Ha ha, yes we've all been there when anything that can go wrong does. I can't tell you the amount of times where I've actually been thinking to myself that I have to be careful that I don't do something, and then still do it on autopilot. I think sometimes the best bet is to stop at the first mistake and sleep on it, rather than compound things. I know now when I'm not in a fit state to do anything
Totally agree about PCBs too. I've read posts on forums when people have said they hate vero because it's hard to use compared to PCBs but I think the absolute opposite. Vero tracks are huge compared to most PCB pads, especially larger PCBs where there is a lot of stuff crammed in. I find vero to be very forgiving because of the track sizes and if you are a bit sloppy it's also very robust so you can clean it up quite easily by running your iron in the groove between the tracks, without causing any damage at all to the board. Lifting pads seems easily done with PCBs sometimes, especially if you've had to desolder and resolder a part.