Monday, June 1, 2009

What Was I Thinking?!

Ben had to work late tonight and so we didn't get home until close to 9:00 p.m. I still had to exercise, but I also had to run to Walmart for a few things I didn't get with the rest of the grocery shopping earlier today. While pondering how to get it all done, I had the bright idea to ride my new bike to Walmart - it's less than 3 miles away. And it's sidewalk all the way, so it's not like I'd be on the road and I have the bike trailer and so I could just put those few groceries in there and I'd be back in no time and wasn't this such a good idea to kill two birds with one stone?

No. It wasn't.


Top 10 Reasons NOT to Ride Your Bike to Wal-Mart After 9:00 at Night

1. It is really hard to see the sidewalk (or anything in front of you) when you have a bunch of bright headlights coming towards you on one side. And it's not like the sidewalks all run straight around here. Lots of unexpected turning - no idea why.

2. No matter the time of day, mothers are physically incapable of not browsing while at Walmart if unaccompanied by children of any sort. This will turn your "quick trip" into an hour-long stay.

3. By the time you get home (almost 2 hours later) you will be full of adreneline and unable to go straight to bed. Therefore, you will feel the need to blog about your temporary insanity and be up much later than is good for you.

4. There really aren't that many reputable people out after 10:00 at night.

5. If your trip to Walmart involves crossing train tracks, the chances of the train passing at night are pretty good which would then require you to stand still with your bike and other goods while trying not to hyperventilate at how vulnerable you feel while standing immobile and alone after dark waiting for the train to pass on by.

6. Six miles really is a long way to ride on a bike.

7. Even though there are no children in the bike trailer, there is bound to be at least several other moms out there who drive by and see you and think you are endangering your child by riding around with them on a bike after dark and are completely appalled at your assumed behavior. Although this is not bad for you directly, it's passing on some really bad karma to the other moms.

8. Trees and cobwebs. This is somewhat related to #1 (it's too dark to see clearly).

9. Your husband has to stay up late till you get home to make sure you survive the trip.

10. Husbands have long memories about the most inconvenient things, and are therefore highly likely to remind you of your folly at some future date while engaged in a discussion about another one of your "bright" ideas.

9 comments:

*Jess* said...

oh my!!!

Joe said...

OK...Was the food needed for Breakfast the next day...do you really want my son to raise his two girls and a son without a wife...PLAN----spur of the moment can and will be horrible..

Just you wait till you get here for the 4th...you will get "THE LOOK" from me for at least a couple of hours...

This will be remembered....over, and over, and over, and oh by the way....OVER again..

DAD

scchesleys said...

I CANNOT wait to tell Mike!You're so going to get "the treatment" when you get back this way! Glad you made it back from Wal-Mart in one piece :-)

Anita said...

I'm beginning to think that I should delete this post and therefore remove all evidence of my folly! (Except I knew you will all remember it anyway...) And no, the food wasn't needed for breakfast, but we WERE out of ketchup (the horror!)

Joe said...

Did you go for ketchup or for the exercise? If Ben was at home...the car was there, correct?

Rationalization...now if you were out of mustard and ketchup...that would be different..

You know when Mike, Heather and Nick get this...you are going to catch it...I noticed that Noni has not said any thing yet...What will Trish and Reed say...

You are going to RUE the day...

Love,

Dad

SCNONI said...

You know that running out of ketchup can be used as grounds for divorce in the Ervin households. I think you have learned your lesson on this idea.

SCNONI said...

You know that running out of ketchup can be used as grounds for divorce in the Ervin households. I think you have learned your lesson on this idea.

Connie said...

hahahahhaha!!! The look... hahahahaha while this makes for an exceptionally entertaining blog post...it sounds as if you will reap the harvest of this post for a very long time...
multi tasking is not always a good thing...just sayin!!!
I will give you points in the bravery and/or insanity dept. I get scared at rr crossing in my car!

Shannon said...

lol... I love you Anita! I'm glad you posted that! I especially love your top 10! I got a great laugh out of that one. Isn't it great when we have "bright ideas" that turn out to be not so bright?