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Ever Have One of those Days?

December 7, 2009

This day started out so promising. I woke up early, and refreshed (which never happens), so I grabbed a cup of coffee and decided to jump on the computer before anyone else was awake. I woke at 5am so I had another hour and a half before anyone else was likely to stir.

I stopped at a few websites and in my visits I stopped over at Daisy’s blog and she had a riddle. I guessed the correct answer and thought to myself this is a good sign for the rest of the day.

I’ll take where ever I can get ’em.

Eventually the kids woke up, ate breakfast and started to head off to school. The boy wanted to use my car since he had a robotics meeting after school. He likes my car better than the truck that he is supposed to be driving. The truck has had some problems lately and it was low, very low, on gas. So I said he could take my car and I would use the truck.

It was very cold this morning so instead of walking the girls to school I was going to drive them. I needed to stop at the post office to get some boxes so I could send out my holiday treat samples to everyone.

Because we were driving to school we didn’t need to leave until a few minutes before the bell rang. Daughter had been up and wanted to play outside with Stanley which seemed fine to me since that way she would already be dressed in snow pants, hat, mittens and coat. I could just grab her on the way out.

As I am walking out to the car I realize I can’t find my key to the truck. I couldn’t find the key because I had left it in my car. The car my son had at school.

The bell was going to ring in three minutes.

I quickly called my neighbor to ask if I could borrow her car to take the kids to school and to also go and grab my keys out of the car that my son had. No problem she said. I have the most wonderful neighbors in the world.

I drop off the kids and head up to the boy’s high school. Only seniors can park in the lot, everyone else has to park on the street. My son goes to a rather large public school which sits on the edge of a golf course.

Where the hell was my car?

I thought I could text him to ask where he had parked but I wasn’t driving my car and didn’t want to risk getting in an accident. I drove around the school and the golf course looking for it.

Eventually I found it and grabbed the key. I hurried back to the house to drop off the neighbors car and stopped in my own house to grab my purse which I had forgotten earlier.

I was greeted by a very guilty looking Stanley.

The daughter had left her Advent Calender, which happened  have a chocolate candy in each window, on the coffee table.

Stanley ripped the calender to shreds to get at the candy.

I often wonder what kind of anxiety dogs have when they are left with the remains of whatever it is they have chewed and their master hasn’t arrived home yet.

Do they just sit there looking at the mess, the evidence, and think to themselves:

“Well, I’ve done it this time. She is going to be mad at me. Too bad I don’t have thumbs or I’d clean it up and she’d never have to know about it. Why didn’t I think about that before I ate the candy? Now I’m busted and there isn’t a thing I can do about it but sit here and look pathetic.”

(I know dogs aren’t supposed to have chocolate)

So I cleaned up the mess. Told Stanley he was bad but he had already forgotten what he had done.

I then grabbed my coat and headed out the door to go to the post office.

The truck wouldn’t start.

I just had it fixed last week. Some battery problem that they said was taken care of with a new connection doo-hicky-thingie.

I got the charger out of the garage and hooked it up to the car. Something I had been doing for the last several months due the doo-hicky-thingie problem.

I wasn’t paying attention and hooked the battery up wrong.

Black on red and red on black.

Way Wrong.

Luckily the truck did not start on fire or explode. I switched the connections and let it sit there for a half hour. It fired right up but now the light doesn’t work under the hood. It’s probably the bulb.

I go to the post office to pick up the boxes. The first post office doesn’t have any. The second post office only has two. The third one has four which was just what I needed.

It’s 11am now and so far I haven’t gotten a damn thing accomplished.

I go home to start packing up the sample boxes. I hadn’t noticed before I went to the post office that on the six boxes I did have my daughter had drawn all over.

At this point I don’t care. They are getting used.

I have no packaging material I realize so I use zip loc bags and paper napkins. Nothing Christmasy or holiday themed. I did manage to find some Christmas cards though none had envelopes anymore because daughter liked the color of them and used them to write letters to the reindeer.

I need a Sharpie to write the addresses of everyone. Regular pens never work on boxes and markers always smear. I usually have a dozen or more Sharpies around but not today.

I found one, under my daughter’s bed. Luckily a black one but the tip had been smushed to where it was no longer sharp. The packages weren’t large enough to use such a large tipped pen but I used it anyway. The only other alternative was to use a yellow Sharpie and the post man would not like that.

So, I have sent out all the sample holiday treat packs. The packaging stinks and the cookies will probably break during their journey.

I don’t care anymore.

What was I thinking? I have thumbs, this should not be happening.

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  • Reply Lee the Hot Flash Queen December 7, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Yikes! Isn’t it always when we think it starts out great it turns out crappy?? That’s why I like to start my days off on the wrong side of the bed hoping when I get in later it will be the right side!
    .-= Lee the Hot Flash Queen´s last blog ..Eau de Hot Flash =-.

  • Reply Katherine December 7, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    I laughed outloud by the “I have thumbs” part!! I am SO SORRY… Yes, I have had days like that. It gets to the point where you have to laugh. And write a blog post about it. LOL You know, we have that EXACT advent calendar and my daughter has left it on the floor. I’ve told her to keep it out of reach of the dog for that same reason – I can just see our dog going for the gold. At least the chocolates are small!

    SO glad you didn’t blow up. SO glad you got the boxes out, although it will be quite obvious Martha Stewart didn’t pack them ha ha!!! I’m sure they will all be fine – to me they will be even BETTER with the story attached to them.

    Hang tight, the day is almost over. Hold on to those thumbs – they will come in handy somewhere!

  • Reply Junk Drawer Kathy December 7, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    I guess even Daisy couldn’t save you from a day like today. Hey, it was Monday. Let’s just say you got all the crap out of the way for the week and Tues-Friday will be AWESOMELY EASY. I pray, anyway.
    .-= Junk Drawer Kathy´s last blog ..Any Chicago Area Cat People in the House? =-.

  • Reply Jennifer December 7, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    Hi Jen! Thanks for stopping by my blog for a visit! The doggie pj’s I bought off ebay, a lady was making them but you sent her the measurements of your dog and they are made to fit your dog. I don’t know if she is still on ebay or not, these were bought a few years back, I had ordered 2 pair for my one dog but then we got another dog and he is just about the same size. It was nice meeting you!! Hugs, Jennifer

  • Reply Stephanie December 7, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    Wow what a day!!! Crazy!

  • Reply Dorothy Stahlnecker December 7, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    wow I got tired reading about your day made mine seem simple.

    Dorothy from grammology

  • Reply Surfie December 7, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    I think you did quite well, considering! And you were quite resourceful, so you should be proud of yourself. My dogs are Chihuahas, and they can get into ANY package if they want. I had a box of fancy Belgian chocolates that I received as a gift that they got into. I had the box on the table, but they found a way to get onto the table and knock the chocolates off. The box was thick, stiff cardboard type stuff, and covered in thick velvet. I could barely get the lid off myself! Since my girls apparently had the same problem, they just chewed through the side! Vicious little bee-yotches. I was so mad! And don’t even get me started on The Rolo Incident.

    Here’s to a Terrific Tuesday! It’s got to be better than today was. 🙂
    .-= Surfie´s last blog ..Mellow Yellow Monday =-.

  • Reply Jen December 7, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    Lee, I might have to give it a try. My day wasn’t that bad, my attitude was still good, but everything seemed to be working against me. I suppose it could be worse however, I could be having hot flashes too.

    Katherine: When the daughter got home from school and she found out what happened she started crying and got mad, at who I am not sure. I mentioned that maybe, just maybe, if she had put it where it belonged it might not have happened. It was a good lesson. Stanley has never been a chewer and I am surprised he found the courage to actually chew something up even if it was food. I didn’t think he had the cajones (actually I know he doesn’t because I had them removed). Anyway, because he has never been a chewing dog we have become lax in our picking up of toys. When I say we I mean the daughter. Maybe she learned a lesson?

    Kathy:It wasn’t that bad really but it just seemed to keep coming. Luckily things have not been nearly as bad as they were last year at this time. Remember the washer, dryer, dishwasher, furnace, and whatever else all failing right around Christmas? I do. This season has been much better at least where my appliances are concerned. Now if I could get rid of those damn Kay Jewelry commercial from now until after Valentines day I would on top of the world.

    Jennifer: Thanks for letting me know about them. They are awfully cute in them. Thanks for stopping by, I love meeting new Jennifers.

    Stephanie: This isn’t crazy, just a pain. Crazy will start happening in about a week and a half when I start my Christmas shopping.

    Dorothy: I’m sorry it was so long. It seems my posts have been getting longer lately, thanks for sticking with me and reading the whole thing, and commenting too. Tomorrow will be a much better day I am sure.

    Surfie: You have some industrious dogs there. I don’t know how he got into it. He is truly the dumbest dog in the world. Unless it’s been a ruse these past 6 years to make us think he is dumb. Maybe he is really smart and has been faking it the whole time. No, if he were smart he would have cleaned up his mess.

  • Reply Lola December 7, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    All I have to say is at least you didn’t get pulled over in the neighbor’s car without your purse. That would have been the kicker, huh? (Saturday I got pulled over with my son in the car. He just about wet himself. I talked myself out of a ticket for the first time in my life. Woo hoo!)

    I missed your holiday treats request for reviewers. I suck as a blog pally.

  • Reply Lola December 7, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Yay! I just re-subscribed and Google friend now is linking to your new blog. Now I won’t miss a thing!
    .-= Lola´s last blog ..Saving The Holidays – Be One of Santa’s Elves =-.

  • Reply ellen abbott December 7, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    Thumbs. Funny. I know what you mean.

    Thanks for visiting my blog today.

  • Reply Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) December 7, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    Ohhhhh man! That really was ‘a day’, wasn’t it? Here’s hoping tomorrow is much better… 😉

  • Reply Jen December 8, 2009 at 6:55 am

    Lola, That would have been the kicker except I did have my license with me. I’ve gotten to the point where I just tuck my license in my coat pocket so I don’t need a purse. It prevents me from leaving it places and then the inevitable panic that follows. I’m glad you put me back in your reader, cuz I kinda missed you.

    Ellen: Thank you for stopping by. You have some amazing pieces on your blog. I wish I had that kind of talent.

    Stacy: I’m sure today will be much better. It’s Tuesday what can possibly go wrong? Thanks for stopping by.

  • Reply Pricilla December 8, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    Did Stanley poop silver foil? THAT’s what I want to know….

    You can go to usps.com and order up a whole slew of boxes for free. They will deliver ’em right to your door.

  • Reply Jenn December 8, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    I thought you were going to say the truck was out of gas! I kept waiting for you to say the truck was out of gas!

    I bet your cookies will kick ass even if they break. And what doggie pJ’s are you talking about? I have dogs and love funny photos.

  • Reply MikeWJ at TooManyMornings December 11, 2009 at 1:14 am

    Everybody I know seems to be having trouble over the holidays. I’m sorry. And don’t worry about the cookies. Sweet crumbs in drawn-on, poorly packed boxes are better than no crumbs at all. Much better. 🙂
    .-= MikeWJ at TooManyMornings´s last blog ..Guns Are 2009’s Hot Christmas Gift, But Ammo’s As Scarce As Zhu Zhu Pets =-.

  • Reply Anne December 11, 2009 at 5:45 am

    I hate days when everything seems to take longer than it should. I hope the rest of the week turned out better.

  • Reply Katherine December 17, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Jen, you won’t believe this. My son just called and said he was worried about the dog BECAUSE SHE GOT INTO THE ADVENT CALENDAR AND ATE ALL THE CHOCOLATE!!! DOH!!!!! I figure there were only eight days left, he said some were still remaining and also we found some of those days were empty to begin with… I’m sure she is fine, but I had to laugh, remembering this post!
    .-= Katherine´s last blog ..How Many Of You Tweeps Tweet? =-.

  • Reply Joy @ packaging gift boxes December 29, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    hmm-mmm I always get to the chocolate before the dog does…he’s got NO chance!! And where there’s chocolate there’s a fun day … gets me through anything
    .-= Joy @ packaging gift boxes´s last blog ..10 Best Seller Gifts for Christmas =-.

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