Saturday, November 14, 2009

Murphy's Law 101

Don't you wonder sometimes about Murphy's Law, the way it manages to throw every obstacle possible in your path to hold you up when you are in a hurry?

Yesterday afternoon, my hubby arrived home early from work so once he took over watching our 3 1/2 year old, I was out the door for a little "Me Time" and to do a little shopping. Nothing unusual about that is there?

So I get most of my chores done and while picking up a few groceries notice that ice cream and popsicles are both on sale.  Really good sale too so I plunk down two cartons of ice cream (my hubby's favorite, I don't eat it) and 3 boxes of popsicles into my shopping cart.

While I'm puttering around the grocery store, I notice that there is hardly anyone around and when I get to the cash, I can see why.  Only about 6 cashes out of a possible 15 are open and the line ups are ridiculous.  Where is the manager when this happens?  On break?  Certainly not rounding up people to get their cash registers buzzing!

So I wait in line looking at the ice cream and popsicles hoping I can at least get through this long line before they start to melt.  After what seems like 30 minutes, it's finally my turn. Well, no wonder it took 30 minutes.  This cashier is examining everything she scans and then fumbling like crazy trying to fit everything like a tetris game into my cloth grocery bags (yes, I'm environmentally conscious but this is nuts!)

I finally get out of the grocery store with my ice cream and popsicles still intact. On my way home, I see our Dollar Store and think to myself, they are never busy, I'll just run in quickly and pick up some sketch pads for my daughter who draws endlessly.

I get a great parking spot, run in, it's not busy, I hurry down the stationery isle, grab 8 pads and run to the cash where they have 1 cashier working out of a possible 4 and there must be 12 people ahead of me. Where in Hell did they all come from?? The cash was empty I swear just 15 seconds ago!!

So I wait patiently all the while thinking of that ice cream and those popsicles out in the car. Finally an employee opens another cash and half of the people in front of me hurry over to her.  Good, well, not really.  I should have run over myself, they had all gone through and new people were lining up by the time I finally got to the front of my line. Instead of ringing me through though, she decides to total up her cash and make a deposit adding even more time to my wait. So I finally get out of there after what seems like a good half hour, jump into my truck feeling relieved that I can now get these frozen goodies home when I spot the gridlock ahead.

I swear, some idiot was parked in a non-parking space holding everyone up while still sitting behind the wheel acting totally oblivious to those of us who couldn't get by. I'm embarrassed to admit she was a woman. She sat there just as unconcerned as could be while the rest of were idling unable to go forward or back up because she was blocking the lanes. Finally someone crept through the blocked lane with probably less than 2" on either side and we were able to get out but she just sat there I'm sure wondering what all the fuss was about.

Thankfully that was my last hold up but after getting those groceries into the freezer, I had to laugh to myself at how so many things had held me up. You never know though, maybe it was just the Universe's way of making sure I didn't end up in the wrong place at the wrong time or maybe it just wanted a good laugh!

30 comments:

Martha in PA said...

When that many thing conspire against me, I really do think it is the universe's way of keeping me out of harms way!!!!

Ina in Alaska said...

Oh..go with the flow, the aggravation is not worth it... when stuff like this happens to me I just believe it was meant to be and just think about "stuff", don't sweat it, dear, at least you were not accompanied by a cranky 3&1/2 year old.

I was watching Oprah the other afternoon. She was interviewing the lady whose face had been ripped off by the chimp. That poor brave soul survived the attack but her eyes were removed and she is not a candidate for a face transplant. Puts all our mundane problems in perspective. Just sayin... xoxo

Corrie Howe said...

These times are just to see how much stress we can take.

Maureen@IslandRoar said...

You've gotta figure if your ice cream survived all that, you were definitely meant to have it!

sitting on the mood swing at the playground said...

I think after the second or third incident (and after initial frustration) I might find it all funny. Then again, I might not find the humor until I was home, the ice cream was in the freezer and a glass of wine was in my hand.

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Frau said...

Really only seems to happen when you buy ice cream and it's melting in the car!

2 Toddlers and Me said...

What a day! Glad you made it home all right. It is a funny story, I'm sure much funnier after the fact!

mama-face said...

Interesting thought...maybe you were meant to be in a certain place at a certain time. I will try to think of that next time I stand in any kind of line. Or when I'm behind that you know what who oblivious to the world around he or she.

tetris game hahaha.

Erin M. said...

I got frustrated just reading about your frustration! LOL!

That's one reason I never buy popsicles. My kids won't eat 'em anyway.

ethelmaepotter! said...

One of those days...
But seriously, you don't eat ice cream?!

Helene said...

Okay, wait....I still can't get past the fact that you do NOT eat ice cream!!

I've had the whole Murphy's law thing happen to me too. I don't know how you managed to stay so patient while waiting in those lines...I would've had a mental breakdown!!!

Noelle said...

something or someone was definitely watching over you. when that kind of stuff happens to me, i stop (usually much later) and think...maybe i avoided a car accident. never know...just gotta go with the flow. ;)

blueviolet said...

That scares me. Are the stores going to be so short-staffed over the holidays that it's only going to get worse?

Yikes!

kys said...

Have you ever been in a Dollar Tree on the first of the month? Nightmare. If the service was available here, I would do my grocery shopping on-line.

Pink Haired Momma said...

even though you stated you dont eat ice cream, i would definately start aftr a day like that if i were you!!

Tara said...

Oh boy- I've definitely had days like that! And our Dollar Tree is always like that. I usually get frustrated and just leave. Glad you made it home safe and sound with your ice cream and popsicles in tact!

yonca said...

I had a day like day last week at pathmark. So frustrating!
Hope you're having a great Sunday!

Nancy@ifevolutionworks.com said...

This is why I'm more than happy to let my husband do the food shopping :) Glad those popsicles all made it safely home!

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Menopausal New Mom said...

Wow, thanks for all the comments ladies. I knew I would get lots of sympathy here Lol!

I'm pleased to say that those popsicles are now safely tucked away in my freezer ready to help calm me down next time I'm having a rough day! As Blue Violet pointed out, it can only get worse the closer we get to the holidays!

Thanks so much for taking time out of your busy weekends to comment! Loved hearing from you all!

ZenMom said...

Murphy's Law is a regular around these parts. That's why I can never do a "quick" anything.

Glad you like the award. You deserve it!

Frugal Vicki said...

Just reading that made my blood pressure raise. How frustrating and rude of that woman!

Respectfully Yours said...

Hi. I just realized I was not signed up to follow your blog. Thank you for all your support and faithful comments on my blog. I really enjoy your comments. I am now following you, sorry about the delay. I am a newbie and still learning.

I can actually break out into a sweat in line when I am in a hurry and get poor service. It is amazing how that can get under your skin.

Looking forward to reading more of your blogs.

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

I like the thought that Murphy isn't just a stalker, he's keeping us out of harm's way. ;)

Tamara said...

Hi Deb,
You crack me up...so many of your blogs parallel my own life. lol I don't know how many times I've gone into Walmart and waited in line 30 mins because only 3 of the cash registers were open out of 25!!! Grrrrrrrr And oh ya...the good old dollar store...ours only has one register. lol

Thank you for stopping by and wishing me Happy Birthday and giving me support on my daughter. It's been quite a rocky road and I'm so hoping she is ready to move on and live a happy productive clean life. :)

Hugs!!

Anita said...

I didn't hear you mention a hot flash. Are we getting better, or did you just forget to mention it? :)

newmumover40 said...

A good laugh at our expense?? I guess it's possible. Nevertheless, the comment gave me a good giggle! :):)

I find these events remind me of the importance of patience and going with the flow and not judging others for their actions (as inconsiderate as they may seem/be!). Any time I lose patience it is an opportunity for me to extend my patience levels!!

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