You Know It’s a Bad Day When…


Sleeping kitten



  • You're late for the school run because you can only find one school PE trainer. And then when you get home, the trainer turns out to be inside the washing machine. Because, like, where else would a trainer be?
  • The dentist tells you that only 10% of patients get an abscess after a wisdom tooth extraction, and only 10% of those people also develop weird scar tissue on their gum that stops them talking properly, and practically nobody then comes out in hives as an allergy to the antibiotic, so in a way you’re actually very special. Lucky you.
  • Your daughter corrects you when you tell her teacher the name of Voldemort’s snake and adds, “Mummy wouldn’t know anyway, she’s always falling asleep."
  •  The energy company phones to tell you it has proactively appointed a legal advisor because your power bill is so high – but they can’t tell you how high, exactly.
  • You realise that £500 an hour bill from the barrister didn’t include VAT.
  • You take a shower and run into your room wearing the only clean towel in the bathroom, which happens to be a hand towel, and try to quickly close the curtains, only to pull down the ENTIRE sodding curtain rail.

And most of all, you know it’s a bad day when…

  • Moments after pulling down the curtain rail, while you’re standing, basically naked at your window, backlit by a 60-watt bulb, you notice that the next door neighbour (also known as your child’s deputy headmaster) has just pulled up and got out of his car.


Tomorrow’s another day, right? And in the meantime, there are pictures of kittens to be looking at. 



Sally is a full-time blogger and founder of the Tots100, Trips100, Foodies100 and HIBS100 communities, along with the MAD Blog Awards. She spends a bit too much time on the Internet. She’s also a very happy Mum to Flea, the world’s coolest ten year old.


  1. 25th January 2012 / 11:47 pm

    Oh you poor poor thing, just made my whole week feel like a stroll in the park… Let’s face it, it can only get better… seriously?!!!

  2. 26th January 2012 / 8:22 am

    500 pound an hour!!! Why didn’t anyone tell me this when I was choosing to become a teacher?

  3. Nikki
    26th January 2012 / 9:20 am

    Ouch – that sounds like a nasty morning. Surely time for a 5 min sit down, coffee and sob?

  4. 26th January 2012 / 9:29 am

    Oh dear that does sounds like a bad day 🙁 But on a plus side…. a great blog post!! Hope today is a better day for you xxx

  5. 26th January 2012 / 9:29 am

    Err, you could go charging a deputy head master a fee for looking and cover barrister expences from it? Serves deputy headmaster right – what was he lurking at… (sorry for making fun, butr at days like this, it’s usualyy only thing that helps, anyway.)

  6. 26th January 2012 / 9:54 am

    Oh well, at least you didn’t almost blind yourself while you were trying to change a light bulb. oh no that was last month.
    Sorry that wasn’t helpful. On the plus side maybe your daughter will get a bump in grades now?!

  7. 26th January 2012 / 1:09 pm

    Sorry but that was slightly funny, if only in a at least my day wasn’t quite that bad kind of way!
    I recommend wine, lots of wine and a tranquiliser for your nerves as they must be totally shot!

  8. 26th January 2012 / 8:40 pm

    If it makes you feel any better, I pulled the curtains this morning with a boob hanging out just as the dustmen were on the drive doing the bins…….

  9. 26th January 2012 / 8:40 pm

    on 2nd thoughts, I think the deputy headmaster is worse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
    Tomorrow is another day

  10. 26th January 2012 / 8:41 pm

    Lucky I can laugh about it. In a bitter, broken sort of way…

  11. 26th January 2012 / 8:41 pm

    Exactly. Except instead of coffee, I had a chocolate muffin.

  12. 26th January 2012 / 8:42 pm

    Snort. I’m fairly confident he didn’t think it was a treat.

  13. 26th January 2012 / 8:42 pm

    Not the best start to a day to say the least but I’m sure it was a great day for the deputy head – I can see him smiling 🙂 In Scarlet O’Hara’s words – Tomorrow is another day
    Note to the universe – I do not want days like these.

  14. 26th January 2012 / 8:42 pm

    Arf. I’m glad my life serves to amuse someone.
    I fear she might be expelled for having a mother who seems to think we live in Amsterdam…

  15. 26th January 2012 / 8:43 pm

    Genuinely, I just wake up and this stuff happens. Isn’t everyone the same?

  16. 26th January 2012 / 8:44 pm

    At least there was only one deputy headmaster.

  17. 26th January 2012 / 8:44 pm

    I thought that it was only me that bad days happen to, loved reading your post, made me smile.
    I leave the house in the mornings to go on the school run with odd shoes on and always come back one of the boys packed lunch box or book bag. Hope tomorrow brings a better day for you 🙂

  18. TheBoyandMe
    26th January 2012 / 8:53 pm

    Oh dear God, where’s the vodka?

  19. 26th January 2012 / 9:14 pm

    Or in my case, you spend 15 minutes looking for your daughter’s indoor PE shorts, fail, tell her she will have to wear black leggings while she cries that they’re not allowed, leave the house late, leave her at school all upset & then find out later that they didn’t have PE anyway.

  20. 26th January 2012 / 9:16 pm

    Oh no! That’s my favourite comment of the day, thankyou!

  21. 26th January 2012 / 9:44 pm

    That sounds like an awful day, one that needs to end with a few glasses of wine and some chocolate. Hugs x

  22. 26th January 2012 / 9:45 pm

    Sally I was going to say I’d had a bad day but you know what, walk in a park… didn’t flash anyone important!

  23. Musing Ju
    30th January 2012 / 8:18 pm

    A great post! It’s a relief to me to find someone else who has days like this too… I’m happy to say I am yet to flash any of The Eight Year Old’s teachers though…you have set a new benchmark!

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