It's been one of those days I wish I could start over and make different.

@bagarad (12716)
Paso Robles, California
June 9, 2012 12:56am CST
It started off OK, but I found out returning the bad charger on my camera was more complicated than I expected. They wanted me to use UPS, which is horribly expensive, even for ground service. I made the phone calls in the morning but waited until after our late lunch to print out the UPS mailing label. That normally takes about five minutes and I had an hour before the UPS store closed. It's been a while, but I've never had a problem before. This afternoon I did. It just wouldn't print. I'd click print and nothing happened. I checked my preferences to make sure the right printer was selected. All the settings looked great. I checked all the help files. No dice. I called the UPS store, since by this time I knew I'd never make it by today's deadline and asked how I could change the shipping date, since the program automatically fills it in according to when you fill out the form. (USPS lets you select the shipping date.) UPS Store says they don't answer this kind of question -- call technical support and when I get the voice menu to keep pressing zero about 15 times to get a person. I finally did. By this time I had voided the shipment so I wouldn't be charged. The tech person had me do everything I'd already done to no avail. Then she found out I was in Chrome and and said the problem was that the label was a pop-up and Chrome was blocking pop-ups so she showed me how to unblock it and print the label. She said it wouldn't matter if it were mailed on Monday -- it would still just take a day to get there. By this time my body must have secreted a lot of stress hormone. I wanted chocolate, but didn't have any. Since I had to go to the other house anyway, I decided to at least drop the package off before the UPS store closed, and I barely made it. The last truck had left, but at least the package is in their hands to go out on Monday. I was still tense, so when I got to the other house, I rested and finished the Lucile Ball biography I'd started a couple of weeks ago. I have company we haven't seen in about 20 years -- he was best man at our wedding -- coming on Monday for dinner to that house on his way up or down the coast. They live in Wisconsin, but are visiting relatives in California. I'm still trying to get some things done over there before they come. While there I noticed the back lawn was getting brown and that shouldn't be happening, so I checked the sprinklers and saw that one popped out and is broken on top. I'll bet the gardener hit it with the mower, and now I have to worry about getting it fixed. As I was cleaning out the frig, I was going to take a bunch of flour to the freezer and the freezer door was sealed shut. There was no way I could get it open. It's never done that before unless someone has just opened it , and no one has opened it for at least a couple of weeks. By then I really wanted some chocolate! I decided to go home. When I got back to my computer I had the dreaded email from linkedIn telling me my password was probably compromised when they were hacked so they have to send me a new one. For some reason, I never seem to get those password reset emails. I've been waiting an hour now for it to show up. It's not in the spam filter, either. Why is it that I get all the notification emails from LinkedIn, but no password reset emails? I think I'm going to hit the shower and washed my stress away? What do you do after one of "those days"?
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@iuliuxd (4453)
• Romania
9 Jun 12
If it`s too late to get drunk i will go to sleep. I don`t know i don`t take any day of my life too serious.i believe Moore`s law "Smile...tomorrow will be worse" is true.
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@bagarad (12716)
• Paso Robles, California
9 Jun 12
I"d like to think tomorrow will be better. Or, at least, I may be in a better mood after I'm rested. I don't drink, but I will go to sleep soon. I had to collect my password on my Yahoo mail. At least it had arrived there.
@iuliuxd (4453)
• Romania
9 Jun 12
I don`t drink either i was just trying to bring a smile on your face.Have a nice sleep and let`s hope tomorrow will be better.
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@bagarad (12716)
• Paso Robles, California
9 Jun 12
I did laugh when I read that. I plan that today should be better.
• India
9 Jun 12
I am back from the short pilgrimage last night, i was really smelling, so took a bath in morning, again now, it is too hot here, my Linkedin has similar problems
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@bagarad (12716)
• Paso Robles, California
9 Jun 12
Hi, Professor. I haven't seen you lately. I did get my LinkedIn email, but I had to go to Yahoo on line to get it. Still hasn't hit the inbox on my email program. Changed the password, and even posted to a couple of groups, as long as I was there anyway. I often wonder why I joined, since I rarely go there and I'm too cheap to buy a premium membership. Seems I see the same people on all the social networks, and Facebook is easier.
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• India
9 Jun 12
I am there in many sites, but go there rarely, no time friend
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@RitterSport (2452)
• Lippstadt, Germany
19 Jun 12
sounds very familiar. I guess all of us have these lovely days here and there.... LOL.... What I normally do is first of all have more coffee when things are going wrong like this, just sit down try to relax and have a nice coffee, then in the evening I take a long nice bath to unwind. Last but not least I tell myself this too will pass and wait for the next weekend to relax and calm down again..... LOL.... good luck
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@bagarad (12716)
• Paso Robles, California
19 Jun 12
Sounds like a good strategy. I'm trying to stay calm now. We are supposed to be leaving on a 48th anniversary trip about now, but Hubby is still doing errands that seem to have come up suddenly. He also still wants to go to the gym and swim before we go. So much for having any nice walks along the way! I'm trying to remain laid back about the whole thing.
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
9 Jun 12
sounds like you need a stress free bubble bath instead of a shower with lots of candles lit for a calming influence. i hope tomorrow is a better day for you. i think everyone has had days like that. myself included.
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@bagarad (12716)
• Paso Robles, California
9 Jun 12
Cher, I don't do well getting in and out of bathtubs anymore. Today is already better for me. I'll start a new discussion about that in a few minutes. My husband is the one with the frustrating day today. He's paying bills. Some of them are hard to figure out because we have to divide up who made which calls and the added taxes make that part hard to divide up. Taxes are always annoying.
@bostonphil (4403)
• United States
9 Jun 12
Quirky and bad things happen. Your day was stressful but survivable. The more that we have, the more that goes wrong. You have cameras, two houses, freezers, computers etc etc etc. Be thankful for all that you have. Think about all that did not go wrong. I think of other people who have really bad days like their spouse leaves them for another or they are found to have cancer. A lot of persons lost their jobs yesterday and others had car wrecks. Nevertheless, I can feel your frustration because I have had plenty of days like you are describing where lots of things go wrong. I take a deep breath. Meditation sometimes helps. You finished a book. Unfortunately, I eat when things go wrong and I eat when things go right. Not a good thing to do but it does relax me. I try to find something on TV that will help me forget. Talking a walk often helps me relax. And I do a lot of self talking. I remind myself that others have had a really bad day just like what I said in the second paragraph. It sometimes helps to slow down when there seem to be a lot of bumps on the road. I am watching Heat (a movie) on TV and I am going to have some coffee and chocolate mint frozen custard.
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@GreenMoo (11842)
9 Jun 12
After that shower, I suggest you go get some chocolate. Of course, you may have done so already but not told us about it, in which case i don't think getting more chocolate would hurt under the circumstances. Isn't it amazing how something that should be sosimple can turn into such a pain? My day has been remarkably simple so far. But I won't press the point as that is just asking for trouble!
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@bagarad (12716)
• Paso Robles, California
9 Jun 12
Actually, I didn't have my favorite chocolate in the house. I'm wondering if I should buy some when I'm shopping today. I've been trying to keep the sweets out of the house as much as possible so I won't eat them. Somehow carrot sticks just aren't a satisfying. I'm hoping this new day goes better. Let's hope yours continues on its present course.
@averygirl72 (16617)
• Philippines
9 Jun 12
I wish we could really change "those days." But as long as we live here on earth, we will always experience life's ups and downs. When I'm experiencing "those days," I keep telling myself that everything will still be okay. Let the day end, tomorrow is another day, and I have another opportunity to make it right.
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@bagarad (12716)
• Paso Robles, California
9 Jun 12
This is now tomorrow, and I'm about ready to go down and have breakfast and go shopping. I think God makes each day only 24 hours so that we have not too much time in any one day. That gives us more chances to go to bed and get up to a new opportunity for a chance than if the days were longer. I try to tell myself on these days not to sweat the small stuff and that these things are not really problems -- just inconveniences. But they are inconvenient.
@yoyo1198 (3643)
• United States
9 Jun 12
Sorry you had such a bad day. When that kind of a day hits me, I close all curtains and blinds, turn off all lights and crawl into bed under the covers. After a long nap, I'll get up and try it again. Sometimes it works and sometimes not but at least I've readjusted my attitude. Picking up a good book and reading some time away (regardless of what goes begging) is another way to get the day restarted. I read much more than sitting at the computer now days.
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@drannhh (15240)
• United States
9 Jun 12
Oh, no, not one of those days?! Well, water is a good way to wash away the bad things. Shower with a friend! Or shower in sweet solitude. It works either way. I wish you a happier tomorrow. Say, I need to shorten my fingernails, as it is starting to get hard to type. Since I've been using the shellac gel stuff they do not break any more and get too long too fast. Ah, but we are leaving on vacation Monday and so I won't be typing for a while, just for a couple more days. Do you think I will get myLot withdrawal?
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@bagarad (12716)
• Paso Robles, California
9 Jun 12
My nails break all the time. They didn't when I was younger. They never broke. I must be getting more brittle as I age. Have a wonderful vacation. I doubt if you will get myLot withdrawal. You'll just be storing all kinds of things to tell us for when you get back. Where are you going? If you already told me, my aging brain has forgotten.
• Canada
10 Jun 12
Get drunk or punch some stuff or play/listen to music