Things I Know about Murphy’s Law

December 2, 2011

baby on the table

mur·phy’s law
~ A supposed law of nature, expressed in various humorous popular sayings, to the effect that anything that can go wrong will go wrong.

Apparently ‘Murphy‘ was an America aerospace engineer who didn’t like all the more jokey interpretations of his ‘law’… which figures. My father is (was?) and aerospace engineer and they are not known for their sense of humour when it comes to technical theories and the like. But I’m going to offend poor old Murphy one more time because I’ve had one of those weeks, when anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.

Here’s how Murphy’s law worked out for me this week…

If you leave even one chair down, the Smallest will climb onto the table.

When you draw a line in the sand and say no more obligations or work until after Christmas, the coolest opportunities will fall into your lap to tempt you to cross that line.

If you really need just a half hour of peace to finish something important, the baby will only sleep for ten minutes.

It is insane to consider letting your eight year olds take a third dance class, but you’ll spend way to much time thinking about how you can fit it in anyway.

When you finally buy seedlings for the veggie garden it will rain, and rain, and rain so much that there is no chance to actually plant them.

It can be sunny all day, but if the forecast says rain, it will always rain at school pick up time.

The day you give in and agree to your four year old having a green, sprinkle covered, dinosaur doughnut after doing the shopping, is the day that they have sold out.

When you promise the big kids 30 minutes of internet time to play Math Blaster, the wireless connection will be so flaky it takes 30 minutes just to load the game.

So how has Murphy been treating you lately?
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{ 11 comments }

Caitlin December 2, 2011 at 8:39 pm

Sounds like the type of week you could just pull your hair out by the roots! The Smallest looks adorable on top of the table though…

Tenille December 2, 2011 at 10:04 pm

Yep, that’s an insanely cute photo. Murphy hasn’t been treating us too badly lately, but having said that…

Kellie @ Three Li'l Princesses December 2, 2011 at 10:28 pm

Feeling your pain, Kate.
When I decided I would only spend an hour on the internet tonight – get my post done, do some commenting etc etc – and here I am at 10.30am finally uploading the last pic to my post after “technical challenges”. Gah!

tinsenpup December 3, 2011 at 12:07 am

I have a passing familiarity with Murphy’s law. For instance, the one day for the next month that I need the car to drive oldest child about just happens to be the day that the partner needs the car to get to a paid course for work.

Sif December 3, 2011 at 5:10 pm

The rain one! When it rains here, the GOM is known to say, ‘Must be almost 3.30!’

Cannot believe how grown up N is looking now – love the expression. Busted!

Michelle December 5, 2011 at 7:46 am

Sounds like Murphy has been very busy at your house – oh dear!
Hes been a bit quiet round here lately (thank goodness!) but can totally relate!

Marita December 5, 2011 at 8:06 am

LOL I hear you. Sounds like you need a holiday.

Melissa Jane December 5, 2011 at 5:33 pm

It gets you just when you are not looking. Hope your next week is better.

Chris December 6, 2011 at 5:08 pm

You know, if that was a photo of Toby at our place instead of yours, there would be a pile of papers on the table that are mostly important, and a forgotten jug of water not put away from the last meal, and in an instant there would be a big puddle and a mess of soggy papers (Toby is doing a lot of tipping of water at the moment). I know this because I have experienced it. :D

I hope Murphy treats you better next week.

katef December 6, 2011 at 9:10 pm

We try really REALLY hard not to leave anything on the table, or to leave any chairs unstacked (we turn one upside down on top of another so he can’t climb onto them)… but if we forget for even a second we are toast.
Tonight he climbed over the baby gate, up onto the kitchen bench, got out the steak we were having for dinner and threw it around the kitchen….

Janelle December 13, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Oh amen to this! Last year I had such a terrible run, I renamed the law after my own surname!
Hope life is dealing you some better hands this week.

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