Sunday, August 17, 2008

Poor planning

One of the girls in my Wednesday night church group had a baby a couple of weeks ago. As is custom, the other girls from church signed up to bring meals every other night for approximately 2 1/2 weeks. Today marked the 2nd week of this. I signed up to bring tonight's meal. Other people had sent stuff like a pizza but I wanted to do something special and homemade.

I went to the store yesterday and bought all the ingredients for my homemade lasagna and garlic bread. I spent over an hour preparing it yesterday and put it in the fridge so I could take it over today and they could just heat it up and eat it. I spent the whole day today running around doing grocery shopping, stopping at Walgreens, getting a much needed mani/pedi so 6 p.m. rolled around before I knew it.

I flew in the door at a little after 6 and explained to my husband that I needed to take the meal over. Of course I should have called first but I was running late and since this is the 2nd week of this I thought she would be expecting me. Especially since someone had arranged all these meals and sent out reminder emails, etc. My husband wanted to come along so we could pick up dinner while we were out.

We drove the 20 minutes across town to her house and of course she isn't there. I try calling the girl that leads our group to get her phone number since they didn't put it on the sign up sheet or the reminder email with the directions. She doesn't answer. So frustrating. Then my husband is lecturing me about how you should ALWAYS call, blah, blah, blah. I leave her a note on the door and we go to eat. She doesn't call for 2 hours.

Then when she calls she is all, I'm sorry but I didn't know you were bringing anything tonight. Then she and asks if I can just refrigerate it and bring it tomorrow. I can but it is just frustrating because I spent all this time shopping, preparing the meal and driving it over just to have to drive it over again tomorrow. People have been bringing meals every other day for over a week and will continue to for the next week it seems she should have known. Obviously someone dropped the ball. Now I have my husband telling me that he doesn't want me wasting the gas to drive back over there tomorrow.

Grrr...

6 comments:

abrightfuture said...

Very frustrating!

Kristine said...

That is so frustrating...and it's not like you can just walk it across the street either!

Stephanie said...

Isn't it funny how we cook dinner for someone and then don't cook for ourselves? I just did this exact same thing, too. And I can imagine how frustrating this is. When I had food brought to me a couple of weeks ago, no one gave me a schedule or anything so i was left guessing when people were going to bring it. My kids would have to go hungry for an extra 30-45 minutes so I could be sure. Maybe that happened since it was later when you took it?

enthalpymama said...

Arrgh. So frustrating. If she was out and about, it sort of feels like she didn't need it? I have to say, more than once I've brought meals over to people who looked more well-rested than I felt staggering to their door. Thats the way it goes sometimes, but its all appreciated. You are still just as awesome for doing it.

Marmarbug said...

Ooops!

LL said...

I hate that! Poor planning combined with no apology from the gift recipient- I don't care if it's not her fault or she didn't know, you still sound a little more apologetic for the mix-up.

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