Tuesday, September 11, 2007

And today's challenge is....

Being a late person, I do like to get there early sometimes.

When I arrived a whole day early for a meeting to do with my stage school though, it was possibly a bit over the top.

I called Hubby and groaned. "You'll never guess what I've done.....It's tomorrow"

Five minutes later, he called me back. "It's ED's and ESOS's orthodontic appointments tomorrow."

My turn to groan. This meeting was really important for me.

"I'll take a day off."

I was very effusive with gratitude of course, and the big advantage to Hubby needing to take a day's leave the next day would mean that I would be able to stay for the whole meeting, instead of having to leave early, in time to collect Tinkerbell Mushroom and the Gymnast. Although I did wonder to myself a little. "I'm sure that the orthodontic appointments were the day after my theatre school meeting." I said. "No", said Hubby. "I have just rung up and checked the times.... As you asked me to...." "O.K." I said.

Of course I was forty miles from home, a whole day early for a meeting, and with several hours in hand before I needed to pick up any children, so I decided to go to Cribb's Causeway*. It being just down the road from where I was.

The thing is, which road it was down was possibly a little debatable.

Being slightly directionally challenged, so to speak, I decided it was on the M5. After a couple of miles I thought that maybe it was in the other direction on the M5. Pulled into the services. Checked a book of local maps in the shop. Found out which exit it was on and then came off the motorway (was fortunately very near an exit), and returned to junction 17 where I needed to be.

I didn't tell the family about my directional challenges. The getting the meeting time wrong by a day was enough of a family hoot for one dinner time.

So, this morning, I set off again for my meeting, and Hubby set off to the orthodontist's with the older two.

When Hubby rang me though, a little later, to tell me that they had got to the orthodontist's a day too early, I did, I confess, smile a little.

*Shopping Centre outside Bristol

22 comments:

pierre l said...

and I thought I was the only one who made that sort of mistake with the calendar (or, at least, has in the past - I can't think of any recent instances). So did they get seen at the orthodontist a day early, or do you still have that pleasure to come?

Sally Lomax said...

I still have that pleasure to come first thing!!

Karmyn R said...

Hee hee - well, better early than late, I suppose. At least you won't get charged some fee for missing the appointment!

Ignorminious said...

Cribbs Causeway....is on Cribbs Causeway. Tis in the name.

I have to admit I am quite disgusted to discover that you were within two miles of me and didn't invite me for an impromtue coffee. I do love Cribbs :)

headless chicken said...

Lol.....love that you do things like this....as you know, Kev and I do on a weekly if not daily basis!
Did you buy Smilers birthday gift at Cribbs?....being a Mum of 5 yourself you know only too well about noisy toys so how much did you smile knowingly on buying it?!!!

Alice Band said...

How far do you live from Bath? i'm organising a mum's coach trip in aid of my 5 year old's school for Dec 1st. Could we meet?

Asha said...

LOL!!! Somebody told me last Wednesday "Hey Asha, good to see you posting on Tuesday!" I thought "HUH!!" and looked at the calender just to make sure!!

Sally Lomax said...

Karmyn - No - thankfully!
Ig - I would have done! Dit would have been nice to meet up with you and Chris B - but i ahd no number for you..... Next time:)
HC - Yes I did! And yes I did smile too! Did he have a good day?!
Alice - About an hour and a half. I would love to meet up!
Asha - That's funny :)!!!

john.g. said...

Women/maps/sense of direction?

Sally Lomax said...

John G - Men/ know/ best not?

ChrisB said...

Sally you should have phoned me I was actually at the Mall at cribbs yesterday, I would have treated you to coffee!!

Sally Lomax said...

Chris - No number for you either! Next time, I would love to!

meredic said...

After many years of memorizing routes I have fallen for the Satnav thing. It works better than She Of The Town House. Plus it never demands alcohol...or that other thing...

Lisa said...

I would never tell about the directional issue, either!
Did you make it and get to shop, though, most important of all?!

Beccy said...

Ah the Mall, in you defence there is a bit of a spaghetti junction all around there.

Akelamalu said...

I have no sense of direction whatsoever. You do motorways? I'm impressed, I'd rather stick pins in my eyes! :(

Sally Lomax said...

Meredic - Isn't it usually men who complain about not having enough of such things?
Lisa - Yes - thankfully. It's hard being a woman sometimes....
Beccy - and to top it all there are far more shops at Cribbs since I last went, and I couldn't even see John Lewis immediately. I did find it though. Thankfully.
Ak - Bit drastic don't you think??!!

Pamela said...

you are a good sport to admit this.
I think I'm going to have to invest in another day timer.

I'm forgetting meetings and appointments entirely. AT least you remembered you had one.

enidd said...

tee hee, sally - does the man run your appointment diary?

Akelamalu said...

Not compared to driving on a motorway no!

elena jane said...

lol...must admit i am always late, rarely early....

and you must all meet up and take photos!! :)

Sally Lomax said...

Pamela - Thank you!
Enidd - No...... and to be fair, he's usually better than me at that. How are you?
Ake - Must be bad then!
EJ - We will!