Well this week hasn’t gone quite the way it was meant to!
Last Sunday I was supposed to have been jetting off to the sun for 5 days with my Mum, Kathleen and Katy (my Sister) but instead of sun, sea and a couple of cocktails, I was faced with snow, ice and a cup of peppermint tea!
Having monitored the ‘snow situation’ for a week before we were due to go, we made the decision to stay at the Radisson Blu Stansted the night before we were due to leave to ensure that we were at the airport in plenty of time for our flight – well it’s a real shame BAA Stansted didn’t make the same provisions, as a lack of staff (security was manned by Police due to shortages!) and a 5 hour queue to get through to departures resulted in us missing our flight (it took off with FOUR passengers!!) and ultimately our whole holiday!!
Ever the optimists, we tried to make the most of the ‘break’ and my Mum and Kathleen came to stay with me for the week which was lovely so it wasn’t all bad!
Having been up since 4.30am and then loosing out on our holiday I didn’t think anything could make me smile today! It was one of those days where anything that could have gone wrong – DID! Even the vending machines at the coach terminal were working against me, I paid my pound for a packet of McCoys and instead was treated to a Double Decker – eurgh!!
After finally getting a coach back to Colchester from the airport, we became a bit stuck as there were no buses running and I couldn’t get through to any of the cab companies so we had to brave the walk up the hill to Marks & Spencers where there is a cab rank (and a hotel if worst came to worst).
Trying to pull our cases up the high street through thick snow wasn’t quite what we had planned for today (We should have been laying in the sun, reading our books!) and all of a sudden I had a hysterical giggling fit! I think it was the disbelief of what had happened and to be honest was probably one of those moments where if you didn’t laugh you’d cry – I managed to capture the moment on camera and I think you’ll agree that Kath’s face just says it all…..
After getting home at 4.00pm yesterday afternoon and then sleeping from around 5.00pm through till 11.00am the following morning, I had one of the best sleeps I’ve had in a loooooooooooooooong time!!
The good kip was desperately needed and after our first tea fix of the day (I’m becoming quite obsessed with the peppermint variety!) and a more positive head than yesterday, we decided to cheer ourselves up by booking another holiday (well 2 but who’s counting eh!!)
We have now rebooked this cancelled holiday for end of May (get myself a nice healthy glow for when the hubby comes home!) and our usual winter break in November.
Let the countdown begin – AGAIN!
The main reason we chose to go away when we did was to celebrate Kathleen’s birthday and so Mum and myself decided to bring the ‘party’ to my house instead – although there were a couple of changes as the dolphin cruise and beach restaurant were quite hard to replicate so we settled for steak and chips and a game of Trivial Pursuit instead!
It’s nights like these which just go to prove that it doesn’t really matter where you are just as long as the company is good, a fab time can be had!
After popping into town earlier today we somehow got round to talking about our favourite films and I couldn’t believe it when I found out that neither of them had seen The Notebook!
This is one of my all time favourite films (Noel and myself went to see it at the cinema on our second date) so with plenty of tissues at the ready and a large bag of Maltesars, we snuggled up on the sofa to watch it.
We were going to watch P.S I Love you too but we ran out of Kleenex!
I was a bit late this month with getting my copy of Wedding Ideas Magazine but oh my was it worth the wait!
I ♥ this magazine so much and I was never without a copy when I was planning my wedding which now seems so long ago! Since starting MWD, I have found I still buy this religiously as it’s a great way to keep up with all the trends and news but these amazing guys have also been such a HUGE support for which I can never thank them enough!
I got THE best suprise when I got to page 199 to find a mention regarding the Special Recognition Award AND picture of Noel and myself on our wedding day – bought a tear to my eye!!
Well it looks like we might be getting a refund for our flights!
After sending a strongly worded letter of complaint to BAA Stansted on Monday, I today had a response from them acknowledging the issues were due to the problems some of their employees experiences getting to the airport following the heavy snow and that on this occasion they are looking at refunding flights.
A bit of good news to end the week eh!
I’m keeping me fingers crossed for a much better one next week.