My pre-vacation ritual of “List of crap to get done before we leave” is officially up and running.
Super Shuttle is booked!
I did a round-trip reservation so we get the AAA discount each way. I’m not sure we’d remember to ask on the way home.
We’ll pay $59.40, plus whatever we tip the driver. It’s still cheaper than taking a taxi or parking at the airport. Near-airport parking was only a few dollars less, and this way the driveway won’t be empty the whole week.
Newer readers may not realize this but Tim and I don’t have cell phones.
We’re both home about 90% of the time, and out together probably another 5% of the time. We’re really only apart when one of us goes to run an errand without the other. (A bit of a miracle we haven’t killed each other after nine years, eh?)
This means that a cell phone would mainly go to waste, so I refuse to get one. But when it comes time for FinCon or travel, I’m willing to do a prepaid.
After a lengthy comparison three years ago, I chose to go with Tracfone as the best bang for our buck. Unfortunately, we can’t use it again.
The original SIM card was out of date, whatever that means, so they had to send us a replacement one. I tried to get the new one activated over the course of two somewhat-laborious-due-to-ESL phone calls. But they couldn’t get it to work.
They offered to send us a replacement (for the replacement), but who knows if it’d get here in time? Or work?
So I drove over to Best Buy and told an employee we needed the bare — the bare — minimum. She got me a basic Verizon flip phone ($10) and a month of service ($30). And activated it for me, bless her.
Not as cheap as a $20 re-up Tracfone card, but at least it’s crossed off the list.
The place we’re boarding Pandora gave us several pages of paperwork to fill out. He told us to scan and email the completed pages.
I’d filled out the vet information, emergency contacts (Marc and Nadine), commands she knows, treat and toy preferences, etc. But I didn’t want to send it in until we had a cell number.
After Best Buy, I came home and filled out that final field. And then the scanner decided to start acting up again. So Tim’s going to drop it off in person.
He already has a checkup with the denturist tomorrow, which is all the way out in Tempe. So it won’t be too big a detour to drop off the paperwork first. Still, it’s going to suck in Friday traffic.
But again, at least it’ll be crossed off.
I called CVS and asked them to get Tim’s prescriptions transferred. I did this more than a week ago.
A couple of days later, CVS called to let us know that one of the medications didn’t have a refill. Which is fine because we’d gotten his doctor to write one up at the last appointment. The pharmacist was also concerned about sticker shock. She warned me that the prices were high.
I told her that, yes, we were aware. He’s in the donut hole, yada yada. So I told her it was fine, please fill it.
On Wednesday, I called to check what the price would be for all of the meds combined. And found out nothing had been filled. The best guess is that the pharmacists set it aside, thinking that the high price was a mistaken denial from insurance. (Sigh.)
So I guess it’s good that we put off picking it all up.
Anyway, Tim’s prescriptions are filled — for sure this time — and ready for pickup. I printed out a bunch of the discounted CVS gift cards, so everything is just about set there. Although, if I’m being realistic, the meds probably won’t actually get picked up until Saturday.
At least everything is squared away. By which I mean that I should give CVS a call on Friday to make sure. I bought up.
We’ll do laundry on Sunday to make sure everything we want is available to pack on Monday. But this weekend I may take a quick trip to a thrift store or two to see if I find anything amazing.
Happily, the jeans issue may have been solved. A reader suggested I check out a reselling site called Poshmark. Sure enough, there are plenty of sellers there with my beloved (but discontinued) Old Navy Diva jeans. I found some in a size 10 short. Yay!
I only got two pairs because I want to see how those fit (and because I couldn’t find a light wash, which would’ve been my third pair). They both appear to have almost no wear — I can return them for a full refund if that’s not the case — and were each less than $21, including shipping.
The first seller actually had a BOGO offer, so I guess technically I have three pairs coming to me. It’s just that I don’t know if AEO jeans are flattering/comfortable for my body shape. But it was free, so I figured I’d give it a shot.
The packages should get here on Friday and Saturday, and I’m excited to see if/how they fit. If they’re too tight this time, I’ll have them around for the next round or two of weight loss. But I think they’ll fit now since today’s stretchy jeans relax a bit once you’ve had them on for 20-30 minutes.
If they do fit, I’m returning the overpriced Express ones. But either way I’m bringing some size 12 jeans along too. I like to eat on vacation.
What vacation prep do you put off until the last minute?