Friday, January 02, 2009

The Trouble With Being Proactive

About 30 minutes ago, I had a realization coupled with a brief flash of panic: My classes start on January 7th and I haven't ordered my textbooks yet. EGAD! I did the same thing in August for my fall semester classes - totally spaced that I have to have actual books, and that these books don't appear on my coffee table as if by magic, and that I must go in search of the books IMMEDIATELY or start off the semester as "that girl" who isn't prepared for class, which really isn't that big of a deal (unless you're crazy like me and require the undying love and approval of everyone on earth, especially the people who determine my grades).

So just now, I logged onto a series of elaborate websites associated with my university and it's bookstore and their web order company (of course I had to reset my password because I couldn't possibly be expected to remember something I set up 5 months ago and only used once), I searched my spring courses for which texts I needed (of course none of them were available used, of course they weren't), I swallowed the giant lump in my throat (cheapness) and clicked "purchase".

Then I checked my yahoo email account and saw this offer from Barnes & Noble:

Of course. It's just like me to get free shipping offers immediately after paying shipping. I'd hate to break stride on this point, I'd really rather continue on missing opportunities to save money on items I'd rather not pay for in the first place. I find comfort in routines.