Mar 28

Sometimes You’re the Windshield, Sometimes You’re the Bug

windshieldWhether you’ve heard the song or not you’re probably familiar with the reference. Last Wednesday was my “bug” day if you know what I mean. I swear almost nothing went right. Here’s what the day looked like so you can feel my misery a little bit, if you’d rather not just skip to the end of the post:

  • I wake up in the morning and I have a horrible head cold. I’m so congested I can barely breathe and my lips are stuck together (gross)
  • I get on the bus and there are almost no seats. I have to sit at the front in the seats that face other passengers. They watch me blow my nose and sneeze (double gross).
  • There appears to be some sort of accident that delays the bus before the tunnel for over 40 minutes.
  • I roll into work an hour late.
  • My social worker texts me that he has to talk to me about something “important”.
  • Said social worker then comes by my office to let me know that he’s resigning. I just hired him 6 months ago and he’s finally trained and “up to speed” (FML).
  • I inform my supervisor that I’m going to need to take off some time to attend my uncle Steve’s celebration of life service and “Oh yeah my social worker resigned”.
  • I have a meeting with a client who screams (at no one in particular) for about 40 minutes.
  • Bus ride home is uneventful (except for the fact the passenger who decided to sit with me and basically sat on my lap-really? WTH! scoot over jerk).
  • I arrive home and rush to the bathroom. After I go, I realize that I took the TP roll into the bedroom because we were out of tissues and I needed to blow my nose.

There’s no real point to this post except for me to vent a little bit. I guess sometimes I read blogs and it feels like everyone’s life is cheerful and happy all the time. I just want my readers to know that even though my life is wonderful 95% of the time, 5% of the time it totally stinks. I try to keep things positive (nobody wants to read “my life is stinks” posts all the time because that’s a downer), but sometimes I have a bear of a day and it’s almost so terrible I have to laugh at myself.  Bottom line, life sucks sometimes. But that’s life and things do get better. In light of the recent unexpected passing of my uncle, I realize that everyday is precious, even if it’s a bad day. So I’m thankful for what’s dropped on my plate, even if today I happen to be the “bug”.

Are you the windshield or the bug today? Have any fun weekend plans?



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  1. Michelle

    I am the bug as my neighbor’s dog has barked for 7 hours in a row-12 a.m. until 7 a.m. and it’s my FREAKING DAY OFF!!! Am so mad right now as I read blog posts instead of catching up on my sleep. I am sleep deprived on a regular basis due to my extreme commute so have a solid 8 hours of sleep makes me soooo happy. Today I would have been happy with my regular 5 hours of sleep. And you’re right a lot of people don’t share their sh$t because we all want an American happy ending (like in the movies). Thanks for being honest. Get some rest and feel better.

    1. KK

      Oh wow, that sounds miserable. I hope your neighbor’s dog has gotten his/her barking in check. Sorry to hear about your day off. No perfect happy ending here 🙂 Just the “real deal”

  2. Kali @ CommonSenseMillennial

    I was the bug yesterday.. thankfully, today seems more like a windshield day 🙂 I’ve noticed that tends to happen with me – if I have a bad bug day, the next day always seems better.

    1. KK

      I think after a bug day the windshield day is right around the corner (hopefully).

  3. Marie @ GradMoneyMatters

    I’m more like a windshield today, I just received a call today from my daughter’s adviser that my daughter made it to top 5! This Monday would be her recognition day, btw, my daughter is only seven-year old. And for this weekend, I’m planning to have a quick visit to my hubs grandmother.

    1. KK

      Yay for that! Congrats to your daughter, that’s a great accomplishment. Hope the visit went well.

  4. Shoeaholicnomore

    Some days are just like that. It’s important to continue to have a good mood most of the time. But after a day like that I think a venting session is ok, as long as you move on afterwards 🙂 Hope things have gone better since Wednesday. Have a great weekend!

    1. KK

      Thanks, things this weekend have been better. Got to visit with family which is a nice mood picker-upper.

  5. Erin @ My Alternate Life

    I hate bug days! The other day, I felt like it was going to be a bug day, because my window was smashed out, but I decided to stay positive and turned it into a windshield day — with copious amounts of food, alcohol, and sunshine 🙂

    Hope you have a windshield weekend 🙂

    1. KK

      Oh man, that’s awful. Hope you were able to get the windshield fixed and it didn’t cost you an arm and a leg. I guess that’s a bug (and windshield-literally) day.

  6. Morgaine

    I had one of those days last week … I was doing OT on a Saturday. We had the alarm set early to have breakfast before T had to drop me off at the station, except its a new clock and apparently it had a weekend setting, so it didn’t go off. So, I didn’t get to eat breakfast at home. I also didn’t know the train schedule, but I checked online and had T drop me off a bit early. Turns out it was a lot early! I mis-read the dates for that schedule. I ended up waiting 40 mins for the train in the cold (-12C) and then ended up 30 mins late for work still no breakfast/coffee and had to start on something complicated I’d never done before. Just made going to work on a Saturday even worse 🙁 Here’s to a windshield weekend for both of us!

    1. KK

      Oh man, I hope the weekend went better for you. My alarm has a weekday/weekend setting, which I love, but it did take me a while to figure out.

  7. Shannon @ Financially Blonde

    Ha!! I usually say, “Sometimes your the statue, sometimes your the bird” but I know how you are feeling. It is amazing how some days seem to “pile” up. I am a glass is half full kind of chick, so I try to take those days in stride, otherwise, I would curl up in a ball with a box of kleenex and never come out.

    1. KK

      That saying works too. I try to be glass half-full but sometimes things just turn out so bad I let myself have a “poor me” day and go from there.

  8. Laurie @thefrugalfarmer

    Oh, KK. Sorry to hear you had such a bad day. 🙁 You’re definitely not the only one, that’s for sure. Hope you are feeling better, my friend!!

    1. KK

      Thanks Laurie. I’m feeling much better and haven’t had any health issues since January (knock on wood). Ironically the ct scan didn’t show anything, so I got that bill for “nothing”. But at least I know nothing serious is wrong.

  9. Alicia

    I think that I had a bug day today. So many things happened. I have it all vented for later next week, but man!

    1. KK

      Sorry to hear that. Hope things are going well for you now.

  10. Tonya@Budget and the Beach

    awe I can relate to this as I’ve had many “bug” days. Luckily this week was more windshield. 🙂 Hope you feel better and have a better weekend!

    1. KK

      Bring on the windshield week, I’m ready for one! Hope you had a great weekend too.

  11. Jen @Sprout Wealth

    There are just days when nothing goes right no matter how you try. I dread such days but even if you do your best sometimes, your best isn’t just good enough; as if other forces are prevailing. Perhaps whoever coined “Murphy’s Law” went through something worst. Just a thought.

    1. KK

      Last week was totally a Murphy’s law kind of week. Whatever could go wrong did go wrong. Thankfully I think this week is going to be a better one.

  12. E.M.

    When things immediately start off on the wrong foot from the moment you wake up, it’s hard to get past it. My life is definitely not all butterflies and rainbows – I’ve been pretty stressed out this past week. I hope you get to enjoy the weekend!

    1. KK

      It definitely is. Once you get the day started and it’s bad, I sometimes want to get back in bed and not get out. Hoe this week is better for both of us.

  13. DEBt DEBs

    I had a bug week! Hoping your cold is getting better and your weekend is better still!

    1. KK

      Thanks so much, I think it’s getting better which I’m super thankful for. Hope your weekend was great.

  14. anna

    Sorry to hear about your bug day, especially with the social worker quitting – that’s gotta be frustrating after investing that much time into the training. I hope that you find a replacement soon, and more importantly that you become healthy again even sooner! Hugs to you.

    1. KK

      Thanks Anna. It’s definitely frustrating to have him leaving so soon, but I know it’s a good career opportunity for him, so I can’t be upset. I’m crossing my fingers that I’ll be able to find someone soon.

  15. David

    I am so sorry to hear this! I hope you get better soon!

    1. KK

      Thanks David, I’m feeling a lot better. What’s crazy with that bill, is the actual ct scan was in January and I’m just now getting the bill.

  16. Poor Student

    Sorry to hear that, sometimes it feels as if all the bad things happen at the same time. Haha I also think about the same thing about people on the internet, but I guess we’re all humans so we have a bad day every once in a while.

    1. KK

      I feel like it’s important to share the good, the bad and the ugly. Nobody’s life is perfect, especially mine.

  17. Debt Hater

    Sorry to hear that you had such a bad day! I think we all have those days where we are definitely the bug and everything that can go wrong will go wrong. It also makes the little annoyances during the day seem much, much worse.

    I think you are right that most people usually blog about the positive things that happen in their lives, but everyone is human. It’s just like going on to Facebook and thinking everyone has an amazing an exciting life but you are really only seeing a snapshot of the best.

    1. KK

      Facebook is totally the worst. I barely look at my facebook because I don’t want to get into a trap of thinking “everyone’s life is better than mine”. I check a couple of times a year just so I can see people’s kids etc.

  18. Mackenzie

    Ugh, sorry you had such a bad day 🙁 Hope you feel better soon!

    1. KK

      Thanks Mackenzie. Feeling much better now 🙂

  19. DC @ Young Adult Money

    Sorry to hear about your bad day. Those are never fun and sometimes it feels like there are a never-ending number of things going wrong. I spent hours training a new supervisor at my work only to have her leave after 4 months. It’s a terrible feeling and definitely makes you feel like you wasted a lot of time (which actually is a pretty accurate way of describing it).

    1. KK

      Thanks DC, better days are ahead 🙂 It’s pretty frustrating (and a huge waste of time) when you train somebody and they leave so soon. I’m not mad at him for taking a better job, but I’m definitely annoyed I spent all that time training him.

  20. Hayley @ A Disease Called Debt

    Sorry to hear about your uncle passing away and your cold, sounds like a bad one! Hope you feel much better soon. I have days where I feel like both the bug or the windshield. Today’s a windshield day (with just a slight crack in it)!

  21. Brian @ Luke1428

    I’ve got a poster hanging in my classroom at school of a pigeon pooping all over a statue. It says, “Some days you are the pigeon. Some days you are the statue.” That seems to be how life goes from time to time. It reminds me that even though I get dumped on many a day, I don’t have to turn that around and dump on others (even though I sometimes do). Hope things look up soon!

  22. Daisy

    Sometimes, you just have to vent! I know what you mean when you say it seems as if bloggers are always cheerful and happy. It would sure be nice to be constantly positive 100% of the time. I thought I was going to have one of those days the other day, but it ended up just being a trying morning. Missed my alarm, forgot my cell phone charger, got to work late, forgot my umbrella so got soaked on the way in, wore the wrong pants.. but it ended up being okay. I hope things got better.

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