A short intermission

The lovely people at creativetourist.com have invited me and Flea to go and stay in a plush hotel for the weekend while exploring Manchester's family-friendly film festival, so we're off!

Of course, when I say "we're off", what I mean is we're off just as soon as I:

  • Manage to persuade Flea that she doesn't need to take four Playmobil figures, Mr lion, Max the Monkey, Football Ted, Cheeky Monkey, Max the Monkey and Monkey puppet.
  • Remember where I put the spare phone charger last time I used it. I think goblins ate it.
  • Work out how to print the directions to the hotel, restaurants, films and various museums we need to get to over the next few days, when the printer has run out of black ink. I'm sure purple is just as good, right?
  • Find sunglasses, sun cream, rain coats, umbrella and everything else we might need to cope with the British weather – there's a couple of outdoor screnings we want to check out.
  • Find a small bottle to put hair conditioner in. Because hotels never provide hair conditioner. I don't know why – who doesn't use hair conditioner? (apart from men, usually).
  • I know I'm going to forget something vital. Leave a comment with your suggestions for the vital thing you think I'll forget, and a mystery prize to the person who guesses correctly.

Right, we're definitely off now. 


Sally is a full-time blogger and founder of the Tots100, Trips100, Foodies100 and HIBS100 communities, along with the MAD Blog Awards. She spends a bit too much time on the Internet. She’s also a very happy Mum to Flea, the world’s coolest ten year old.

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  1. 7th August 2009 / 11:20 am

    Have fun, hopefully the weather will stay nice – i always forget my phone charger, toothbrush or make up ( i hardly ever wear any).

  2. leslieanne
    7th August 2009 / 11:21 am

    I nearly always forget my hair brush – as a result, I have about 7 from where I’ve bought mergency replacements, and I STILL forget!!
    So long as you remember Flea, don’t worry about the rest 😛
    have fun!!

  3. 7th August 2009 / 1:08 pm

    Ooh, lucky you! Have a great time. I reckon you might forget your mobile phone charger, mainly cos that’s what I always forget to take!

  4. 7th August 2009 / 8:36 pm

    Oooh lucky you! If you’re anywhere near W. Didsbury we should have coffee. I’m sure Squidge would love to meet Flea.

  5. 8th August 2009 / 1:59 am

    Sounds like a lovely thing to do. Have fun!

  6. 8th August 2009 / 11:08 pm

    Crikey – I always forget everything – defiitely phone charger, Flea’s favourite soft toy, knickers, pyjamas (or something other than a t-shirt to sleep in), conditioner – yes you’re so right – who doesn’t use it?? I can’t even leave the house if I don’t use it…
    Hope you have a fab time. Why are you not coming to Butlins?? I think we need you there… xx

  7. Sally
    8th August 2009 / 11:18 pm

    @ NotSupermum – you were INCREDIBLY close. I did forget the camera but remembered 200 yards down the road, so was able to turn around and get it!
    As it turned out, despite remembering random items including phone, charger, laptop plug and even sachets of Calpol the vital thing I forgot was…
    …hair conditioner.
    Never let it be said that my life lacks irony.
    @Maternal Tales – I wasn’t invited to Butlins. I forgive them though, Who’s the Mummy has only been here for a month! I know, it feels like so much longer, doesn’t it? Maybe next time.

  8. notSupermum
    9th August 2009 / 5:02 pm

    Aww, just read your comment – funny that you forget the one thing you were determined to take!
    Btw, I haven’t been invited to Butlins, Manchester or anywhere else! (Stamps foot in indignation!)

  9. Sally
    9th August 2009 / 9:58 pm

    If I ever get invited you can hide in the boot of the car and sneak in, how’s that?

  10. Sally
    10th August 2009 / 7:59 pm

    @Brit – I know! My hair was annoyingly frizzy all weekend. Grr.