Wednesday, March 4

When nothing works for you Wednesday

No doubt many of you have seen or participated in the Works For Me Wednesday carnival, previously hosted by Rocks In My Dryer and now hosted by We Are THAT Family. It's a great place for tips on parenting, cooking, teaching, organizing, and running your household. Maybe one day I'll participate.
For now, I'm interested in commiserating with you on those days when nothing works for you. Those days when...

  • you can't see one inch of kitchen counter or stove top for all the dirty dishes.
  • you dress 3 times, while running late for a meeting, because each new shirt or pair of pants surprises you with a nasty stain you hadn't previously noticed.
  • your son pours a cupful of popcorn kernels all over the living room.
  • you can't seem to keep the baby off the dining room table or out of the windowsill.
  • you get all the kids ready to go, down the stairs, and strapped into the car before noticing two of your tires have been slashed.
  • you realize late into the evening that all you had for dinner was half a bag of chocolate chips.
  • your children tear the linens off a bed, rip open the mattress and begin pulling out the contents.
  • you steer the shopping cart too close to a large snow globe, allowing your baby the opportunity to send it crashing to the floor, where it shatters and spills across the aisle.
  • for the 1000th time this winter, your children refuse to dress, then struggle down 3 flights of stairs shoeless and coatless, screaming.
  • you realize how much extra money you spent on unintentional purchases (items thrown into the cart without your knowledge).
  • you sit the kids in front of the tv for a few minutes alone in the shower, only to discover that it's fundraiser week on PBS and Sesame Street isn't on.
  • you leave the newly cooked pot of chili on the stove overnight.
  • your children manage to collapse the crib tent, pull off a poopy diaper, smear the contents all over the crib rails, the linens, the collapsed tent, the carpet, some books, then run some toys through it, caking them with poop.
  • you find the bag of soiled linens from poop-smearing incident months later, neglected in a corner, never washed.
What do you do at the end of a Nothing Works For You Wednesday?

Update: No, these things did not happen to us all on the same day! But, yes, they have all happened in our home.

23 comments:

moomer said...

Since I don't drink, prayer for sanity is the only possible answer!

Leslie said...

Thanks for making me laugh and letting me know I'm not the only one who feels like I'm using only half a brain. I know the other half is in there somewhere. God Bless kids but at the end of a day like that, a nice glass of wine is called for and maybe a bath, if I've actually cleaned it relatively recently.

kaye said...

In my journal I keep a "round file". This is a place where I post pictures or write about things that don't work so well for me. Life isn't terrific every day.

Michelle said...

I vote for having a drink, some times you just need one.

Serena said...

I promised my daughter Word World this morning. Great Performances was an unexpected disappointment. Darn those fundraisers!

Anonymous said...

have those things all happened to you at one time or another? Wow. I was having a "When nothing works for you Thursday" when I read this post. Now I'm not feeling like it's as bad as it seemed. However, Chocolate to drown my sorrows, and quoting encouraging scripture verses seem to be really uplifting to me right now. :-)

Missy said...

Oh no! That is one list!!!

Megan said...

Anon,
Yes, all those things have happened to us, but definitely not on the same day. Some of them we have pictures of, which means we still had a bit of a clear head when it happened and can laugh now. Some of them were not so bad in themselves, but are magnified when coupled with other incidents.

I just wanted to laugh and relate to other moms. It's always nice to know you're not the only one!
I love hearing similar experiences and what others do at the end of the day-baths, scripture, wine, chocolate, etc.
Thanks for sharing!

Kristy said...

See, on days like that it's chocolate, a glass (or bottle!) of wine, and perhaps some Zoloft that work for me! Hehehe. Ever the eternal optimist, that's me!!!

Grandma G said...

Gee, and I thought I'd had a tough day on Tuesday when keeping my over-tired, Miss Independence, TWO-year-old granddaughter for 10 hours!

What do I do at the end of the day? Send her home with her Mommy! (Screaming because Mommy didn't have time to wait for her to put her coat on BY HERSELF!) ;-)

Sorry.

Gabrielle said...

Ok, I mean this in the nicest way, but I'm glad I'm not you. Good thing all those things don't happen at once. I too survived the pooping diaper smeared everywhere. Keep up the good work! I really enjoy your blog.

Megan said...

Eeek, so many of these things happen at our house and I only have ONE child. When I have days like that it really sends me into a tailspin and I usually opt for having a drink or taking an extra loooonnnnngggg time "going potty." Thanks for sharing and making me laugh!

oneordinaryday said...

Glad to hear it's not just me. LOL
Crawl in bed at 8:00 to watch the Food Network or read a book - that's my remedy to a bad day. : )
Michelle
http://oneordinaryday.wordpress.com/

Amy said...

I concur about the Food Network.

So glad I could be with you on the morning of the flat tires incident. Did we discuss the fact that I got two flat tires on the day of the wedding rehearsal, and then another one on the wedding day? Thank goodness for husbands and fathers.

Al said...

I think you just pushed back my target date to start having kids by 10 years. What a list! You amaze me!

Alyse

katy said...

I feel like I've had more of those types of days as a new expat - most of them involve driving down a one way street or in a bus only lane or some communication issue having to do with my lack of French. Thanks for posting this. It is nice to know I'm not the only one.

Linda @ My Trendy Tykes said...

Ay Yi Yi!

You have a big fat cheeseburger and a coke then call it a night.

WORKS FOR ME!

Linda

Kelly Strei said...

The kid pouring popcorn kernals has happened to me recently. Thankfully it was the kitchen floor vs. the carpeted living room. I feel for you!

Kelly
http://www.streifamily.blogspot.com

tchris said...

all i can say is... oh my!

viagra online said...

ok ok ok... mate io.. you mean that you dress three times before go somewhere ? OMG, I usually never go to places like this but is kind of cool, to not dress 3 times. The worse think that happened in christmas to me was that i was working and call home "please leave the kitchen clean because I'm gonna cook the dinner" when i arrive, surprise dirty kitchen, i just took my purse and went to somewhere to eat.

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