Shop-style, Scope creep!

I do my best to avoid scope creep in my projects. So why is it so hard to stop it in my daily life?
Despite my best efforts to improve my French language skills since I moved back to the UK after living in Paris, my French is so rusty that it won’t even cut through jelly. The latest series of Un Dos Tres remains in cellophane. A visit to Le Monde’s website reveals how much of my language has been lost.
So, new plan. I don’t have the time to watch French TV (too many CSI, Gossip Girl, and Vampire Diaries), so I will be making better use my commute time.
Last weekend, I went to London’s quartier Francais to take a look at the Librarie Francaise in search of the next Alex Rider book. No luck. Arkange was out-of-stock – they had the previous book in the series and the next, but not the one that I needed. I was determined to continue my quest to read more French and spent hours looking at other books by Anthony Horowitz. Finally, I chose Devine Qui Vient Toer (the English title is South by Southeast, which bears very little resemblance with the French).
Hurrah! I was able to pick up a book by an author I liked to read on the tube. There was a large pile of Stephenie Meyer books at the till, including a translation from her latest book, The Host. It is about the end of all things, so I don’t think it will be easy to read. However, I bought it anyway.
I was still disappointed they didn’t stock Arkange, but then I noticed a French bookshop just across the street (they don’t call it the quartier français for nothing).
They did have Arkange! So I also bought it.
Forecasted budget is PS7.45Forecasted deliverables are: One book
Actual budget: PS23.20Actual deliverables : Three books
Total overspent: PS15.75, or almost 320%
My tube journeys are no longer boring, which is a plus. I’m at 116 pages in Arkange. Alex has survived two attempts on his own life, and I know there will be more before he saves all of us.