So we're off about mid-morning tomorrow for one week, and because it's a self-catering holiday I had a huge Ocado order booked for 10:30 - 11:30 this evening. About 5pm I started getting texts from them saying there were delays, and at 6:30 I got a call saying it might be more like 2am. (There's been a massive accident on the M25, in which - amazingly - apparently no-one was hurt.)
At 7pm I got another call to say that my delivery was looking more like 3am, by which time my driver would be out of hours, so they said I would have to call customer services to re-arrange things.
Customer services, unsurprisingly, said that there was no way they could fit in any extra deliveries until 8pm tomorrow evening. Cue panic. No way do I want to do all the shopping for a week where we're going, I want to get it done before we go. Luckily our Waitrose is only a couple of minutes away, but first there was the slight problem that my shopping list was on the computer and I don't have a printer. So middle son, bless him, read it all out to me while I wrote it down on separate bits of paper for meat, veg, dairy, frozen etc, and then he and I and OH went off to do the deed.
It actually wasn't too bad in the end: OH never does the shopping and doesn't have a clue where anything is or what brands, sizes etc we buy, so we put him on scanning stuff and loading up the trolley, middle son going off with a basket and getting the things he was sure about (he often does the shopping with me so he's familiar with most of the everyday stuff), while I picked the stuff I wanted/needed to actually choose or decide about. We only had one mistake - I'd written "3½ dozen eggs" and he came back with 3 x ½dozen, which isn't the same thing at all. (Yes, I know that sounds like a lot of eggs, but by the time we've had an omelette each for lunch one day, and scrambled eggs for breakfast another day, and maybe hard-boiled eggs for a day out, it soons mounts up.)
Anyway, the job got done a lot quicker than I had feared, and it came to within about £5 of the original Ocado order, so that wasn't too much of a shock to the (financial) system. So now I've just got to get my head round what books and paperwork I want to take, and try to work out why we never get out till 11:30 when I always think at 8:30 that we're well on track for setting off at 10. As I never understand where it all goes wrong, I'm not sure I have much chance of getting it right, sadly.
This time last year I was anxiously awaiting news of Delpo at Basel (thank you, Halo!) but this year I'm hardly following what's going on at all. I do have one ticket for each of four sessions at the World Tour Finals though, but I guess I'll be selling some of them as soon as I get back next weekend.
Anyway, apart from a quick check of the email tomorrow morning, I shall be offline for a week. Have a good one!