Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Murphy Came To Visit

Murphy's Law:

•If there is a possibility of several things going wrong, the one that will cause the most damage will be the one to go wrong.

•If there is a worse time for something to go wrong, it will happen then.

•If you perceive that there are four possible ways in which a procedure can go wrong, and circumvent these, then a fifth way, unprepared for, will promptly develop.

•If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.

It was one of 'those' days yesterday -- you know, the kind where Murphy (and his lousy law) come to visit. Two days ago, I got an email from my curriculum carrier, notifying me that I needed to have the DVDs back to them by 7/5 or get charged an additional fee. I had NO idea there was a deadline, so hadn't been worried. We had it planned so she'd be done by the Fourth of July.

In a panic, we set to work. DD had six days of school left. She did school Sunday. Yesterday, she woke up and did school ALL DAY LONG -- from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. I have to mail them out today by 5 p.m. for them to get there on time. She has two and a half more days of school left. I'm thinking we're not going to make it.

I spilled on my kitchen floor no less than four times -- the last of which was the dog's food, which I spilled all over me, the dishwasher and the floor, and scared the dog so badly she didn't want to come back in and ... yanno... EAT IT off the floor (which was remarkably clean, since I'd already mopped it THREE TIMES).

The clothes I was wearing were the only clean summer clothes I had. I was in the middle of laundry, and EVERYTHING was in there. So, I put on some old, torn up sweats (it was 90 degrees out with high humidity and we don't have A/C) and cleaned the kitchen again.

I can't dry my bottoms in the dryer or they won't fit (add "need to diet" to my list of things to do), so I have to hang them out and pray they're dry by this morning or I'm going to be either running around naked or wearing winter clothes in the heat. I don't like either option.

I won't continue, because it's just too depressing ... but suffice it to say, Murphy overstayed his welcome and he'd better be gone today.


There was some good news. In Pillar Place, we hatched another butterfly. Iota was already up and about by the time I checked on her at 6:30 in the morning. Unfortunately, it was hazy and damp, so we couldn't release her until noon, by which time she was READY TO GO. So, I only got one picture of her because the moment she smelled freedom, she was off!

Here is Iota:

And last year I planted day lily bulbs (they're pest resistant -- both deer and bug... my kind of plant!). They're a lovely color, and DD took some pix:

And today, it's sunny, not quite as hot and humidity is down a little. I'm so ready for no humidity. I'm tired of my head looking like a used steel wool pad.


Your Vision is Personal

More than anything else, you'd like to understand yourself better and find your purpose.

It's minds like yours that have produced the most insightful novels and mind blowing movies.

You have always been deep and philosophical. You find it difficult to take anything lightly.

You feel most alive at the quietest moments. There's something thrilling about being alone with your thoughts.

Except that I haven't created insightful novels or mind-blowing movies (yet!), this is pretty much correct.



Dru said...

Today will be better.

re quiz: same as yours

Iota looks beautiful.

I love the vibrancy of your lily.

Have a good Tuesday.

Melissa McClone said...

Can't you just overnight them? Seems it would be worth the money for an extra day or two.

I really hear you on Murphy though. He paid me a visit on Sunday night and I still haven't recovered!

Hope you have a great day!

MaryC said...

Marianne, I really REALLY hope today is better. I've had days like that. UGH.

We have been having the same heat and humidity and I find it hard even to think straight. They're predicting 79 and 80 for later in the week and I feel like celebrating.

My quiz results were the same results as yours and except for the insightful novels and mind blowing movies it was pretty dead on.

Hmmm, maybe if I find that purpose, I'll have the insightful novels and mind blowing movies.

Hope today is better. MUCH better!

Marianne Arkins said...

Dru, things like my butterflies and flowers go a long way to making bad days a little better!

Melissa, they provide a UPS shipping form with a tracking number that's in their files -- I don't know if I can upgrade via UPS and still keep the same tracking number, but I'm calling today to find out.

Mary, thanks! Is that a new icon for your profile? I don't remember seeing such a cute puppy before :-)

Brandy said...

Iota is beautiful! Son is dragging his feet on finishing his schoolwork. He has one last book review and has been dragging it our for days driving me batty! *G* I hope the schoolwork/mailing issue is resolved. The heat and humidity here are keeping me indoors. Ugh.

Re quiz: Your Vision is Peaceful
More than anything else, you'd like to see the world in total harmony.
It's minds like yours that have gotten people to set their differences aside and live together in peace.
You have always been compassionate and caring. You could never turn your back on those in need.
You feel most alive when you are bringing others together. That's what life is all about for you.

That's about right.

I hope you have a cooler more mild day today.

MaryC said...

That's my Fenway, Marianne. He was 2 in March (or so. He's a rescue so we don't know exactly when he was born. I put him up awhile ago but I've been pretty much out of circulation with all the end-of-school and testing business so you probably haven't seen him.

Marianne Arkins said...

Brandy, I called the curriculum people and they gave me an extra day (YAY!), so we should be good. DD is actually sad school is over. She really, really liked the teachers on the DVDs.

Mary, he's adorable, but I bet he's a handful! *G*

Tori Lennox said...

Hugs!!! Murphy needs his butt kicked.