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Saturday, June 11, 2011

I need to erase today and start again.

It started well, washing hung out, kids breakfasted, kids dressed, kids beds made and my bed made, washing up done, lambs bottle fed, showered, dressed and car fueled up.

Off we went to Mitchell to leave my son with my husband and us girls (my daughter and her friend) were off to the Handmade Markets in Canberra. Or so I thought. I neglected to cement into my head that they were at the National Convention Centre, not the National Exhibition Centre which we had passed on the way to Mitchell. (I blame the "tion" bit).

We left son with husband and went to the National Exhibition Centre, and  found a sports clothing sale on in one of the pavillions and a dog show with plenty of cars parked at on another portion of the centre.

About now I had convinced myself I had the wrong day and the wrong weekend. I should have gone to the Information Centre on Northborne Avenue and sought their help, but I didn't. Instead I somehow ended up in Manuka at McD*nalds with two hungry girls who had Quarter Pounder burgers and were then horrified at the f*t content, with a person serving me who served up medium drinks to them and a small drink to me.

Don't bother asking anyone in that store either if they know where the wool shop in Manuka is because they won't know.

It was then off to Riverside Plaza at Queanbeyan (because I had  quite had enough of paying  for parking in  Canberra ... what is that? ... rarely would I have had to pay for parking if I shopped anywhere in a Sydney shopping centre in the area I lived in, which had a large Centro and a large Westfield) for some retail therapy.

I was very happy to be able to find at Target the exact dinner set that my holiday house has and to find that they had 30% off. When they scanned it, the price came up $1 more expensive than the price displayed on the shelf and with no 30% off, so I questioned  it, and took the girl to the shelf  to get the price bar code I had  looked at that said $20. She then scanned that and it came up $8 something. Bargain. At least I had a  win. I also had exceptional service from the initial girl that I found in that section that was only too happy and  willing to look for a boxed set of what they had displayed on the shelf, that wasn't boxed beneath.  That Target is a really good BIG one if you are ever this way.

Onto the supermarket (another BIG Coles) and then back home (after a small detour to my daughter's friends home to find her parents had already left as they had previously planned to attend a bonfire, we were late). Also, somewhat late for my husband. Whoops.

I should also mention I found out halfway through the day my mobile wasn't charged.

Fail to plan, plan to fail. FAIL.

Next time the Handmade Markets are on, I'll try to study where I am going better or have someone drive who knows Canberra like the back of  their hand.
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  1. Blame Canberra, it brings out the worst in people :)

  2. heheh, what a day...did you enjoy your Queabeyan experience? A little like Goulburn, need I say more :)

    Yes, the paying for parking can be very expensive, usually on Sunday it is free expect in Civic I think??

    Hope you have better luck next time, Tam x

  3. Happens to us all. Is that Target the American chain store?

  4. oh ((ness)) you need a hug. I dont trust myself to find ANYTHING anymore, google map before I leave home, every time.

  5. Dont wory Darlin-you`re not on your own here..l have in past rocked up to a dogshow on wrong days (( yes l am a dogshow nut sometimes with knitting & crochet in tow)).. Cold weather has a habit of befuddling ones brain..Thats my excuse anyway..Best Wishes..

  6. Thanks for all your kind comforting words! I feel better after reading them!!

    fabriquefantastique ... our Target is similiar, but I think run by a different company (Coles Myer in Australia) ... the website is here They are a "mid market department store".

    And lol at the Dogs Show Hahnsmum. Thanks!

  7. Oh No! It can get a bit crazy trying to find your way around here and I understand your location mistake too. I have never yet made it to a handmade market ... shame on me. I will try for the next one though.

  8. I do love a super target bargain! That has to lift any bad mood.

    Kate @ tilly's house (blogger refuses to let a lady comment on any blogs STILL...I am going mad)

  9. Oh dear...a Murphy's Law day, huh? What can go wrong, will go wrong! We've all had them. Just want to get home and slash your wrists!!


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