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04 March 2009 @ 05:37 pm
Totally spaced on paying bills; oil, one credit card, and one doctor's bill are all late. Bugger.

The doctor's bill is from the practice in NJ where I used to go for phototherapy. They billed me for my accumulated co-pay every two months. Well, I'm a scatterbrain. I'm sure they sent me a final bill which I'm equally sure I lost or put straight into recycling, so they sent me another one which I put into the 'must pay at once!' pile along with - wait for it... wait for it...- the credit card and the oil bills. So it was in a bit of a panic that I scrambled to unearth my checkbook and find stamps, but at last everything I needed was assembled. I scribbled dollar amounts, dates, dashed off a ribbon of ink that looked vaguely as if it might be reconfigured into the letters that form my name, but very probably not in the correct order. I'm not sure how writing quickly would make any difference, but my poor addled brain had taken control and I was but a passenger on that mad, wild ride.

When I came to the doctor's bill, I unfolded it to discern the amount due. There, at the bottom of the page, was a handwritten note. "We miss your smiling face and kitty cat stories!" Awww. After fetching a blank card from my bitterly cold office, I dashed off a thank you note. Back when I'd first adopted Zinda, I had to take her with me on days that I worked. The office staff was lovely about letting me bring her carrier inside when I had a session. They got to play with the wee baby and I didn't have to leave her in a sweltering vehicle. Everybody won. From then on, they asked about her just about every time I came into the office. So, at the end of the note, I told them about losing Zee. Then I started crying and Esme came bouncing over to see what was wrong and knocked the stamps off of the table, jumped down and batted them under the couch, looking back over her shoulder as if to make certain I was noticing the adorable and would I please stop with the sad stuff?

Anyway, I sent off my hastily written and nigh-illegible payments along with two Netflix DVD's we've had for the better part of two months. While I was riding that wave of productive activity, I dropped off Don's shirts at the cleaners. I even remembered to retrieve the clean ones. Then I went to the grocery store where I forgot to buy tortillas, which might not be a big deal except I'd planned to make fish tacos. "That's all right," thought I. "I also wanted to pick up some fresh ginger." So I dashed back into the store, bought tortillas and went home. Without the fresh ginger.

There's no point to this. No moral. Just a reminder that I'm scatterbrained and a bit of an eejit.

Rennierengirlie87 on March 5th, 2009 02:18 am (UTC)
feel your pain. I lose most of my life on a daily basis.

hey, whatcha doing the week Before Easter in April?
Adrienne C.adrienne429 on March 5th, 2009 02:24 am (UTC)
It makes me feel a wee bit better about myself when I hear from you and my other LJ friends that they miss some due dates too.
Mom makes me feel like I'm a freak when I do.
Janetgoodnite_gracee on March 5th, 2009 03:41 am (UTC)
My bills would never get paid if it were not for online banking. Called the utility companies and got on an equal payment plan, and have everything else set up to go out automatically. No more late bills! I have one bill that won't cooperate, and that one gets missed now and then... I highly suggest it! You can even write one time checks online if you set the payee up!

Sorry - banking geek!

Ratesjul: Connectedratesjul on March 5th, 2009 07:56 am (UTC)
There is only one thing to respond to your final line:


As for bills, I love internet banking. I can set up bills for payment on the due date when I get them, and then forget about them. Of course, sometimes I forget I've set them up for payment and try to set them up again, but it tells me if I do that, so I don't end up paying twice.
Jaredcrimsontom on March 5th, 2009 03:16 pm (UTC)
I know that issues like late payments would be taken care of with auto-payment/online payment menthods, but I've always been hesitant when it comes to my money and technology. I always wanted my checks sent to me and I'd deposit them with the teller. Eventually became ok to do it in the ATM, eventually ok to have direct deposit (well had to, but still...).
I still would rather get a bill and write a check then deal with potential issues of not getting a statement (deleting an email), forgetting to write the payment in the checkbook or G-d forbid, internet fraud issues. I guess it's not just me....

I did feel the fool a few months back when I got a late charge on my rent. I never got the bill, thought I. "That's not a reason" says them (which brings up a whole 'nother kettle of fish about why that's a bunch of BS)...anyway. Throughly embarrassed when I found it sitting at the bottom of a pile of old mail/magazines a month later....whoops.