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I Don’t Sleep I Just Dream of 1 Thing

Thursday is a great day to do that 1 thing you don’t want to do but also don’t want to continue thinking about doing. 

Today I’m going to pay my health insurance. I’m going to login in the website and just pay that thing and be done with it. That’s it. That’s all. No great dramatics. AND YOU?????


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Dancercise (#94)

I’m going to write some cards to people that I’ve needed to write for 3 weeks. I even brought them to work to do on my lunch break because I am never in the mood to do it at night before bed.

thegirlieshow (#5,285)

Got my jury duty issue from last week’s 1 thing worked out, hooray.

andnowlights (#2,902)

I already did my one thing! I really needed to put all my doctor appointments and events happening in March on my calendar because for some reason it’s INSANELY busy all of a sudden. Did it first thing when I came in to work (most of it was work related/needed to tell my boss when I would be out for my appointments).

Done and done!

I also went to Walgreens at 2 AM last night and got 9v batteries because my smoke detector would not SHUT UP (it’s also wired in the electrical system in my building, so I couldn’t just take the battery out). That was unplanned and unwelcomed, though.

LookUponMyWorks (#2,616)

@andnowlights oh man. A 2 AM wake up call from your smoke detector is no fun!

moreadventurous (#4,956)

Well, this is embarrassing, but I bought a card to send to my friend living in Spain for Valentine’s Day… I’m going to write that little note and mail it today. For real. But really. Yes.

I am also going to watch the rest of True Detective, which I started last night. I blame (THANK) you, Logan.

Blackbird (#2,196)

I’m going to fill out the paperwork I’ll need for my doctor’s appointment tomorrow. The same paperwork I’ve had for two weeks now.

jfruh (#161)

My 1 Thing is actually something that wasn’t in my control but it came together today. My mother (who hates buying things online) wanted to get my stepfather a record player turntable for Christmas last year, and I ordered it for her from Amazon (with my credit card, on the understanding she would pay me back). I live in Baltimore and had it shipped to their house in Buffalo. He decided he didn’t really want a turntable, so we returned it — I was in Buffalo for this part, so I printed out all the return slip info and boxed it up, and then he took it to the UPS Store in Buffalo to ship back. This was, as you might imagine, in late December. I didn’t bother having my mom write me the check because I figured I’d just get the refund on my credit card once it all got sorted out.

Well! The third-party reseller from whom I bought the record player (Amazon was only the intermediary, it turned out) claimed they’d never received it, despite the fact that UPS’s records showed it being delivered and signed for at their warehouse address, and basically told me it was UPS’s problem to solve, not theirs. They were frankly pretty rude about it. So began a long, desultory process by which UPS launched an “investigation” which as near as I could tell involved trying to call the warehouse and not getting any answer; after several weeks, during which I would intermittently call UPS’s national number to check on the status, they eventually told me that the people I should *actually* be talking to were the ones at the UPS Store in Buffalo from which we shipped the package. Those people actually turned out to be super nice, and they eventually reported that UPS had decided to just pay me for the cost of the turntable, which was fine, except that (a) UPS HQ would only send the check to that UPS Store, and (b) they would only make the check to my stepfather, since he’s the one who brought it there to be shipped. This news got to me a week and a half ago, and I just moments ago got a call saying that the check is there for my stepfather to pick up, which is great because my parents are actually leaving Saturday to go spend a month in Florida, and I’d worry they’d miss it. My mom, who was increasingly mortified by the whole thing, finally wrote a check to me and put it in the mail this week (I kept telling her not to, because I was expecting to get recompensated myself eventually). This has not made her any more likely to order things online, despite my repeated reassurances that this is by far the worst online ordering experience I’ve ever had.

So honestly I guess really my 1 thing, once I have it double-confirmed that the check is in my stepfather’s hands, is going to be leaving some shitty feedback for this reseller on Amazon.

lemonadefish (#3,296)

I’m going to call my credit card and see if hey will take off the $25 fee for paying one day late. :(

thegirlieshow (#5,285)

@lemonadefish Good luck. Escalate!

Beaks (#3,488)

@lemonadefish Just called mine yesterday to do the same thing! (It turns out that you really do have to press the confirm button when you submit a payment D:).

They were very nice about it and it took basically no time at all- just “oh, you’ve paid on time for the last 12 months, yep, you’re eligible.”

I’m glad I’m not the only one, though…

echolikebells (#3,272)

I have to go meet a new therapist, so that is my one thing. It’s probably almost the only thing I’ll do all day, that shit is DRAINING.

ThatJenn (#916)

I emailed my tenant to say she has to pay me her March rent by March 15 even if her financial aid doesn’t come through after all (which it might not). I didn’t feel great about it, but I just realize I need to put things in writing and give actual deadlines or there’s a chance I’ll end up paying to house a third person. (I also kind of think she was just not going to tell me that her aid hadn’t come through and hope that I didn’t notice she didn’t pay rent, maybe, and that makes me feel icky. She did that in September and only brought it up a week or two into the month in a breezy “I’ll get you money when I can!” way.)

I really didn’t want to have to do that.

Stina (#686)

@ThatJenn But you did have to do that. And you were right to do it.

ThatJenn (#916)

@Stina True! And your comment made me feel a lot better about it, so thank you.

She was a friend before she was a tenant (she was close with my ex-husband when he and I bought this place), but ultimately it’s a business relationship. It’s just hard to tease apart my sympathy for my friend from my need to keep the business relationship going smoothly.

Allison (#4,509)

@ThatJenn and rent should be her #1 priority.

Lily (#3,106)

I have so many one things today:
*Do taxes
*Set up online login for credit card info
*Write a thank you note

But the biggest 1 thing that’s already been accomplished: we have a wedding reception venue and a date! Phew. For a wedding that is suddenly in seven months.

Lily (#3,106)

@Lily Replying to myself because I remembered other 1 things to do:
*Pay a parking ticket
*Make an appointment for a haircut.

Such a productive day ahead.

Stina (#686)

I hopefully will submit a bill to a 3rd party insurance today.

Caitlin with a C (#3,578)

I need to go to the gym. I sort of fell off the gym wagon when I got sick a few weeks ago and then got busy at work, but now it has been too long.

LookUponMyWorks (#2,616)

Not sleep ’til 403b contributions are set up!

LookUponMyWorks (#2,616)

@LookUponMyWorks and then I shall watch “Scandal”!!!!

annpan (#3,219)

One thing DONE: renewed the tabs for my car with the money I got from my tax return! (jeez – the utterance of such a grown-up statement is unprecedented in my life heretofore)

Marille (#5,933)

My one thing: take the other bolt out of my oven so I can go to Home Depot and get a second one for the other side, so that I don’t have to deal with the front of the oven door coming off every time I have to open it. I really need to get it done; it’s been bothering me for weeks now, and I just haven’t bothered (to be fair, neither have my roommates, but they barely remember that the trash needs to be taken out, so this is miles beyond them).

Beaks (#3,488)

@Marille Second option- look up model number of oven on the internet, see if that bolt can be purchased as a replacement part, have it shipped to your house. Possibly easier than Home Depot depending on your transit options/ location.

DebtOrAlive (#5,233)

1 Thing always leads to 1 More Thing.

So. 2 weeks ago my 1 Thing was to clear my floordrobe and find my W2. (Of course, it should also have been to do my taxes.)

Then. 1 week ago my 1 Thing was to send the admissions committee an update/plzlemmein letter. (Of course, this 1 Think was done on a Friday, and not on Thursday.)

Now. Today my 1 Thing is to call my old job to get my W2 sent as I still don’t have it and need it to file taxes so I can do the FAFSA for the school that has since LET. ME. IN.

Let’s do this.

Allison (#4,509)

@DebtOrAlive FAFSA is due on Tuesday right? Or can you just do the estimator/update thing?

DebtOrAlive (#5,233)

@Allison My earliest deadline is March 21st (and yes I checked this), so I have so time. And if push comes to shove, I can just do the estimator + update.


Allison (#4,509)

@DebtOrAlive yay? good luck!

aetataureate (#1,310)

My 1 thing is to take a math test later, but I also finally received the last form I need in order to do my taxes! 2 x 1 thing.

RiffRandell (#4,774)

My things are to, after months of procrastination, nail my broken table back together. Today is the day! Also, I need to write an email to my landlady explaining why I owe her $177 in extra heating bills and not the outrageous $450 she claims (I saw the $800 bill she was taking about…it was for $577). Can’t wait to see how that plays out!

LookUponMyWorks (#2,616)

@RiffRandell oh lord. Good luck!

RiffRandell (#4,774)

@LookUponMyWorks Thanks…she also pointed out that she doesn’t charge for my $180 internet bill! Well that’s part of a bundle. $35 is for internet and the rest is for their TV and their phone. NOT MINE.

calamity (#2,577)

My 1 thing is to call Sephora’s customer assistance hotline, because it was my birthday a few weeks ago and as a member of their “you have spent an exorbitant amount of money here in the past calendar year” club, I get a birthday gift. (Actually, I think you get a birthday gift just for signing up, but whatever.) It’s supposed to show up automatically in my cart when I go to checkout at any point during the month of February, but it isn’t there! I sent them an email yesterday, and they said I need to call them (which is what they said on the website, but I wanted to get around it because, ew, phone conversations).

So … now I am off to make a phone call to customer service so that I can get my free gift. I don’t even know what it is this year, but I know that I WANT IT.

joyballz (#2,000)

@calamity http://community.sephora.com/t5/Beauty-Insider/2014-Sephora-Birthday-gift/m-p/878517

Make Up For Ever! My birthday is in December and I missed 2013′s gift, but now I’m excited for this small surprise come December 2014.

boogers mcgee (#4,474)

This has helped me get so many things done! Which is weird because there is no accountability. Mysteries.

My one thing for today is to make sure I actually did get my W2 in the mail, and then my other thing for this weekend is to finally do my taxes. No clue if I’ll get a refund or have to pay, it’s always a toss-up and I am very curious as to how my company calculates withholding on my paychecks.

Oh, I should probably also update my resume with this new financial system I just learned.

ThatJenn (#916)

OHHHH MAN I just finished the first draft of the thing I keep wanting to make my Work 1 Thing (since July!) but keep not listing because I knew I couldn’t actually finish a draft that day. My impending performance review was a serious motivator. Now the work has barely begun but at least there’s SOMEthing I can point to now.

Beaks (#3,488)

One thing: find an eyedoctor and/ or dentist, make an appointment with said professional.

There are many other things, but I’m out of contacts and my prescription’s expired, so this is the top One Thing.

la_di_da (#1,425)

I need to figure out how to do quarterly taxes. The Billfold has sufficiently scared the crap out of me about this. I got a buyout for my old apartment (which falls in the same category of “freelance work” I think). I also have a full time job, which probably doesn’t affect the amount I have to pay? Somebody tell me how much in taxes I owe now and how to calculate it and then I have to figure out how to split the taxes with my roommate (who got half, but wasn’t on the 1040). Ugh.

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