Today (9th January) is officially Alexander’s birthday and I went out shopping so that I could do something special for him.
So I followed a map Alexander made for me to a supermarket. It wasn’t the easiest map to follow, since it didn’t have the small streets named, but I somehow figured out that the line I was meant to follow was a bike path, and it looked in the general direction of which I was going. I blindly followed this strange path between houses, thinking there was no way in hell I was going to find it! To my surprise, I reached the end of the path to a little road and I could see a small supermarket not far away, yay!
My plan was to withdraw money, buy some groceries and I was going to try to make a lasange and also buy some items that are good for Alexander’s lunch to pack into a laptop bag, since Alexander doesn’t look after himself when it comes to food. After this I was going to consider going into Apeldoorn again or at least find somewhere I might be able to buy him something nice.
However, those plans all came to an end when I used the ATM outside the supermarket. It told me that it couldn’t give me the cash and it kept my card!!!! I freaked out and not really knowing what to do I went into the supermarket and asked someone there. They gave me directions to the nearest bank and so I rode the bike there. I explained what happened and they informed me that that ATM is managed by contractors and they come and collect the cards and destroy them and there’s nothing I can do about it!
So I now I had no credit card and no money. It’s not the end of the world, since Alex can help me, but I’m just really disappointed I couldn’t do anything for him today and being hormonal it upset me quite a lot! So feeling quite dejected I rode the bike home and looked online for info on my bank. Since I’m going home Sunday there’s no way a credit card could be issued to me in time, but it turns out that my bank doesn’t replace credit cards overseas anyhow. 🙁
So I waited till Alexander got home. He was pretty tired from our late night and couldn’t believe I’d lost my credit card aswell……so we were both feeling pretty down. He promised me he’d withdraw money for me and we also decided to go out for a special dinner.
So first, we did a quick stop at the supermarket to buy some of the things I was going to try and buy that afternoon. While we were getting our purses, wallets, bags etc to go to the supermarket, I opened my purse and found my credit card safely in my purse!!!!
I feel so stupidly hormonal and pregnant. I have no idea what I’ve done, but my credit card is indeed in my purse. What the hell???!!!
So anyway, this time I DID withdraw cash, from the same ATM. I was so scared to use it, since I was convinced it would take my card, lol. Rational thinking could not stop me from wanting to use a different ATM.
Finally we went out to dinner to a nice Wok Restaurant, a bit like the one we went to with Ben and his family. It was a really nice evening and I ate way too much food, after which when we came home I gave Alex a massage a bit similar to a sports massage to help his sore muscles from pump (we were both a bit achy from the class, although I expect day 2 might be worse).
So what started out a not so nice birthday for Alexander turned out to be a beautiful evening. 😉