Gangsta Granny…

Yes, the movie haha (adapted from the book by David Walliams). I watched it on the BBC and it sure made me tear up (cried watching Frozen yesterday too smh, what’s wrong with me lol). The children’s book has been available for some time I believe, but for some reason, I felt a bit too ‘grown-up’ to read it. So today while making brunch flipping through the channels, I come across it and guess whose picture came up? My favourite Ms Marple (Well not her per se lol, but Julia McKenzie who played her in the popular series over on ITV). She won me over… I set the table, got my napkins and Gangsta Granny was it lol

It’s a very heartwarming movie (I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet… though I think I’m the last person on earth who finally watched it… Most folks saw it for the 5th time today haha). The cast was fabulous, I enjoyed it (minus the ‘stealing’ *rolls eyes*, we don’t want the kids picking that up). Or maybe it’s the kid in me who misses her granny. It’s so weird how grannies (is that a word? lol) the world over are similar no matter where they are. I mean, they always have sweets for the grandkids, and I remember how like Ben in the movie, sometimes I felt hanging out with her was boring. So many memories came flooding back… Got me thinking there might be a Nan training agency somewhere where they all get the memo hence the similarities… Weird, right? haha

My Nan told many stories too, but mostly about life when she was much younger and doing what she loved. The people she met, the places she visited and the history behind many of the brands we see today. As we got older, the stories began to change… They were more about her heartbreak… About a man she loved that hurt her… Decades had passed, but each time she told those stories it felt raw and fresh… It still stung her real bad. She was so young and in love. She more or less gave up her life for him… She stayed, but one day she decided it was enough… She walked out and never looked back. If only memories could be easily ‘dropped’ too. She was a different woman after. This woman was strong, and looking back I think I got that part of me from her. You know, never be afraid to walk away from something… or someone. We always survive… She did… and I’m still standing too…

It’s almost three years since we laid her to rest… We always thought she would kinda live forever… If only… Many wonderful memories… There’s just something special about grannies don’t you think? They always seem to love the most….

Now that she’s gone… I wish I could have one more meal with her at her favorite cafe… or a walk down Oxford street as she tells me about how to be a lady and what to wear and all *rolls eyes*Or our bus rides all around London… or just down the road to see Doctor S…

Sigh… I sure do miss you, Granny…

Christmas Wish…

Lockdown 2.0 revealed quite a few interesting sides to me, I actually burst out laughing. 1.0 was more about fear and the uncertainty of how we would live life in ‘isolation’. This time around, it’s pretty much ‘sit at home till we tell you it’s ok to go out!’. Well, it ends today so a bunch of ‘us’ are eager to head out to get some fresh air lol… but before then, let me tell you a ‘strange’ story about my recent experience hahaha…

It’s funny how from January to November some of us are realists… you know, deal with facts only *side eye* But come December, all logic is thrown out of the window lol. Suddenly we believe in Santa Claus, wishes, fairies, and all things magical haha. Well, I for one fall into this category. Blame it on all the Christmas movies showing at the moment (storyline usually about finding love, rekindling love, moving on to new love… all happening just before Christmas… you get the drift lol)

Yep, it’s December, and I find myself making ‘wishes’ and hoping they would come true. How strange right? Something about the season or maybe it’s all the Christmas ads that hypnotize you into thinking anything is possible this time of year. In the spirit of it, I might as well tell you about my two Christmas wishes I hope would somehow come ‘true’ as it does in the movies lol. Even as I type I have no idea how it’s going to happen but I believe it would someday *wink wink*. “Hey, Santa! How you doing?” (My best Wendy Williams voice haha)

Photo courtesy BBC.CO.UK

My first wish would be to star in an episode of ‘Death in Paradise’. O M G! If I could be part of that show… One of the customers pricing mangoes in a market scene, or cocktails at Catherine’s Bar, or even a guest detective lol. I’ll get to travel to Guadeloupe or some exotic Caribbean island and film on the fictional island of ‘St Marie’…. Ahhh… I started watching a few years back and got stuck with solving mysteries with my favourite island detectives. So many times I’ve imagined myself there… #fingerscrossed

My second ‘wish’ (honestly, as I type I keep checking if my niece has taken over my laptop. Controlling everything I type lol…) would be to meet Tyler Perry… and maybe he ‘throws in’ a work placement haha. Why? You might ask… I admire his creativity… His push to break boundaries/ceilings/whatever limitations. ‘A Fall from Grace’ won me over. I was impressed (apart from the dodgy wigs/hairpieces lol). P.S. My opinion, don’t know about y’all…

So there you have it- my Christmas wishes lol. Here’s to wonderful meals surrounded by love…

Photo by Nicola

Apart from making ‘wishful’ wishes lol… spend time with loved ones. Just be ‘kids’ for a few days while the world and issues go past. Enjoy it, it’s a time to be thankful for life especially with how the year has shown so many different colours.

Get ready

It’s pretty much summer, but feels like detention in high school… I can’t remember what an airport looks like anymore… Planes? What’s that? Lol… Thanks to the global lockdown a whole lot of stuff has happened, and sadly, lives have been lost to this horrible pandemic…

Years past, the whole nation… the world in fact would be in an absolute manic just counting down to the summer holidays… You know, jetting away to some exotic, sunny location (ski alps for others… Some folks are just strange like that lol… but hey! To each their own right?). I for one, I’m always on autopilot a few days to my holiday! I just want to getaway… Get some vitamin D and eat some fabulous street food as I sweat it all out roaming the streets of a foreign country… Bliss… I sure miss that life… Would it ever be the same? Hopefully, but how long from now? Don’t ask me lol, I just hope it’s before my passport expires!

So a few weeks ago, I came across a friend’s post on Facebook… She couldn’t go running (she’s like totally into it- marathons and all… Go, girl!). Stuff (personal) happened and the lock-down had put it all on hold. So she got an idea to dress up in her full running gear. Yep, her face cap, sunglasses, and red lipstick to match at home and just visualize that beautiful day she’ll go out freely to do what she loves… Then it clicked… Light-bulb moment for me haha… Guess what? I went straight to storage, grabbed my hand luggage, travel outfit… not forgetting my passport, and imagined myself queuing at Gatwick… You know, the budget airline that’s ‘easy’ to find, or maybe the red lady at Heathrow… Hehe

Did it work? Yes, for a few minutes… till I heard the BBC in the background and realized… We’re still in ‘Kansas’! *rolls eyes*

Pretty much sums up my state of mind at the moment, and anyone who loves to travel ha ha