Mighty Life List
Jun 19 2012

Lucy Keeps Pulling the Football Away

Last night I knocked over a parked motorcycle with my car. As I left a note, I noticed gas was pouring out onto the street. Came upstairs to open a package containing a vintage tea set I ordered as a birthday gift for a girlfriend, and boom.

This morning, fresh start. I spilled an entire cup of hot tea into my lap while I was driving. Parked at a meter in front of the office, tied a sweater around my waist. I hurried in for a meeting, halfway through which I realized I’d forgotten to plug the meter. Ran back to my car, just as the meter maid was printing a ticket.

What’s going right for you today?

36 Responses to “Lucy Keeps Pulling the Football Away”

  • Kizz Says:

    I just bought reusable silicone pasties and fashion tape as part of my costume for the Coney Island Mermaid Parade. This is going to be hilarious!

  • Dana / The Broke-Ass Bride Says:

    Aw, Mags :(
    Unfortunately I’m with you today. Wish I could take a nap and restart… again.

  • Kate Says:

    It’s not raining!

  • SAWK Says:

    So far, the only thing is French Press morning coffee. And sleeping dogs. The end.

  • Beth Says:

    I have to admit I’m curious whether you called the police when you saw gasoline pouring in the street?

  • Megan Says:

    I pie-in-the-sky ordered slightly off-menu at lunch: a single fried pickle slice vs. a full-portion order. The waitress brought one out, fully plated with a full-size of ranch dip on the side. What can I say. It touched me.

  • Jan Says:

    If I can count last night as part of today by virtue of it still being within a 24-hour time cycle, I’ve had a couple of bumps but not as bad as yours.

    Last night, made it all the way through a big meal with family at a Chinese buffet and on the LAST BITE a piece of buttery baked fish fell onto my sweater. I had been so proud of myself for not getting soy sauce or ginger sauce on it that I lowered my defenses one bite too early.

    Got to the car and realized I didn’t have my phone. I NEVER don’t have my phone. Not in the restaurant, not in my car, not in my purse (I always keep it in a case on my waistband). So back to the office for me, 25 minutes each way and my office is in a part of town that’s kind of sketchy at night and it was 10:00, but my phone was there so YAAAY!

    That’s all I’ve got.

  • Evani Says:

    Aw when it rains it pours!! Hope you have a better day Maggie!

  • Nichole Says:

    I found a last-minute roommate for the conference I’m going to this weekend. A great thing, considering I was going to have to cancel otherwise!

  • Bellacantare Says:

    $8 tank tops at Ann Taylor Loft and sunshine in the FiDi. I hope you’re treating yourself to ice cream today.

  • kir Says:

    oh dear… I, too, had a beverage related incident this morning: spilled my green smoothie all down my dress. but, good news! my dress is black :) also, i got in a good hour of snuggle time with my wee little girl before i left for work this morning. oh, and it’s a sunny, warm-ish day in SF! (that counts for something, right?)

  • Liat Says:

    Head has been aching for three days. I hope it has nothing to do with being bitten by a radioactive spider.

    The same thing once happened to me with the meter. I am sure the meter maid has some kind of radar, since I was in grocery and by the time I got out to pay, I was able to see them driving off.

  • Trina Says:

    Things seem to be going my way lately, so much so that the step ladder that has been sitting in my hallway for the past week and a half, just begging for me to swipe, i just can’t do it as i don’t want to mess up all the good karma coming my way! :-)

    hope your day gets better maggie!

  • Nic Says:

    BOOM as in the motorcycle exploded? or the teacup broke (bcs I dont care about a tea cup)

  • leandra Says:

    My car wouldn’t start last night so I took it into the shop this morning for a new battery and they also discovered a nail in my tire (explaining the low tire pressure light) and a burnt out break light, so everything is now fixed. Plus, I got a much-needed cute haircut. Expensive-but good-day. Hooray!

  • Allisone Says:

    Dr. gave me the all clear to run. Gotta start from less than scratch, but this is the way forward!

  • Jessica Says:

    Sometimes it just feels so good to unload all the stuff that has gone wrong in the last 24 hours. Then I can really exhale.

    So sorry about your last 24. Hope the next 24 redeem them.


  • JFS Says:

    Noooo! (shakes fist at sky)

    You – and Hank – might enjoy reading the story “The Farmer’s Luck” from the excellent Jon Muth book, Zen Shorts. It offers a gentle, alternate filter through which to look at bad days.

    Then again, perhaps the best remedy is to go home and fix yourself a stiff drink with an umbrella in it.

  • jen Says:

    things going well today:
    listening to your Dolores Park Summer Mix on Spotify while I do menial tasks at work

    remembered all the items on my shopping list

    drank a mocha that was mixed by my favorite Barista (she always gets it right)

    got my Amazon order a full day early

    Hope your day gets better!

  • Meegan Says:

    I just want my kids to eat their damned dinners. That’s all I want. Is that too much to ask? Apparently it is…

  • dd Says:

    Those poor teacups :( How disappointing.

    What a frustrating couple of days. Go do something nice for someone. It’s the best way to reset and stick your tongue out at the universe a bit.

  • neo Says:

    I love how you focus on the positive. =) Hang in there. My baby girl slept in today. Woot!

  • Amara Says:

    An *amazing* pulled pork sandwich and sweet potato fries from a most unexpected sort. Also, residual high of listening to my little niece noticing absolutely everything in the world (“Shee? Shee!”)

  • RoseMarie Says:

    I’m alive. Saturday night on a dirt county road, I put my beloved 20 year old convertible into a ditch taking down a stretch of barbed wire fence.
    This too shall pass.

  • Jennifluff Says:

    When I have days like that, my best friend and I like to put all of the bad things into a song. This song has no melody and does not rhyme and is sung very off key, but its just a matter of fact list of all the awfuls. There has not been one time where I have done this (and believe me, I’ve sung some pretty awful stuff) that it did not crack me up. Funny goes a long way in my book. Go ahead, give it a try. Just sing your post and try and not laugh.

    Also, I worked out on the beach today. It was so very difficult, but all day I’ve been finding sand in odd places, and seeing that sand makes me feel proud of what I did.

  • Elise Says:

    Dude, wtf? :(

  • Lindsay Says:

    Stood under Niagra Falls and got soaked… luckily the hastily wrapped plastic poncho around my camera kept it safe and dry!!

  • Lindsay Says:

    *Niagara Falls! I’ve lived my whole life not knowing the correct spelling.

  • Amber Says:

    I hate that all of this happened to you, but I love the title of this post.

  • Anne Phillips Says:

    Am reviewing the life list tonight… and realizing that I am making huge progress changing my outlook for the better. Go team 4!

  • Toni Says:

    Today my bike was stollen, the pool was crowded, and when I got home I couldn’t find the wine bottle opener. That last part is the worst part. Go team.

  • Sarah Says:

    I too my friend to see the Lumineers live last night and spent my evening dancing, clapping and smiling. Best live show I’ve seen in the last couple years!

  • Mara @ {A Blog About Love} Says:

    Reminds me of a day recently when I rode my bike to Beacon’s Closet. I was shopping, when a hipster shopkeeper said in an awkward loud voice (cause they normally don’t have announcements at Beacon’s)….”One of our shoppers just went to get her bike..and she said someone else’s bike is bike locked to her bike.” My face went red. I knew it had to be me. I raised my hand. And walked to the front in shame. It was me, indeed.

  • danielle Says:

    I had this same kind of day on Sunday. I was in charge of dessert for Father’s Day dinner so I searched through recipes for a couple hours trying to find something new & delicious. Had to go to the store for specific ingredients to make a cake. Came home and put everything together. Got the cake in the oven and realized after a few minutes that I’d left out the eggs and vanilla. Decided to wait & see how it turned out, figuring that if it tasted ok I could figure out some way to make it look presentable. While the cake was still in the oven, I started cooking the ingredients on the stove for the frosting and then just poured it over the cake…without mixing in the 4 cups of powdered sugar that I’d already measured out. The recipe kept calling the frosting “glaze” and I got distracted in there somewhere and for some reason my brain alarm didn’t go off before I started pouring. So, since dessert was ruined, I stopped at the store on my way to dinner and almost backed into another car in the parking lot. *sigh*

  • Colleen Says:

    On days like that I make it a point to have my favorite blue jar filled with freshly picked daisies on the kitchen counter. Sometimes it’s the little things that can save the day!

  • Sarah Says:

    Air conditioning (it’s 93 degrees today in Boston). Oh, and Milano cookies. Hope today is better! :)