Yesterday was the absolute BEST. DAY. EVER.
I got to work (barely) on time, had a bagel, looked for my wallet and…uh-oh…no wallet. Where is it? When did I use it last? Is it in my desk? No. In my truck? No. So I took a personal day and went back to the house to find it. I dug through the diaper bag, under the beds, in the toy box, all my yarn stash, nothing. Nada.
Now, here’s the super-fun part. My license and my social security card were in there. I know, I know, you should never have your social security card in your wallet, but when we moved last, I didn’t want to lose it so I put it in my wallet and there it stayed. I just never got around to putting it away. You know what else I never got around to? Changing the address on my license. Hoo-boy! Talk about a great time! So how will the DMV replace my license when I can’t prove my address? How will I get a new social security card without my license as picture ID? Why would my husband pick that exact moment to call and ask if we had an extra “hundred or so” dollars to pitch in on a trailer for their hunting gear?
As a matter of fact, we do not have an extra “hundred or so.” Oh wait, let me run out to the money tree in the backyard and grab that for you! I just hope they don’t ask for photo ID!
Anyway, the DMV opens at noon on Wednesdays, so I sat around for the longest hour and a half of my LIFE and gave them a call as soon as they opened. The person on the phone was so great! I only needed two utility bills and something with my signature! Then, when I got there I only had to wait about an hour! Now, I know that seems like a long time, but if you have visited your DMV lately you should know that is very quick. While I was there, the woman at the counter told me that I was allowed to renew my license ahead of time if I wanted, so I went ahead and did that as well, saving me a second trip in a couple months time. Awesome! Oh, did you know you’re not allowed to smile for your license photo anymore? It’s true, and when the fella taking my picture told me that I couldn’t smile, I just felt the urge, the NEED to smile at the camera. Too funny.
Once I got my license (with the worst photo in the world), I was on my way to the social security administrative building. It’s a new building, much cleaner than the old one, but it still smells like urine. FUN. I only had to wait about 45 minutes there, and again the woman at the counter was so nice! I just couldn’t believe it! I guess all the praying I did before embarking on my adventure did the trick. I did have to call my parents while I was there because you have to have their social security numbers to get your own card, and my mother said, “You know, after tearing up your whole house, going to the DMV, going to the social security office, putting a fraud alert on your credit bureaus, and taking a day off work, you’ll probably find your wallet tomorrow.” She’s probably right.
So, all in all, it was a pretty horrible day, but made better with the kindness of the DMV and social security admin workers. Thank goodness there are still some kind people in this world.