You know, you’d think I’d learn to keep things stocked up. How many times have I written a blog post about keeping your pantry fully stocked? Yet, once again, I didn’t do it. I could bring out a ton of excuses, all of which would be true, but that won’t change the fact that I didn’t do it, and now we need it.
It started yesterday. I went an hour north of me to look at possible Jacob Sheep prospects. We discovered we need to buy them here and take them with us. I found two ewes I liked, but was encouraged to think about it before making a decision. I took the advice and went home to think about it. I was supposed to go buy a few things that our pantry needed, but the trip took an hour longer than I expected, and I needed to get home to let the dogs out before they created Yellow Lake in the house.
As I pulled in the driveway, my body started revolting. Moving was beginning to hurt and I knew I’d overdone it between yesterday and the prior days which I haven’t written about yet. My gas tank was at 1/4th (I try to never let it sit below 1/2), and I thought I’d just run in, let the dogs out, feed them, then go get gas. In the end, I started to feel worse, so I decided to wait.
I had already signed up for the Clinical Herbalist course, so after dinner I sat and tallied up all the textbooks I would need. Dear Lord, why are textbooks so expensive?! For three years worth of schooling, I was going to need about $1000 of textbooks. Obviously, not all at the same time. The first four I need total about $400. I decided to order them later in the morning while mentally kissing the state income tax good-bye.
Later that night, I checked my email and discovered three emails from our bank; all approving the requested changes. There was one problem: I handle the finances, and I never requested any changes. Bringing our account up online showed several high purchases ranging from $480 – $1500 each — from Miami, Florida. That’s across the country from us. Panic set it. This was our most recent paycheck and both income tax returns. We were cleaned out.
A frantic call to the bank later (Thank you, 24 hour service!), DH’s checkcard, which is the number that was used, was shut down. They put a notice on our account, issued him a new card to be sent to this address, and told us the next steps to take. We would get our money back in 10-14 days – maybe. It would depend on how long the process took. This morning I received an email saying that his card pin was changed at 6 pm yesterday, which is before all of the other emails were sent to me.
In order for them to have done everything they did through our very picky military bank, they had to know DH’s full name, SS#, current address, date of birth, etc. The only way they could’ve gotten this information is from the government. He was military, and is now a DoD employee. The government date base was hacked last year and thousands had their information stolen. They did offer free credit report monitoring, and we are signed up for that.
So now I can’t get my books to start my course, go grocery shopping, get gas, buy dog food, thankfully I have hay, but nothing else — for two weeks. If I had stayed on the “keep a full supply” path, this wouldn’t be much of an issue just more of an annoyance. But I didn’t. Now it’s an issue, and we are in trouble.