...because I'm an idiot.
I left my purse, including all of my identification, credit cards, flash drive, and cell phone (and Keri Dutton's cellphone) at our very first stop 2 hours down the road on FMT tour! I set most of my stuff down off to a corner in the church, but put my purse underneath the piano by my feet. I set my camera down on top of the piano and remember thinking that it would be really bad to forget my camera at the very first stop. So I know I was very careful to get my camera and other belongings; I even did a "loss prevention" check where all the students were sitting, but I managed to forget my purse. I didn't notice until we got off of the bus at the NEXT place approximately another 2 hours down the road. I guess when you're not driving and don't need to grab your keys out of your purse...
Anyway, I was able to get a hold of the school and had them overnight it back to me in Lafayette from Friday to Saturday. I really didn't need anything in my purse on tour, other than a little bit of money (I had neglected to get cash before leaving anyway so I didn't have any in my purse as it was). But Mrs. Heim was able to bale me out and loan me a few dollars for souvenirs in Grand Haven.
So I should have received my purse on Saturday, but the ONLY hour that no one was home (between 1:30 and 2:30), apparently the mail came, and thus my purse was taken to the post office, which is closed from noon on Saturday until 8 AM on Monday! I did have an emergency fund of cash at home that I had saved from a teacher's bonus, although I had saved a $100 bill for my "emergency fund"--which no fast food restaurant will accept, and all the banks are closed on Sunday so that really didn't do me any good either. (An emergency cash fund is a good idea but you may want to consider stocking it with smaller bills.) Thankfully I was able to go and pick up my purse Monday night around 6:00 at the Post Office (it was back there after being out for delivery). My cell phone actually still had battery life left, and was still on vibrate from when I had turned it off for our first tour performance. The alarm is set for 6:30 AM every weekday, too, so I'm glad that the package wasn't mistaken for a bomb or anything!
I am very glad to have my purse back!