Yesterday afternoon I went to visit my parents who had just returned from an overseas trip. I check the letter box as I left and saw...
Car insurance no less! I was immediately filled with dread. That meant we were no longer insured until the premium was paid which also left me feeling a little nervous in case anything should happen before the premium was paid. The next thought was OMG, I'm so going to be in trouble! You see, it is my responsibility to ensure bills are paid on time. IT'S A RULE.
This is not like me. I don't generally let bills fall overdue, although everybody does make mistakes occasionally. Right? It has happened occasionally and I have been spanked for it. We are still on holiday at the moment. Just. Sadly, that's about to come to an end :( I think my brain must have gone on holiday mode and I wasn't paying attention to some important matters ... like ... um ... bills!
I knew I had to tell Rick. I also knew that I had to text him to let him know when I arrived at my parents. You may recall from this post that to get to my parents involves travelling a notorious piece of road and he worries about me when I drive it on my own. If you recall this post, you may also remember what happened the last time I failed to advise my husband that I had returned safe and sound from my parents.
Once I got to my parents I sent him just a quick text to let him know I was there. A little while later I sent another text checking in and told him about the bill. I also said that I would check the other bills when I got home. We sent text messages back and forth every now and then for the rest of the afternoon and he said nothing about the overdue insurance. I wasn't sure if I was going to be in trouble or not.
When I got home I checked the rest of the bills and guess what I found?
Not only that, I also knew there was another bill due that day that had to be paid. I knew I had to tell him I had found yet another now outstanding bill, and one that was due that day. Sigh! My goose was cooked. I was doomed. My buns were going to be well toasted.
With great trepidation I sent another text telling him I had found yet another overdue bill and that one also needed to be paid that day. I was swiftly told I had better pay them which I immediately did.
What was the outcome of all of this? Ok, what you really want to know is did I get spanked?
He told me he was not at all happy with the second bill, especially on top of the car insurance. He understood that being on holiday probably put me out of step. However, that really is no excuse and that it is my responsibility and I need to pay attention and do better. Oh, he said a bit more than that. I received a full Rick sized lecture. Did I ever tell you he is the king of the lecture? Luckily for me, I did not get spanked. I was given grace.
Phew! That was one close call. I will definitely be paying for attention from now on!