The absent-minded journalist

It’s been a long week. How long? Well, here’s how my evening has gone so far.

3:30 p.m. — Left work; came home.

3:35 p.m. — Arrived home. Realized that I had laundry in the back of my car and that I meant to go straight from work to the laundromat. Also, realized that I forgot to pull the battery for my newspaper-assigned camera out of the charger, and I will need the camera to cover an event tomorrow morning. I get back in the car and head to the laundromat, reminding myself to stop by the Times-Gazette on the way home and pick up the battery.

3:45 — After dropping off laundry at laundromat, I go to Kroger to pick up a few things. I sort through a sheaf of Kroger coupons and pull out four or five that I might possibly use on this trip. Several of them, however, get dropped on the way into the store. I do make it in with two coupons. One of the coupons is for $1.70 off two packages of Laura’s Lean Ground Beef, which I use for making jerky. The ground meat is also on sale, so it’s a double whammy. On the way out of the store, I find two of the dropped coupons and save them for next time.

4:30 — Arrive home with wet laundry, which I put in the dryer. (My apartment complex has working dryers, but not working washers, which is why I have to go to the laundromat.) I bring in my groceries, at which time I discover two things:

— I did not stop by the newspaper to pick up the battery

— I had three bags (and a 12-can carton of diet soda) at self-checkout, but apparently I only took two of the bags out to my car. The third bag contained my ground beef, which (even with the coupons) was the most expensive of the handful of items I purchased.

I called Kroger and they had already found and restocked the ground beef. If I go tonight and bring the ground beef to the customer service counter with my receipt, they will let me take it home. Hopefully, I will also remember to stop by the newspaper and pick up that blasted battery.

As I say, it has been a long week.