Adventures In Babysitting, It’s not easy when you have 4 kids to find a babysitter. Especially if you’re me. I’m a bit picky and I don’t want someone in my house that isn’t going to actually pay attention to my kids. But I also want them to be able to drive, or live in walking distance (because then I don’t have to pay for a taxi to take them home in addition to the one that brought me home because when I go out without the kids I like to enjoy some cocktails:)) Add into the fact that I also have to pay said babysitter (meaning teenager who is going to sit on my couch, eat my chips and text all night long) $10 an hour that makes for a pretty expensive evening. Needless to say our nights out are few and far between.
But – deciding that for the sake of my sanity and for the happiness of my children that my husband and I needed a night out of our house. I had my friend give me the email of her son’s ex-girlfriend and I had been emailing her back and forth trying to find a day that fit in our schedule. I called her yesterday and booked her for the evening – once again re-iterating how I got her name and that I lived close to her ex-boyfriend. This is how our phone conversation went
Me – Hi, how about I email you directions to my house. Do you know where the big French Catholic school is on the corner?
Her – oh yup, I know where that is.
Me – OK, so you live on (I say her street name) – I used to live 2 doors down from you, I’ll send you directions from your house. I actually live close to your ex-boyfriend
Her – ok, sounds good. Email me directions.
At 7:38 (she was supposed to be here at 7:30)I get an email that says this;
Where are you located?
Like what state?
So I email back – Where are you located?
And she emails me this
I’m in Portland, Oregon, I don’t think we’re in the same area?
So, needless to say we did not get our ever needed night out, but what’s worse is my kids were so excited for a babysitter! Poor kids were sad they didn’t have a new friend coming over.
So how does something like this happen? This girl had the exact same name as the one I thought I was contacting,around the same age – but obviously ridiculously stupid.
Now the good thing is that I did get 2 names of girls who would be interested in babysitting for me in the future. And I’m pretty sure we live in the same country!
A Woman On The Edge!