Monday, October 01, 2007

Mushy Monday

Finally I'm getting better but poor Mollie now has the virus and is currently tucked up in bed, she's had a sleep and is now bored but the rule in our house is if you're too ill for school you have to stay in bed, no tv, game boy or psp whereas reading and drawing is allowed, maybe I'm a strict mother but I don't want them feigning illness to have a fun day off school.

It took me a few days to catch up on all my blogroll posts but I've been busy reading and feel ready to get back into blogging only my brain seems to have turned to mush and I don't know what to blog about. I know, I'll share the story with you of another time my brain turned to mush!

Back in 1998 my best friend Sarah from England was getting married. I was bridesmaid and Sarah decided to have her hen party in Dublin, so I booked a hotel, sussed out a club and was looking forward to the weekend which was about 10 days away. Then Sarah rang and started telling me the times of the flights her friends were arriving from various different UK airports, I said tell me next week, she said but we're coming on Friday...ahhhh....double ahhhh...triple ahhhh. Rang the hotel, no space for Friday. Rang some more hotels, no spaces. Panicked. Decided to put the 10 girls up in my shoebox of a house and kick the family out. Then I tried the youth hostel, and they could fit us in, phew! It was a very grotty hostel but also very cheap and we had a brilliant weekend so the girls forgave my ineptness.

Fast forward two months and the impending wedding. Our flight was booked for the Friday evening as I'd asked for an evening flight because Joules had to work and we were travelling without the children. On the Monday I became violently ill with stomach cramps and diarrhoea, so ill that I had to call out the doctor. Friends and family looked after the children as I lay in bed delirious worrying about the wedding. My GP said I probably wouldn't be able to go but he'd check me out on Friday and give me a decision. So I had to call Sarah and warn her, which didn't help her nerves. Friday rolled around and the doctor said I was just well enough to travel but to take it easy. The children went to their granny's, I packed our bags and checked the tickets as Joules locked up the house...ahhhh....the flight said 0700....I burst into tears said I couldn't cope and walked off down the road. Joules rang the travel agent to ask why they'd given us a morning flight when I'd specifically asked for the evening flight, their answer was that they would have listed all the flights for that day, I heard seven assumed it was 7pm and said yes! The travel agent rang the airline but the flight was overbooked so there were no guarantees, all we could do was get to the airport and hope there were some no shows.

We got to the airport and there were three places left, a couple turned up so only one place left with minutes to boarding. At least this meant that I could travel, we discussed driving but wouldn't have made it to Bristol in time for the wedding, this was my only hope...then another couple arrived. The manager came out to explain that only one seat was left but that he could fly the other person to Birmingham (90 miles from Bristol) and pay for a taxi to any destination. My ears pricked up at Birmingham, so I asked to speak to the manager and explained my predicament as I dissolved into floods of tears. He was fantastic and agreed to fly us to Birmingham at not extra cost but apologised for not being able to pay for our taxi as well. This was the best news ever and my dad drove to collect us from Birmingham and I made the wedding mushy brain and all!

28 comments:

hellojed said...

Great story! Have one myself. A few years ago I was taking a 6 am flight to the UK for a friend's wedding. The night before I got all my stuff together - and couldn't find my passport. We ripped the place apart but found nothing. We'd done some cleaning that day and had taken out some bin bags to the communal skips - so at eleven pm I was going through our rubbish, thankfully I found it pretty quickly otherwise it would have been a pretty disgusting experience. I made the flight thank goodness!

Alix said...

wow Beccy that sounds like a lot of bad luck followed by a lot of good luck! You were obviously meant to be at Sarah's wedding.
Glad that your feeling better and are back blogging, hope Mollie feels better soon too.

Lisa said...

Wow, what complications! No wonder you remember it so clearly.
I'm with you, though, I don't usually allow tv, computer, etc. either if they're home from school (unless It's something like strep throat and they're not allowed in school for 3 days or so.)

EmBee said...

I seem to remember that occasion and also thinking that you were going to be very unhappy if I had said no. But that is not the only time you have landed at Birmingham is it as I am fairly sure I picked you and Dillon up there once. Glad to hear you are feeling better - take it steady for a couple of days and give my love and best wishes to the other sick one in the house. Love Embee

nikki said...

I'm glad to hear you're feeling better. Hope Mollie gets better fast. It's no fun to be bored.

la bellina mammina said...

Glad you're feeling better and hope Molliewill get well soon.
I'm with you with regards to kids being sick and only reading and drawing allowed.
Wow, what an adventure it must have been for you then.

lisa's chaos said...

Glad you're getting back up and at 'em. You know here I sit at 40 years old and have never went to a wedding. :) I've been invited I just don't go. Maybe next year I will break that, as some friends of my son's wants me to take photos at their's.

Sam said...

is mushy monday a regular thing? I am not sure how many takles of woe I can handle.

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Asha said...

I do the same! Reading and drawing is okay but don't you dare start the video games when you home sick!!:D
Hope Mollie gets better soon. Lot of kids are sick here too. Glad you are feeling better!:)
Happy Monday.

Rachel said...

Lol, great story!! Mushy brain happens to the best of us.

Some (me) more than others.

Beckie said...

I love a good story and that was a good one! Wow! I would have been afraid to travel after the stomach bug - my luck I would have had a relapse on the plane.

I want to know how long you had to practice to get a Wii age of 28? My daughter tried the Wii age thing last weekend and she was 54 - I refused to try after that.

her indoors said...

glad you are feeling better, and sorry Mollie is now poorly, I am with you on the if you are ill you stay in bed.
Wow that was a few close shaves there then!

frannie said...

wow-- what a crazy situation. I'm glad that you were able to make it there ok!

I hope Mollie gets to feeling better!

we had the same rules when I was a kid-- too sick for school means too sick for anything.

Steffi said...

What a great story!
I´m really glad that you feeling finally better!Sorry to hear that now Mollie has a virus!!!We wish her all the best!

Amy W said...

Glad you made it to the wedding!

I hope your Mollie gets better soon..

Melissa said...

I hope Mollie feels better soon! Being sick is no fun.

I loved your mushy brain story. I feel like that too often, I'm afraid. ;)

ChrisB said...

I remember that so well. Do I still have the dress hanging in a wardrobe?!

mjd said...

I am sorry that you have been ill and that Mollie is now sick. I am glad that the wedding plans worked out in the end.

elena jane said...

oh no, what a story!! glad you made the wedding in time!!
and hope mollie is feeling better...i also make mine stay in bed with nothing but a book or perhaps a dvd...but no FUN things ;)
glad to hear you are well now....

Tiger Lamb Girl said...

I do the same with my children -- they're only allowed to draw or read when they're ill.

Sounds like you just made it to the wedding by the skin of your teeth! Yikes - that fiasco with the flights would have done my stomach in!

Tiger Lamb Girl said...

ooh, I meant to add:
Hope you recover soon and Mollie heals quickly. xo

Carla said...

Wow! I would have been a complete mess, but it certainly makes for a good story. The important thing is it turned out in the end. Hope everyone gets over that flu bug soon.

Karmyn R said...

That is one of those stories you can laugh about now - but at the time was horrible!!! There is nothing worse than missing a flight and trying to catch the next one!

ChrisB said...

That's weird only half my comment is there. I also said 'are you remembering those rules from when you were young!! Hope Mollie feels better soon

Emma in Canada said...

Haha, that made me laugh. I love stories like that.

I wish I had that rule about staying in bed. I should start now, Liam is awful about feigning illness.

Pamela said...

I would have had an anxiety attack -
I hate to fly. I am not obsessive compusive until I get an airline ticket in my hand. Then I need to be psycho analyzed.



(you can get over the mushies with a very easy fun monday coming up. It's an October View and I hope you show up!!!)

Sally Lomax said...

I frequently get mushy brain syndrome. Great story! Glad you made it!

my4kids said...

Great story! I totaly get mushy brain syndrome but on a regular basis. I was told I have ADD so usually blame it on that!