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I know I’m not one to write gooey emotional posts (gross), but a lot of things went strangely right today, when I’m so used to the opposite being true, and I feel like writing about it. It’s not like that many people actually read this blog, so I don’t really care (the people who would be interested in it will read it). So this post is going to be very joural-y. Basically what it boils down to is that I did pretty much everything that I wanted to get done today/tonight, minus one thing that I had already pushed to next week and one thing that I will do later if I’m still lucid after eating a late, late dinner.

The first odd thing is that I woke up easily this morning feeling fine despite only getting six hours of sleep in the last two days. This happens sometimes. Not too long ago I even went a straight 48 hours without sleep and felt way better than any good night’s sleep could do for me. However, it was extremely fortunate that it happened today, as I had promised my mom I would meet her at 8am (which is ludicrously early for me) to help her with one of her cleaning jobs. The sinus problems I had been battling all night abruptly vanished around 4am so that I could sleep for a couple of hours before I had to get up and make breakfast.

Then, despite being almost 15 minutes late, I arrived precisely on time to see my mother emerge from Wal-Mart (where we had arranged to meet beforehand) just as she was sending me a text to see if I was there yet. She had apparently gone in while she was waiting for me so that she wouldn’t have to do her shopping afterward. What was that about a wizard never being early or late?

As for the cleaning job, it was uneventful, and we got done a little earlier than we usually do. I prefer to chalk this up to being more prepared than I usually am, running on a full stomach and toting my own alchemic version of Gatorade (It’s apple juice, lime juice, apple cider vinegar, and water). And by “alchemic” I mean “poor.”

I also had the presence of mind not to get into an argument with my mother as she was taking me back to my car. She has a habit of pushing my buttons; I don’t think it’s intentional, more like compulsive. So instead of speaking my mind like I normally do I instead deigned to let her live in ignorance of my divine wisdom – and by that I mean that I told her “I’m not getting into it with you today.” She made a couple of wisecracks before finally letting it go (and people wondered where I got my sarcasm from…).

In the course of things my mom reminded me that it was my brother’s birthday, and no I didn’t have it on my calendar even though I’m notoriously bad at remembering birthdays, so shut up. Armed with my cut from the cleaning job, I went in and browsed the store for something I could get him. On the way to the electronics section I ran across the fragrance aisle near the craft section and found out that they were selling packs of incense for a dollar (!). They also had several interesting incense holders, including a dragon one, and several assortment packs that came with simple holders as well. I had been wanting to stop by the craft store and buy more incense all week. I restrained myself and only bought one pack of frankincense sticks, manly because that was the only kind they had out of the ones I have been really wanting to try.

I then made my way to electronics and walked down a few aisles, wondering what would make a good birthday present for my brother. “Something he wouldn’t pick out for himself,” I thought. Since he really likes watching movies, I headed toward the DVD section and immediately came across the first season of Adventure Time. As soon as I saw the cover I knew that this was it. My own feelings on Adventure Time were mixed until I actually sat down to watch the series (direct your thanks to tumblr gifs). My conclusion: weird but good. So even if it isn’t necessarily his thing, at least it will get him to try something new, rather than the medieval and pirate tripe he usually watches.

So I went by the house and gave it to him. After that I got a headache, which was the only reason I stuck around long enough for my mom to ask me to take my brother to work today (our dad borrowed his car because his was in the shop). I agreed and she left for work herself, although it would be several hours before we would need to leave. I watched a bit of an old TGS Podcast I hadn’t seen until it froze because the file was incomplete or corrupted, then got rid of my headache in record time once I actually put my mind to it. I ate a piece of my brother’s birthday ice-cream cake while watching Game Grumps, and a little while after that it was time to go.

The ride was uneventful other than some good music playing (a trend which would continue into the night). My brother repaid me for gas, which I already had covered, so I decided to go ahead and get groceries on my way home since I was already out. If I could do that, I would be set, and I wouldn’t have to go out again until my chiropractor appointment on Tuesday.

However, the most important thing that happened was that I remembered the penny. If you recall, a few weeks ago I did a money spell which involved enchanting several pennies, which I would later spend on each following Thursday. Well, because I was in a hurry and my week had already been thrown off because of having to drive my dad around on Wednesday (because his car was in the shop), I had forgotten to grab the penny I needed to spend today. I very nearly forgot all about it, and I very nearly missed my chance to spend it.

I just happened to remember it on my way from dropping my brother off. I can’t even tell you the thought process that lead up to me remembering, it just sort of came to mind. So I went back home and got it, then headed back out. I stopped by the gas station again just to replace what I had spent driving today, and I decided that if they had one of those leave-a-penny trays that I would leave it there, but they didn’t, so I went on my way. After that I stopped by the Pizza Hut Express near the grocery store that I normally shop at in the next town over, thinking that I could get rid of it there, but I didn’t have enough pocket change on me and giving the guy twelve dollars and a penny seemed really weird, so I shrugged and drove on to get groceries.

Luckily, a lot of the stuff I was going to get anyway was on sale. I stocked up on some things, although they didn’t have some of the things that I wanted, which kind of made me wish that I had gone to a different store that had more selection, but I decided just to hold some money back in case I got a chance to go later. When I got to the register, I ended up spending even less than I thought I had (I think something was on sale that wasn’t advertised). So I swiped my card, looked up at the price total one more time and almost slapped myself because there it was: $77.01. I had almost missed my chance again! But through some aneurysm of luck, I managed to catch myself before I punched in my PIN. So I asked the cashier “Er..actually, can you do a split transaction? Because I think I have a penny somewhere…” basically stalling so I could fish it out of the tiny key-pocket thing in my jeans I had stashed it in. She said that was fine, canceled the card transaction and graciously took my enchanted coin before letting me swipe my card again.

The rest is self-explanatory. I picked up my pizza (it’s staying warm in the oven as I write this), brought it home, put the groceries away, and sat down to write this stupid post. I know it was extremely boring to read. If you made it this far, it’s your own fault anyway for being so stubborn. This is more for me than you anyway. I just wanted to chronicle my experience of the day when instead of everything going tragically wrong, it somehow went strangely right.