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bobberybobble Sun 12-Feb-17 23:53:50

Because I can't see!

HAD two pairs of glasses and a new puppy....

Left my glasses in a place puppy could reach, he ate stupid fault. Been wearing my second pair. Left them in a place I know puppy can't reach. Cat (who had been a bit stressed after puppy, but settling now) knocked them off high place, puppy ate them.

I can't see distance, so can't drive, would take me two hours to get to work tomorrow on public transport. Which doesn't fit with DS nursery hours. Only other way is to get a taxi (£25 each way)

Can borrow DPa glasses, as we have similar prescriptions, but pretty sure It wouldnt be legal to drive wearing them as they are not my prescription.

I have a laptop so can work from home, but had time off sick last week (genuine flue bug, hallucinating with fever etc).

What I want to do is wfh tomorrow, go to the local village opticians (I am due an eye test in 3 months so might as well get that done) and hopefully get some glasses ordered and expedited. And then do the taxi/long commute on public transport thing in the hopefully 3 days it will take to prepare my new glasses!

DP doesn't drive, I am also self employed (IT contractor) so reputation is key, please tell me I can take a guilt free day off working from home tomorrow, and my client isn't going to think I am flaky!

TheoriginalLEM Sun 12-Feb-17 23:55:47

my dog ate my new glasses too - the bastard. Sorry, not helpful.

bobberybobble Sun 12-Feb-17 23:57:12

It's. so like "my dog ate my home work" it's untrue...

Almostthere15 Sun 12-Feb-17 23:57:58

Im sorry to say this but in don't think you can do it without looking flaky. It's an exhausting explanation and if I'd hired you on day rate I've done that so in don't need to deal with employee stuff. This feels like employee stuff.

So on a human level your plan is totally sensible. But on a work level you may just have to suck the cost of a taxi up! Could dh take little one to nursery by public transport or have a day off.

I'm sorry - it must be a real pain though, especially if you're still under the weather

Koalafications Mon 13-Feb-17 00:01:40

Why can't you take a taxi?

HarmlessChap Mon 13-Feb-17 00:03:01

YANBU you would be putting yourself and others at risk to drive with the wrong prescription.

How long will it take to get new ones made up, can you wear contacts? I know when I used to the optician usually had some in stock but glasses usually take about a week to be made up.

bobberybobble Mon 13-Feb-17 00:07:45

God I a man going to loom flaky aren't I! Will just have to be really "present" warming from home tomorrow...

Happy to get a taxi until my glasses come, but not going to drop a tonne of money on glasses that ,ignited need the prescription changing in a few months any way.

Will mean that DS goes to nursery and comes home in a taxi without a car seat though.. but uncomfortable with that...

NapQueen Mon 13-Feb-17 00:08:36

Dp takes ds to nursery. You take yourself to work. Either public transport there or part bus/train and part taxi. Whilst at work call the opinions and arrange an appointment for replacement glasses.

Speak to your boss and explain you're fixing things.

Keep your glasses either on your face or in their case.

NapQueen Mon 13-Feb-17 00:09:11

Take ds car seat in the taxi and leave it at the nursery. Or take it with you to work and collect him on the way home with it too.

bobberybobble Mon 13-Feb-17 00:09:51

Jesus squinting at my phone, reading my posts., I really need glasses don't I!

NapQueen Mon 13-Feb-17 00:11:36

Will you even be able to see to do your job tomorrow?

bobberybobble Mon 13-Feb-17 00:12:58

Do leaves for work at 6:30, But he can do pick ups (in a taxi!). good idea about car seats in taxis, not sure of ours is isofix only though.. or could be done with just a belt.

NapQueen Mon 13-Feb-17 00:14:04

Which one do you have?

DustingOffTheDynastySuit Mon 13-Feb-17 00:31:08

Don't go into the puppy stuff.. just say you need an emergency optomitrist how the jeff do you spell that appointment tomorrow and, sincere apologies, but you'll be working from home.
Hopefully that falls under the 'medical' heading so no one will ask any questions.

Then get the fastest pair of glasses you can, even if they look like Dame Edna.

KeyserSophie Mon 13-Feb-17 01:01:57

Definitely dont go into the puppy stuff- it does make you sound a bit chaotic/ flakey (sorry) and also if you're asking to WFH as your employer I'd be thinking "how much time will she be working and how much making sure the puppy doesn't eat everything else". Therefore if you do wfh you need to be visibly efficient and productive (ideally chuck a few calls in there).

Isofix car seats nearly always have a seatbelt option.

Tracey300884 Mon 13-Feb-17 01:09:53

If your car seats are Isofix only that should be ok and actually easier! The should be new enough to have Isofix. All vehicles post-2007 have Isofix unless it's like a minibus or disabled vehicle. Or like those black cabs they have in London

Tracey300884 Mon 13-Feb-17 01:11:02

My Cubex Sirona doesn't have a seatbelt option at all. So if that is the one you have then you'll need to make sure your Taxi has Isofix prior to booking x

Tracey300884 Mon 13-Feb-17 01:11:16


Geekmama Mon 13-Feb-17 06:43:24

Why do you need to take the whole day off? Tell your client your going to be a bit late, go to the opticianst then get a cab into work. It's a silly reason to take a whole day off of work.

SavoyCabbage Mon 13-Feb-17 07:12:10

I would go to work by whatever means you can.

I'm a supply teacher which is a similar sort of thing. People don't want to know about puppies and glasses, they just want to to be doing what they have paid you to do. That's what I miss the most about having a normal job I think.

TattyCat Mon 13-Feb-17 07:14:34

If you are a contractor and have your own limited company, you should, in theory, be able to dictate your working days within reason, as long as you are fulfilling your contract (if your contract states a minimum number of days per contract rather than a maximum - big mistake if it does!).

You're not a permie, so shouldn't behave like one. If you are able to work from home occasionally then you should. And you shouldn't ask them this - you should be able to tell them that's what you're doing. By asking for time off or annual leave, you're putting yourself inside IR35 rules...

Getnakedorgohome Mon 13-Feb-17 07:16:35

I ordered some emergency glasses from specs by post, they cost £15 and came in a couple of days. Would it be easier to do that than take the day for the optician and then book the optician for a convenient time? You could then keep the cheap pair as a spare.

TheOnlyLivingBoyInNewCross Mon 13-Feb-17 07:35:35

A colleague of mine had time off for a glasses-related issue and it just seemed like a flaky excuse - sorry! She does have form though.

OhWhatFuckeryIsThisNow Mon 13-Feb-17 07:36:56

You got prescription? Vision express (if there is on near of course) hour to get them done.

Sunshinegirl82 Mon 13-Feb-17 07:37:01

What is your prescription? A lot of supermarkets do ready made glasses for the more standard prescriptions. Vision express have a one hour service in most of their stores if you can get to one of those? Just get the cheapest pair you can, as quickly as you can then reassess when you have more time!

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