and he/she must like coffee.
In a desperate attempt to get a handle on the rest of my day ...
I broke down and headed to Starbucks for a much desired venti iced coffee -- nonfat milk, two Splendas.
So with guilt in my heart and dread at having to fish out my last five bucks from my wallet. I did it. Typical of me -- screw all good fiscial promises.
I justified it, however, by having just endured a thrift store/Halloween costume shopping spree with my 8 year old and knowing I still had a dentist appointment and soccer practice to get kids to, a field hockey game to attend and a high school play practice pick-up and delivery to make before I could call it a day.
[It's 10:00 p.m. -- and I just got home 15 minutes ago].
I really needed that caffeine. And I knew I could easily make more empty promises after a good night's sleep.
So I pulled into the drive-thru. Placed my order and sheepishly drove up to complete my transaction.
"Wow!" exclaims the barista, who also happens to be my lovely friend Katy, "Where'd you find the alien?!"
My son, trying to be all clever and funny, had on his "brand new" Halloween costume in the middle seat of the van and was hoping to get just such a reaction.
"Yeah," I quipped, "I frequently cart illegal aliens across state lines. You should've see the group I had in here last week!"
She laughs, hands me my coffee and proceeds to shut the window and begin taking another order.
"Whoa! Katy!" I shouted through the closed window. "You forgot to take my money," I say while waving my wadded up five dollar bill up to the window.
"Oh, Susie didn't ring you up?"
"Uh, no. I guess there was so much confusion, what with my carting an illegal and all, that she must have forgotten."
"Ah, don't sweat it. Coffee's on the house!"
I must have looked shocked because she simply smiled real wide and waved me off.
And it was in that moment that I knew my Higher Power forgave me my sin and weakness and wanted to give the best gift of all ....
$$wishes: $150-$200 spending money for my girls' weekend this weekend to Avalon, NJ
$$sins: I'm serious this time ... no more Starbucks!
$$goals: dammit -- I really meant to get to the bank today and deposit that $25 (maybe tomorrow)