Monday, December 08, 2008

I'm thinking it can only get better...

Ever have one of those days where things just start off badly? Yeah, me too.

After being gone last week, I guess I sorta forgot my morning routine and I lazed around in my pjs a bit longer than I should have. I glanced at the clock and let out a little gasp before getting the girls fed and dressed for school.

After John and the kids picked me up at the airport on Saturday, we stopped for dinner and then did a little shopping at Old Navy. They had jeans on sale for $12 and everyone needed a new pair. The girls found some they loved and had to have, but I'm wondering where the love was this morning. They both cried and refused to wear their new jeans (for various reasons) and I ended up yelling at them. Not one of my prouder parenting moments, but I snapped and it wasn't pretty.

A few minutes later my sister called me and told me that my dad is having a hard time being a patient and seems to think he knows more than his doctors do. It's exasperating, and I feel guilty that she's having to deal with this stuff alone this week. I needed to talk to her, but it made me a little late getting out the door. Well, that and the fact that Abbey had to completely change her clothes, and then she forgot to put her coat back on, and then I couldn't find my purse. I finally gave up and jumped in the van without it.

Bad idea. Very bad idea.

I didn't realize I was speeding until I saw the police car turn his lights on and pull behind me.

I was going 10 miles over the speed limit. Busted.

I explained that I didn't have my license because it was in my purse and my purse was hiding in my house. I could tell the policeman wasn't happy with me. I started crying, but the law had no mercy this morning for crying mamas. Thankfully, he only ticketed me for speeding and let the driving without a license part slide. Since this also seems to be true confession time, I should tell you that I pulled my seatbelt on after I stopped. If you're counting, that's THREE offenses. Bad, bad, bad. Don't lecture me, please.

There's probably only one thing that Sarah inherited from me and that's my punctuality. The girl HATES being late. I calmly explained to her that she was going to be tardy today and that I was extremely sorry. I was sorry for myself too because I took them to school wearing my ratty jeans and fleece top. My hair was CRAZY, I hadn't brushed my teeth, I had on no makeup, and because I wasn't expecting to get out of the car, I wasn't wearing any undergarment support if you know what I mean. If your kids are tardy, you have to walk inside and sign them in. Oh, and did I mention that I was still crying? Nice.

I decided it was too early to start drinking anything stronger than Starbucks, so I jumped in the van with the intention of driving (slowly, slowly, slowly) to the nearest one. But then I remembered I didn't have my wallet since I didn't have my purse.

Let's just say it was a tough morning.

At this point, I decided that things could only get better.

They did.

I called John and he was super cool about the ticket. Huge relief. I didn't think he'd be mad, but I hated telling him that "oh, I did something stupid and now I have to pay $$$".

I stuck my hand in the pocket of those ratty jeans and found $. That hardly ever happens to me. Yay! Starbucks money!

I called to make a hair appointment and got one for TOMORROW!!! I normally have to wait several weeks!

Went to the store (drove s-l-o-w-l-y), got everything I needed in record time, and got home before it started snowing.

Now, I'm off to make a big pot of soup for dinner and am ready for everyone to get home and get in their pjs and spend this snowy evening together. Minimal homework would be nice, but I'm not pushing my luck.

34 comments:

Trish said...

Oh man, what a bummer morning!
So sorry.

Hope your evening is fabulous and I'll keep praying for your dad.

Amber said...

So sorry...I had that kind of day yesterday...just plain stinky. I was able to have dinner with my small group so that was a highlight, but other than that...it didn't get better.

Glad yours perked up, though!

Betsy said...

Poor thing! That WAS a bad morning! Don't feel too bad, though. It happens to the best of us. I got 3 speeding tickets in less than 18 months and had to get an attorney to help me so I wouldn't get my license revoked! Now that's embarrassing! In my defense, it always happened when I was driving 4 or more little children in the car, half way turned around dealing with whatever was going on in the backseat at the time I would always get pulled over! No fun!

petrii said...

Oh my stars ~~ now that was a bad morning, really bad. But I'm so glad it got better.

Have a Blessed rest of your week,
Dawn

Joanne (The Simple Wife) said...

Uh, yeah, I've had those days.

So sorry, Meredith--I always get the ticket too--tears don't work for me either!

Joanne

Amy said...

Bless you heart! Here's hoping for a MUCH better Tuesday!!

Amy said...

YOUR heart...Bless YOUR heart!!

Stephanie's Mommy Brain said...

My day's kinda gone along those lines, too. Can't seem to get on top of my housework, had a dr. appt. at 9:30 AM (and took all 4 kids), yelled at my kids and nearly lost my mind over piddily stuff, 5 yr. old pooped in his pants TWICE in one afternoon AND found out I have another basal cell on my forehead that will be removed Jan/Feb.

Can I start this week over?

Moriah @ Please Pass the Salt said...

I'm sorry, was that a day out of my life?!!! Wow. I'm sure it could only get better! I so would've hit up Starbucks after that and that is so hilarious you found money in your jeans. Obviously enough for groceries, too!

It's All Good! said...

Bummer! Of all days to lose your purse. Almost like the "make sure you have on clean underwear...never know when you'll get in an accident" advise. Crazy.
Hopefully it happened in one day and you won't have to have another one like it for a long time past never.
Tomorrow is going to be wonderful!
God bless,
Brenda

Ingram Gang said...

yuck! I have definitely had those days. I try to forget them though. So glad it got better for you!

Jacquie said...

Yikes. Bad morning.

On the lighter side... from one "Curly Girl" to another... wild hair and no makeup or undergarment was probably a "treat" for the policeman this morning!! Looking good!

I've often wondered if a person had time to get that seatbelt on if they just happened to be NOT wearing it.

I hope things with your Dad get better.

Julie said...

Man, what a day!!! I know you are glad it's over and you are sleeping..

I remember once when life was just unbearable and a policeman pulled me over...I was sobbing, I mean sobbing when he came to the car.
I think he gave me a warning....
I was in REALLY bad shape.... I said, life was hard, remember....

Hey question for you. Remember when you couldn't see your picture on your blog and someone told you what to do? On this crazy laptop...(boy I miss my Mac) I must have done something cause I can't see my picture and when I go to post a new post, there is not box to type in or tool bar to add pictures, etc... HELP!!!

Angie said...

So sorry! I hate days like that. I sure hope today is better.

Anonymous said...

Wow. That was a bad morning. Stressed me out reading it. So glad it got better!

Gretchen said...

Sounds like a "Calgon! Take me away!" moment, Mer. I feel you. I was caught at 14 over and slapped with a fine for no insurance (it was on the kitchen counter where it belonged, right?) last Feb on the anniversary of my mom's death. Yeah...$700. Thankfully, the cop told me that I could send in proof of insurance to drop the $450 fine part of the ticket.

Like John, Big was understanding. Thankfully! But it's still such a bummer.

So glad about the Starbucks $ and I'm praying that today is bettah. xxxooo

*carrie* said...

Bless your heart, Mer! Glad there were some moments of relief amidst the stress.

thinking of you . . .

Tiffani said...

What a day, honey! You needed more than Starbucks...like a massage, hot bath, valium--oh I'm kidding!!

Glad the day progressively got better for you!

Amy said...

So sorry for your morning...but yes, the day can only get better! :)

Holly said...

Aw Mer!

Do you need someone to stay with the kids today for your hair appt? Call me, if you do.

Praying for you, friend.

Christi said...

Meredith, I can TOTALLY relate to those kind of days! It's nice to have other people to let you know that it happens to them too. At least you can put a funny slant on the whole thing as you write about it! I'm glad that it got better though! Enjoy the snow! I want some too!

Megan L Hutchings said...

Wow! I think we have all had days like that. I am just thankful that the police man had a little mercy to share ;) and that you had $ for Starbucks!

Rae said...

Meredith, you wrote this post so vividly that I could picture every aspect of your morning! I'm so glad your day got better and found money for Starbucks is a true miracle!

P.S. I'm glad I'm not the only one who has gone out of the house without wearing "support"!

lisa@littlesliceoflife said...

So sorry about the bad day--especially the ticket. I got stopped without my license once--forgot my purse--but had my checkbook which I TRIED to show to the nice officer because it had my license # printed on it but I think he thought I was trying to bribe him! He finally decided I was too much trouble and after I burst into tears he sent my on my merry way. Also, my biggest fear is getting stopped or having a fender-bender while taking the kiddos to school--fleece pajama pants, big pink houseshoes, Wes' too big t-shirt and no "support." Yikes!

Also, Arkadoo misses you guys too! If you ever want to visit, we have an extra room/bathroom you're welcome to!

leigh said...

((((hugs)))) to you. That did sound like a bad morning! I think policemen have a sixth sense when we've forgetten/couldn't find our purses. (That happened to me too.)

Sorry you had such a rough start to the day. I hope you're pajama evening goes much better.

Leigh Ann said...

Oh, Meredith. Bless your sweet heart! I'm so sorry for your morning. Seriously, I think that could be an episode on a sitcom (not that it was funny at the time...I know it wasn't). I'm so glad it got better! I can definitely relate to days like that!

Elizabeth said...

I'm sorry to say, I love speeding ticket stories! I got two on one of our trips to Texas, one each way. It was so humiliating and my family still makes fun of me.

I'm so glad your day got better. Did you make your White Chicken Chili? I made your recipe last week and we all loved it. It's perfect for this cold, rainy weather.

Michele said...

BLESS YOUR HEART!!! When it rains, it really pours, doesn't it? I am glad your day did turn around though. I chuckled when you said you decided it was too early to drink anything stronger than Starbucks. Speeding tickets are the worst. I got a ticket 1/2 mile away from my house for rolling through a stop sign!!! I hope you don't have to experience another day like this one for a very, very long time.

Meredith said...

Oh, what a bad start to the day. My college roommate used to say that if I didn't have bad luck, I'd have no luck at all. Totally sounds like something that would happen to me. So glad the day got better!

Dee Dee said...

Okay, I'm just so glad that someone else has clothes battles with their kids besides me! I have three very opinionated girls when it comes to clothes. I've tried explaining that once the tags are off, it's yours and you WILL wear it!! :-) Glad the day got better, and so glad Starbucks was there for you.

Kellie said...

OH Mer! This post just made me feel sad for you! I'm glad that day is over!

Ali said...

What a crazy morning you had! My 2 year old little girl just started having serious opinions on clothes...it is frustrating and slows me down. Here's hoping the evening was slow and easy on you! Really sorry about the ticket!

~ Ali

His Girl said...

even though I already knew the story, I still winced and "oh no!"'d my whole way through this post.

well written... sorry your day was massively wrong :)

carpoolqueen said...

Okay, seriously - did not read your blog before I posted the ticket-free miles comment on my Facebook status! No wonder you thought I was mocking you.... I'm just now getting caught up.