Last semester, I called my Mad Bad Mommy Bommy (MBMB) on the phone, so frustrated I was in tears, because I’d lost something important. I don’t remember what it was–my keys, phone, sunglasses, entire purse…who knows.
“I’m an idiot!” I told MBMB.
“No,” she said. “You just struggle with keeping track of small personal items.”
Ever since I was in about fourth grade and first tasked with taking care of my own school supplies and homework, I’ve lost at least several things a week. In elementary school, I was constantly standing against the wall at recess–five minutes for every assignment I turned in late–not because I refused to do them, but because I would leave my assignments behind at school or at home. When I studied abroad in college, I left various pairs of pants in apartments and hotels across Great Britain. When I moved to Fort Collins a year ago, my yoga mat disappeared, followed within two months by my camera. (The camera has since been replaced–the yoga mat not so much.)
I’ve tried retracing my steps, but my lost items are seldom any place I can remember going. I’ve tried making lists and keeping a planner. But invariably, I forget to write stuff down. I try keeping things in designated places. But invariably, I forget to put them there.
And honestly, do you walk into your yoga class with a big sticky note that says “Don’t forget your yoga mat”? 😛
What’s got me thinking about all this lately?
On Wednesday, my sunglasses, which were only a few weeks old, snapped at the temple. I don’t know what caused them to break–I just remember having them in my hand as I picked up something out of the closet and hearing them snap. I suspect they might have caught on something.
It’s pretty rare for me to break sunglasses, although it’s been happening more lately. Usually, I lose them before that happens. I used to hook them by the temple on the color of my shirt, but they would fall out. I also tried setting them on the top of my head, but they would fall off.
In July, I bought myself a “gloop” at the YMCA craft market–a cute little magnetic pin with a dangling loop that keeps track of a pair of glasses (or keys, scissors, name tags, etc.) It seemed to be working really well: my sunglasses stayed right on my hip and never fell off. Until they broke in my hand on Wednesday. I tried gorilla gluing them to no avail. Another pair of sunglasses done and gone.
Thursday morning, I decided I needed a new pair of sunglasses. They’re a must-have at this altitude. So I bought myself a nice pair at the YMCA gift store with blue-tinged lenses–they fit really well.
In the afternoon, though, I noticed my brand-spanking new sunglasses were missing. Again! My super-comfy new sunglasses had….
fallen off the gloop, off the edge of the golf cart into the parking lot, and were run over by a car. At least, this is what I concluded when I found them several hours later.
So I went back and bought myself another ding dang pair of the exact same sunglasses. The same day.
I don’t keep an official budget, but if I did, I would need to have an entire fund dedicated to “replacing missing items.”
P.S. I went to take a picture of my gloop, and my gloop is missing. Irony.
Are you an organized person?
Do you lose things often?