In recent times I’ve been doing lots of driving because my hubby has been unable to drive after dislocating his shoulder just over a month ago. On the day I was inspired to write this post I spent 12 hours “on the go”, from taxiing hubby from physio appointment to specialist appointment, getting mortgage papers witnessed by a JP, picking things up, dropping things off, paying bills, visiting people, making phonecalls, and then coming home to cook dinner before heading out again on to run more errands and visit a friend.

 

As I reflected on the day I started to think that if running errands was a game, this is how I would play.

 

Rules
Collect and lose points as per the below descriptions.
Aim is to get the highest possible points.
Play until you finish your errands or crash, whichever happens first.

 

Points

  • Taking children with you – 10 points per child
  • Taking a baby needing both milk and puree’s – bonus 10 points
  • Make arrangements “on the fly” successfully to drop items to a friend heading out whilst hubby at 45min appointment – 15 points
  • Drink entire bottle of water – 5 points
  • Forget to organize to visit parents whilst hubby in appointment and have disappointed toddler – minus 20 points
  • Entertain toddler in parked car for 20min when you don’t have toys or books – 15points
  • Have morning tea packed from home – 5 points
  • Sms parents to arrange to visit whilst hubby in next physio appt – 5 points
  • Complete three errands in one stop – 15 points
  • Have to stand in a Queue – add 2 points per person/group
  • Add another 1 point per minute waiting.
  • Breastfeed squirmy baby whilst eating subway – 10 points
  • Don’t spill subway filling on yourself – 25 points
  • Spill on baby – minus 10 points
  • Running late for appt – minus 20 points
  • Don’t get speeding ticket from radar I didn’t see – 40 points (I hope!)
  • Have appointments scheduled with less than an hour gap – 10 points for bravery & optimism, minus 10 points for stupidity
  • Take your own shopping bags – 5 points
  • Use a self-serve checkout – 5 points
  • Successfully make arrangements “on the fly” again (this time to see a JP after first attempt failed miserably) – 30 points
  • Fill up with petrol proactively – 5 points
  • Getting kids in and out of the carseats –  5 points per stop
  • Remember list of 5 items to pickup when stop home that friend requested on speakerphone whilst driving – 25 points
  • Make arrangements to detour to pickup extra item for friend on route that evening – 10 points
  • Come home from a day out and have dinner ready for family within an hour – 40 points
  • Draft a blog post while breastfeeding and dinner cooks – 10 points
  • Cancel arrangements to pickup extra item when told no longer needed – 5 points
  • Skip dinner – minus 30 points
  • Don’t get lost following iphone map directions in peak traffic – 5 points
  • Make friends with a stranger whilst waiting at hospital – 15 points
  • When baby overdue for sleep, keep him quiet after visiting hours finished – 20 points
  • Eat homemade banana bread on drive home – 5 points
  • (Find crumbs on car seat the next day – minus 10 points)

What kinds of things would you award points for if you were to make your errands into a game??