As you know, this is a bank holiday weekend in Belgium and to celebrate this we are going away tomorrow night. Yes, Thursday night only. Try to keep up. Yesterday, I began to wonder what we would do in our chÃ¢teau, so I called the chÃ¢telaine.
Me: Hello, we’ve reserved a room for Thursday night…
Ch.: Yes. You know you can only arrive after 6.30.
Me: Yes, I know this.
Ch.: And we don’t take credit cards.
Ch.: And you have to check out by 11.00.
Me: Yes. Um, I was just wondering whether we could book in for dinner on Thursday night.
Ch.: We don’t do dinner.
(Why advertise two dining rooms on your website then?)
Me: Oh, I see, well could you recommend a babysitter.
Ch.: No.Â Are you bringing a baby?
Me: Yes (and we told her this when making the booking, so I don’t know why she sounded so appalled, maybe she’d repressed the memory).
Ch.: Well, you’d better have all the equipment for it, because we certainly won’t be able to accommodate it.
Me: Ok, fine.
Hmm. The Princess goes to bed at 7.30 – 8.00 and she likes it to be dark. Are we going to spend our night away sitting silently in a dimly lit room?Â Apparently.Â Do you think we would be able to order Chinese to the chÃ¢teau or should I bring sandwiches?
And Mr. Waffle came home this evening with a cold.
I am feeling very positive about this.
on 20 May 2004 at 00:21
Jeff and I went out of town last weekend, and when MC went to bed at 8, we were also forced into going to bed at 8.
Oh, we *tried* to watch Harry Potter on the television, but the flickering light kept stirring our wee one, so we were forced to turn it off.
And sit in dark silence.
And as we sat, I wondered if I would have any luck sticking tiny earplugs into MC’s ears. Also, one of those sleeping masks in a tiny tiny size…
Good luck to you!
on 20 May 2004 at 17:50
I had not seen such customer focus in a long time. Very funny.
on 20 May 2004 at 19:10
Jack, I am touched by your enthusiasm. Angela, for all the wrong reasons, tiny earplugs are unnecessary. Stroppy, we may never know what she is like in the flesh.
on 20 May 2004 at 19:54
Yes, but I love all that stuff about Waffle-generated chaos — half-brains and keys and change…..
on 24 May 2004 at 14:41
Jack, suddenly I am less keen on your enthusiasm and slightly reluctant to blog on my unfortunate w/end cinema experience but, deep breath, am sure that it won’t at all confirm your views as outlined above. No, really.