now that's what i call getting in a jam. literally.

Well, I had a bad day today.  I was frustrated with lots of different things and knew I was hitting my limit at about 10:00 this morning when I found myself saying, "I HATE THIS STAPLER.  THIS IS THE DUMBEST STAPLER IN THE WORLD." 

After those words came out of my mouth I realized, "WHOA, TIME TO CALM IT ON DOWN."

And so calm down I did, in the form of a lunchtime trip to the mall with two other paralegals.  Because sometimes you just need to spend thirty minutes trying on shoes that you can only afford in your dreams or the case of an unexpected financial windfall.

 Tonight I re-read my last blog post,  and Emily's calm greeting in the face of a time constraint reminded me of one of my favorite Emily stories.

Emily was a freshman in high school and was going to her first big school dance.  Her friend was picking her up at 6:30, and yet at about 6:12 Emily was laying on her bed in her bathrobe, painting her nails with not even a hint of urgency.  I went upstairs to gently encourage Emily to GET A MOVE ON while my mom made her a peanut butter and jelly sandwich so she could at least have something to eat before she left for the dance.  

While my mom was in the kitchen, Emily finally put on her outfit - a pretty, flowy, cream colored dress.  My mom brought the sandwich up to Emily and then the two of us waited in the living room so Emily could finish her last minute primping.

About five minutes later Emily came down the steps.

"Hey mom, can I have a wet cloth?"  she asked.

"Sure," my mom said, "Is everything okay?"

"Yep everything's fine." Emily said, with the calmest voice in the world.  "I just sat on my sandwich." 

Sat.  On.  Her.  Sandwich. 

And in the process, got grape jelly on that pretty, flowy, cream colored dress.

And it didn't bother her in the slightest.  She just wiped the grape jelly off the dress and off she went to the dance.  I admire her ability to stay calm in stressful situations.  This coming from the girl who almost hurled her stapler out the window this morning after one simple jam.

Happy weekend.  

I'm off to buy some new office supplies.


Comments

Little Miss MBA said…
I LOVE this story! I'm definitely more like you in the sense that I get flustered over the silliest of things. Hope you were able to find a stapler that works!
Erin said…
LOL, I definitely need to be more like Emily ;) I am completely guilty of freaking out on small, inanimate objects such as staplers, pens that stop working, etc.

Happy Weekend to you!!
Helene said…
I would have to say I am more like you when it comes to stressful situations, or the non so stressful ones like the stapler.

At least you know how to handle it with shopping!
Helene in Between
Helene said…
Oh and the grape jelly on the dress!!
I would have thrown a FIT!
Hahahaha love the sandwich story. I am so the opposite! I would have panicked and cried like a baby. I'm working on calming down though, I definitely dont blame you for yelling at your stapler, I probably would have been the girl next to you yelling at some other random object. Hope you have a great weekend girl! :]
Love and Such said…
Haha ooh poor girl! I was at work one day and the girl in my office was in white pants. We had tomato soup for lunch and she spilled it ALL OVER the front of her pants. We had clients to meet with that day and had to walk around with red stained pants it was awful!

Your newest follower here- Thanks for commenting on my eye appointment post- turns out we have the exact same problem! My husband has told me I sleep with my eyes open and I never believed him. hahah poor guy! Totally creepy!

Anyways, excited to read more of your blog!

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Amy said…
oh man, if i sat on my sandwich and had grape jelly on my dress i probably would have flipped out... :)
AND i'm always off buying new office supplies, i have so many pins it is insane.
Oh man. Sat on her sandwich?! I'd be freaking out.

I've been known to hurl a stapler or two... it's definitely something I need to work on! I wish I didn't panic at the disco at every little thing.

Good luck office supply shopping:)
Jess said…
I need this girl's patience. I find myself getting so discouraged sometimes with being a new parent and yet, its only been two weeks. Here's to remembering that life is still good even with the occausional jelly stains.
Whitney said…
jelly on a dress? danggg not fun at all!
Faith said…
Haha, that wouldn't have been me at all! I totally would have freaked if I sat on any type of sandwich, lol.
Baby Sister said…
Oh your sisters cracks me up. I would have been freaking out!! It's good that there are calm people out there. It helps balance us out. :)
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