Who went and made it Thursday AND November already? At this speed I will be 80 years old in two weeks. The world just needs to slow down and let me catch up.

Here is my contribution this week. We seemed to remember all the really important things when we were evacuated. Then we spent a several days unable to go home and we found:

Thirteen Things We Forgot To Take During The Evacuation

  1. Toothbrushes. Although some of us remember, many forgot. They all got all their medications and their dogs medications, but we had to go buy a bunch of toothbrushes.

  2. Hair brush. Only one of those came with us and only because it was already in somebody’s purse.

  3. Blow dryer. Doesn’t sound like something you need in an emergency? Well, if you can’t go home for 4-5 days and you have curly, crazy hair like mine then no matter how many showers you take you are going to look like a crazy evacuee. Which I did, for 5 days.

  4. Little dogs leashes. Since the little dogs travel in crates, we loaded them up first thing. The big dog was put on her leash and loaded up. No issue unless you end up staying in a strange place: then you really need a leash. Yet another purchase.

  5. Shoes. If you are 2 1/2 years old and your parents are freaking out because A) Its 4am and B) There is a fire headed towards you, chances are that your parents will remember your very important seizure medication but forget your shoes since you are in footed pajamas.

  6. Shampoo. Seriously, who thinks to evac shampoo? No one. Purchased.

  7. Dog food/water dish. Some of us remembered, but Cousin It discovered that unused ashtrays make great dishes for Miniature Pinchers

  8. The dogs’ bed. When we are stressed, our pets are stressed. They need comfort just like us. I probably didn’t have room in the car for their big bed, but it sure would have made them feel better. I did get an extra blanket from housekeeping, but it just wasn’t the same.

  9. Conditioner. This sort of goes along with #6, but is different in the way that is was more of a ‘comfort’ issue than a need. Let’s just say that if you are 16 years old, female and a stressed out evacuee rooming with a bunch of other stressed out evacuee…conditioner can become the most important issue on the face of the planet.

  10. Litter box. Its all fine and dandy that you remembered the cat (although you had to be reminded), the cat food and the cat litter….but where were we supposed to put the litter? Off to Target again.

  11. Cash. We are a debit card kind of family. And we actually ran across some gas stations that were “temporarily” only accepting cash. Personally, I think they were crooks, but what do I know? We took our business elsewhere.

  12. Toddler toys. You people just try and entertain a little kid with just your goofy face for days. Jumping on the motel bed only lasts so long.

  13. Xbox adapter. This is very much like #9 except it applies to bored, stressed out 21 year old son who evacuated his dog and his Xbox 360, in that order. To have the games and the TV and not use them?Pffft. Target you love us.

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