Grace cocks it up again!

Husband and I were having such a lovely day. A moochy Sunday morning with an extra hour because the clocks went back. Drink in the pub  swiftly followed by pheasant cooked in cider and a calorific treacle tart. Soon fell asleep by the roaring fire and then it was time to see Skyfall, the 5pm performance which was so fab because it meant we would be back home in time for supper on a tray in front of Downton.

Got to the cinema. The tickets I had booked online a week before were  nowhere to be found. To give her her due, the girl at the box office looked everywhere. My heart was beginning to sink. OK I said. We can sort this out later, in the meantime we’ll pay for two more tickets. She blushed, embarrassed. Sorry, we’re sold out. To make matters worse, some friends of ours came bouncing up behind us in the queue. “We’ll let you know how good the film is” they kindly offered as Husband and I slunk out of the cinema tightlipped. We drove home in silence. Day ruined.

Of course Husband thanks me for this mini fiasco. And who can blame him? Not me. My past record isn’t that good I’m afraid. Like the time we were checking in for a long awaited romantic weekend in Paris. “Are you travelling alone?” the ground hostess asked my husband. “No. Of course not. My wife is coming too”. “No she isn’t sir, her passport has expired”.

Or when we were in the car on the way to Gatwick Airport when Husband asked me “North or South Terminal darling?”. “Terminal 4”  I replied – despite driving like Lewis Hamilton, we missed our flight from Heathrow and spent the next couple of hours giving the credit card a thrashing buying three more tickets.

Anyhow it seems that, on checking my computer, the online booking didn’t actually go through for Bond, James Bond. Grace, Idiot Grace. So it’s a bit frosty inside the house as well as outside tonight. Nothing that X Factor and a bottle of red can’t fix (I hope).

Anyone else got any equally hideous stories of cock ups you’ve made?  Or is it just me?

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  1. Hubby and I like to take driving holidays in Europe – we take it in turns to arrange (although I usually check his arrangements as I’m so much better at it!). One year I didn’t get time to check though and we happily made our way towards Belle Ile (the clue’s in the name – it’s an island) where we were due to stay for a few nights. We got to where the land stopped and the ferry (that we had no idea we needed to take) departed. It was high summer and the car spaces were all booked. The only way we were getting to our hotel on the island was as foot passengers. A mad scramble to find secure car parking on the mainland resulted in a kind hotel receptionist taking pity on us allowing us to use the car park in his hotel. However, there was no way we could carry three week’s worth of holiday baggage, so we had to unpack it all in said car park and try and decide precisely which shoes, smart frocks, walking gear, swimming kit etc we needed for our stay – and we had to decide fast as the ferry was leaving at any moment. We duly re packed one bag between us and struggled onto the ferry. The hotel was fabulous and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay – despite having left some key items back in the car on the mainland! We’d definitely go back, but next time I’ll be making the bookings.

  2. I had a similarly expensive cock-up! Having returned from a month in the Far East where I had organised the whole itinerary, which involved 8 flights, two ferry journeys, 8 airport taxi pick-ups, not sure how many hotels etc.(which all went seamlessly) we were due back to the UK from France to attend my nieces wedding. The flights from our local airport had ALWAYS left at the same time three days a week. An hour from the airport I checked the boarding passes to discover the flight was just leaving… We paid for more tickets the next day from another airport and my husband then spent the whole time at the wedding telling people how I had cocked-up which had cost us X amount… We didn’t speak for a few days! And I’m sorry Grace, X Factor would not “fix” missing out on Skyfall which they are not showing in English here! Zut alors!

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