All of a sudden it’s nearing the close of 2016 and I’m in full-on packing mode, casually ignoring the husband’s jeers of ‘#early panic’ and sticking with ‘#organised’.
In any case, I spy him opening his airline app to see if he can check in online yet.
“Kids! Come here!”
“What is it, Daddy?”
“Look! These are our seats on the plane. It’s called an ‘A380’.”
This ‘checking’ thing is coupled with regular monitoring of ‘Flight Radar 24‘, a plane tracking app. He and his mate (the only two known subscribers) have spent many an evening verifying a particular plane coming in to land.
But enough about the flight, I’m all about the hotel. No cooking, no cleaning, no washing, no bed-making. Did I mention no cooking?
For me, it’s the hotel smell upon arrival. I love that foyer ‘whiff’ you get – fresh flowers, furniture polish and the aroma of 24-hour efficiency that wafts around the place.
We choose our accommodation carefully based on the three R’s:
- REALLY BIG BEDS
I married a man whose nickname could be Hightower (‘Police Academy’) and whilst he isn’t black (couldn’t be further skin-toned from it), he is very tall. Therefore, at home I sleep in the lap of super-king luxury, so if the hotel hasn’t got super-king or queen or whatever the local equivalent is, I’m not taking this shit lying down.
Call me a snob, but I’m a very light sleeper and I’m hoping for more than forty winks on holiday.
After years of experience, I have learned not to unpack once shown to our room. It’s all very ‘end of the Sound of Music’ where kids and I must remain silent and almost out of sight, leaving husband to shake his head in mock-disappointment at the original room they offer us.
I used to get embarrassed, but now I let him get on with it if it means a free upgrade from the original room opposite the lift. He blags well:
Disney World – fourth time on The Haunted Mansion:
“Mate, help us out, we came here this morning for our fast-pass slot but the ride was closed for maintenance. We’re flying back this evening and it’s the only ride we’ve not yet done.” (All aboard for the fifth time.)
Driving aimlessly round Manchester Square, London
Very late for dinner with friends and nowhere to park. Drops me off at restaurant. Arrives at restaurant 3 minutes later.
“Where on earth did you manage to park?”
“Don’t worry about it, Doll.”
Once finally in the room, I check ‘hanger quality’. I’m not a fan of hole-in-the-rod ones (as if I’d steal them?) or fiddly clamp ones.
I’m almost tempted to try my mother-in-law’s time-saving method of packing everything on a hanger. (I said ‘almost’.)
So, whilst I am doing all the unpacking, husband goes into James Bond mode.
I mean the safe.
This is his priority and he takes it seriously. I’ve barely walked into the room when I am ordered to shed all valuables and put them in the safe with the passports.
Once I’ve unpacked the clothes it’s onto the bathroom; an almost lengthier unpacking process with my lotion and potion-loving family. After I’ve established that the hair-dryer is a complete waste of time and inspected my face in the giant back-lit magnifying mirror, I stow away the handy sewing kits and shower caps as ‘going home presents’. (No interest in the body lotion – far too allergic.)
I don’t even need to glance at the bed to know that we will need more pillows. Always more pillows. ‘Hello housekeeping?’
Next, I like to find most useful/accessible plug point and claim it as my own. There’s usually only one unless we unplug the useless lamp in the corner too.
So, what about the rest of the family whilst I’m doing all of this hard work?
Well, the kids are trying on the free slippers and maintenance are on the way up to sort out the tv for my husband. We may make it out of the room by lunchtime…
Happy holidays and thank you for all of your blog support this year. It means loads. x x x
Here’s a fun festive recipe to round things off for the year:
Rice Krispmas Puds
100g Rice Krispies
5 or 6 full-size Mars bars
3oz unsalted butter
Red, green and white ready-to-roll icing
Chop the Mars bars up and melt with the butter in a microwave for 3-4 mins on medium.
Stir melted Mars into bowl of Rice Krispies and mix.
Roll into golf-sized balls. Add a Malteaser in the middle of a few of them (yassssssss!) – finders wins prizes! (Ensure you actually have prizes.)
Top with a white circle of icing (snow), red balls (berries) and green sprigs (holly).