If You’re Having a Bad Day, Click Here


I’m sorry if you’re having a bad day. I have a little story here to help you crack a smile.

My family got two pretty cool Christmas gifts. One is the cutest puppy in the world, Scout the Beagle. The other gift is one of those robot vacuum cleaners that I’ve affectionately named Zelda. We are enjoying both of these gifts, but on some days, they do not mix. As a matter of fact, I had a bad day a few weeks ago because these two gifts had an unfortunate run-in.

Now, Scout the Beagle is adorable. She will cuddle up on your lap and play fetch with the kids and chase her tail. She lays in front of the fireplace and pants out the window of the car. And we all say, “Awww!”

However, Scout the Beagle believes she is too good for potty training. She turns up her nose at ridiculous notions such as going potty outside. It is a good thing she is so cute.

On the aforementioned bad day, unbeknownst to me, puppy left a pile of #2 on the dining room floor.

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At her set time, Zelda the vacuum cleaner begins her daily cleaning of the dirt, hair, Cheerios, crumbs, Legos, etc. (Thanks, Zelda. I love you with an unnatural affection.)

I was upstairs when my youngest yells up to me, “Mom, it smells down here!” Sadly, I did not pay much attention to her because that girl has the most sensitive nose known to mankind. If her brother breathes within a four foot radius of her, she complains of the horrible stench. Walking through the cleaning aisle at the grocery store puts her into a tailspin. So yeah, not paying too much attention to complaining of smells is my M.O.

But fifteen minutes later, I did come down the stairs to find that her complaining of the bad odor, for the first time in her life, was not a false alarm. Zelda the vacuum had, in fact, smeared puppy poo all over the dining room in a lovely criss-cross pattern.

If You're Having a Bad Day, Click HereSo begins the bad day which included all the following steps: barring anyone and everyone from an entire room of our house. Putting the puppy in the backyard indefinitely. Bleaching the dining room floor. And worst of all, getting a screwdriver and taking apart Zelda the vacuum and cleaning her with a cotton swab.

I had better things to do, way better things to do. But I did not get to do them on that bad day.

So all this to say, if you’re smiling right now at my misfortune, maybe things aren’t really all that bad. Maybe some cuddles or some tea or some “I’m sorry” or some time with another momma may be in order.

And at least you’re not cleaning up dog poo with a Q-tip. Can I get an amen?

Need some more ways to brighten up your day? Check out Martha’s hilarious story of her son’s third eye.

Originally published February 2017.

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Vanessa Bush
Vanessa loves her people and loves Albuquerque and has lots to say about both. She’s married to her high school sweetheart, Nate, and they have three kids (Micah, Corban, & Evangeline). Originally from Florida, she’s lived in Albuquerque since 2009 when she and her family relocated to start a new church. Even though she misses wearing flip-flops year-round, New Mexico has truly enchanted her, and the desert feels like home. When she is not chauffeuring children about town, Vanessa works as the Director of Strategy and part-owner of Truly Social Digital Marketing Agency, enjoys volunteering at church, loves watching college football, and drinks a little too much coffee. She is passionate about connecting women with each other, loving her people, and finding the good in her place. Follow her on Instagram @vanessamaebush.


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