Friday, March 31, 2006

Life Lessons

I learned two very important lessons today:
  1. Always keep two forms of payment on you at all times.
  2. Women shouldn't wear men's deodorant.

I'm going to begin with number 2. I usually get ready while Sadie is taking her morning nap. Before she is asleep, I grab my clothes and whatever else I need before shutting the door. I do this so I won't have to risk waking her up after I get out of the shower. Today was no different except for the fact that I forgot to get my deodorant. I had a choice to make. I could either try sneaking in the room (she wakes up about 99% of the time when I do this) or I could use Blake's deodorant. Why this even was an option for me, I still have not figured out. Well, I opted for Blake's Old Spice. Man, was I sorry. Men's deodorant smells so much stronger than women's. Not only did it burn when I put it on but the strong odor was intolerable. I like the smell when Blake wears it but when applied 5 inches from my nostrils, that's another story.

I'm sure you have all heard the famous deodorant slogan, "Strong enough for a man, made for a woman." Well, I just want to say that phrase isn't true when you switch it around. Maybe it was just because of the unfortunate event that occurred in Walmart today but I don't think I have sweated this much since my wedding day!

This leads me to lesson number 1. Sadie and I went shopping at Walmart to pick up a few toiletries and food items. I spent about a hour walking through the store, being very particular about what went in my cart. I was especially excited about some new face cream I had picked out. So, as the cashier was checking me out, something strange happened. My debit card was denied. No big deal. I tried to run it as credit. Again, it was denied. I got a little nervous but thought to myself, something must be wrong with her machine. I left my items with her and pushed Sadie over to an ATM machine. I tried taking money out twice but it was no use. I kept getting an error saying my card had been denied. This is when I started to sweat. I called Blake and he had no idea what was going on and suggested that I call the bank. I did. They were about as helpful as a rock. The lady at the other end of the phone told me that my card had been canceled on Monday. She didn't know why and she didn't know who had done it. She said another card was on it's way but until then, she couldn't do anything to help me. Well, to make a long story short, I left Walmart embarrassed, confused and empty handed. After a few phone calls later to the bank, we figured out that Visa had issued fraud on my debit card and canceled it. I'll be getting a new card in the mail in 7-10 business days.

So, when I came home from Walmart I stunk like a man and didn't have my face cream that I was so excited about. I vowed to myself that I would never wear men's deodorant and that I would apply for a credit card first thing tomorrow morning.


Sara said...

What a funny little story . . . I HATE sweating, and I HATE it when something goes wrong in a checkout line. It happens to everyone at some point, but it doesn't make it any less embarrassing!

Jacki said...

I have to admit that I wear men's deodorant... well if Degree is mens. Old Spice is in another catagory though. I hate it when that happens at the check out line. People are looking at you like, ok lady you don't have the money... hurry up you are wasting our time. When you really know that the money is there. It's the worst!

Anonymous said...

At least they didn't take your card from you. I tried to use a card which I guess was at it's limit and the company was going to dump me in the 80's; if that happened, the cashier said may I see your card, then took it!?! Yikes that was totally embarrassing! They dont do it anymore, I guess cause someone could beat up the cashier who took it. Mom Snow