Thursday, June 5, 2008

So you had a bad day...*

Yesterday was one of those days that I was THAT Mom. The one who yells constantly and has unruly kids in the supermarket and by the end of the day is ready to put her whole life for sale up on eBay.

I hate being that Mom.

I have more good days than bad - most days I can handle the stress caused by the balancing act that is my life, but then there are days that are just doozies that deliver a blow to my self-confidence and sanity. It usually takes a week to recover from those days.

Then I woke up this morning wondering if my alarm hadn't somehow been set to go off hours earlier than normal. It was dark. To the point that I was looking for tornadoes out my pantry window. The people on TV said that thunderstorms were due to hit our area at 7:15. But when I opened the back door at 7, a torrential downpour greeted me.

It took me much longer than normal to drive into work. It would have been faster to row. My wipers were going at full tilt and still weren't clearing the water from my windshield fast enough. Water was standing in the street and large puddles reduced most traffic to a single lane. It was crazy.

I got to work at 7:40 and my shoes are still wet. (Its after 10 a.m. as I type this.) I'm not wearing them, but I typically don't at my desk anyway. Thank goodness for office sweaters!

I jumped at the chance to go for free coffee in the cafe upstairs with an office buddy. Up on the 36th floor, the windows that usually show the Hoan bridge and the Milwaukee river revealed nothing but fog.

Then an angel spoke.

"Would you guys like a free latte or mocha? I need to practice."

Regular coffee is free (but the cafe offers a better kind than what what's available down here on my floor) but the Alterra with its sale of more premium coffee drinks isn't scheduled to open up there until Monday. (I tell ya Starbucks ain't got nothin' on them!) The angel named Karen who will run said coffee stand beginning next week was setting up her things and getting ready. Little did she know how much I needed that boost.

So, just in case you need a little boost today, too, I'm offering the following bloggie award to all my online friends. Cuz you make me smile, too.

*Are you singing the song in your head yet? Heh-heh...


Suzie said...

Love the award. I have been that kind of mom for a few weeks now I am sad to say

Happy2bme said...

Cute award. I know where you're coming from, motherhood isn't always easy.

Looks like Karen is the first sign that your day is turning around.. :o)

Don Mills Diva said...

That award is totally kick-ass!

Stephanie said...

I know how you feel. Days like that SUCK! And you feel like you are in a rut and nothing will make it better. And then....a fancy latte makes it all better ;)

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love meeting new mommy bloggers. I would feel bad taking the award since it's my first time visiting, but it's super cute anyway!

morninglight mama said...

Man, those days sure do suck, huh? Glad to hear the coffee picked it up for you! (I remember one day we were walking around DC for something and I was in a BAD mood, and suddenly there were people handing out little samples of Dove chocolates. Made my day do a complete 180!)

Also, you totally do NOT suck as an online buddy! :)

Melissa said...

I'm having one of those days today. The kids are not listening to anything I say, toys are scattered all over the house that WAS clean this morning, and my headache is throbbing. I can feel the tears ready to flow any minute. We all have days like this.... thanks for sharing yours. have a good one!

Marni Tiani Self said...

I hate those days!!

How did you get the top commenter?

I want one.

H.E.Eigler said...

Sorry you had a crappy day and yes, I do have that song in my head now thank you very much!

Anonymous said...

I've definitely had those days! Thanks for the award - I feel so special!!! Am enjoying your blog BTW!

THopgood said...

We all have days like that. That's what I love about read about others having the same bad days and it makes you feel normal.