The other day Chitter got up backwards. She woke up in a bad mood and then she had one of those days that we all have every now and again. You know the days where you spill your water before you even take the first sip; burn your oatmeal while you’re cleaning up spilled water; let the dog out only to have to climb down the steep briar covered bank in the back of the house to rescue her; finally get ready to head to the basement to get some work done and painfully scrape your right hand while simultaneously burning your left one on your first attempt at work.
I told her she should have gone back to bed and tried to get up again.
get up backwards verb phrase To be out of sorts, ill-tempered, having “gotten out of bed the wrong way.” Cf backside, outwards.
1941 Hall Coll. Hot Springs NC Me and Blondie got up backwards this morning. (Herman Smith)