Bring on the Rain is a song by Jo Dee Messina. Have you ever heard it? It’s a song I always play when I’ve had one of those “small stuff” days.

“Another day has almost come and gone
Can’t imagine what else could go wrong
Sometimes I’d like to hide away somewhere and lock the door
A single battle lost but not the war (’cause)
Tomorrow’s another day
And I’m thirsty anyway
So bring on the rain”

Today started off with a 5am wake up so I could drop my beloved, ahem, 11 year old Jeep to the mechanic by 7am.

isn't she lovely?

isn’t she lovely?

I had been hearing some rattling. Also, the rear swing door wouldn’t open and I had a recall to be completed as well. I caught a bus from there to work and was at my desk at 8:15 (well over an hour early!).
Midday, I got the call from the mechanic with the bad news. It would be a few thousand dollars to repair. From leaking power steering lines and batteries to broken pieces of my exhaust, a serpentine belt and tension rod that needed replacement, and heck, even a stripped lug nut. Oh and the work wouldn’t be done until the next day. Now, I know damn well that life can throw you true curve balls. I watched my husband die as I held his hand when I was just 25. Yes, that’s the stuff that is supposed to make you feel slammed and pounded. But I tend to get rattled (just like my exhaust) with the small stuff. The things that break my routine or cause me to worry about the future. That’s why I firmly believe running is my therapy. It’s one of the only (healthy) ways for me to cope with the small stuff. Of course my timing sucked with this one since I just ran my final race of the year on Saturday….I didn’t run today. I won’t be running for at least another week while I try and rest my hamstrain ( get it? hamstring pain….hamstrain…I should trademark that!). So I’ll just try and keep my mindset in recovery mode and sit on the couch with my dog….

resting our dogs!

resting our dogs!

and a whole bunch of these…



Now if nothing else could get me to check myself, It’s Veteran’s Day today. I’m so in awe of those who have served (and are currently serving) our country.



And it’s also apparently almost Christmas. I saw Santa at the mall yesterday. Not cool! And those lame commercials are starting to appear.



Question: How do you cope with unexpected “small stuff”?  What’s your favorite coping candy?

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