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A very long day

December 13th, 2012 at 02:33 pm

Last night after I boarded my train for home, we were told to get off -- there would be a an hour-and-a-half delay. A pedestrian was struck and killed on the track we were using and all lines north were delayed.

I went to Corner Bakery (seems to be my new hangout) and got a sandwich and drink. $11. I talked to my sons, who recommended that I walk to the CTA station and take the Purple line. I decided not to, since it was dark, and I didn't know where I was going. It was not much later that we boarded the train again, but they were correct -- it was an hour-and-a-half before I got home.

No one was complaining, and everyone seemed subdued. I don't know who died -- the news reports were pretty sketchy, but it was apparently a man who was not trying to catch the train, because the train that struck him did not stop in that area. So sad.

This morning, the news was all about a man who climbed to the top of a smokestack on one of the big downtown hotels, fell in, and died shortly after he was rescued. I hate hearing these stories at this time of year, though it is a tragedy at any time of the year! But incongruous with the holiday season.

Tomorrow is payday, and I'll be paying the biggest Discover bill I've had in a while -- $2,676. It's a combination of Christmas shopping, medical bills, car repair and move-in expenses. I would say next month will be better, but I'll be paying the balance on the couch and ottomans (not yet delivered) and buying area rugs.

The cover for my spare tire arrived yesterday. I will see if my son can put it on -- otherwise, I'll have to make a trip to Toyota. Seems like it should be easy, but you never know.

Today I need to walk to Starbucks just to make sure my gift card, which I'm giving away, is fully loaded. I know I have one that is worth $50, but I'm carrying several in my purse. I want to make sure I give away the right one! I wonder if the cafeteria, which sells Starbucks, can tell me?

Two more gifts to arrive in the mail, and I'm done. I do need to pick up some nuts to fill out a gift bag. I noticed that Walgreens was selling nicely packaged Wonderful Pistachios, so maybe that's what I'll do. I could use my gift card again.

That's what I like about blogging! I think of things as I write! Thanks for listening to my blather!!

4 Responses to “A very long day”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Is there an online number for Starbucks on the back of the card to call for the balance?

  2. Maranatha Says:

    Wow, that's terrible about the dead person, I also hate hearing stories like that any time of the year.

  3. SecretarySaving Says:

    Creditcardfree is correct you can check the balance of the card online. Save yourself a trip.
    Your condo sounds like it is coming together.
    Since you walk alot I've been meaning to ask, do you wear tennis shoes?

  4. CB in the City Says:

    I tried calling the number on the back of the card but I was put on hold for too long. I decided just to take the walk, since I also wanted to buy a bag of beans to give with the card. Good thing I checked -- one card had $25 on it and the other $0. Didn't want to go online because I thought I would have to register the card, and as I am giving it away, I didn't want to do that. Anyway, it's done, and it was a nice day for a walk.

    Do I wear tennis shoes? No. I have comfortable shoes that are working well. If I ever have to wear dressy shoes, though, I'll wear tennis shoes and change.

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