1. The coffee shop at the base changed it's opening time from 9 am to 10 am as of today. This became important because if I had been at the base sipping a latte and browsing at the books store like I had planned, then the next thing on my list would never have happened, and most likely the rest of the day would have been fine, or at least fine-ish. Yes I am reduced to making up words at this point.
2. While heading out the base for a later than usual latte before I even cleared the security checkpoint another car backed up and hit me. Yes, hit the van. As in wrecked my car. Paul if you are reading this don't freak it is still drivable, just not so pretty as it was this morning. The other driver was a young lady who was very shaken and neither of us had any clue as what to do. She called her Mom, I called Dave, they both called RSO and after a very long time it was straightened out. I gave up on the latte went home and cried. Seemed reasonable to me. I also e-mailed Monica (of the list fame) with a long rant about teenage drivers. She hasn't e-mailed me back, she is probably still laughing at my creative use of certain four letter words.
3. Managed to sit on my sunglasses. My prescription sunglasses. Driving without glasses is not an option any more and I sat on my sunglasses. It is not raining today. Straightened them the best I could, they are still a little wonky, but I needed them. New ones are not in the current budget at this point, they will have to do.
4. Dave decided to take me out to eat. As I left to go pick him up to go to lunch I managed to lock myself out of the house. More tears, called Dave to say I am sorry but I can't make it, he called Dakota who left work on his very first day of work to bring me his house keys and a Starbucks frappuccino in a bottle. I have a good son.
5. Dave took me out to lunch...at McDonald's. Had some sort of grilled chicken wrap thingy. It was good. Really. There are limited choices around the consulate here so he did the best he could, he is a good husband.
6. Went to the base to go grocery shopping. Grocery shopping on my day off is a bad thing on it's own, but eating is a good thing so I had to go shopping. Forgot half the stuff I needed and forget to fill up on gas so I will have to go back again later this week. Oh well. There is milk and cereal in the fridge for breakfast and frozen pizza in the freezer for dinner tomorrow.
7. The weights from our shipments came in. We are WAYYYY over. Are you sitting down? Here are the totals. HHE to Lilongwe: 7699, HHE to storage: 464 pounds for a grand total of 8153 pounds HHE. Almost exactly what was predicted BEFORE I spent 2 weeks obsessively cleaning and throwing out huge bags of stuff. The only saving grace is that our consumables got thrown in with our HHE. We are having our consumables pulled and made into it's own shipment. That should take most of the weight out, I hope. We will know more tomorrow...maybe...I hope.
8. The GPS suddenly lost all it's European maps. They just vanished while we were picking up the kids from school. No idea what happened. David just spent forever on the computer trying to figure out what went wrong, now all the maps are back but all of our bookmarked locations are gone. Technology is great when it works but when it goes wrong it sucks, big time.
9. Kids screamed and yelled all the way home. Nothing new here, but totally out patience with their arguing if that was a fiat or an alpha romeo. It was a flipping car, what more do you really need to know? And really is it a good idea to be screaming while your parents are freaking out because the GPS just died?
I am going to call this day done before anything else goes wrong. Hope your day was better than mine.