I left my brain at home today! FACT.
I am usually extremely organised, if I’m going somewhere – I know exactly how to get there, where I can park (this is always a major stress for me as I can’t parallel or reverse park at all – life is now too short to stress learning), how long the journey will take, make sure I have contact numbers etc etc etc.
Today, that all went out of the window, today was not a good day.
Monkey and I had been invited to the London HQ of Egmont for a new APP launch (more to follow on that in a separate post. I’d checked if there was on-site parking – no, ok, how could I do this without stressing about parking as I really wanted to go.
I looked on the internet and saw that they are actually very close to the Westfield Shopping Centre – so I checked again, if I parked there (no stress) was the office really as close as it looked (walking with a 3 and half-year old etc etc) – yes, just across the road. Lovely – sorted!
We needed to be in London for 1.30, so I picked Monkey up from pre-school at 11.30, got him changed there, and put him in the car. I decided we could drive down, park, have a sandwich and still have plenty of time to walk to the office. I set the Sat Nav going and off we went.
All was going rather well until I realised that the Sat Nav seemed to be jammed! Ok, don’t panic, I roughly knew where Westfield was so kept going, and luckily came to some traffic lights on Red so managed to quickly re-set the Sat Nav and it jumped back into life – phew.
We got parked at Westfield (easily – thank you god) – rather larger shopping centre than a country bumpkin had appreciated., ate our lunch, still had loads of time to get to the office.
Perhaps I should point out – that I don’t do LATE, I am obsessive about being on-time, which normally means I’m everywhere much earlier than I need to be!
I did have a little niggle in the back of my head, hope I get out at the right side of the Centre, no, it’ll be fine. Oh dear – fatal mistake. I found the Concierge Desk and asked a lovely man if he could point me in the right direction – how do I get out of the Centre, and I need to be here – showed him the address. Uum, I’m not sure, I don’t live locally. He looked on his computer, got the Centre map out and told me to go up 2 flights, right across the Centre and out the other side and I’d find it.
So we end up at the other end of the Centre, outside, I can’t see the road I need to be at, and NO-ONE knows where it is, I’m in the wrong postcode – I know, I live in the Shires, this is a big deal in London.
At this point I have 25 minutes to get to the office, I don’t know where I am anymore, I upgraded my phone at the weekend and it doesn’t have the email with contact telephone number, the invitation I have in my hand doesn’t have a telephone number either. I’m lost, I’m going to be late, and I have Monkey with me. Nightmare!!
I should have been meeting Anna from In the Playroom blog at the event, but she couldn’t make it. Bright idea – ring Anna for the office telephone number, ring the office, shout HELP – where am I!!! So rang Anna, I was in a state of panic, no telephone number on the email. Where are you? Not sure, I can see a tube sign for Wood Lane. Ok, get on the tube, one stop to Latimer Street and you are there.
Monkey loved being on the tube – one happy boy, even if only one stop. Got out of the tube, by this time I had 5 minutes to get to the office. Came out of the station, no sight of the elusive road, asked a number of people, they all looked at me blankly, walk down there maybe was the best response I got. Rang Anna again, can you email them and say I’m lost and will be late, I’m really panicking, Monkey is being wonderful, I feel like an idiot. Anna pointed me in the right direction, and with the help of a delivery driver and a passing Aussie, we made it to the event.
We were not alone in being late, everyone was lovely. When I explained what had happened to one of the team, they pointed out of the window – there is Westfield! He very kindly explained how to walk back to the centre.
It was a SHORT walk, it was just across the road, when Monkey and I walked back and found our way back to the car I realised that the Concierge should have pointed me in totally the opposite direction than he did.
But I can’t blame him at all. I was the idiot who left her brain at home today, along with a map, contact details and the ability to see my phone screen in the sunlight! What a prat. Thankfully, during all of my madness, my 3 and half year old son, remained calm and did everything I told him – he made a bad situation so much easier to deal with!