Friday night, 10 o’clock, kid in bed and this means I’m usually half-asleep myself, but decided to do something I almost never do – read a few magazines whilst watching a chick flick as my other half was arriving home late that evening. Sounds bliss right? Not for long… My other half arrives and announces that the yearly ball with his work which was supposed to be moved forward is still on, and we are leaving to Birmingham at 7am the next morning because our flights and the hotel room for the 2 of us had already been paid for and we’ve to basically be there… If only someone took a picture of my face at that moment! Jaw dropped, along with that nice cup of tea and magazines, and here I was faced with two any mum’s / girl’s worst nightmares: “Who is going to babysit my cutie?” and “What am I going to wear?”.
Of course there are many more “sub-nightmares” under each of the major ones, especially if you only have 5 hours left (at night, without sleep!) to organise the sitter, manicure and pedicure, shower, hair, eye-brows, pack the suitcase for one night’s stay and most importantly find the right dress, shoes and accessories for that “Black Tie” ball. I’m still not sure whether packing in the dark resulted in me picking the “right dress and accessories” or not, but I was just glad I had this dress by Ghost I’ve previously worn once to a similar event last year. I don’t think I even had a “plan B” option in my head and definitely not in the suitcase, just imagine something happening to that dress right before the dinner? I tried to look for a “Plan B” dress whilst the “surprising half” was in meetings, but the little town we were visiting had only a handful of shops – charity shops! By that time I was past caring and decided to just enjoy my stay with cake, a nice walk and finally some “Me Time” with those magazines before the ball dinner, but this time with a Disaronno Sour cocktail…
Don’t even ask me for my “express packing” tips. I think if I was to give this a name, I’d probably call it “P.P.P. – Packing in Panic with Patience”… You’ve probably guessed what Patience stands for… Please tell me you’ve had a similar situation?
But luckily panic is over, we had an amazing time and ready for the week ahead.
Have a great week everyone! x