However much I try to stay on top of my life, invariably there’s something that I’m procrastinating.
Luckily the things that I procrastinate tend to be more along the lines of thank you notes and scrubbing out the bathtub rather than work commitments and everyone’s doctor’s appointments.
I am a grown up after all.
However, I recently procrastinated and screwed up big time. A big screw up. A kick myself from here to Timbuktu screw up. A have to confess it on the blog screw up.
Here, let me explain.
Remember my son’s 17th birthday? You know, the one where I made him a manga chair? The one in October?!
Yeah, that one.
His birthday gift was not just the chair, but also a student copy of Photoshop/Illustrator. The cost was $350, so various family members chipped in towards the gift. Unfortunately the Portland State University bookstore was out of the Macintosh version, so I told my son about his gift and got on with my life.
For five-and-a-half months!
I meant to go back and buy the damned program, but parking in the university district is a pain in the tuchus, and somehow I just never got around to it. To say my son was annoyed would be an understatement, and he probably brought up his invisible gift at least once a week.
Cue guilty mother feelings.
However, I was out and about last week and realized that I had time to stop into the university bookstore and just buy the program already. I scored a 15 minute parking spot, and was feeling rather on top of my life. (I even found a dime in the parking kiosk coin return!) I ran into the store and danced a happy dance to see that all Photoshop/Illustrators were in stock.
Then I noticed the price of the newly updated program.
There was no turning back. My family had chipped in for this gift, and my son was already halfway through his year-long graphic design class. I put on my financial blinders and forked over my debit card.
I could have tried to find the previous version on eBay or Craigslist, but the time for shopping around had come and gone.
And the $100 lesson here? Stop procrastinating already!
Maybe I’m not a grown up after all. Perhaps I can console myself with the knowledge that I am a cautionary tale. Yeah, that’s it. I’m not an idiot, I’m a useful and educational tool for the internet community.
Have you ever procrastinated something to the point where there was a financial penalty? Please share your stories in the comments section below.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”