A terrible horrible really great day

3 Dec

Monday started off well. It was December 2nd, so I got to open day two of my Advent calendar. That was the best pat about my morning.

Lucy, my basset hound, didn’t want to eat her breakfast. I tried topping it with all her favorite coercions, but she only managed about half.

Later,  on our way out  for her morning constitutional, she vomited in front of the back door.

While walking, I noticed a darkish patch on the cyst that had bled a little the day before. When we got in the house, I could see it was a fully blown cyst and cleaned it up. Having had bassets for over 20 years, I keep a good first aid kit for situations like this. It’s still a gross job.

We had a staff development day at school, so I didn’t bring a lunch. The previous week, our principal told us that we would get work time in the morning and they would do their half of the day after lunch. When I got to school and school. the schedule had changed. We were starting at 11 and would have  a 30 minute lunch from 12 to 12:30. Cursing, I graded some tests then did a quick run to the grocery store five minutes from school, where I got a mediocre salad. Half an hour after I returned, the schedule was changed and we would, indeed, start at 12:30 as originally planned. By the time I was walking to the cafeteria for the Admins’ PD, I was not in a great mood.

It’s funny how your mood can change quickly. The PD I had been dreading was not at all what I expected. We were going to paint! The Admins were treating us to a pop up paint class.


We each had an easel to work at and all the supplies we’d need. Then, a team of teachers walked us through each step of the painting, in which we recreated the iconic deer of the Portland sign. There was a lot of laughter, as I am sure you can imagine.

Until we had a beautiful, if not slightly wonky, finished product.


My day that started out poorly, ended wonderfully.

4 Responses to “A terrible horrible really great day”

  1. TammyB December 3, 2019 at 6:51 am #

    So frustrating to have the schedule changed…I had a similar experience yesterday and it didn’t sit well with me! Glad you were able to bounce back.


  2. Jan G December 3, 2019 at 7:09 am #

    I’m go glad your day ended well! What an amazing surprise. Thanks for sharing!
    Laughter and Consistency

  3. Christine December 3, 2019 at 7:36 am #

    What a fun surprise. So glad that you had an opportunity to play at work! So very important.

  4. arjeha December 3, 2019 at 7:48 am #

    Gee, our staff developments were never like this. I usually had to fight to stay awake during them. Sounds like you all had a lot of fun.

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