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Vacation can make you forgetful

July 18. 2013 2:48PM
I had one of those “true” blonde days last week.

While I did have a hide-the-grey appointment last week, which ironically included blonde highlights, coming off a six-day vacation break, my mind, it appears, wasn’t ready to return to the office.

To start things off, I forgot the Brandon Community Foundation had moved its monthly meetings from the second Tuesday of the month to the second Wednesday. Thinking ahead, before I went on vacation, I forwarded board president Gary Maassen a few updates and an explanation that I’d be absent from the meeting. But a stop by the local high school and quick chat with Randy Marso Wednesday morning made me quickly realize – and Randy, too – that we had lunch plans that day.

Later that day, I showed up 30 minutes late for my hair appointment.

And I have no one to blame except the “blonde” in me. Although I had written 3 p.m. on my calendar a month earlier, from the moment I awoke that day, 3:30 p.m. was the time instilled in my brain. Fortunately, I was the last appointment of the day for my stylist.

While sitting under the dryer with strands of my hair pulled through a color cap, a text came in from Monica at the Chamber office, inquiring if the public relations-membership committee meeting was still on for the next morning. She said local attorney Roger Hunt, a member of the committee, had stopped by wondering if the meeting was still on, as he hadn’t received the meeting agenda as usual.

“Ah, crap,” I muttered to myself, while held hostage under a dryer with my head wrapped in a plastic bag.

So once the color was set and my hair cut and styled, I headed back to the office to put a quick agenda together. In my email, I, first, of course, apologized for my lateness but hoped committee members may still get it in time. At that point, I could only hope that I wouldn’t be the lone committee member at the meeting.

Just when I thought my “blonde moments” day was behind, it carried over to the next as well. Upon arriving at the Chamber office, my committee peers informed me that I had forgotten to attach the agenda.

And that’s when it hit me. Next time I take some days off from work, I may want to pencil in a little time for some retraining.
Community organization needs
This week’s needs at the Brandon Area Food Pantry are Pasta Sides (noodles only), pizza sauce, jam and/or jelly, boxed pasta (i.e. rotini, penne, elbow macaroni), paper plates, napkins, paper towels and Kleenex. Before donating, please check the expiration date, as expired food items cannot be distributed. Monetary donations are always appreciated.

The BAFP is located at 406 Main Ave., and is open from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. To donate to the food pantry or for more information, call 582-7001.

The Brandon Lions Club also wants your aluminum cans. Proceeds from the sale of aluminum funds requests to the Club for vision and hearing impairment needs.

The Lions Club collection shed is located in the Sunshine Foods parking lot.

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