G-man and I were invited to a cocktail party coming up this weekend. The e-vite went out mid-November, so we had plenty of time to find a sitter, get a hostess gift, etc.
Neither of us were going to need anything new to wear (sans a pair of hosiery for me if I ripped mine). I got a hostess gift on sale, just needed to be wrapped up.
That just leaves the sitter. We called our regular girl...and after a period of her going MIA, she finally said she couldn't do it that night. I asked someone from PTA who has a teenage daughter....she can't do it. Asked another friend whose step-daughter is in college....SHE can't do it, but our friend thought maybe the roommate could. Nope...she couldn't do it either.
This brings us to Sunday. As in, 2 days ago. In a moment of desperation, I googled sitters, and found 2 sites that claim that you can post a job and find a sitter! Background checks are already completed....it had reviews and profiles. And it was free! Sounded like a good deal.
WRONG. Yes, you can join for free....yes, you can post a job for free....but if you want to get the CONTACT information for the sitter....THAT my friends, you have to pay for. How much? $35 freaking dollars, A MONTH. That is on top of whatever you would pay for a sitter (which around here is $10/hr).
There was no way we were going to pay $35 for a one time usage of a sitter. Let alone per month to keep our membership active. $35, plus probably $50-$60 for the sitter....we are closing in on $100, just for the sitter....plus the gift.....plus the gas to go to the party (it is 45 min away).....good thing we didn't need clothes! This was turning into an expensive party.
So, we let the couple know we wouldn't be able to make it. The hostess gift will get saved for another occasion. And we and the kids are going to make Fairy Houses (fun with popsicle sticks and glue!! And of course GLITTER!!!) to hang outside so the Tree Sprites have somewhere to go to get out of the cold (as part of our Yule celebration).
It will still be a nice evening....just not the evening we originally thought!