Murphy’s Law states, “If anything can go wrong, it will.”
See as much as I can have a the best laid plans in place, something always ends up diverting these plans with Murphy’s Law at play.
So Murphy’s Law seems to dominate quite often especially here.
Take for instance, all week leading up to Christmas.
I had been going crazy for days before Christmas with both my girls school holiday parties, a monthly Daisy meeting for my younger daughter (yes I am one of her troop leaders), shopping, baking, wrapping, moving that damn elf around, even blogging and so much more.
Murphy’s Law also states here that when you are at your busiest more will be added to the list to make you even crazier and busier than you can imagine.
Plus my back was feeling all this added stress in spades and squeezed in chiropractor appointments when I could to try to find some relief.
Those who know me know I have issues with my lower back that stem back for quite a few years and only had gotten worse after my second pregnancy resulted in my lovely, younger daughter falling onto my sciatic nerve the weekend before I gave birth to her resulting in terrible back labor that five years later I am still feeling the repercussions from.
But still keep trying to continue on even when the pain does flare up.
Again, Murphy’s Law also states that you will feel your worst at times like these…
So those days leading up to Christmas found me doing just that with my back and then subsequent pain that I felt was brewing, but still manageable for the most part (thankfully).
And still Murphy’s Law also finds that if it it can indeed go wrong, it will go wrong…
Christmas Eve came and each step of the way, if something were to go wrong, it did that day from an online placed order getting given away to another customer to my husband being sick with a sinus infection and on went the list.
I tried at each nasty turn to keep it together. But just as the evening was winding down, my husband and my older daughter snuggled comfortably into our living room to watch Prep and Landing Christmas special on DVD, that is when the power went out in at that part of our home, including the lights on our Christmas tree.
Breakers were flipped and nothing was bringing the electricity in that pocket of our home back on. A Christmas miracle was not to be for this one sadly.
With Murphy’s Law eventually you will crack and break under weight of all the stress if nothing else…
This was the proverbial straw to break me. So, I finally crumbled and dissolved in a blubbering, angry mess. Not proud of my reaction and reminded me of one of my favorite classic Christmas movies when Clark Griswold in Christmas Vacation had his own classic and epic meltdown.
Ironically, I had the movie on in the background on our other TV when the aforementioned power went out.
Somehow though we all soldered on in the end and Christmas Day was celebrated with our girls being no worse for the wear. My husband even used an extension cord to plug the tree into another outlet that still had electrical power. The girls opened presents excitedly and the rest of the day went off pretty smoothly.
But still we didn’t get power restored to our home until late Sunday (three days after the electricity died in that section).
Of course being Christmas weekend, we had one hell of a time finding an electrician to even come to take a look. Still two neighbors came having some electrical experience, but couldn’t even find the source to this problem. It should be noted that late Saturday evening, I finally took to Facebook to post a message in a local buy/sell group, where the wife of a local electrician connected us with her husband.
Amazing how social media really is the place to turn to when all else fails.
By the way, he came early Sunday and worked through the day to diagnose and fix the problem, which ended up being more extensive than I could even begin to explain here. Suffice it to say, we have some holes in our wall now where new electrical wire needed to be installed.
Once again, Murphy’s Law states that it is never just a simple fix by far.
Just grateful to this man for all his help and his generosity. Seriously, there are still some wonderful and amazing people out there still and this proved it to me.
The girls still have the rest of this week off, but my husband had to return to work Monday morning.
Yet the weekend ended with us finally getting to play and enjoy the newly gifted Pie Face game that Santa brought the girls. A side note on this though is our youngest upon opening it Christmas morning told us that they never actually asked for this game. However, Sunday night she couldn’t have been more excited to play (as were the rest of us, too).
Just when you think there is no light at the end of the darkest tunnel, there is may still be with Murphy’s Law.
At least heading into the vacation week and now the New Year this week here, we are seeing a bit of light at the end of the tunnel with Murphy’s Law thankfully.
As for the New Year, most know I am not a resolutions type girl, but try to pick one word to live my life by. Last year was to unplug when I could. I feel I did that successfully with taking some short breaks for vacations, summer, Disney and even Christmas, as well.
Well my overall word for 2016 is Joy–to enjoy, savor it all and to generally be in the moment more, such as the aforementioned Pie Face Game that reminded me how lucky I am to here laughter and joy like in the video below with my older daughter. These are truly the moments I want to take it and wash over me again and again.
**Sidenote – You can find me on SITS Girls today with some social media self-care advice for the new year.