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Break it Down

I take after my dad in the clumsy department. I once walked home from school as a kid to find blood all over the floor and a note from my mom telling me she had to take my dad to the hospital because he cut his hand open on a light bulb. He had been standing on a kitchen chair changing out one of the fluorescent kitchen lights when his foot slipped and his hand sliced through the bulb. He’s got bash marks all over his head from running into things and I probably get weekly emails from him telling me some wild story about his latest clumsy disaster.


My dad and I in California in approx 1988

In this lovely and memorable month of April I have exploded Coke all over my MacBook, broke my toe on my treadmill, and dropped my iPhone into the toilet. Luckily I had insurance on the laptop and my toe is healing up nicely and for some Karmic reason my phone didn’t miss a beat in its functioning (thanks to Dennis, who works miracles). BUT STILL.

Dennis fixed up my iPhone and he also replaced the screen of my old iPhone 4 for only $50. A great deal, considering the shape it was in:


Just a little scratch

I think shit like this happens when we’re trying to do too much. When we’re scrambling around, careening sideways around corners on two wheels, hanging on by a thread. I know for me, if I’m plugged into too many outlets, I end up tripping a breaker.

Cool side note: Did you know that Andrew was an electrician for 17 years before he switched careers and went into Real Estate?



So anyway, when I start breaking shit and running into things, I take it as a warning sign that I need to slow down and be more intentional. I need to be fully plugged into each task at hand before I start stirring up a bunch of crap somewhere else, otherwise the whole shebang will just get flushed.

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  • Maddie @ Dixie Runs April 21, 2015, 4:10 am

    I’m guilty of this too. If I try to do too much I end up doing everything halfway instead of taking it one step at a time. I’m pretty clumsy too… But more in a messy way. Like when I spill the whole container of coffee grounds all over the kitchen floor (which is impossible to clean) or when I drop the milk right after opening the cap… Yeah that kind of stuff happens daily around here.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 21, 2015, 7:16 am

      Nooooooooo!!!! COFFEE GROUNDS?!? Horrific. The other day I spilled a Costco size bag of frozen veggies all over the floor (I was using them to ice my faux broke toe) and *those* were super hard to sweep up because they started defrosting and getting stuck all over the broom thingies (broom thingies? hairs? pokey bits? whatever). It sucked. It all sucks. Spilled milk is the WORST.

  • Susie @ SuzLyfe April 21, 2015, 4:38 am

    I know what you mean–it’s like the world trying to bitchslap you the only way it knows how

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 21, 2015, 7:14 am

      This is where I turn the other cheek because I may as well pretend that I’ve got some sort of control over the chaos.

  • Mary @ Fit and Fed April 21, 2015, 1:45 pm

    Wow I need Dennis to fix MY iPhone 4! It’s hit the ice one too many times and is patched together with book tape. It does get comments– like WHAT happened to it (a lot of things)? When those type of things start happening to me I know it’s time for a break, probably for a nap.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 21, 2015, 2:24 pm

      I have an Otter Box on my new phone and it’s been dropped so many times and not one single scratch. It’s bulky but totally worth it!

  • Steve April 22, 2015, 10:37 am

    My wife busted her phone a couple of times and moved to the otter box…no incidents since.

    My house should have a sign that says, “Steve has been accident free for (howver many) days.”
    There have been a couple of occasions where a doctor has x-rayed me for a break and found other breaks that have since healed that were never diagnosed in the first place. LIVE MAS.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 22, 2015, 11:30 am

      HA HA HA HA!!! Are you SERIOUS?!?!?! K, that’s funny.

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets April 22, 2015, 1:35 pm

    Hmmm in the last 24 hours, I have accidentally stabbed my calf with the corner of a drawer, smashed my hand on top of the dresser and caught my knee cap in the tip of the table. Of course I have the welts and bruises to prove it as well. I wonder if the universe is sending me a sign.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 22, 2015, 1:43 pm

      OUCH! The bad guys are trying to take us down. Fight them off with tequila!

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