Saturday, January 16, 2010
I Was Really Together (Once)
It's not as though I'm even a natural blond, I have no excuse.
I don't do it on purpose, I don't set out to be such a div, in fact it's downright embarrassing. A friend of mine has just called. Actually, we've not known each other socially for that long, but you know how it is when you just "click" with someone? It's nice, feels like we've known each other for ages. Our daughter's are friends, but it's only recently she and I have got to know each other outside of that.
Anyways, we arranged to have lunch together next week. She's not daft, she said she'll phone to remind me the night before, then pick me up on the day, en-route. This is on account of the time before, when I clean forgot and stood her up.
Luckily, she doesn't bear grudges, she knows I was truly mortified to have got the dates wrong.
As she rang off, she said, "Okay, so that's on the twentieth then."
Me: Hold up.. when was the 16th?
She: Um, that would be today, wouldn't it?
Me: Och, for the love of God, nooooooooo - it can't be. Can it??"
She: Yeah, yeah it is, today is the 16th."
Me: Bugger. I was sure that was next week."
(All I can hear is her laughing her bum off at the other end.)
Seventy-five quid this has cost me.
Ages ago, I booked into an advanced cookery class, I was sure it was for next week. I even bought a sharp new knife and a brand new apron for the cause. AND it's clearly written in on the calendar. I even mentioned it this morning to hubby, asking if he fancied giving me a trial run up there first, so's I wouldn't get lost on the day. (I have this thing about getting lost, a thing very well founded..)
I wasn't always like this.
(There was a time when I was so, so together - honest Guv'.)
Ooooh, I've got an up-date! God bless her cotton socks - you'll never guess what's happened? That darling woman who runs the course has just phoned to find out what happened to me today. I apologised and explained my marbles have long since departed. She was only good enough to offer me a place (at no further cost to me) on her next available slot. Talk about impressed - she is under no obligation whatsoever to do any such thing. Awwww, how lovely to find you are valued as more than only a number - actually, we have had a few telephone chats prior to this about her courses, and I kind of took quite a shine to her then.. seems my instincts were spot on!
I look at myself and barely recognise the person I used to be. How did it come to this? I used to be bold, bright, indestructible, and virtually fearless. Before I married, I sky-dived, had my pilots licence, was sole proprietor of a business that pay rolled over 500 people. These days, I can't even keep a grip on what day of the week it is.
What the hell happened????