08-16-17 Dinosaur Oatmeal

My day started innocently enough when Big E and Baby E requested dinosaur oatmeal. I’m not sure if you have ever heard of this, but it’s oatmeal with little colored eggs in it, and when you add water and heat the oatmeal the eggs ‘hatch’ into what are supposed to be dinosaurs, but actually are just colored blobs of sugar.

Unfortunately for the boys we haven’t had dinosaur oatmeal in months and months. This led to an early morning meltdown, but I promised to stop at the store if I got the chance to look for some. (We are running low on oatmeal of all varieties anyways.)

As I got out of the house a few minutes early this morning, I stopped at a Dollar General on my way to work in search of dinosaur oatmeal. They didn’t have any, which wasn’t surprising, but I did remember that I needed cat food. I grabbed four cans, and as they were precariously stacked in my hands, I managed to accidentally drop my phone and sent it tumbling to the ground.

Oops!

To my surprise, the screen was not cracked. I picked it up, paid for my cat food, and left. It wasn’t until I was back in my car that I noticed it wasn’t reading the SIM card. I couldn’t make or receive calls or texts. This had me a little worried, but I got to work with no other incidents.

I contacted my phone company, and we went back and forth for the better part of the day. My warranty had expired and I did not have insurance on the phone. I even took the phone to a cellphone repair shop, but they couldn’t help me either. My only hope was to get a new phone. As I looked online I realized the only new phones that worked with my carrier started at $650, which is way, way out of our price range for a phone at the moment.

So I checked Craigslist (cringe), Amazon, and Facebook Marketplace and finally found someone 10 minutes from my house that was selling the same phone I had. I contacted them and arranged to pick it up this evening.

After picking up the phone, I stopped by another store in order to look for the cursed dinosaur oatmeal, still unable to find any. When I got home, the phone wouldn’t let me set it up so I spent some time on tech support and then called the original owner. In the end, Tim took the phone back to the owner, they messed around with it for a bit, and finally got it working. So, to bring this drawn out story to a close, this stupid dinosaur oatmeal is the most expensive breakfast food I have yet to buy my children and I’ll never see a box of it again without thinking of this silly mishap!

 

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