Once I had done all the 5 million things which needed doing in order to leave the family at home alone for 3 days (lists, $5 for casual clothes day packaged up, appointments made, food in fridge, food defrosted and labelled, instructions set out on the bench, clothes washed, netball cancelled, children prepared, bags packed, training cancelled, work documents squeezed in, taxi organised) I found at 7.30 am on Friday morning that I had a window of 30 minutes after the temp child care lady arrived and before I caught a taxi to the airport to fly to the Sunshine Coast. I even had time to double check my hairdryer was packed (for defrizzing hair purposes).
That's funny, I thought, she should be here by now. At 7.45 am I was worried so I checked my emails and discovered to my horror that in fact I had failed to book her for the day I needed her. I had completely messed up my dates and booked her for the following week when I most certainly did not need her.
A good 10 minutes of hyperventilating followed, where the fact I was about to get on a plane and had no childcare and no options for emergency childcare for a whole day with a husband who had work commitments to keep really hit home. I have never confused my dates in such a way before.
(Noosa main beach viewed from Bistro C - 27 November 2010)
A solution was found. It was one of those no choice solutions really. Husband ran his 7 hours of telephone conferences from home, and my son got to watch a lot (and I do mean A LOT) of television.
And I arrived home to a happy little family who had had lots of daddy bonding, scootering and dungeon building time over the weekend (once the television was switched off). Which made me feel warm after a weekend of worry...
(coconut chicken salad from Bistro C via here)
Meanwhile, I had a long weekend of meetings and briefings. And a wonderful lunch with a perfect Shaw & Smith chardonnay at this beachfront restaurant in Noosa, Bistro C.
There is a reason Noosa is crawling with Melburnians. It is a fantastic place...
Now, to my paw paw cream giveaway. In the time honoured manner of this blog, I arranged for a small superhero (Superman this time) to select the winner. I put you all in, even though some of you said you were already fully supplied with paw paw cream. As I said, you can never have too much.
The winner comes from the US, from Seattle: Jessica from 24 Corners.
Dear Jessica - email me your address and I will have a lovely package to you before Santa arrives at your house. xoxo