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Thursday, March 07, 2013

As it transpires, Churchill's generosity is even greater than I realised, and matched only by their levels of incompetence. We received a letter in yesterday's post, explaining the cheque we received the day before, and according to that statement, the settlement was for a hundred pounds more than they'd sent us. But they'd knocked off the £100 excess before paying us out.

Unfortunately for them, I paid that money up front (as they told me I had to) and what's more, I have the blog post to prove it. So I gave them a call yesterday afternoon, and having put me on hold while she checked their payment records, Mrs Churchill came back full of apologies, and confirmed that yes, I'd already paid it. So they're sending us another cheque. It's a good job I checked the letter; Lisa almost threw it in the bin.

To be honest, I need all the money I can get. I took the entire family to the dentist yesterday. Toby's already got one razor-sharp tooth, so he's on the verge of costing me a fortune. Luckily, we all got a clean bill of health (and a low bill of money), although he's concerned about my receding gums, and asked if the condition runs in my family. I told him my mother's Esther Rantzen, so he shrugged and said that's life.

Anyhoo, as committed stalkers might remember (because I clearly don't), in May of last year, when Lisa was seven months pregnant with Toby, and we had a handful of kittens in the house, I took two days annual leave so that we could go to a party in Suffolk. Unfortunately, despite arranging it months in advance, we ended up double-booked. Unbeknownst to us, we already had a date with disaster. The event coincided with Amelie throwing up, and then Lisa throwing up, and by the time I'd scrubbed vomit out of the carpet, I wasn't in the mood to party.

As a result, we never got the chance to meet the lovely Z or her blogging house-guests. But the good news is that these events can always be rescheduled. And it only takes ten months. Z and the Sage have been kind enough to invite us to stay for a night or two (although we've packed enough stuff for a fortnight), so we're leaving shortly for the wilds of East Anglia. If we're never heard from again, you can send the police here. And tell them to dust the Aga for fingerprints.


Phil's Mum said...

Have a great time, and give Z my love.  Even though I've never met her, I feel as if I know her.  If you run out of culinary ideas, Z, Lisa likes a nice chicken!

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