I may as well change my name to Murphy | Overstuffed Overstuffed

Friday, December 19, 2008

I may as well change my name to Murphy

Because the last few days have not gone well, at all. Amazingly, I still have my sparkling positive attitude and my Christmas cheer completely intact.

Or not.

I'm trying though.

Yesterday, Sophia knocked down the Christmas tree, sending ornaments rolling into the kitchen and breaking the stand into smithereens. I had just come in from some back-breaking snow shoveling since the hour that Joel spent out there only managed to clear his side of the driveway and then he had to go to work. I was tired. I wanted to rest. I didn't want to deal with a broken Christmas tree.

So, I called Joel to buy a new stand and left the mess alone. Meanwhile, Sophia decided to take handfuls of chilling fudge out of the pans in the fridge and smear her peanut butter and jelly sandwich in her hair. Lucky for me, soon after her second bath of the day, she fell asleep on the couch looking all angelic and perfect, even after the havoc she had wrought earlier.

Today, I got into my van to start to deliver the aforementioned fudge. Keep in mind we got an awful lot of snow, and our roads are pure ice, not to mention the fact that the plow only did the main roads, leaving piles of snow barricading the side roads. Like the one I live on. In trying to maneuver myself through the barricade, the car slid on the ice and slipped into a very large mountain of snow and ice. I couldn't get out. It was freezing.

I called Joel, my knight in shining armor, to come save me again. Along with the guy having a cigarette across the street from where I was stuck, he pushed me out of the bank. But then the car wouldn't start no matter what we did. So we had to call a tow truck, and I went home and nobody got their fudge.

Turns out the snow bank I ran into broke the cable that shifts gears. Great. Even greater is the fact that nobody in Cedar City has the right part for my car, and they won't be able to get one until Tuesday. And the next day is Christmas Eve. So I may not have my car back until after Christmas. So we get to all squeeze into Joel's car if we have to go anywhere together....which, aside from church on Sunday, I'm going to try really hard not to do.

But my lovely niece came and saved the day. She went and got Sophie's carseat out of my van for us, and we all piled into her car (which gives me much hope that it won't be a huge deal in Joel's car either) and delivered some fudge and went to the store where I got my Christmas Spirit back shopping for a sub-for-Santa project. Besides, it could all be much worse, and I will thank my lucky stars that the entire transmission didn't fall out or something.

Life goes on, even for Murphy.

Now back to your regularly scheduled 12 Days of Christmas!

20 comments :

  1. Ugh. These streets are just ugh. I am so sorry for you and your van, and your christmas tree. I guess I'm glad it was peanut butter and not gum. And the fudge? Delish!

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  2. What. A. Pain! You'll be able to laugh about this--in, oh, ten years or so . . .

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  3. Wow! That is a crappy day. Hope tomorrow is better!

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  4. bummer of a day. good for you for (trying to) stay positive.

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  5. The more I live, the more I learn it's really all about attitude. (And that kids never stop ruining things no matter how old they get!)

    And that it could always be worse... my sister's car got stolen right out of their driveway last weekend. Yep. I would be taking a deep breath chanting: life is not over, life is not over...
    Ahh... the joy of trials :)

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  6. I'm so impressed by your positive attitude!!!! I think I would have thrown in the towel and hosted a pity party when the tree fell over!

    I think you've gotten all your bad luck in until the holidays are over!

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  7. I'm sorry you had such a rough day. Sounds like you handled it beautifully, though. Hope the rest of your week is much better.

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  8. Ugh! That sounds like a couple of awful days! Good thing Christmas is coming soon. That makes everything better, right? Or maybe just more stressful...

    I hope you get your car fixed soon! It's a pain not to have a car!

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  9. That doesn't sound fun at all. And I know how awful the roads are in the neighborhood. I've been stuck trying to get out of my own driveway twice now. My little saturn just doesn't like all that snow the plow pushes in the way.

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  10. Our cat knocked over the tree one year. The twelve foot tall tree.

    I hope tomorrow us better!

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  11. Why do car problems always seem to happen at Christmas? I hope things get better for you!

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  12. I'm glad you are ok. Oh, and Joel's letter is hilarious! We noticed a big crack in our windshield the other day. I was planning on getting the car inspected the last time I had it, and it just didn't happen. Now we'll probably have to buy a new windshield before it would pass an inspection (which we have to do this month--what a dumb time for us to have bought the car initially).

    Anyway, again, glad you are safe!

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  13. Holy cow! I think my Christmas spirit would be lying in the gutter on the side of the road at that point. Brave girl!

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  14. Man. Sorry that you had to deal with all of that but you seem to be handling it surprisingly well! I hope that your van gets fixed quickly. Snow is beautiful but it is also a pitb to drive in.

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  15. Sounds like you had some bad luck. That is the pits. It is hard to keep spirits up with bad luck and everything seems to go against you.

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  16. Wow! What a Day! Hope it gets better for you.

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  17. mom told me i must read this (since i haven't read blogs in days) . what a day!

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  18. You're not kidding she looked all angelic! Lucky for her! :-0

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