Thursday, February 14, 2013

Sometimes You Just Have To Laugh

Yesterday I had one of those days.  You know, the kind where NOTHING goes right.

I started the day off by falling down the steps.  I'm not sure how other than the fact that I'm clumsy.  I was carrying a full basket of laundry so my arms weren't free to catch my fall.  Instead my hip did that job.  #ouch.

The ensuing 4-5 hours went well enough.  I got in my swim and core work and was productive with a fair amount of work and other odds and ends around the house.

But then, things started to get comical.

It started when I turned on my Garmin to start my ride.  My power meter wouldn't turn on.  It's a little finicky  to begin with so I tried all my usual tactics to get it to wake up.  Nothing.  I finally called Quarq, in the process getting quite annoyed at the fact that 45 minutes had passed and I was wasting time.  On the phone with Quarq, we tried EVERYTHING (short of installing a new power meter!).  Nothing was working and we finally came to the conclusion that I needed to send this one back to them in South Dakota and have them repair and/or replace it.  Now 90 minutes had passed.  I was quickly losing my window of opportunity to get this workout completed. (but I do now know where the magnet for my power meter is located!)

While waiting for the Quarq people to call me back at one point, I check my email.  I have a note from my credit card company wanting to know if I made charges on my card at a golf course in Mobile, AL.  NOOOOOOOOOOOO.  No, No, No!  Next I spent another 45 minutes on the phone with said credit card company going through fraudulent charges and canceling my current card while requesting a new one.

I was getting no where fast.

When I finally finishing taking care of the misbehaving power meter and stolen credit card, I looked out the window so see that it's snowing like crazy.  And I *almost* started crying.  Seriously.  Only because (1) I didn't know it was supposed to snow and (2) the track was FINALLY clear of all snow/ice/slush and I was really excited to do my track workout on Saturday on, you know, an actual track!  Not to be my friends.

And to add one last insult to injury, when I went to print the mailing label to send my power meter back to Quarq, our printer (that has been working just fine) wouldn't print correctly.  SERIOUSLY - what is going on here?!?!  (luckily at that point, Oscar was home from work and he fixed it without major issue)

As I sit here typing and reading back through this entry, yesterday seems like no big deal.  Of course at the time, I didn't quite feel the same!  But indeed, this morning everything is just fine.  My hip (while really sore to sleep on) was fine during both my workouts today.  My power meter will get fixed and in the mean time, I will survive without it (but...but...does a ride even count if you don't have the watts to prove it????  :).  And the credit card was easily taken care of with the bad charges taken off the account without question.  The printer is fixed and while the snow is still around and the track back to a frozen mess, it is February in Pittsburgh - what should I expect?

Days like yesterday are always a good reminder for me to take a step back, be thankful that 99% of the time life runs smoothly, and to always be willing to just laugh at the situation instead of crying!  There is very little in this world to cry over.

Also, it should be noted that to make myself feel better, Oscar and I went out to eat and then bought Roxy a new bed.  She likes it.  (and yes, her bed is on our bed but we did eventually move it to the floor)

Happy Valentine's Day!


  1. whoa..what a day. glad you persevered and came through stronger. Those are the days that truly test us

  2. Yes, I have definitely had those days. At some point, you just have to throw in the towel. What are you gonna do.

  3. THAT sounds like quite the day. I'm sorry :( You have a good perspective on it and if hopefully bad days like that only come around once in awhile as a reminder of how good we have it 99% of the time. Onward and upward! And fingers crossed that spring is just around that corner so you'll have a snow-free track!

  4. I need to get my dog a bed. Her bed is MY bed & she has taken over! The ability to laugh at oneself & make the best of things when things are going bad...great quality to have :)

  5. Wowzer! I know those days - and yes a very good reminder of why most of the time we are so lucky! As always, you handled it with grace I am sure!! :-)