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March 28, 2022

odds and ends: why I need my sleep

Back at the 3 point contest:  I was so tired, I wasn't myself. We loaded the car to head the 1.5 miles to the competition and I decided to heat up my muffin. I live in fear of not having food. What if Reg advanced and we were there longer than anticipated? I ran to the kitchen area and cooked my frozen muffin in the microwave.

We got to the venue. My trusty water bottle was not in my drink holder. I'd left it at the hotel, next to the microwave. Coach and the kids hopped out and I drove back to claim it. We had plenty of time before the competition. 

I ran inside. It wasn't there. I asked at the desk if someone turned it in. They hadn't. Who would want someone else's water bottle? Gross. 

Remember my water bottle? RIP. It had my college sticker on it. Who would want it? Thank goodness for Amazon. A replacement arrived the next day for $20. I need to repurchase a sticker for it.

I raced back to the car, and couldn't get the valet key thing open to get the key out. The clicker doesn't work anymore. I couldn't get into my car. Panic mode - me, not my car's panic button. 

I ran inside, bumped into a janitor, asked for help. Maybe a tool to break open the valet thing? As he was fumbling with it, I noticed that the key was on the ring ALREADY out of the valet. These were Coach's keys, not mine. My key stays in the valet piece. No wonder it wouldn't pop the key out - it wasn't in there. Sheesh, embarrassing.

It was crazy cold. I drove back to the stadium, waited in line at security. They wouldn't let me in because I was carrying my new purse. I had to ditch my purse in my car. (FREEZING OUT). Clear purses only. 

I wanted to say, HEY, I JUST DID A POST ABOUT PURSES AND NO ONE SUGGESTED A CLEAR PURSE. YOU ARE NOT TREND SETTERS. HMPF.

My wallet - not allowed. I grabbed my credit card, a protein bar, and emptied a water bottle so I could fill it up inside. I emptied my pockets before walking through security and STILL set off the beeper. They had to check me with a wand. I was very close to taking that wand . . . well, I finally was allowed to enter and no one ended up with a security wand inserted where the sun don't shine. Coach hadn't thought to tell me I couldn't bring my purse in. I was in tears by the time I got near our seats. Evidence:  I need my sleep. 

What have you left at a hotel? What dumb things do you do when you have been sleep deprived? 


29 comments:

Nicole MacPherson said...

It would stress me out not being able to take my purse! Leaving it in the car seems like a good recipe for theft. How bizarre.

Kara said...

Many places no longer allow bags larger than your hand. I am surprised that your wallet was not allowed in, unless you have a rather large wallet? It's a mix of security - hidden weapons- and economics - sneaking in outside food and drink. It's a stupid ban and unfavorably effects women, who are the ones who have to carry "the stuff" most of the time. When we go to concerts or sporting events, I carry just my license, a single credit card and maybe $5, in a tiny credit card holder than has a wrist strap. I haven't yet found one that I like enough to attach to the back of my phone.

Colleen said...

Wow tight security! I'm anxious to hear the results :)

Pat Birnie said...

I went to a convention a few years back where only clear bags were allowed. The welcome gift for attendees was a clear backpack which was pretty useful. I guess it speeds up security.

That's annoying that your water bottle was "gone" so quickly. I once left a really nice top behind and called the hotel within a couple of hours. It apparently had not turned up -- I assume that the person who cleaned the room wore the same size as me. I also left my favourite hypo-allergenic pillow behind on a road trip a few months back - so frustrating!

Suzanne said...

When I was in Alaska for a wedding a few years ago, I left a black hoodie behind in the hotel. At least... I'm pretty sure that's where it went; I know I took it on the trip, and I don't think I've seen it since. That was in 2019 and I finally replaced it last month.

Jenny in WV said...

The local university only allows clear bags at sporting events and even in the the 1,200 seat concert theater. I'm not sure how well it is enforced at the theater though.

I don't think I've ever left anything behind at a hotel.

Ally Bean said...

I bought a clear purse shortly before we went into lockdown. I got it for one reason, going to sporting events where you have to have one. I dislike the thing but I have one. Just in case...

Busy Bee Suz said...

I'm so sorry I forgot to tell you about a clear bag. *sigh* I hate them, but it's part of our life now.

You poor thing; you really DO need your sleep. Who would take your water bottle? People are weird. Wait, maybe it was some sleep-deprived Mom who took it not knowing it wasn't hers?

Busy Bee Suz said...

I've accidentally left clothes before and luckily the hotel mailed them to me. (I had to pay)

A few weeks ago the Coach left his entire toiletry bag at a hotel, so I had to purchase ALL of his stuff.
The following week we were in a hotel together and he was walking out with his suitcase when I spotted his new toiletry bag still hanging in the bathroom. *sigh*

Kari Wagner Hoban said...

I was just discussing this with my dental hygienist earlier today. She said that they had left her son's favorite sweatshirt at a hotel this past weekend. They're going to mail it to them!

Ernie said...

Nicole - I agree, this might keep the building safe but what about the chances of cars being broken into? I'm learning that this clear purse thing is a regular thing. Shock, that I'm not up on the latest trend.

Ernie said...

Kara - My 'wallet' is technically a wristlet, but it would've been ideal to just grab that and go. It is thin - no food or drink or weapon gonna fit in there. I'm not much of a concert going type and my sporting events are high school level. Now I know. I JUST got a new purse, now I have to shop for a clear version too? Honestly.

Ernie said...

Colleen - That is tight security. Did I not already share the 3 point results? He did fine, but not his best round. Hit 7 out of 15. Four kids tied with 9. Sheesh. Says something about nerves.

Ernie said...

Pat - It was gone in a flash. Who wants my water bottle with my college sticker on it? Weird.

This might've been before you were hanging out here, Curly managed to leave an ENTIRE outfit in a hotel. She'd only worn it 2x. It was super frustrating. The first hotel room wreaked of smoke and we switched rooms. It was for Irish dancing of course, so there was some stress involved and LOTS OF GEAR and food that I packed. I assume it got lost in the shuffle of changing rooms. Grrr. I also assume that someone who cleaned the room had a daughter who benefited from those awesome jeans and cute top, and like I told Curly - she probably needed it more than you.

Ernie said...

Suzanne - A wedding in Alaska . . . sounds so PRE- COVID. I once lost my favorite hoodie from my college. I never found it. I assume it fell off of a stroller or something while I took the kids to the zoo, but it bugged me for the longest time that I never figured it out.

Ernie said...

Jenny - Look at you - aware of the latest in campus security AND organized enough not to leave things behind in a hotel. ;)

Ernie said...

Ally - I have such a hard time shopping for purses to begin with, but I will have to add this to my agenda when I get home. Clear purses, ick.

Ernie said...

Suz - You KNEW about this and didn't share? ;) Yes, I need to get with the times here.

It was super weird that someone wouldn't have turned it in. Who would want my germy water bottle? Ew.

Oh my gosh, Coach and his toiletrie bag. I'm big on double checking rooms. Poor Curly once left her baby bear in a bed in a hotel (it wasn't that long ago - maybe 6 or 7 years ago). The hotel found it and sent it back. The outfit she once lost, not so lucky.

Ernie said...

Kari - I love when lost things are found. When I went to Gettysburg with my dad and 10 kids, well the first time . . . *yes, I did this insanity more than once, and someone I am STILL not the favorite child*. . . my dad shared a room with the boy cousins. I had the girl cousins, plus Tank because he was little. Ed left his favorite Bulls t-shirt in the hotel and didn't realize it for A LONG TIME. He just thought it was in the laundry. Tough lesson, but when traveling with grandpa he's not gonna keep track of your stuff.

Bibliomama said...

Clear purses? Wtf? How is that even a rule, how are those EVEN A THING? That sequence of events would make me weep even if I WASN'T sleep-deprived.
I get very attached to my water bottles. A teacher came into the library last week and was like OMG, is that my water bottle, I was afraid it was gone forever, and I felt so close to him.

Beth Cotell said...

I actually have a clear purse for concerts and sporting events. I got one several years ago (don't remember for what event) but have used it multiple times now (Def Lepard/Journey concert, Patriots football game, NC State football game). That must have been a really big 3 point contest to require clear bags!

I hope you were able to eventually get caught up on your sleep!

Anonymous said...

Not left at a hotel, but once on a work trip I left my credit card at home. I at least still had emergency cash with me and was able to coast without it being extremely evident to everyone. It helped that everyone ate together and I was junior enough that I wasn't paying for meals. And people combined cabs for going to/from the airport. But I felt so stupid. That sort of thing is why when I travel, I'm happiest with packing the day before with no one speaking to me until I'm done.

(NO, I do not want to help you find your belt, fellow adult who only packs his own stuff. The interruption risks me forgetting something vital, like the kid's swimsuit or my deodorant. Do not set me up to have to go to Target the same day we land!) (But at least I will have my credit card.)

Lux - About Life and Love blog said...

Oh, the stories I can tell because of my lack of sleep. Rest is really important to avoid confusion and mishaps. I hope you get more of it soon.

StephLove said...

Speaking of things you wouldn't expect to be stolen, once someone stole a hairbrush I'd left on a bench at the pool.

Ernie said...

Ali - I agree WHOLE HEARTILY. Clear purses . . . doesn't that go against the very point of a purse? Sad that the world we live in fears that people are packing heat, or sneaking food into a venue where they want you to pay 18x what the food is worth.

I feel so close to YOU - since the sequence of events would've made you cry too.

I laughed at the guy claiming his water bottle - at first I thought he was trying to claim your water bottle for one that he'd lost. I honestly felt a little violated. It has my college sticker on it, darn it. My college is itty bitty. Not just anyone carries water bottles with that sticker. Sheesh.

Ernie said...

Beth - Look at you, woman about town going to all the venues and watching all the sports and concerts. Coach and I do not get out much. At all. But now we've gotten to Europe, so feeling a little less 'stay at home-ish.'

I've actually slept great every night in Europe except for one. Of course walking to a million tourist sites is exhausting but it isn't as if I'm not on my feet chasing tots all day at home, plus my workouts are intense . . . so no clue how that worked out, but my rested feeling will evaporate once we try to jump back 7 hours to our own beloved time zone.

Ernie said...

Anonymous - Coach did that before - left his credit card, actually his wallet at home. He went to a cousin's wedding in Ohio days after we moved into our current house. Curly was 6 months old. We couldn't both go to the wedding because 6 littles and boxes everywhere. He drove with his sister and brother in law. He ended up relying on them for hotel and gas and driving (he didn't have his license with him). They joke about it just about every time we see them. 'OH, DID YOU CONVENIENTLY FORGET YOUR WALLET AGAIN?'

I would be lost without lists for packing. LOST. Thankfully the kids mostly pack themselves, but when we went on a trip when Mini was about 9 I told her exactly how many pairs of underwear to bring. I counted out her outfits, but relied on her for THIS ONE THING. She got confused or something and had to borrow extra pairs of mine. We were in the middle of no where - no stores. She was so upset and begged me not to tell her brothers. Now when she does stuff like that we call her 'Notre Dame.' ;)

Ernie said...

Lux - Amen. I am a huge proponent of a good night's sleep and how not enough sleep impacts EVERYTHING. I have no idea how Coach manages because he gets up crazy early for work a few days a week. Need I mention a grumpy factor, or a "are you even listening to me?" factor?

I have been sleeping very well while on this Europe trip, aside from one rough night. More on that in a future post. It is somewhat comical, now. I am bracing for how long it will take me to get back on my regular sleep schedule. When I was VERY pregnant with my 10 pound baby Tank, we went to Ireland for my brother's wedding. When we came back, Tank (in utero) woke me up in the middle of the night for the longest time. I honestly think we wanted to eat. Could the jet lag have impacted his little eating schedule? No clue, but I was happy to oblige. :)

Ernie said...

StephLove - Come on? That - well, what even is that? Did that person not have a parent teach them not to share brushes? Let alone STEAL brushes. Goodness.