I'm a little disheartened today as I write this for it seems I've had a slight setback in my progress. What progress you asked?
Well, it all started at the beginning of the year when I bravely resolved that this would be my YEAR OF INTELLIGENCE!!!(igence, gence, gence) And it seemed like things were going along well enough. There were no glaring problems anyway.
- I have done a complete and thorough Bible Study(Good good, that means I am moving toward my goals of Biblical knowledge. But not pridefully mind you-no never that.)
- I have decided NOT to point out everything I don't know in passing conversation, but instead just nod sometimes like I'm thinking and filled with opinions on the topic. This may not be intelligence per say, but it's being more intelligent looking which will help any actual gained intelligence be more credible later. Sounds smart doesn't it? I know. Oops, I'm over in the pride camp now-drat.
- I have been working toward figuring out my own personal abilities (i.e. encouragement, marketing, clowning for the young-I knew that workshop would come in handy one day, empathy-so sorry you have to endure this post, volunteering to help with stuff, losing weight by muscle atrophy due to not eating and/or moving as often). AND THEN utilizing those abilities in my daily life, rather than always striving to have someone else's skill set (i.e. organizational talents, getting up at dawn, thinking nice thoughts in the morning, loving to garden, understanding politics, being a "hottie" with ripped abs- etcetera) you get the point.
- Watching WAY less television and listening to entertaining if not ALWAYS educational podcasts on my Nano instead.
- My favorite new smartification this year has been having a blog!!! Of course, that comes with all the pitfalls of wasting huge chunks of my book reading time. But reading your exciting blogs and writing my own silly one has in fact made me just a tiny wee bit more intelligent! Yeah! That's progress baby!
Then, I turned the tiny corner to the checkout station and started laying out my food. The store manager came over and excitedly said "Have you heard of our special?!" I said "No." And she proceeded to tell me that with a $20 dollar purchase or more, and I was surely going to hit that mark, haha, I would receive a FREE ice cream accessory product. A what? She explained that meant popsicles or nutty bars or something. Not a tub of ice cream, but an accessory that would look nice with(?) it.
"Ok." I smiled and went to grab an accessory. Then she finished ringing me up and her eyes lit up like she had just pulled the lever on her cash register and hit the jackpot. I strolled over, nutty bars in hand, and went for my debit card, when she had another epiphany right there in front of all of us. I had just bought the most groceries in a fast food restaurant that she had apparently seen someone purchase in her few months as manager. She said "WAIT A MINUTE! You are allowed a free ice cream accessory product for EVERY twenty dollars you spend here! I suddenly realized I needed to go pick out three more accessories for an entirely blinged out fleet of paper grocery sacks full.
Now that she too had counted up how many treats I had earned with my 7 minute shopping spree, the nice lady was beside herself with thoughts of sales awards and promotion. She rushed over to the freezer section and started telling me all the combinations I could get and what they were worth. I accepted one of the combinations after she stressed how entirely $free$ they were, but at this point I was actually getting a little shocked and embarrassed.
I felt like spotlights were on me and confetti had just fallen from the ceiling tiles from the extravagantly UN-clever way I had just bought all my groceries at a FAST FOOD JOINT!
Oh, the shame I felt as Joyce-I knew Ms. Manager by name now- summoned an ice cream scooping young man over to help me with my sacks and sacks of her grateful merchandise. As she handed me my receipt, she gave me a full eye contact locked gaze and said "We surely appreciate YOU". What could I say back but how much I felt the same(But thinking "What on earth have I done. And where did all of these balloons come from.").
This scene didn't have an intelligent feel to it at all. In fact, I was shaken to the core as to how "last year" this type of behavior surely must be for me.
Once I thought it out though, I did have quite a few meal options and other than the ice cream bars and the impulse Cheetos purchase (that no doubt took me over the edge into the fourth free accessory item), they were all fairly healthy.
And if I were at Wal-Mart, wouldn't it have taken me that earlier 7 minutes to park and enter the building then another hour of zoned out strolling through each department getting a lot more of basically the same stuff in lesser quality? Maybe. Yes. But why wouldn't I run into other budget conscious people whilst shopping at Braums if this were true? Yep, that's what I thought. Not too real intelligent now is I? Ah well, it IS a process? Now. Who'd like a nice cold accessory? I have plenty!