In Case You’re Having One of Those Days

Got out the grill last night and burned it. Not dinner. The grill. Well, dinner, too. No one was injured. Except the grill. And dinner. Dinner was salvageable. The grill was very injured. What with the burning and all.

My kid has a rash. Or bug bites. Or hives. Or allergies. Or poison oak. Maybe all of the above. He’s lumpy in places. Not places where there are usually lumps. I’m taking him to the doctor.

There’s a sign in the bathroom.

photo (56)“The hot water is off because it has a lick.” The sign has been there for 16 days. It’s a tough lick to fix.

Just in case you’re having one of those days, friends — a burned down, lumpy, licky kind of day — I want you to know…

Downton Abbey’s coming back. Some day. Like hope for the future. In the meantime, this:

Or, if you’re not a Downton Abbey fan, and you still need a pick-me-up, you can always ship your pants.

Sending love.

xoxo,
B

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(Thanks, Sara Kelm, for the Downton link and Christine for the Kmart link!)

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ABOUT BETH WOOLSEY I'm a writer. And a mess. And mouthy, brave, and strong. I believe we all belong to each other. I believe in the long way 'round. And I believe, always, in grace in the grime and wonder in the wild of a life lived off course from what was, once, a perfectly good plan.
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  1. So I went to Women of Faith conference a couple weeks ago and Jamie Grace performed and shared about herself. She is funny… so why am I telling you this? Because one of her points was that whenever she would whine to her dad about this not being her day he would say YES! you’re right. It isn’t your day. this is the day that the Lord has made… so get over yourself. 🙂 Made me realize how much I whine… and makes me laugh when I start to whine and remember to get over myself. works for now. tomorrow? who knows!

  2. Oh, and one time:
    My daughters high school graduation party. House full of people (thankfully, mostly family.) I was on top of my game, had everything all together. We had one of those natural gas grills, but it was old and rusty, so we had disconnected the natural gas, thinking it unsafe, and used charcoal in it instead. The grill was right outside our kitchen window, so I could watch hamburgers cooking while doing whatever at the sink. Which is where I was when right in front of me, with about 20 burgers halfway cooked, the whole think folded at the rusty base and fell backwards. Just another day in my Lucy Ricardo life…….I’ve got lots more like this.

    1. Bahahaha! I SO GET THIS. You know I do. Thanks for the mamaraderie, Cathie!

  3. Our kitchen sink has a bad lick. It’s on the top of the honey do list, but honey doesn’t have any spare time. So if we turn off the hot water underneath the sink and turn the handle all the way to the hot side, the lick stops. Honey is the worst at this, leaving the handle all the way on the cold side, with water practically pouring out of the bottom of the handle. Mrs. Honey wants to wring Honey’s neck but then remembers that Peter tells us to show each other God’s grace and that love covers a multitude of sins. Mr. Honey is very lucky that Wednesday night bible class is all about I Peter.
    In my life, most days are one of those days, actually. I would worry if everything was easy.

  4. One of those ads that you laugh at, but at the same time your brain is shouting for you to grow up, and stop laughing at potty humor. My 9 and 11 yo grandsons would bust a gut, but then I would have to hear it repeated over and over and over and over and over. I think I will keep it between me and the hubs for now.
    Thanks for the lift!

    1. Totally. It look like Kmart recognized the 12yo boy in all of us. 🙂

  5. Hope your licks and lumps are sorted out soon. BTW, your blog is having a bit of a wobble and the post about pee in the bathroom is what comes up at the most recent. Anyway, I just wanted to share a tip regarding pee smell in the bathroom. Mix up some softener in a bucket with some water and wash the floor with it. It gets rid of the smell for about a week. It really works.

    1. Thanks, Mandi! I’ll take all the tips I can get.

  6. Poison oak. Sure enough. Poor kid. “SEE, MOM?? This is why you shouldn’t make us play outside.”

    1. Poison Oak is the worst! My husband got it EVERYWHERE and had a huge reaction where it was really bad so that it weeps and oozes for like a week or two. It was so gross and he was like I need a hug. I was like, I’m so sorry that you need a hug. It was like the sad scene of The Fly where he was mutated and disgusting. Ew!

  7. Thank you for the Downton video. Definitely made my day!

    1. Thanks, Anna! Glad you enjoyed the silliness today.

  8. Love the Kmart ad. Have yet to decide whether to show it to my kids, or not. They would love it, too, but then I’d have to give up my computer to let them watch it again and again. Sorry for the lumps and burnt grill and the lick. But it’s sunny in Oregon, and that should count for something, right?

    1. Yes. I’ll take the grill’s demise and the lick for a spot of sun.

  9. Saw the KMart ad a couple days ago and I have been playing it whenever I am feeling a little down. That marketing guy should get a BIG raise. Funniest thing I have seen in a while, a long while. Only thing funnier would be to incorporate farts in there somewhere. You just gotta love the bathroom humor!
    We also have a lick. Apparently ours is so bad that the sign got taken down and the faucet just got shut off. Now my hubby gets to share a sink with me. Oh joy. (Please read with as much sarcasm as possible). Guess it was a lick we just couldn’t lick! Sorry, couldn’t resist.
    Thanks for spreading your licks, ship and some Downton Abbey for us! I for one appreciate it!

    1. I totally agree re: the Kmart marketing person. Getting the ad approved?? Stunning bit of awesome work, right there. Glad this made you happy, Angela. 🙂

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