14 Things That Always Seem to Happen When Mercury Is Retrograde

The time has come, again.

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That dreaded time has come once again. No, not spring cleaning, but Mercury in retrograde. If you're not familiar with the term—and want to know why everyone keeps complaining about it—it's an astronomical occurrence when the planet Mercury appears to be moving backwards in Earth's sky. In astrology, it's believed that the time periods when Mercury is moving in retrograde wreak havoc on the poor humans of Earth. Everything goes backward, essentially, or is otherwise scrambled.

Mercury will orbit retrograde from April 28 to May 22 this year, with two more periods coming later in 2016. It's been said that the movement can mess with communication and logistics, so while not everyone subscribes to astrology, if any of the following snafus happen to you over the next few weeks—well, now you know what might be to blame.

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1 You are late... to everything.
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No matter how much time you give yourself, you run behind and get frazzled before every event.

2 You get stuck on the phone with a telemarketer.
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Wait, aren't these guys supposed to be illegal by now?!

3 You wind up stiffed on the bill at a restaurant.
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If Rebecca chipped in $20 but Kim got the extra glass of wine...how did you wind up paying $75 for a salad?

4 You're crushed because another celebrity has died.
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…only to find out that it was just a terrible internet rumor.

5 You accidentally spend way too much money shopping online.
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This shirt isn't even the right size. Yep, send all that stuff back now.

6 Your computer decides it wants to freeze every five minutes.
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Come on, come on, come on! How much will it cost if this thing gets thrown out the window?

7 You sign up for a new fitness class.
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It turns out that aerial strip yogilates isn't really your strongest suit. Never again.

8 You get a weird and passive-aggressive text message from your best friend.
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All of a sudden you're fighting because she made that slight dig about how you've never supported her husband. Whaaat?

9 You trip while walking down the street.
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Not just any little tumble, but a full-blown nosedive that draws blood and makes every stranger around you cry out in concern.

10 You sleep through your alarm.
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So long, shower or breakfast or ironing an outfit. Hello, stress.

11 You pull a thread on your new shirt.
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Oh, cool, that's ruined now. It's fine, I hadn't saved up for it or waited for it to go on sale or anything.

12 You get a new project from your boss...on a Friday afternoon.
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Um, everyone knows that this time period before the precious weekend is sacred.

13 Your kids jump on the couch in their shoes.
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Muddy footprints, everywhere.

14 You have the same old fight with your significant other.
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Really, you're going to drop dirty clothes on the floor near the hamper? Really, that's what you're doing?

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