…for some reason at 3:07 in the morning i wake up. no alarms on the pump, no nothing. so i decide i want to see what’s going on and the pump refuses to give me a backlight and i have to get out of bed to turn on a light to see what’s going on.
the pump tells me i need to replace the battery now. that’s fine, i’ve got a spare, but i have to wonder to myself, why wasn’t there an alarm (chances are there was, and I slept through it, and because the battery was low, i only got 1 alarm instead of the incessant annoying array of alarms; the majority of which i sleep through anyways).
do you have any clue how hard it is to find a quarter at this hour of the morning when your brain is screaming “GET YOUR ASS BACK IN THAT BED!!!”? it’s difficult and frustrating (nevermind that my change is always in the same place and that all i had to do was go to the paint can with all the change in it)
when i finally get around to putting the new battery into my pump, i get nothing, blank screen, i wait a moment, and another moment, and yet another moment, still nothing. i take the battery out to make sure i put it in right, rinse and repeat…waiting waiting waiting, still, nothing
at this point I’m forced to wander out to the kitchen, where in the fridge is my parent’s battery store, i have to cross my fingers and hope there’s some triple a’s in the bag. I find 4. I take them all and wander back to my room. I know that they have all been used in some capacity because the only pack of new batteries was the one in which I pulled the last battery out of when I began this process. These 4 were all free floating in a bag with AA, C, D, even some small camera battery. At this point, I’d take what I could get, I just wanted to go to sleep.
I put the first one in…I get nothing…at this point, and it’s early in the game, i’m getting very pissed off. I put the old battery in. of course i get an error about how the battery is no good “failed batt test” it says. all the while, I’m inadvertently giving the batteries from the fridge a moment to warm up (because did you know that we’re not supposed to put cold batteries into our pumps, no they have to be room temperature, not that the pump will tell you that, but if you read the manual it’s one of the warnings you see).
I go back to the batteries from the fridge and try them again, 1 by 1, 4 times, do you think any of them worked. no, they’re stupid. and me with my bullheadedness says, to hell with it all, i’m going back to bed