thing to say about one’s self, but in addition to being a space cadet, I’m truthful to a fault, and I’m also a pragmatist. So there you are.

I don’t know about you, but I lose everything. I mean EVERYTHING. My keys. My bank card. My phone.

That’s right…

MY PHONE!

I did *that* this week. Monday, to be exact. And losing my iPhone really means losing all of my contacts, my email, Twitter, and Facebook accounts… Needless to say I get the shakes when I can’t put my hand on my phone. (Which you would think would make me keep up with it better. But… Well, you saw the first paragraph about me being a space cadet, right…?) Everything I have is in my phone. I don’t remember anyone’s numbers, and it’s a good thing I don’t usually have to because… see paragraph one again.

Strangely enough, I can tell you every last detail about every character I’ve ever written. Not sure what that means, but I didn’t want everyone to get the impression that I’m a complete dingbat. Just about things happening in the real world in real time.

Anyway, I retraced my steps, figured out where I’d had my cell phone last and that was… the post office. Really?! The post office?! Where a million people come and go every day? That’s where I left my phone? Uh, yeah, it was. And, of course, by the time I realized I didn’t have my phone, the post office was closed for the day.

Yeah, the shakes set in. But not as bad as I had expected. Whether or not my phone was still at the post office, there was absolutely nothing I could do about it until Tuesday morning at 9am when I found out for sure. I was rather calm, actually. I went back over conversations I’ve had with various friends recently about people being inherently good or evil. I have friends in both camps, and I’m… Well, I *am* a pragmatist. I don’t think people are either inherently good or evil. I think some people are good and some people are evil. I give everyone the benefit of the doubt, until I’m proven wrong – but that’s the subject for a whole other blog.

I figured my phone would either be at the post office or it wouldn’t. It would all depend on who found it and what sort of person that person was. And no amount of worrying on my part was going to change the situation one way or the other. Whatever had happened had already happened, and I just had to wait until the next morning to find out which way it went.

I am happy to report that some honest soul turned my phone in and I had it back in my hot little hands at 9am the next morning. And so I would like to send out a big “Thank you” to the nameless person who discovered my phone. I would also like to say that I will no longer be a space cadet and I’ll keep up with my possessions better, but I *am* honest and I know myself too well to make that kind of statement, even though I would love for it to be true.

Are you like me? Do you lose things constantly? And what do you lose most? (Mine are my keys. I have to have several copies at various places so I can always get to where I need to be.) Or do you always know where everything is all the time? If so – do you have any tips for the rest of us? ... Nice tips that is. Don't tell me to get my head out of the clouds, because that's probably not going to happen.

34 comments:

  1. I recently lost my cell phone. After I had it deactivated, my husband found it under the seat of the car (we looked in the car!). I once lost my driver's license. Found it a year and half later in the vent that goes from the dryer to the outside. Don't know why I didn't think to look there! LOL.

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    1. LOL! Cara, I can't believe you didn't look for your driver's license in that vent. That's the first place I look. :) Thanks for stopping by. I'm glad I'm not the only one who *misplaces* things.

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  2. Knowing where things are is my fairy talent.

    It amazes the family and has made them quite lazy. Why look for something when Mom knows exactly where every strange little thing is at all times? Sometimes they even make it a game. "where's my...?"

    But.. I am very paranoid about my phone for the same reasons we all are and I constantly check and recheck that I have it.

    Glad you were luck and recovered it!

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    1. Thanks, Mari! What an amazing talent. I'm so jealous. I will daydream about having a special fairy talent the rest of the day. :)

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  3. While I've always wanted to be a Space Cadet, Houston has yet to accept my calls.

    Yes, I forget things. That's why I make lists. Packing for vacation - there's a list. Things to do - there's a list - on paper and computer. Lists, Lists, Lists everywhere. My husband can't stand looking at them much less following them. But you know what, I get stuff done and don't wonder how the day is over and there are 10 half finished jobs messing up the house.

    I will say the one thing I tend to forget is my purse. I've left it at a number of restaurants over the years and (knock on wood) have had it returned safely. I have tried to keep up with it better after leaving it two days in a row.

    But hey, if I leave it again...I blame the kids. Ever since having them I've been a brainless blonde. (Discounting the fact that I was blonde before having kids of course.)

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    1. Lol, Beth! I made a list yesterday and then promptly misplaced it. I find lists all the time that are not quite current. Maybe it helps me get my thoughts in order when I *make* the list. Who knows?

      Good luck keeping up with your purse. :)

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  4. I think tethering it to your ear may be a good option ;) You know, Kirk once lost his wedding ring, and we looked for *months*. Finally, we gave up and went to buy a new one. Imagine our surprise when, 31 days later, we found it among the clothes of the bottom drawer of the dresser. Did I mention the jewelry store return policy was 30 days?

    Glad you found the phone - I would be bereft with out mine!!

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    1. 31 days later, Erin? So now Kirk has a ring for both hands? LOL.

      Hmm. Tethering it to my ear. That has merit, but I don't know if it's terribly practical. Thanks though - my life is in that phone! So glad to have it back. :)

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  5. I lost my cell a couple of weeks ago while grocery shopping. I had carefully made a grocery list on my phone and then entered the store armed with coupons etc.

    I went about shopping and searched for the phone in my purse once, but didn't panic when I didn't find it because my purse is often like a black hole. I arrived at the checkout and still couldn't find it. The cashier suggested that check with Customer Service in case someone had turned it in.

    It hadn't so the lady went up and down each row with me calling my phone. It ended up being under my car seat. How embarrassing !

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    1. What a great story! Up and down each row in the grocery store calling your phone? I'm so glad I"m not alone. :)

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  6. Since I have a new baby I am constantly forgetting things. I was in charge of the Spelling Bee and forgot my camera and binder there. My baby has acid reflux and threw up all over himself and me. We had to leave and come back! Luckily the judge is my friend and she brought my stuff to me. Surprisingly my house is very organized but once I leave the house there are no guarantees.

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    1. Jill ~ What a crazy Spelling Bee that must have been. And your poor baby, I feel so bad for him.

      At least your house is organized. Mine, not so much. And I don't even have a baby I can blame for my forgetfulness. :)

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  7. I lose things of mine ALL THE TIME. I can't tell you how many times I've "lost" my glasses for a few days. I did that once, couldn't find them, but had no back-up pair. Since I can't drive without them, my mom brought me to buy a new pair, and of course I needed an eye exam too. SO. Much. Money. I found my old glasses a few days later, sitting on the front porch railing, right where I had left them while gardening. Sigh.
    BUT- anyone else in the house needs to know where something is? I got it. I can remember where they put all THEIR stuff, no problem, lol!

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    1. Olivia, at least you know where other people's stuff is. I have no clue. *This* morning, sitting in the carpool line, my son says "Mom, do you have three dollars?" Which of course, I never have cash on me, so I said, "No." And that's when he admitted to having left his lunch back at the house. Poor kid, I think he's inherited my genes. So, then I had to go back home to get his lunch.

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  8. As my mom would say, I'd lose my head if it wasn't attached. Pure truth! I have those moments where I'm searching and searching for my sun glasses, all the while they are on my head. Or in a panic looking for my phone, that is in my other hand. As if I have a hand that I am not aware of.

    The worst part is WHEN I lose things. When can't I find my car keys? When I'm already running late for work. Directions or address? Late for an appointment. Cell phone? To call and let work/appointment know I am running late! Wallet? When you are ready to check out after purchasing a months worth of groceries. Yes, that happened to me! I said, "hold that cart I'll be right back"(luckily I live 1 miles from Food Lion). When I came back, the cashier was shocked. He said he's never had someone actually come back for their stuff. What! I will swallow my pride so I don't have to spend one more minute shopping...or give myself another chance to lose something in public; no way!

    Oh no, you are not alone. I doubt there is even one person out there that can honestly say they don't lose things from time to time. Of course, men are the exception. If something’s missing, they haven’t lost it, it’s somehow our fault (women, of course). I must have moved it, threw it away, packed it up, or purposely hid it for no apparent reason. Where is your coat? In the coat closet where it belongs…so sorry I didn’t leave it on the floor by the front door where you left it. Ahh, men. Wouldn’t mind losing them once and a while. ;)

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    1. Susie ~ This is hilarious! The other day my son and I went to Chick-fil-A and I had my wallet, but not my bankcard. Luckily, I had enough change in the car to cover our tab. Some days I feel like I am completely losing it.

      AND so funny about men. If my ex-husband couldn't find something, it was because "someone stole it." Uh, yeah, I'm sure some burglar broke into the house to snatch up your old Pink Floyd shirt from 1984. But the TVs and computers are all still there.

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  9. I so resemble this blog... Once I was out in the yard with the kids. I was expecting a call, so I put the phone on the bumper of the car in the garage and proceeded to play ball on the concrete driveway.
    Yep, I forgot it there. Until the next day, when I couldn't find the phone anywhere. Where was it? Down the street, where it had ridden the bumper until it fell off and I ran over it.

    I still haven't lived that one down.

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    1. Deb! It fell off and you drove over it? OMG! That's awful!!

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  10. I used to lose my iPhone all the time now with having such an expensive one that holds all of my music files im pretty good at keeping it within range forgive my run on sentence I dot have time for writing proper I did puke on my expensive iPhone 4s thanks to my cover it was all good though. I say punch someone and make them help you scare tactics oh and I did put one period so not as run on as I thought

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    1. I'm glad you've found a way to keep up with your iPhone. I don't really think punching someone to help me is something I could get away with, but thanks for the suggestion. LOL.

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  11. As I was reading this, a man came over the loud speaker at the airport and announced he had someone's iphone. Lol.

    I have no tips to give, because I'm horrible at organization. What's worse (or at least for him) is that Hot Builder is a neat freak!!

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    1. Marquita ~ That is funny. Poor guy losing his iPhone at the Las Vegas airport. That has to be worse than the post office. ;)

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  12. I don't tend to lose things too often, and I think the main reason is that I'm a very habitual person. I put my keys in the exact same place every time I come through the door. My shoes are always taken off in the exact same place. My phone charger stays by the same plug all the time. If I make everything a habit, I run much less risk of losing things.

    That said, the combination of cough meds and antibiotics and whatnot that the doctor has me on right now is leaving me really, really loopy. I feel like I'd forget my head if I didn't have it screwed on straight. I've forgotten more things in the last few days than I can remember forgetting in the rest of my life.

    And there's always the random moment where my head is in the clouds and I deposit a book in the freezer for some oddball reason, or put my shoes in the oven. Don't ask. I couldn't explain if I tried.

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    1. Catherine ~ I'm sorry, you're going to have to explain books in freezers and shoes in the oven. How did you think I would let that go by without comment? LOL

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    2. The book in the freezer is easy to explain. She laid it there while getting ice cream. :)

      Now shoes in the oven...yeah that needs an explanation.

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  13. One time when we were traveling we ended up returning home with a bag that didn't belong to us. The bellman accidentally put someone else's bag in our stack, and we thought it belonged to our friend's son. Anyway, we didn't discover the mistake until we were home. There was a phone in it so I called "Mom" & was able to mail the bag to the owner. I'm sure they were shocked to get it back, but we've been the recipient of kind hearts a lot, because my husband is always leaving his iPod at the gym and people turn it in. It only seemed right to pay it forward. :)

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    1. Samantha ~ That's a great story. You didn't say "mom" when you called, did you? LOL

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  14. Everyone probably already knows how super organized I am with my outlining, plotting and writing. It's crazy just how meticulous I am. But my real life?? Not so much. I lose everything. Constantly. And I have set a goal to make it right this year. I hung a shelf with hooks by the door and am happy to report that I have kept up with my keys for months now. I have placed a little box for my mail coming in on said shelf so I can keep it together until I am ready to go through it. I have a book for bills that I log "in" every wed. I "clean" from top to bottom one room a day. More if I have time but if not, I don't worry. I've organized my closets but I really don't have any tips other then being diligent. Make yourself put the dirty clothes in the dirty clothes basket every night before bed until it's a habit. So far, so good. But I am a realist and I know my true nature will come out.

    Oh and the lists! I have one list on a notepad that has a magnet so that I keep it on my fridge where I see if every time I go to the fridge to snake (which sadly is often.) If I get something done I cross it off. But I do not remove it because if it goes in my purse you can bet I'll lose it. Have you tried lists on your iphone yet? Some kind of notepad app? That might help. Phone and keys...yeah well I'm still working on that one. I'll let you know how it goes.

    My hubby laughs and say how can someone who is so meticulous and detailed in her planning of a book be so disorganized?? I truly have no idea. I just am. But I say, at least I know my faults and know what I need to work on. So there ya have my advice. Know your faults and work on them. Ava, we get better organized this year. We can do this! Good luck. I know we'll both need it LOL.

    Btw, I have been truly astounded this year by the generosity of people this year. It's truly changed how I see the world. It's really nice to be surprised.

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    1. Suzie ~ excellent suggestions. Thank you! Now, if I can only make myself do them, that will be the miracle!

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  15. Btw, that's supposed to say snack...Ugh I'm headed to bed.

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  16. Very recently I had a conversation with a few friends about how I never lose things. But, as I really thought about it, I realized that's not true. I am forever losing pieces of clothing (where is that sweater, scarf, jean??). But, usually I don't think of these items as "missing" because I am quickly on to another outfit, I don't waste any time looking for it, and because I know it will pop up eventually.

    While I have many faults and certainly would not consider myself organized, I do generally have the ability to keep track of the important things. Since you are asking for tips, let me suggest one thing that works for me: I try to always put the important things (money, keys, wallet, phone, ID badges) in the same place all the time. This is not as easy to do as it sound (especially with a one-year old in tow) and it does require a strict discipline.

    Good luck keeping track of your phone Ava!

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  17. Michelle ~ Thanks for the tip. You're right it sounds easier than it probably is, but I will try to try it. :)

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