Service of the Season to be Frazzled

December 11th, 2023

Categories: Events, Frazzle, Holidays, Library, Lost and Found

Packed schedules become more so during the holidays. When irritating things happen that usually don’t, isn’t it grand when they turn out better than expected?

On the same day two friends shared examples of uh-oh’s that ended well.

The Keys to Kindness

One friend is shuttling back and forth between her home and her daughter’s for a week to dog sit while the family is out of town. She spends the night with the dog at the pooch’s home—she has two cats and they don’t get along. Early one morning she arrived home after settling the dog and she couldn’t find her keys. To get in she woke a neighbor who had a second set.

She subsequently wrote: “I just got a call from the library. Someone found my keys on the sidewalk between our two houses and my library card is on the key chain, so that good person turned them in. I will pick them up at the front desk!”

The Bus Left Without Me

A friend arrived just in time to catch a bus that was taking a group on a museum tour and lunch only to discover it had left without her. As she had paid for the day she scrambled to get to the first stop on her own all the time wondering why the bus hadn’t waited for her and her plus one. Although they’d cashed her check, they may have been omitted from the list, she worried.

Once she caught up with the group she complained to the event organizer, eventually forgot about the anxiety she’d experienced and had a grand time.

She wrote a few days later: “The woman who organized the museum/lunch just dropped off a bottle of wine and Godiva chocolates as apology gifts with hopes that we will continue to attend the organization’s events.”

It’s so easy to be distracted during the holidays, increasing the chances that untoward things will happen. Have others saved your bacon or made memorable apologies for mistakes?

This was not the gift mentioned in the story.

6 Responses to “Service of the Season to be Frazzled”

  1. ASK Said:

    Talk about distractions! While I have’t missed a bus or lost my keys, I did have a European friend arrive for the holidays only to have him come down with Covid 3 days after he arrived (and he had the latest booster 2 weeks before he left). Of course, I got it as well. Three days later, my contractor called and said he could redo my floors (don’t ask) and my bathroom before Christmas. (Really?) Then at the last minute a cousin in Maryland decided to have the family Christmas Eve party on a day overlapping a dinner that my friend and I have been attending for the last five years. These days I get out of bed only for meals, aspirin, and shopping. How did I ever hold a fulltime job and deal with the holidays. Thanks for allowing me to rant!

  2. Linda Levi Said:

    Linda on Facebook: A Thanksgiving AirBNB screw-up this year resulted in free parking, gift basket, bottle of wine and, even more important, guaranteed and greatly reduced (possibly free) stay next year at our preferred location.

  3. Jeanne Byington Said:


    Good for AirBNB!

  4. Jeanne Byington Said:


    OH NO! I agree that I sometimes wonder how I maintained two homes, ridiculous work hours and the holidays and somehow got everything done including, for many years, entertaining family and friends on both Christmas eve and Christmas day at formal dinners.

    More important, I hope that you and your friend feel strong and much better soon. Thank goodness for the vaccines as we’d all get much sicker without them. Take good care.

    So sorry you have a double booking and will miss one of the two favorite gatherings.

    Merry Christmas.

  5. Lucrezia Said:

    I might die of boredom if not under stress and am more likely to miss a bus than lose keys. That said, who knows what Murphy of Murphy’s law has in store? Frazzle happens!

  6. Jeanne Byington Said:


    I also like to juggle but I no longer enjoy feeling overwhelmed. In fact I doubt that I ever did. That’s when I am most likely to make mistakes. For a control freak not a good place to be although it is true that if you want something done ask a busy person.

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