Sunday, May 22, 2011

Quick 5 - You know it's a bad day when ...

by Anna Sugden

Hopefully, you're all having a great weekend; the weather is glorious, the flowers are blooming, the kids/furry babies are in good spirits and your sports teams are winning.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it isn't one of THOSE days. You know the ones I mean ... where nothing seems to go right.

There is always a little harbinger of doom to tell you that this is one of THOSE days. As I said to my lovely hubby, the other day, you know it's going to be a bad day when the only yoghurt flavour left is apricot *blech*.

Which got me to thinking ... what clues do I have that it's not going to be a great day? And wouldn't that be a cool topic for a Quick 5?

Since it's a weekend and we're all having great days *g*, I thought I'd ask you to give me five signs that it isn't a good day and one sign that it's going to be a great day.

Here are mine.

You know it's a bad day when ...

1. The only yoghurt flavour left is apricot

2. The little internet icon on your computer says no connection

3. You're woken by a loud thud or crash.

4. You get one of those brown envelopes with a window in the post

5. Your two little feline hunters are camped out by the wine rack, ready to pounce, and growl when you come near.

You know it's a great day when your hubby brings home a bouquet of your favourite flowers for no reason! (check these out!!)

Over to you! What's your Quick 5 for sign it's a bad day? What's your one sign that it's going to be a great day?


lindsey hutchison @ United By Books said...

lol a bad day is when you ...

1) go to sleep at 2 get woken up by your cat all night then wind up sleeping past your alarm.
2) realizing you didnt charge your cell and its bout dead
3) are at a cash only place you placed your order and your now screwed
4) your already in the midst of a bad day when your number one most annoying person shows up
5) a nudging pain tells you your bout to start your monthly while this day is still going on and your at work

jo robertson said...

Great post, Anna! You always come up with the most clever topics.

I know it's a bad day when

1. I'm singing in church and realize I forgot to put on my bra.

2. I get a phone call at 7:00 in the morning.

3. I get a phone call at 10:00 at night.

4. There's no milk in the frig.

5. I wake up with a headache.

I know it's going to be a good day when I wake up to smell Dr. Big's special french toast wafting from the kitchen. Yum!

lindsey hutchison @ United By Books said...

hahaha i was thinking so much of top 5 for a bad day a great day would be waking to a sweet text from the one i love. or awesome news.

Kim in Baltimore said...

1. I just missed Alex O'Loughlin filming on base.

2. Reruns for favorite shows long before summer arrives.

3. Kids eat leftovers I was savoring all day in my mind.

4. Internet goes down - how I can I live without Romance Bandits?

5. Blogger eats posts.

Mary Preston said...

Bad day
1. No coffee in the house.
2. The washing machine sounds like it's about to lift off into outer space.
3. You get to work soaked through because you had a long walk in the carpark.
4. You pack your lunch & then leave it at home.
5. You find out that you can't take off from work on time because a staff meeting has been called.

Good Day
My day just hums along right from the get go.

Anna Sugden said...

LOL Lindsey - we must be sisters under the skin! I can see every single one of those.

My cat is sitting here innocently washing her face and trying to pretend she didn't wake me up at 2am chasing a mouse around the kitchen!

How do you know it's a good day?

Anna Sugden said...

OMG Jo - you should have put a spew warning on your answer! Tea all over my monitor!

LOL thanks - what is it they say? Desperation is the mother of invention?!

Yes, there is something about those phone calls, isn't there? *shudder*

Oooh Dr Big's french toast ... sounds yummy. I could cope with that as a start to the day!

Anna Sugden said...

Glad you remembered a the good stuff, Lindsey! Aww - a sweet text would be nice.

Anna Sugden said...

Oh Kim - you hit on my biggest downer - no internet! Even worse than apricot yoghurt!

Aww - we'd miss you too!

LOL about your kids eating your left-overs. That is so frutrating ... like when your hubby tosses the left-overs, saying 'you didn't want those, did you?'

Anna Sugden said...

Hi Marybelle - you sound like one of my dear friends. She goes nuts if there's no coffee in the house!

Oh man, the packed lunch thing - did that so many times. Seemed to do it more when I was a teacher - strange - must have been the kiddies rubbing off on me. I even had to resort to school dinners once or twice!

Anna Sugden said...

You know it's a good day when your team is about to lift the trophy for winning the league! That's my day today - yay! Well done Manchester United!

Will be back soon - after I've been to watch the celebrations!

Helen said...

Well done Lindsey he is enjoying being at your place.


Love these quick 5's

I know it is going to be a bad day

1. When I wake up before 5-00am
2. I turn the jug on for coffee and the saftey switch goes
3. I can't get on the internet first thing in the morning
4. The phone starts ringing at
6-00am either a problem at work or one of the kids
5. There is no bread for toast or lunch.

I know it will be a good day if I can at least sleep till 6-00am and everything goes smoothly LOL

Have Fun

Dtchycat said...

You know its a bad day when
1) Your husband brings you flowers for no reason - cause there is always a reason...
2) You go to put your shoes on to realize that your cat left a seal pup (aka hairball) as a present
3) You go all day wearing your shirt on backwards and inside out and no one tells you...either they didn't notice or they were having a really good laugh at my expense...
4) When you get all the way to work, walk in, only to find out you aren't really working...
5) You answer the doorbell for the mailman who hates you and all of a sudden he is the nicest man in the world...then you realize you forgot to put your wig on as you shut the door...and realize he probably is in a good mood since he is assuming you have cancer and are probably dying...ha ha...laughs on him, just bald!

hrdwrkdmom aka Dianna said...

I can relate to almost all of those, especially the left over dilemma. Done that many times, I have a 21 year old son that is a walking garbage disposal.

Let's see if I can come up with some of my own.

You know it's going to be a bad day when......

1. You start to get dressed for work and realize your uniform shirt is downstairs in the laundry, unwashed. (we have to wear a certain color each day, can't interchange them.)

2. You make your one cup of coffee for the day and discover you are out of sugar.

3. You walk out the door and your great hunter has left a present on the mat, and you step on it before you see it.

4. You get a call at 7 in the morning and it is your boss saying where are you? (Done that one just 2 weeks ago and yes, it was a very bad day.)

5. Your current boss goes to a new position and the higher ups call you in to tell you who your knew boss is going to be. (Yes, it was a very bad day.)

You know it is going to be a good day when your BF calls you at work and says "Can you meet me outside?" When you hit the back door he is standing there with a vase of flowers, chocolate and a kiss, just cause it has been a while.

gamistress66 said...

interesting lists. here's my contributions
1) you wake up aching (moving or sunlight = pain) when you went to bed feeling human
2) put a run in your stockings - twice
3) rush to get out to work and too late realize forgot something -- money, purse, lunch, important work papers
4) dressed casual then remember there's an important meeting you needed to "dress" for
5) the computer just doesn't want to cooperate

so far today's going good -- woke up rested at a reasonable hour, the sun is shining & the computer works :)

Louisa Cornell said...

I am trying to decide if the GR is a sign of a bad day, a good day or the Apocalypse! Good luck with him, Lindsey!

A bad day is when :

1) As soon as you walk in the door at work one or more managers runs toward you saying "Thank God you're here!"

2) You get halfway home and realize you forgot to actually put the bag of ice you bought in your buggy.

3) You go outside first thing in the morning and discover boxers and ladies underwear in your back yard that do NOT belong to you.

4) You wake up to the sound of running water and you are the only person in the house.

5) You start your car and the first thing you see is the Check Engine light.

A good day ? Any day I wake up and realize I don't have to go to work!

Donna MacMeans said...

These are so much fun! Jo - loved your list. Hate those phone let me add:
Bad Day:
1) when you wake from a deep slumber to the sound of the phone and it's the bank trying to sell you some new service.
2) when you discover someone is staying home sick on the day you'd planned to do nothing but write.
3) when your computer won't start - and those backups you meant to run? Nada.
4) when snow has closed snows for the third straight day.
5) when we're out of Diet Coke or Diet Dr.Pepper which are my "first thing in the morning" drinks.

Good Day:

When I've typed "The End" on a manuscript the night before.

pjpuppymom said...

1. Your boss calls and says, "Did you not realize you were supposed to open today?" (Love it when they change the schedule and fail to let you know!)

2. You finally have a day off and the dogs decide it's a great morning to get up at 4am. Hello, full moon! lol!

3. The phone rings at 2am and your brother says, "There's been a massive earthquake in Japan." (Very thankful family was okay!)

4. You're awakened by wildly barking dogs, open your eyes to the sight of an intruder outside your bedroom's sliding doors, dive for the floor and call 911...before realizing what you're actually seeing is the shadow of an overgrown shrub. Yeah, try explaining that one to the police officers!

5. I got one of "those calls" yesterday which means I have to drive 700 miles tomorrow and the weather icons show thunderstorms pretty much the entire route. If any of you between South Carolina and Michigan have influence with the weather, feel free to put in a request for sunshine!

Good Morning = Sleeping in and waking to warm sunlight, singing birds and two dogs patiently waiting to cover you with kisses!

Kat said...

Signs that it might not be a great day…
1. Your dog has gotten you out of bed ever other hour to go outside.
2. You can’t find that second shoe
3. The boss asks “have you read my email yet” as soon as you walk into the office.
4. When your child says, “mom I need (fill in the blank) today” as you are about to walk out the door for the day.
5. When you can’t wait for that first cup of coffee and then it’s a little too hot and you burn your tongue.

It’s going to be a great day…

1. You get up before the alarm actually goes off voluntarily.
2. When you open you Nook and your pre-release is downloaded waiting to be read.
3. First thing anybody says to you in the day is,” I love you”.
4. Your child proudly shows you his report card.
5. Your husband filled up your gas tank for you.

Anna Campbell said...

Lindsey, you must be enjoying flirting with the chook!

Anna, what a fun post. I love your quick fives! And aren't you lucky, getting beautiful flowers from your lovely husband for nothing in particular?

Hmm, let me think...

1. When they play a piece of music I hate on the radio when I first turn it on very early in the morning (for some reason, that first piece of music really affects how the rest of the day goes!).

2. I find a cockroach in the bathroom.

3. The loud crash. Last time that happened, a mirror had fallen off the wall. Eeeek!

4. I realise I'm out of milk.

5. There's only herbal tea in the house (I hate herbal tea but I keep it for guests).

A good day? An email from a reader saying how much they enjoyed one of the books. That's always a GREAT way to get started!

Anna Campbell said...

Kat, I'm 100% with you about the pre-release! Actually another good day is when I get a couple of books in the mail from the Book Depository that generally I've forgotten I've ordered. Then it's like Christmas!

Unknown said...

1-NO Coffee!!!!
2-Indi wakes me before 6am
3- migraine...YUCK
4-Mother starts whinning first thing about something the other sibling put up on FB about her ( As if I haven't told her a million and one times already they do that just to hurt her!)
5- Somebody breaks something...urgh!

Artemis said...

It's a bad day when...
1. No internet signal
2. No cable
3. Nothing seems to get accomplished
4. Stray dogs roam the neighborhood
5. Some type of salesman bangs on the door.

It's a good/great day when I don't wake up with a headache/migraine!

Pissenlit said...

5 signs it's going to be a bad day:

1. Your tea finishes steeping and you open the fridge only to realise you're out of milk.

2. You're heading out of town for a friend's wedding and you're on a tight schedule when you're half an hour out and you realise you forgot to bring your dress.

3. The forecast calls for a nice day and you leave the house dressed appropriately only to have the sky open up later with freezing rain and a bit of hail.

4. You go to the ATM and have a massive brainfart when you go to punch in your PIN number and after a few tries, the ATM eats your card.

5. It's that time of the month, you're cramping, and a friend calls early in the morning and talks you into hanging out even though you vetoed the idea the day before and 5 minutes after you hang up, you go to get ready and instead of finishing your tea, you manage to drench your face, hair and clothes in it.

A sign it's going to be a good day:
- Your radio alarm clock goes off and they're playing a really awesome song that you love.

Anna Sugden said...

Sorry I'm late back - what a day!


Okay - back to important business - OMG Helen, any day that starts at 5 or 6 is bad for me! I'm not a morning person at all!

Nothing like no bread ... or no milk in the morning ... uggh!

Anna Sugden said...

LOL dtchycat - can't it be a good reason why your hubby buys you flowers?!

I nearly mentioned the hairball myself ... nothing quite like one of those bare-foot first thing in the morning!

Anna Sugden said...

Oh Dianna - the bad new boss thing - been there and got that t-shirt too many times to mention. It's a shocker, isn't it?!

Aww - your BF sounds lovely - very thoughtful!

Anna Sugden said...

Great ones, gamistress! I was nodding at the waking up aching (they tell me it's an age thing, but I'm not listening!) and the run in your stockings twice - so annoying! I started one of my early books like that - the heroine gets a run in her spare pair of stockings after already ripping the first pair.

Glad your day is going well!

Anna Sugden said...

LOL Louisa - I had the same thought about that pesky bird!

I'm snorking at the unknown underwear - do tell!

Oh no on the running water - that is so not good!

Yeah on any day that you don't have to go to work!

Anna Sugden said...

LOL Donna - how about when you remember the diet Dr Pepper, but forget your laptop ;)

I hate those phonecalls that turn out to be a sales call *grr*.

It's a good day for all of us when you type The End because it means we're all closer to another fab Donna book on the shelves!

Anna Sugden said...

See PJ - dogs and cats don't have the same body clocks that we do! Bless their little furry paws!

LOL about the intruder being a shrub - and very glad it was too! We like you being safe!

Anna Sugden said...

Oh yes on that second shoe, Kat - I'll add in the second ear-ring too. I'm always in a rush and that elusive second ear-ring does me in! Of course I couldn't do the simple thing and get another pair LOL

Also nodding about burning your tongue on the hot drink.

Oooh I like your list of signs it's a great day - especially the one about the pre-order on your Nook. How cool!

Anna Sugden said...

*grin* well, you know my hubby - he's such a treasure!

You must have lots of wonderful days with all the fan mail you must get about your great books!

I know what you mean about that first song/tune of the day being a sign of how your day is going to go. I think that was one of the funniest moments in Groundhog Day because that would just about kill me off!

Anna Sugden said...

I agree, Anna - a delivery of books is always such fun and makes me smile. I got a lovely parcel of Bandita books the other day - yours, Beth's, Tawny's and Kate's - bumper good day!

Anna Sugden said...

BJ - hugs on the migraines - I suffer badly too. It's bad enough waking up with the feeling that one is coming, but waking up with one full-blown is awful!

So, come on - what's a great day? (other than the first day you wake up with no migraine!)

Anna Sugden said...

Oh dear - you too, Artemis? I hope you and BJ have great drugs for those migraines. They are life-savers. It would be the worst day if I ran out of those migraine drugs!

Stray dogs? Oooh tricky!

I hate days where nothing gets accomplished - especially when you seem to be running around a lot!

Anna Sugden said...

Oh man, Pissenlit - done that dress thing. Also done the shoe thing (forgot to take the shoes to go with the dress) and the hat thing (big deal over here for weddings!)

I just did the ATM thing the other day - and on the same day forgot the alarm code for the house! It was awful - I felt like such a dodo!

I like any day when the alarm doesn't go off at all!

Anna Campbell said...

Anna, isn't Groundhog Day a great film? I caught it on pay TV the other day and loved it just as much as ever. Actually it's a really good demonstration of how to write the redemption of a character. Beautifully done!

Hey, thanks for saying such nice things. I hope you have fun with MWP! Hasn't it been great to be able to get our hands on so many wonderful new Bandita books?

Louisa Cornell said...

I knew you would get a kick out the underwear bad day, VraiAnna!

It was definitely puzzling and a bit disconcerting until I realized two of my dogs - Clyde and Zorro, aka the Idiot Brothers had opened the gate and raided the neighbor's clothes line! How DOES one return filched underwear, slightly chewed, very dirty and covered in dog slobber? One washes it, puts it in a brown envelope and stuffs it in their mailbox in the dead of night!

And the water running was a burst pipe. The subsequent water bill nearly gave me a heart attack!

lindsey hutchison @ United By Books said...

i have grown rather fond of flirting with the lil chook thanks all.

and my kitty tends to wake me up by licking my face or purring in my ear to put the food bowl back on my bed or open the window for her to climb in and out. sometimes twice a night one for the food bowl then she leaves me alone for a bit then comes back for the window. though the last few nights she decided sleeping practically on my head is her favorite place

Christine Wells said...

LOL, VA. I like Apricot yoghurt! I'm hesitating to tempt fate, but since it's Monday here, I can speak from today's experience.

You know it's going to be a bad day when:

1. You stayed up way too late critiquing your CP's brilliant manuscript, only to be woken 2 hours later by the dog wanting to go outside;

2. Said dog wakes you one hour later to be let back inside

3. Child wakes you one hour after that with a long-winded and very winning explanation of why the kitchen floor is now covered in cereal

4. Running late and no child can find his shoes

5. Mysterious piles of dead ants start appearing on kitchen benches (discovered cause -- the hallogen lights are frying them and dropping them from the ceiling

Hope your day is better than mine, everyone!

Anna Sugden said...

I loved the concept of Groundhog Day, Anna. Very clever!

It was interesting that they were able to get away with making Bill Murray such a horrid character to start with - I wonder if novelists would get the same leeway.

Anna Sugden said...

LOL Louisa - you had us all wondering there, but somehow I figured animals had to be involved!

It's so windy today that our sheets blew off the washing line into next door's garden, confusing her aging golden retriever no end!

Anna Sugden said...

Aww they're so demanding, but so loving too. My little one has taken to waking me up in the night because she wants to sleep on my chest. As soon as I turn onto my back, she's up on the bed making herself comfortable!

Anna Sugden said...

OMG Christine! Hope your day improved!

At least you had a great ms to critique in amongst that all. So what explanation was given for the cereal all over the floor? Do we have a budding fiction novelist in the house?