[ I would like to preface this post by saying I am having a very busy week. I have been up in Portland for work, and tomorrow is my last day for the year. One thing to know about my job- there is a ton of Admin to do for month-end. Even more so for year-end. So you could say I have a lot on my mind. I have to-do lists in several places of all I need to do because we are leaving tomorrow night for GP for the weekend. You will see how this “busy mind” comes into play and was a big factor in the following account].
Once upon a time (today), I was near downtown for work over my lunch hour and decided to return a mis-guided Sephora.com purchase at JC Penney. Some people spend too much at Sephora and return out of buyer’s remorse (I had a coupon, ok?). Anyway, I was hurrying thinking of all I had to do and missed a couple phone calls from coworkers, so I was just trying to jet in and out of there. Post return, I drove home to grab a bite to eat. I went to grab my hidden work laptop but it was nowhere to be found. Thought I must have hid it in a different place. Nope, not in the car anywhere. Suddenly my blood turns cold and I start literally shaking as I realize I must have left my laptop at JCPs. Maybe I set it down on their counter while signing for my refund? I had horrific flashings in my mind of it being stolen and long gone, my firing, saying some secret words I won’t repeat here…and then frantically reversing to head back to the mall and praying the whole way. I got stuck in some extra Christmas mall traffic on Commercial and continued to panic. Tried to call the store but got stuck in the phone tree. Eventually decided I was losing my mind sitting on Commercial bumper to bumper so I swerved over to park on the street by my church/Marion Street. I blew the meter off and just ran. I kid you not, I do not think I have ever sprinted faster in my life. In my mind, I felt like I was running to save my job. Literally, I saw/heard stuff fly out of my pockets of my coat, but I did not stop to pick it up. I didn’t even care. When I finally got to the store just a minute or two later, I was completely out of breath. I went and looked behind the counter and saw my laptop sitting there. Cue the big sigh of relief. Thank you, Jesus! I went and tried to ask the salesgirl but I couldn’t even talk because I was so out of breath. Finally she got the point and gave it back to me. I have never been so stinking happy to see that old chunky thing. Someone was watching out for me big time today!