And Starbucks Saves The Day ...

Well apparently in order to title and register your car in Virginia you need to show proof of residency. Which, of COURSE I knew. And remembered. Last night. Though it CLEARLY did not help me today, when I rushed out of the house to the DMV.

So there I was. Twenty minutes away from home. Paperwork in hand. Feeling oh so pretty in wrinkled clothes with my hair looking like birds could build beautiful nests in its mess. Ready to brave the bureaucracy.

Within two minutes of walking in the door I was at a window. Smiling. Hoping. Praying that the paperwork would speak for itself.

Which it didn't. Because of course, I wrote the wrong lien holder's address on the form and needed to re-fill it out. Thankfully the DMV was empty and the lady let me fill out the paperwork at her window.

But when my California driver's license didn't show proof of Virginia state residency, and the blank stare on my face trying to hide my stupidity didn't send me packing, I did what any other self-respecting woman on the verge would do.

I pulled out the only piece of mail I had on me. My trusty, "Free drink because you spend way too much time and money in Starbucks" card. That shows ... none other than my change of address.

Proof, that I do in fact, now live in Virginia.

Would you believe that the woman at the DMV, my new BFF, actually accepted it?


Within ten minutes my car was now titled and registered in Virginia. Fees paid. License plates distributed. I was out the door. And onto Starbucks ... where my caffeine habit has proved itself beyond worthy ...

Would you have expected anything different?

In other news ...

* Screw the sprinklers! We're moving onto the big guns. Like irrigation systems. Apparently there IS a limit on how many times a day I can stand to move the sprinklers around the yard ... eight is more than enough!

* The girls got their bus schedules for school and I'm less than thrilled. I was already reeling that Sheridan didn't get into the same school as Riley this year due to the district's poor planning on teacher / student ratios and under estimated boom of housing sales in this county. But now I have to deal with an inappropriately placed bus stop and two completely different pick-up times. I've already made the phone call to the district. Next up? My letter to the school board ... with every single neighbor ready to sign ...

* We have been bogged down in organizing hell. Sure the boxes are all unpacked and everything is put in the right room ... but holy heck have we spent WAY too much time trying to put it all in away. And searching for curtains. And searching for curtains. And did I mention that we're still searching for curtains?

* We survived the earthquake. I grew up in Northern California. I went to school at Northridge. Enough said?

* Our backyard deck is getting built in less than 3 weeks.

* The storage room in our basement is getting dry-walled in a few weeks.

* We have seen a bevy of friends over the past week ... including dear friends from Israel, Matt's work friends from Iraq whose families have quickly become our newest confidantes, a 6 year old birthday dinner, a ladies luncheon with fun friends, and even a house guest over the weekend! Much needed fun ... and laughing ... and relaxing indeed.

* The girls start school next Monday. Matt starts work on Monday as well.

* Can you tell I'm looking forward to Monday?

Until then ... can someone please remind me where we planted our money tree?

Not the original one. I obviously have a few due to my ... habit. *ahem*


Issa said...

Next time someone tells me I need Starbucks anonymous I'm going to remember this story. ;)

Unknown said...

Those little postcards save the day in more ways than one!

Stephanie Smith said...

That's so awesome. I always knew your addiction to Caramel Macchiatos would come in handy one day. Next up: Starbux commercial star. Seriously, send your story to corporate, if they ever get to the point where they actually NEED to advertise in that venue, you'll be first on their phone roster. Overall, your EQ comment cracked me up(I'm sure you were bombarded and you're a pro) and I'm oh so happy you are getting "settled". Mad Sigma love to you babe. Mu-wah!

Mrs.T said...

Great story! I live for those cards to come in the mail :)

I can't find my blog said...

Love that you were able to use the coffee habit for (more) good!

Here's to Monday!

Pam@OurAdventuresInHomeImprovement said...

Yes!! I'm glad the Starbucks card paid off. Congratulations on getting everything moving along.

Small world. I grew up in Northridge too. :) We were right in the thick of things in the 1971 quake, then lived in the South Bay for the 1994 quake.

Have a great day! And good luck with the curtains....

narra said...

That is truly a great story. Yay Starbucks! I'm sorry I missed meeting you in person with Christy. So far, Guadalajara has been great... just anxiously awaiting our car :).

Mom24 said...

Yay Starbucks! So glad that worked out. One thing down...

I'm sure you'll love the irrigation system, I can't imagine the responsibility of watering to bring in a new lawn. So exciting about the new deck and the storage room. Heck, I'm just trying to wrap my brain around the concept of a storage room. :) Badly needed here, but no room at the inn.

I'm speechless about the school. What a major pain in the a**. Hope it's a temporary thing. Wow.

Enjoy Monday. :)

Unknown said...

I love it. Starbucks to the rescue.

Come on Monday!

Anonymous said...

That's hilarious, Starbucks rescued you! Glad you're settling in - can't wait to see you now that we're on the same coast

Jen said...

It was a very fun lunch...we must do that again soon!

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