Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Calamity Jo

Have you ever had days where you just know you should never have gotten out of bed? Well, my whole weekend was like that -- starting on Friday night. Want to hear about it? Oh, I know you don't, but I'll share it with you anyway. I think it all started when I broke my lucky bracelet. I have a beautiful bracelet that was given to me as a birthday gift, and I noticed when I started wearing it, that I had good luck. You know -- things like my bus showed up on time instead of always being ten minutes late, my computer at work stopped crashing every 15 minutes -- stuff like that. I knew soon as I started wearing it that it was definitely a lucky bracelet. Well, on Friday night just after work, one of the beautiful little beads broke. Fortunately I was able to contact the artisan who made my bracelet and she can fix it for me. Until then, I am walking on egg shells.

A few weeks ago someone on the bus stepped on my foot, and Saturday morning I noticed I am losing a toenail. So just as sandal weather rolls around, I will have ten perfect toes and nine perfect toenails. *sigh* On Saturday night a friend invited me for dinner at a Mexican restaurant. My friend told me it was the perfect little place, lovely ambience, good food, nice music. We were seated next to a party of 50, and they were well into the Tequila by the time we got there. And then I chomped on something that had a hidden hazelnut in it, and broke a crown off a front tooth. Oh yes. I looked charming. Where am I going to get a crown replaced on a weekend?

Wait, there's more...

When I got home Saturday night, I managed to flush the toilet roll holder down the toilet. I watched as it swirled down the toilet in what seemed like slow motion, but was really just a second -- too fast to retrieve it. I remember thinking, "I didn't know they could do that..."

Sunday morning I opened a kitchen cupboard to take out a cup, and the whole cupboard door fell off. I was beginning to see a pattern emerge. I stayed indoors all day Sunday; who wants to see a woman with a broken front tooth, in any case... On Sunday night as I lay in bed trying to get to sleep, I heard someone being shot. At first it sounded like firecrackers, and then I realized it was gunfire. I recognized the sound, even though it was not something we hear in our neighborhood. The gunfire was followed by sirens. Lots of sirens. As I lay there I thought, "I am listening to someone being killed", but fortunately the fellow survived, even though he was shot six times. The perpetrator escaped.

Monday morning I had an appointment with my dentist. When I got there, his clinic had been flooded by a broken pipe in the restaurant next door. He and his receptionist gathered everyone in their cars and drove us to his other clinic. The good news? My tooth is fixed.

It was a beautiful, sunny spring morning as I headed my way back to work yesterday morning. The sky was bright blue, the sun flooded the city. It was lovely. Everyone was in a cheery mood.

Today it's snowing...

I have to get my lucky bracelet fixed -- fast.

38 comments:

Lorna said...

Gawd...... and in spite of it I am LAFFING because it is funny, the ! :-O

~Lorna

A Borg said...

I must confess, Jo, I couldn't resist chuckling through your tale of misfortunes (aside from the shooting incident, of course). Not that I enjoy laughing at people when they are having a bad day (or weekend as the case may be); but you have a gift for portraying events in a very entertaining manner. My sympathies for your misfortunes and my your bracelet be fixed soon.

Blonde Bookworm! said...

Oh my goodness! I thought I had a bad weekend... Hope this week is much "luckier" for you :)

TheChicGeek said...

Oh My Goodness! It can only go up from here. Yup, get that bracelette fixed..lol!
Love the picture on your posting :)

Charles Gramlich said...

Well, you made me feel better about "MY" day yesterday, which was pretty bad but not that bad. :)

Lorna said...

Well, I got interrupted and accidentally clicked Publish. Now I don't remember what I was going to add.
~Lorna

Lorna said...

Holy cats. I see that the first one didn't even get sent. I said that you had me laughing in spite of it all. :-O


~Lorna

introspection said...

It IS funny. But I hope all the wrong things turn right and your bracelet is fixed asap. good luck and cheer up..! it is just a passing phase I am sure...!!!

Lover of Life said...

Wow! Get that bracelet fixed asap!

Cyth said...

Oh Man.... if ever it rained it poured !!!!!! this is it. If I were you I would carry that broken bracelet in my pocket until I could get it personally to the fix-it person, then WAIT for it...bring a lunch if you have to. I do hope that it will be smooth sailing from now on.

Arley said...

Oh Jo- I am so sorry you had such a horrible weekend. I agree with Cyth, you really should carry that bracelet in your pocket until you get it fixed.

I have to admit, I can relate to the cabinate falling off. I have several cabinets in my kitchen that are falling off. The screw holes are stripped. I just hate to call maintance. I don't like strange men in my home without my husband here.

I did find the toilet paper roll flushing down the toilet a bit funny. I shouldn't laugh on your misfortune, but it was funny. I hope this week will be much better for you!

Mclndesm said...

I am saying a novena for you now (lol). I love your blogs. You capture everyday life with such humor and sensitivity. I have certainly had days where I spend the majority of the time dropping things. I am not a klutz but my brain seems to take a vaca and the more I try to hold on, the more I drop. In my opinion it is God saying "Slooooowww Doooowwwwnn".

Ruth W. said...

Ahh Jo, you do seem to have the worst luck sometimes.

Better have him/her make a spare for you also.

Nicole said...

Oh Poor Jo! I hope that bracelet gets fixed quick! Your tale is funny (sorry!!) and it's nice to read about others having the same darn problems as me :-)

JENZ O said...

Jo, my mother-in-law (god rest her...was it a soul?..) always told me 'you make your own luck'
but I never wholly took this on board...I do know that "sometimes life pushes me and sometimes I can push it"...You know I think thats my entire credo in a phrase! In comments someone proposes getting a spare 'lucky bracelet' if you do don't be tempted to double your luck and wear both at the same time imagine losing two on the same day!
Love your blog..a window to a soul, thank you.

Mary Ellen said...

Oh Jo! As I read through each incident I cringed more and more. Oh dear...I hope that bracelet gets fixed soon!

And the toe thing...OUCH!!!!

lovelyprism said...

Oh Jo! LOL... I'ts funny because we've all had days like that. But get the bracelet fixed, just in case!

Kevin Wicks said...

Wonderfully told tale of woe and misery. I am sorry you had to endure it for real but at least you know that we were entertained. have you fixed the bracelet yet?

Sarah said...

Poor thing! I would have lost it with the cupboard door coming off in my hand. I did laugh a little, but only because you seem to be taking it all in stride (despite the hurt tootsie :-)

MUST GET BRACELT FIXED!

Andrea said...

Oh my, please get that bracelet fixed and fast!

uought2b.a.dog said...

Oh my gosh! I feel for you! Yea, you definitely need that bracelet fixed quick!!! Hope this week goes better for you! Shamu and Prissy

Firefly said...

Know how you are feeling. I had such a day the first day back at work 3 weeks ago. A day you just want to forget. Back to bed and don't wake up till tomorrow day.

scarlethue said...

I had an unlucky weekend too... strange. I didn't hear anyone get shot though, scary!! I guess you live in a city? I have a forest outside my house and I hear hunters sometimes. Even that makes me cringe.

uglymichelemobilefan said...

Yikes!

Hugs....

PinkPanthress said...

"I didn't know they could do that..."
I am so sorry but I had to laugh out loud at that. :) Do me a favour, get that bracelet fixed, soon!

jackc50 said...

yikes.......hope you have a better weekend this coming one, can't be worse. not sure about the lucky charm thing, sometimes shit just happens.....take good care, jc

Avril Fleur said...

Oh Jo! I'm so sorry, but I'm LMAO, because I can so relate to some of this! You can even make a bad situation seem hilarious! I hope your toe and your tooth recover quickly! Please, get that bracelet fixed soon!

Hilary said...

I'm glad the tooth is fixed. And that shooting really had nothing to do with your bracelet of course. The rest is doable. I suspect you'll be fine - with or without jewelry repairs. :)

MadredeEzekiel said...

It seems like when it rains it pours!! Hope your bracelet is fixed soon!

Deedee said...

Hahaha! Dang, girl- Get that bracelet back fast!

Leah Fry said...

As we say in Texas, "Bless your heart!" Hope you get your lucky bracelet back PRONTO!

Poutalicious said...

You poor thing! Get that bracelet fixed now.

Leslie: said...

Oh Gawd, enough already! lol Hope you get that bracelet fixed pronto.

Country Girl said...

Yeah, Jo. You really need to address this situation with the broken bracelet!

Annie in Austin said...

The toenail part is way too familiar, and the rest of this saga sounds like one of Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion stories where a situation just keeps getting worse. His remedy is rhubarb pie - got any of that handy, Josie?

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Jo said...

Thanks, everyone...! I am getting the bracelet fixed this weekend. Until then -- watch out...! *heh*

And yes, I definitely need some rhubarb pie. I guess toast and ginger marmalade will have to do... :-)

expressionist said...

Gosh - you must have been one of the most unlucky people ever -before you got your bracelet.
Or maybe the badluck only started after it broke?

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