What an interesting evening I had! Not really in a good way but it could have been much worse. I realized this morning on my way to work that I had left my cell phone at home. Oops! Not the world's biggest fiasco and although it felt weird not to be able to compulsively check messages and the time I thought I could use a day "off".
I decided to check out a different Target location on the way home to see what the food selection was like and when I tried to leave my car wouldn't start. Ok, Joleen, don't panic, just call your grandparents. Except. I didn't have my phone. After racking my brain for any numbers I may have stored there I came up only with my recently remarried ex husband's. Not a lot of help that was. I returned the [frozen] food I had just purchased so that it wouldn't melt in my car while I figured things out. I read every single page of my agenda for a number I may have jotted down of someone who would know my mother's and in turn my sister's or grandparents. No such luck. I keep an old cell phone in the glove compartment to call the police in case of emergency. I thought maybe I could get a number off of there but the battery was dead. I searched my car high and low, front to back. The only number I came across was my Aunt Kim's home number. A Target employee was gracious enough to loan me her personal cell phone to call but it was the middle of the day in California and there was no answer. I am proud to say that I never really FREAKED out. I thought I might but I didn't spend more than just a few short moments crying. I decided to call a taxi to get home and would worry about my car later.
It was the middle rush hour (Why is it called that? There is definitely nothing "rushed" about it) so it took us nearly 45 minutes to travel 8 miles. And cost 30 bucks. BUT, in the middle of the cab ride I looked down and there on my leg was a ladybug!! I was excited - that is lucky right??
A very helpful sister (thanks, Sarah!) and a cable jump (thanks, AAA!) later and we were in business. I headed straight to AutoZone for a new battery and was home (finally!!) 4 hours later.
The moral of this story???? Listing "ICE" in your cell phone is a good thing but it's not enough. Keep a list of emergency numbers in your car and also in your planner/agenda. You probably already do this.. but just in case! ;)