I have been such a headless chook lately! Things have been pretty full on between the kids, work, my 7 year olds birthday party today, packing to move and dealing with the separation. I have been all over the place, I think I’m even worse than a headless chook. I even thought to myself today ‘just don’t do anything, don’t think, don’t move, don’t even breathe and you won’t stuff up’ lol. After work yesterday and after Shalia’s party today I felt like I needed a Valium, never had one before but still thought I might have needed one.
There’s so many stuff ups I could write about but I will write about the birthday party stuff up or should I say stuff ups. I booked the party about seven weeks ago at a Kindergym. They did everything and all I had to do was bring a cake. Perfect, the easier the better and that turned out well with everything ,else going on. I texted the lady from the gym to get the address and she didn’t reply. After making the booking I had to drop in a $50 deposit. On the day I went to take the deposit in I forgot my phone which had the address. I thought I remembered where it was. Sure enough I found what I thought was the gym went in a paid the deposit. Then on Tuesday this week I dropped in the table-cloth and lolly bags because Shalia wanted a superhero theme. When I dropped it off they couldn’t find my booking and some one else was booked in on the same day and time. They said that booking had been there since January. I was not sure what had happened and the manager was trying to figure out who was on shift that Saturday morning I had dropped the deposit off. The girl who was on that morning did not check the booking when I paid the deposit. So she did not tell me that my booking was not there. She also did not give me a receipt, so they there was no proof I even went in there. The manager was good though and said they had just opened another gym down the road and they were happy to host the party. I gave them my credit card to pay for the party and then the original place I booked with got back to me and said they had already catered for the party and put the lolly bags together. So then I had to call back the other place and cancel. Lucky it was not long after I gave my credit card details. They had not yet organised staff or anything for the party. They could not refund onto a credit card though. So I gave my bank account details for them to transfer but I notice they debited $25 more than they paid back. So today the party went well, the kids had a ball but then it was only 12:20pm, the instructor had finished kindergym with the kids and the kids had finished eating the party food. There was still 40 minutes to go and I asked if they could go back onto the gym floor and play with the balls etc however they were unable to go on the floor with out an instructor. So I decided to the cake. After we did the cake there was still 1/2 an hour to spare. I was wondering what to do because the parents weren’t coming to pick up the kids for another 1/2 hour. So I decided to do Simon says. There was a CD player with a CD playing so we also played musical chairs. Mid way through playing musical chairs the gym staff said to me, I need to sweep right where you are playing musical chairs. I said we’ll just finish this game, it won’t be long and she said ‘the party was supposed to finish at 12:30pm” I was wondering what happened and why I thought it was 1pm because I swear they told me 1pm but then I realised it was the other gym that was going to do the party until 1pm. I said as I was leaving I didn’t realise and she said ‘you would have been told what the party package included. If you want more time you can pay for more time’ and I said ‘I was happy for it to finish at 12:30, I would have told the parents to come at 12:30 if I had realised.’ In hindsight I would have been happy to pay that extra if I had realised. I know I stuffed up, more than once but it seems I’m not the only one. The lady from the first gym didn’t reply to my text and the girl from the wrong gym didn’t check the booking or give a receipt and they refunded me the wrong amount. Seems everyone was stuffing up.
So it looks like I’ve lost $50. I haven’t told any one yet that I haven’t got it back yet. My Mum had already gone on about how I should never give any one money without getting a receipt. I just couldn’t bring myself to tell any one and listen to more nagging about something I already know or maybe I’m an idiot and don’t know that stuff, but maybe I have a lot going on, am over tired and therefore doing stuff ups I normally wouldn’t do. Maybe if I was superhuman I might also be able to work, look after four kids, pack to move and keep up with the house as well as I usually did when I wasn’t packing. Maybe if I was superhuman then I wouldn’t have to hear about how bad a state the house is in. Maybe just maybe through not doing the things I usually do to keep things running smoothing and on top of everything, I have actually realised how much I do in a day. At the end of the day I’m doing my best and most importantly Shalia had a great birthday today, her friends had a great time and I think a lot of people didn’t even know about all the stuff ups behind the scenes.
Only five more days until moving. Apologies in advance for any further stuff ups I do or if I’m a bit not with it. I am being positive though and thinking maybe there won’t be stuff ups, maybe I’ll kick ass this week with flying colours. Sometimes when life throws you lemons, the best you can do is laugh or maybe eat them. I don’t mind eating lemons.