Things I Have Forgotten

I have a theory about the human brain.

I think it basically has a finite capacity, a bit like a laptop hard drive. And when your mental hard drive is full, what’s left either gets punted to an external drive (phone, diary) or is simply discarded.

In my case, a lot of stuff gets discarded.

At the moment my head is stuffed with a new website that’s almost ready to launch, an awards ceremony, a conference, a major new event, two websites that both have lots of clients, and members, and contributors – all of whom seem to need me to do things on a daily basis. And let’s not forget the small matter of a lively seven-year-old, a missing cat, parents, family, friends, and a crumbling Victorian house to take care of.

Reality is, there simply isn’t enough room in my head for all of this stuff.

In the last week, things I have forgotten include:

  • Brushing my hair after breakfast. With the result that someone pointed out (at 8pm) that I still had Rice Krispies in my hair.
  • Lunch with some blogging friends. I managed to entirely double-book myself and missed a lunch I flippin’ organised.
  • A coffee meeting with a potential client – remembered only because the client texted me 10 minutes before it started to cancel. Phew.
  • EVERY time I go to the bathroom, I think, “Must call the plumber about that dripping tap.”  By the time I get to the foot of the stairs, the thought has entirely vanished.
  • I use Skyscanner to track flight prices and TOTALLY intended to book a flight when I got a price alert last month. Forgot – and the ticket price has since gone up by £300 a seat. Bugger.

Online diaries are all well and good, but they don’t tend to work for me – because I forget to look at them. I know. Ironic, isn’t it?

Win a Mum’s Office Diary

Because I’m such a scatterbrain, I was  pleased to be offered the chance to try out a new diary designed specifically for families – yes, it does say “Mum’s Diary” on the (removable) packaging but last time I checked, most men were able to pick up pens and manipulate them to form letters, so I’m confident this is actually a unisex product.

The Big Family Diary is a school-year diary with one week to a page – plus a handy facing page where you can add in other people’s schedules – ideal for me, as I can add in Flea’s activities, work activities, and things I need to remember for when she’s visiting her Dad, for example.

There’s a handy phone directory and monthly planner so you can important dates at a glance – ideal for someone like me who tends to forget dentist appointments until the last minute and then finds themselves madly trying to reschedule them because I’m fully booked up. There’s a nifty elasticated holder for a pen (because you can NEVER find one when you need one) and a bookmark.

Fancy getting your mitts on a diary? I have TWO large Big Family School Year Diaries worth £16.95 each to give away to two of my readers. The diaries run from August 2013 to August 2014 and come in a rather fetching raspberry or peppermint colour, with a silver embossed date on the front cover.


If you’d like to win a diary, simply comment on this post and tell me what’s the last thing you forgot? 

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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. Chloe Napier-Jones
    20th July 2013 / 6:51 pm

    For the past 3 weeks I have forgotten to take my recycling out therefore I have an overflowing recycling box & 4 carrier bags worth of stuff meaning I will have to do more trips than if I had remembered at the time!! Grrrr.

  2. Rachel Hill
    20th July 2013 / 7:23 pm

    Last thing I forgot? That my daughter needed collecting from school. I have one daughter at school. She’s been going for 6 years.

  3. Karen
    21st July 2013 / 7:24 am

    For the last week I have forgotten that the clock in the classroom is 5 mins slow, and I have been sending the children to break and lunch late, the clock is radio controlled so it shouldn’t be slow 🙁

  4. 21st July 2013 / 7:51 am

    I forgot my meeting notes. I’m a weight watchers leader and that’s kiiiinda important. Oh and then the next day I forgot my scales- luckily hubs was around to drop them off!

  5. claire woods
    21st July 2013 / 8:55 am

    Friend’s son’s birthday

    21st July 2013 / 10:03 am


  7. liz denial
    21st July 2013 / 10:29 am

    I’ve forgotten 🙂

  8. gillian burden
    21st July 2013 / 11:01 am

    my own birthday because i was too busy which birthdays etc i forgot mine

  9. GEMMA
    21st July 2013 / 11:32 am

    I forgot to go to parents evening!! whoops!

  10. Angela Dunne
    21st July 2013 / 11:34 am

    I forgot I was out of milk when I went to the corner shop last night. By the time I realised my mistake the shop was shut. Black tea? Yuk!

  11. Megan
    21st July 2013 / 11:45 am

    I forgot to send my friends birthday present with enough time so it would arrive before their birthday. I didnt post it until their birthday whoops! xx

  12. Sarahann Tonner
    21st July 2013 / 11:56 am

    My dentist appointment – embarrassing when you show up not only at the wrong time, but on the wrong day!

  13. ashleigh
    21st July 2013 / 12:11 pm

    My dentist appointment!

  14. Jane Paddey
    21st July 2013 / 1:34 pm

    I forgot my mums hospital appointment – luckily she remembered and rang me to check I hadn’t forgotten – mm what do you think I said lol x

  15. Tammy Tudor
    21st July 2013 / 1:36 pm

    I forgot to do the shopping and now everyone’s complaining like they have never eaten 😀

  16. iain maciver
    21st July 2013 / 2:04 pm

    too much to list

  17. Tracy Waldock Newton
    21st July 2013 / 2:20 pm

    My husband works away. When he is home I forget to cook for him.

  18. 21st July 2013 / 3:06 pm

    Last thing I forgot… jeez there are TOO MANY!
    I keep forgetting to blog.
    And every time I see that advert for the tax credits renewal I think “I’m going to do that tomorrow”, and then promptly forget. (though it’s done now thank goodness!)
    All the things I learned at school and uni about bio/chem etc? Gone. Totally gone. And algebra etc? HA what’s that??
    Also supposed to be gathering the things I need (birth cert!) to change my name back to my maiden name by deed poll. Keep forgetting about that one too.
    Right now I’m blaming the heat. Who can remember anything when it’s so hot all you’re thinking about is trying to figure out how to get to the co-op as coolly as possible and how long you can get away with standing in the chilled isle?
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  19. Caroline H
    21st July 2013 / 4:20 pm

    What haven’t I forgotten?! The last thing was pillows for our camping holiday – because I didn’t write them on the list!

  20. Dee Dmonte
    21st July 2013 / 4:31 pm

    After taking three different family members to the doctors in 10 days…I forgot my own hospital appointment that I had waited for for 4 months!

  21. Angela Norton
    21st July 2013 / 5:02 pm

    I forgot to take a painkiller before going to the dentist. Ouch!

    21st July 2013 / 5:15 pm

    EGGS!! today, so can’t make my cake now 🙁

  23. Gillian Holmes
    21st July 2013 / 6:30 pm

    I can’t remember

  24. Diane Wareing
    21st July 2013 / 6:37 pm

    It would be easier to say what I don’t forget lol

  25. aj
    21st July 2013 / 6:44 pm

    The date and time of my sons hospital appointment.

  26. laura banks
    21st July 2013 / 6:54 pm

    the water bill i always forget to transfer money in my bank account

  27. princesspamma
    21st July 2013 / 7:03 pm

    I forgot auntie june’s birthday in – guess? June!!

  28. Frances hopkins
    21st July 2013 / 7:43 pm

    the dentist

  29. Annie Costa
    21st July 2013 / 7:45 pm

    Turned up for an appointment at the dentist 1 hour early because I’d forgotten the actual time of the appointment…really need to write these things down!

  30. 21st July 2013 / 8:10 pm

    I actually forgot my daughter’s doctor appointment 🙁 Yes I AM now one of *those* moms! See I had put it in the diary on my phone, and set the reminder for “1 day after” rather than “1 day before” WHOOPS! If I had a paper-based diary that wouldn’t have happened….

  31. Lauren Purdy
    21st July 2013 / 8:18 pm

    I am usually good with remembering things – like people visiting, appointments ect. I ALWAYS forget little things like ringing this company or that company. The biggest thing however, was our latest health visitor appointment. I was cleaning away, my baby daughter was due a feed shortly and my partner called me on a break at work…said ‘do you have any plans today?’, then it clicked. My HV appointment was in less than 5 minutes. I hadn’t even got Beau dressed, I had to quickly make her a bottle to take along and I shoved my hair up. I had never been to this place before so I am trying to find it on Google maps on the way out to the car…. HOWEVER, I still somehow managed to get there on time – then I was left waiting about 20 minutes!!!!

    Sorry I didn’t intend on writing such a big post haha!!

    • Lauren Purdy
      21st July 2013 / 8:20 pm

      Then I submit this, leave the page and I nearly forgot to fill out the rafflecopter!!! *slaps forehead*

  32. melanie gregory
    21st July 2013 / 9:27 pm


  33. Stephanie Tsang
    21st July 2013 / 9:45 pm

    I forgot where I put my keys.

  34. Susan Pickard
    21st July 2013 / 10:32 pm

    Forgot my son needed to wear non-uniform and crazy socks/silly hair for red nose day!

  35. Naz
    22nd July 2013 / 12:16 am

    Forgot my mobile.

  36. Patricia Edwards
    22nd July 2013 / 11:57 am

    Just now, went upstairs and forgot why

  37. claire griffiths
    22nd July 2013 / 3:41 pm

    last thing i forgot was a doctors appointment

  38. 22nd July 2013 / 4:31 pm

    The last thing I forgot was where I put my husband’s lunchbox because I had put his slippers in the fridge where it should have been.
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  39. Jayne T
    22nd July 2013 / 6:10 pm

    My nephews birthday

  40. Karen Barrett
    22nd July 2013 / 6:03 pm

    A friends birthday :o(

  41. niki wardle
    22nd July 2013 / 8:33 pm

    My daughters name :O I was registering her for playgroup and when they asked me her name I was so flustered, I couldn’t think! I was absolutely mortified and the woman must have thought I was an idiot!

  42. Sue
    23rd July 2013 / 8:55 am

    I constantly forget things when I go shopping. I write a list but then forget to take the list with me. I always think that I’ll just remember it all, but every time there’s at least one thing I forget.

  43. angela sandhu
    23rd July 2013 / 11:31 am

    I got myself into a right fluster on Sunday evening when I realised I completely forgot to do the washing and my son had no uniform for Monday morning. Luckily our flat was warm and breezy so the washing dried overnight – phew!

  44. michelle lee
    24th July 2013 / 2:30 pm

    The last thing I forgot was a house viewing and when I remembered I nearly didn’t bother going. I did albeit late and I’m so glad I did, just waiting for the estate agent to finish off the paperwork now.

  45. Kerrie
    24th July 2013 / 4:53 pm

    The nappy bag for my 4 month old and 2 year old. It involved going to Tesco to buy a huge pack of nappies to just do one nappy change.

  46. Vicky
    25th July 2013 / 12:56 pm

    My list would be shorter if I listed the things I remember…I once left my 3rd child at the nursery after dropping off his old brother; I can’t do odd numbers, so had to have baby number 4 which actually really helped. Recently, I left for a kids birthday party thinking we set off early only to find out we were half an hour late on arrival; got the wrong start time, and another recent party I got the wrong day altogether after getting the house number mixed up with the party date…thank goodness my head’s screwed on!

  47. Mickie Bull
    25th July 2013 / 11:59 am

    My car keys…constantly

  48. Laura Pritchard
    27th July 2013 / 1:21 pm

    To buy soap for the bathroom.

  49. Helen Grayson
    28th July 2013 / 2:18 pm

    My train was leaving at 17:54 – I confused this for 15:47!

    Luckily I checked before I was leaving to realise I had 2 hours still! x

  50. Susan Seaman
    28th July 2013 / 4:03 pm

    BIRTHDAYS, the last one was the father in laws. ;-(

  51. Susan Seaman
    28th July 2013 / 4:03 pm

    BIRTHDAYS, the last one was the father in laws. ;-(

  52. Jo Booth
    28th July 2013 / 4:10 pm

    I forgot my shopping list yesterday, carefully writing everything down, then forgetting to take it !!

  53. Claire Wilkinson
    28th July 2013 / 10:45 pm

    dentist last week!!

  54. Emma Wolski
    29th July 2013 / 7:23 am

    A smear test! Must book another now you have reminded me!!

  55. lorraine polley
    29th July 2013 / 5:58 pm

    my phone, i’m always leaving home without it

  56. joanne holton
    29th July 2013 / 7:27 pm

    my sisters bithday!!!

  57. Danielle Graves
    29th July 2013 / 10:29 pm

    We bought something on facebook last week and were supposed to collect it and i forgot the house number and my other half ended up knocking on a randomers door because of it.

  58. Joanne Kelly
    30th July 2013 / 12:04 am

    Rather shamefully; my nephew’s birthday. In my defense – I have 6 children & I’m all over the place with the holidays. I felt terrible when my BIL came around with my nephew & 6 party bags left over from his party :O I used to remember everything, these days I barely remember my name! xx

  59. jen louise jackson
    30th July 2013 / 10:27 am

    My dentist appointment

  60. Gwen Thomas
    30th July 2013 / 10:55 am

    I forgot to go to my hairdresser’s appointment. Oops!

  61. claire fawkner
    30th July 2013 / 1:49 pm

    My house keys

  62. Natalie Crossan
    30th July 2013 / 2:45 pm

    My keys! left them in a coffee shop. Oops x

  63. trevor linvell
    30th July 2013 / 2:47 pm

    One of the presents i got for my niece at christmas! But on the plus side she got it as a new years day present!

  64. Sheila Reeves
    30th July 2013 / 3:54 pm

    My nephews birthday

  65. Sophie Hedley
    30th July 2013 / 4:31 pm

    A job interview…

  66. Naomi Buchan
    30th July 2013 / 6:58 pm

    Just went to shop to get the ingredients for pea and ham soup and i forgot the ham!

  67. Eleanor Powell
    30th July 2013 / 8:01 pm

    I don’t know I can’t remember!