Sometimes I get ahead of myself, and I do things without thinking.
Okay.. A lot of times.
This happens way more frequently than it should, actually.
Like sometimes I pour my cereal in the bowl, and then realize that I never buy milk.
Why I even have cereal in the cabinet is a mystery to me.
And sometimes I start driving to a friends house before I even ask them if they're home.
And the other day, I sold my books online before I even had the slightest idea as to what I was getting in to.
I always forget to sell my course books back to the university bookstore. So I decided it was time to try to sell them online.
I know nothing about selling things online. But I figured with the semester already started, the chance of these books selling soon, if ever, is not high.
I figured I would have weeks, maybe even months until I had to call my dad and figure out what I was doing. You know: how I get the money, how I package the books, how I ship them off.. I was clueless to it all.
So I got the books up and went to bed. I woke up the next morning and was just lounging around when I decided to check my e-mail; I had like six e-mails telling me that my books sold; within minutes of me listing them!
I froze. Okay, what's my next step?
And then I saw the special notice, that these books must be sent out within two days of them being sold.
Okay, where do you go to ship things?
So in the rain I'm driving around the city in my giant truck, trying to park, and lugging these heavy books into the FedEx store.
I told the man, "I'm sorry, I have no clue what I'm doing but I need to ship these books." So he gave me some slips, packaged them up, and weighed them. A process that took about 20 minutes.
When we were finally done he told me the price. 96 dollars.
to ship, books?
"Are you joking?" I asked him. He said no. But he really seemed like the kind of guy who would play around. I thought he was about to start laughing and tell me the real price. So I asked again to make sure, "Are you serious?" "Yes. $96.00"
I could feel my face turning red as everyone in the store turned to look at me. "No." I said firmly, shaking my head. "No. I'm sorry, I can't mail these. How in the world can this cost $96.00 to mail; these people are only paying me $3.00 for shipping!"
"Well good luck finding somewhere to ship these for much less." he said as he shoved the books into my arms.
I ran out, in the rain, and just drove. No clue where to go. I called my Dad and he told me the post office would send them.
I don't know why I went to FedEx. I just figured the post office wouldn't be as helpful. Did I mention I didn't know what I was doing?
When I got to the post office, they were just as helpful and like a sixteenth of the price.
But the lady did look at me like I was stupid trying to mail these things packaged in Fed Ex packaging.
So anyway, now I'm just waiting for the money to hit my bank account.
..I hope that's how it works...