Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Monday: A Wordy Explication

On Sunday night I hurt my elbow when I fell going UP the stairs.

On Monday morning, I was still pouting about my elbow when ...

Pepper the puppy went out the FRONT door for a walk - all by herself.

As I was chasing her across the front lawn (and thereby encouraging her to run even faster), I realized that 3 degrees Fahrenheit is pretty cold. I was, therefore, grateful that I had invested in a good coat from Lands' End. And ...

only slightly regretted that it was sitting in the van - without me.

And as I ran through the knee deep snow, I also recognized how fortuitous it was that my daughter had outgrown her boots and had regifted them to me. And ...

that they were keeping dry in the garage - without me.

As I called sweetly to Pepper, I was delighted that my three boys were still home to help.
One quickly retreated to the house to get some dog food. One unlocked the van and stood guard should anyone try to steal his front seat privilege. And ...

as I rounded the corner to a neighbor's house and found that her backyard is UNfenced, my heart sank. But ...

I could still see my third child standing forlornly on the ice-covered sidewalk. I could also see that he had decided it necessary to wear only ONE shoe outside during the emergency dog episode.

Hours later, while a loving Pepper slept in OUR house, I made my way to Walmart. I pulled into the Walmart gas station and pressed the $1.75 button only to see it ring up as $1.85 because I didn't use a WALMART credit card.

After that fiasco, I was meandering through the Juniors department thinking how my daughter SHOULD love me because of all the things I was putting into my cart, but I knew we would be returning it all later in the week. I also thought of my friend, C-lee. She and I always seem to shop at the same time. I was most grateful she wasn't at Walmart right then because I had not showered or much else. And ...

within FIVE minutes I heard, "Caution!! Why are we always here at the same time?"

It was okay, though, because she looked a little undone herself. I was thrilled to see her until ...

she said she had just worked out.

I drove home, unshowered, $133 lighter, and frustrated because I had forgotten bread: the one item I had gone into Walmart to get.

I sat down at the computer and looked into my bank account and ...

discovered that I had been paid AND given a two year retroactive pay raise.

And that is why I loved Monday.

15 comments:

Pleasing Procrasinator said...

I hate going to Wally World for the very reason I always walk out with so much more than intended.
Yay for your pay raise, that is always a nice welcome.(I wouldn't know tho since I am not working)

McEwens said...

WAHOO on the pay raise!!

It bugs me when you see one price posted and then pay another cause of small print!

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

Now that was a good Monday! Hurray for you chickie!

We are having some snow here and the schools are closed! Little T is happy!

mom x 2 said...

YEA! for the pay raise!! Your monday started off like my Monday (see my post), but yours ended MUCH better than mine! I wish I could get a pay raise!

Julie said...

no wonder you are an English teacher... I love how you tell a story!!! And I especially love stories about the uni...and this is a good one :)

Betty said...

WOW! 2 years retroactive!! That adds up!
No wonder you liked your day! I´m happy for you!

Mental P Mama said...

Woot!

Big Hair Envy said...

What a Monday!! I don't recall one EVER being that good in my entire life:/

Jan said...

Hot dang girlfriend! A 2 yr retro raise?! That is wonderful and I hope you enjoy every penny.

Ashley said...

Holy Crap! I think that would register as my best Monday ever. Seriously.

pam said...

This post reminded of "Alexander and The No Good Very Bad Day," until the end where you said you got a pay raise. I was expecting you to move to Australia.

Dr.John said...

The end of the blog makes up for all that came before.

My Metabolic Rate is Stuck said...

2 year reto active??? WOW!!! That's an EXTRA BONUS! CONGRATS!

jojo said...

that is the coolest thing i've heard in a long time...well worth the run through the snow..;)

Sue said...

Maybe that will happen to me tomorrow and improve my Friday! Awesome!