A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Framers

Ok so it wasn't actually funny. I had a ridiculous mini-meltdown that was over in 10 minutes but still. Makes for a good story I guess, right? Not sure if you remember this post, but I really loved these two prints, and ended up getting them because the messages were right on and I needed a few things for the wall in my office. So today I put a few prints and photographs in my car to take to the framer. The two big ones were loosely rolled up sitting in the back seat. I had kept them in pristine condition since they arrived from the UK.

I'm driving along and had to slam on my breaks for some giant SUV that couldn't parallel park, but insisted on doing so in the middle of a major street. Because I slammed on my breaks, apparently the back seat hadn't been properly latched into place and it came crashing down on top of my two large prints. There was no saving them. They had irreversible damage.

As I tried to push the seat back up while not trying to get hit (still waiting for the parallel-parker to move) my right arm did that thing where you've extended it beyond what you should and you get that crazy pain where you can't move it. Ya. So I pushed the seat up, pulled out my prints, saw the multiple creases, and just broke down in tears. Ridiculous I know. It's just prints. They are completely replaceable and weren't expensive by any means.  Sometimes you just need a little cry. Release of energy or something. But really, as I'm on my way to the framers!?!

Such a small thing. It just happens to be an extra sensitive time of the month, so maybe that's it? I let myself cry about two damn prints for a few minutes, and whatever else is stressing me at the moment, and then I just chalked it up and got the darn things framed as is. Creases and all. Adds character right?

I mean, the seat came down on my prints on the way to the framers. What are the odds!?!

Oh you thought this was over right? No.

Then I went to the art supply shop to get a giant canvas for a piece I'm painting for a client.

Of course, it didn't fit in my car. So I took it home like this.

That's right, taped to the roof people.

One problem...

My hair started sticking to the tape.

And because who has scissors in their car, I had to rip my hair off the tape.

Rip. My. Hair.

We all have these days.

I need some wine.

*If you got this far, please know I laughed it all off and am totally fine. I mean, it's just a few creases in some prints. NBD. Just thought it was a funny story you might enjoy.



Anna Williams said...

Well if it makes you feel any better you mini meltdown makes me feel a little better about my own occasional break down! You are right, sometimes you just need to get the frustration out so you can move on. Had to laugh about the hair in the tape - I've done similar before don't worry! xx

Anna (My Design Ethos)

Emily said...

Oh my gosh meg. I haven't commented before but I live in nova and love your dc posts. Today I had the same day. Drove to the city and forgot my wallet then proceeded to almost run out of gas. I commiserate with you. Tomorrow is a new day!

Emily said...

I had a similar day! Went into the city and forgot my wallet then almost ran out of gas coming home to get it. Tears were involved. Also live by dc and have loved your dc posts! Hope tomorrow is a better day!

acpcooper said...

Hey Meg! Totally been there. Sometimes (and excuse my French) you just have to say fuck it. Everyone needs a good hysterical moment of crying, cursing and then you flip your hair back and wipe off your mascara streaks and go on with your day. At least it wasn't as bad as a skirt tucked into your underwear moment in front of a public crowd. Just think, it could always be much much worse. LOL. Congrats on letting it out and you still managed to GSD. Am I right or am I right? :) When life gives you lemons you make a lemon margarita!

livesimplybyannie said...

Ridiculously absurd occurrences, and while I would never laugh at your pain, I did thoroughly enjoy reading that recounting. We have SO all been there.

Naomi@DesignManifest said...

Oh Meg, I feel ya. I ripped the original painting I commissioned from Nicole Cohen. It was new and I was moving that and a lamp from my office to my loft. I stopped short in my car and the lamp pierced right thru the painting. I cried and was SO angry with myself.

Then I showed my mom and she taped it from behind and no one ever even noticed. I hung it above my bar cart and the rest is history.

I'm sorry yours can't be saved, but like you said, they are prints. I'm happy to hear your office is coming together!


Jessica @ Here(and)Now said...

ugh - one of "those" days... the best of intentions... the worst outcomes! I hope you still get to smile every time you see your prints!

Azrakun said...

ahhh... we indeed all do have those days! i love your attitude!


Natasha said...

Oh gosh, I couldn't help but laugh at the roof canvas, especially when you got your hair stuck in the tape!
So unfortunate about your prints - at least they weren't anything irreplaceable - are the creases really noticeable when they're framed?

Natasha said...

Oh gosh, I couldn't help but laugh at the roof canvas, especially when you got your hair stuck in the tape!
So unfortunate about your prints - at least they weren't anything irreplaceable - are the creases really noticeable when they're framed?

Kecia said...

Damn, girl. That was a shittastic day for sure! I hope all is better now!



e t e r n a l i c o n s said...

Well we all have those days....glad you now see the irony of it! I just want to know who is that bloody Murphy fellow and why do we have to follow his Law?!
x KL

Afsi said...

Thank you for sharing - I've had my fair share of crappy, tear-filled days, too.

Hope today is better! :)

Jess | the Jess Journals said...

Aww! I'm glad you ended up getting the prints framed anyway - and it sounds painful to rip your hair from the tape! Ahh! Glad you're all right now! :)

C.Flower said...

a.) I love the title of this post. very clever.
b.) wait until you hear my craigslist horse story. similar shenanigans ensue.
c.) for some reason every time I enter the comment code i get it wrong. WTF??

Kristin B said...

Aww! Don't worry, we've all been there with our seemingly silly little melt-downs. But sometimes you need that, ya know? I figure, just have at it and release all those tears... they're pent up frustration that you need to flush out.
Love that you framed the prints anyway! In a way, I think that'll make them more special. They'll remind you of a silly little moment in time, and how you made the best of it. Can't wait to see them in place in your office, creases and all. :)
x K

Miya @ Design Indulgences said...

OMG I sat here and laughed at this at my desk at work. last week too I had a morning like that trying to get to work. I too, got teary eyed in frustration. I felt it was gods way of sayin go back home. I end up at work just stupid ridiculously late. my manager even laughed at my story.

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