Oct 28, 2008

Alexis and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

"I went to sleep with gum in my mouth and now there's gum in my hair and when I got out of bed this morning I tripped on the skateboard and by mistake I dropped my sweater in the sink while the water was running and I could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day."  Wait no that was Alexander's story.  This one is supposed to be mine!

I went to bed and it was cold and when I woke up it was colder.  It was so cold that when I got out of shower I could have sworn I saw icicles forming in my hair and I could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

If I had been able to find time for breakfast I have no doubt that I wouldn't have found anything in the box but cereal today.  No toys for me.  No breakfast either.  I could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

I think I'll join Alexander in Australia.  In Australia, everything is upside down, so maybe a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day can become a wonderful, terrific, really good day.

At the sample sale, Gretchen found a great $5 dress.  My mom found an incredible $10 jacket. I bought some great clothes at a sample sale too (gorgeous houdstooth 3/4 sleeve jacket for $10, jeans for $10, a few shirts ($5-$10), a great swingy corduroy jacket ($20), and two adorable $10 skirts).  I thought maybe my luck was changing.

But then - on my way home from shopping I got pulled over!! I sat through a stop light and watched all the cute kiddos being walked by the adorable old man crossing guard then I drove the 1000 or so feet to the end of the school zone.  I was waiting to exit the school zone because I wanted to return a message from my vet.  As soon as I got out of the school zone I pushed redial on my phone and pretty much immediately got pulled over.  I thought I was going to get pulled over for using my phone in the school zone (which I wasn't - I started the call as soon as I exited) but he claimed I was speeding.  He showed me his laser gun which showed that the car he tagged was 307 feet away from him and going 35mph.  I am assuming that he just pulled over the wrong car because I was getting passed by the SUV in the center lane as well as the car in the left lane when I got stopped.  I don't speed.  Ever.  People get annoyed when they ride with me because I actually go 60 on the highway.  I slow down well in advance of school zones and actually go 20 through them (not 24 or 25 like most people).  How the heck did I get pulled over?  

After letting myself cry for a little while, I went to the pet store to buy shoes for my dog (her poor little paws are turning to ice and the vet recommended little puppy shoes and until her body fat gets high enough to insulate her little self!)  They were of course out of XS.  In keeping with my terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

I think I'll join Alexander in Australia.

When Casey got home for dinner he shared bad news.  His company has decided that they aren't going to pay Q3 bonuses.  Umm.  Excuse me.  Isn't that something you should have told us all before Q3 was over?  Isn't that is his contract?  Why yes.  It is.  Quarterly bonuses are over 1/2 of Casey's compensation.  Not getting it certainly qualifies this as a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.  It may even make it a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad month.

I know we should be thankful that Casey still has a job.  I know that a speeding ticket isn't the end of the world (but it's my first!  and I wasn't speeding!)  I know that I can order my puppy ridiculous looking puppy shoes online.  But none of that changes that today was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

I think I'll move to Australia.

What's that you say?  

They still have terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days in Australia?  And they have an extradition treaty so I still have to pay my speeding ticket?

Oh well.

8:00:  Wake up in the freezing cold.  Shower and get dressed (with my icicles!)
8:45: Leave for the Sample Sale
9:30: Shop
1:30: Lunch with Mom and Gretchen at Panera
3:30: Get a Ticket
3:45:  Run into Pet Store
4:00:  Meet with photographer about family photos
5:15: Throw dinner in the oven
6:00:  Casey's home - eat dinner
6:45: Casey left for a study group.  So now I'm home blogging and watching "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown"  It's cold in my house again (63 degrees) and I'm thinking it might be time to turn the heat on!  Or better yet - maybe I'll test out my fireplace.  That's a good way to make a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day better!


  1. Oh sweet pea!

    I'll gladly move to Australia with you.

    It's been a No Good, Horrible, Very bad day for me too!


    p.s. my sweet pooch has little shoes too.. :) so darn cute!

  2. So sorry your day was so terrible!! I think you should go to court and fight the ticket. It sounds like you got the short end of the stick. If the officer who gave you the ticket doesn't show up, I think they have to drop the ticket, anyway. And...they have to have absolute proof to make the ticket stick. Sounds to me like he made a mistake, so if he can't prove that he didn't, it's just his word against yours, and they can't stick you with it then. It's still a pain to have to take time out of your schedule, but it might be worth it to save you the fine...especially since it was in a school zone. Hope you have a better night tonight! :)

  3. This was a cute post even though you had a bad day!! :)

  4. Aw, I stayed home to watch "Charlie Brown" too! Definitely made my ho-hum day better, and I hope it did the same for you.

    In my unofficial, completely non-legal opinion, it's worth trying to fight the ticket. Doesn't make getting pulled over any more fun, though - sorry about that!

  5. I think we're all in a funk and having no good, horrible days. I've had one going for about 48 hours now. I would fight the ticket for sure. From the sound of it you definitely weren't the one speeding. In February I had 3 tickets in one week. All of them when I was in "new places" and didn't know the speed limits. Talk about bad on the ego & checkbook. :)

    I hope your Wednesday is better than your Tuesday was.

  6. Charlie Brown + a nice fire place = good combination!

  7. It must be the day! I have had an awful day too!

  8. I am sorry you had a no good very bad day!!! I hope today is better! I am sorry you got a ticket. that sucks! especially if you know you weren't speeding!
    Email me at LynzAU@gmail.com and I will give you heads up about the race :)

  9. UGH! Wow -- those are horrible things! But you did such a great job at describing it all ! :)

  10. puppy shoes? maybe I should get some of those for our pup...it's starting to get rather chilly here...

  11. Aw I'm so sorry about your day! But this is such a cute post and I love that book!