They sent an email saying it was ready, but when I got there, it was still on the truck. At this time of the morning, there is NO ONE in line. I'm pretty sure most Walmarters DO sleep in, because when they finally show up at 10:00, they still have their jammies on.
I picked up my package and headed back to the house via the Post Office (they were closed) and the gas station for a Jeep fill-up at $4.40 a gallon for regular. Drive 20 miles and it will be a mere $3.89. I don't understand it, but this town is higher than any in the Central Valley. I think that's called collusion in gouging the customers.
At long last, it was time to pick up my little kid. I tried to gird myself against what I knew was going to be a heart stopping bill. That will teach me to brag about how healthy my puppies have been all their lives. This is a blurry picture of him barking at me ... glad to be home.
I received a bag full of meds with more directions than I've EVER seen on MY prescriptions, before pulling out my credit card. I almost fainted when I heard the cost. I'm embarrassed to tell you it was over $650. It took my breath away! I just closed my eyes and gave her my card. As she processed it, I said good grief that's expensive! Don't you at least have a senior citizens discount?
Why yes we do, she says. I just shook my head. I guess you have to ask. She was nice enough to reverse the entire thing and re-enter a list of charges 10 inches long. I received $68.00 back. She also marked my account as permanent senior citizen. Gosh ... can I get a refund on Jessie's surgery bill too??????
So my little vampire made it home. I mean really, he might as well suck my blood, because the vet is certainly sucking out my hard earned money!! What can I say ... I love the little guy and am thrilled he's definitely on the mend. In the meantime however, there's no playing the ball game or walking up or down stairs for at least 15 days. He's very sad about that.
By then it was time to lock up both kids and head out to the Magic Kingdom with the infernal machine. I got there just in time to start working. Although there are a couple of things not quite the same, she worked just fine the entire evening.
Reader Dave Burdick suggested I test the use of the SD card to be sure it works. The King had the same idea, but honestly, I didn't want to try. I was afraid!! I taped it to the inside of the instruction booklet where it gives them all the directions they need. In the meantime, I'm changing my phone number.
Just when I thought all was well with the world, the Kitchen Staff came over in a panic. THEIR infernal machine was asking for a Clerk Number. They don't have clerk numbers and it locked her out of every function like a two-year old tantrum.
It happens with our machine too when we accidentally hit keys in the wrong order. I've no idea what those keys ARE, but have figured out just call yourself Clerk "0" and it works. Not so much with the kitchen machine. After many screeching beeps and "Hit Clear" messages, I figured out their magic number is "1". Clerk 1 signed on and it was a happy camper.
Finally home, I tried to psych myself out for another night on the floor. I have 14 more to look forward to. I don't dare put Cooper on the bed ... he has never jumped off, but these meds make him very thirsty. He was up and down all night long slurping away. I was a VERY long night.
I do have some other news to pass along. Walmart has a new thing going called Grocery Pickup. It's all free they say. You go online and pick out all the groceries you want, including fruits and vegetables, then pay with your credit or debit card. You tell them what time you will be there to pick them up, whereupon they bring everything to the front door and load it in your vehicle. Boy is THAT service.
The gal even said if you are unhappy with the tomatoes they picked out, you can return them and pick your own. 100% guarantee. She gave me a 10% off coupon. I might just try it and see how it works. I'm not sure how this makes money for them, but maybe they will get more shoppers if you don't have to look at other shoppers in their jammies. I'll let you know how it goes.