Jingle Bells…?

Yes, yes, yes… It’s almost that time of the year when some of us lose almost all sense of logic haha. We suddenly begin to believe in wishes, Santa Claus and finding love just before Christmas like in the movies *shakes head*.

Isn’t it weird how the characters share a kiss and suddenly it starts snowing and everyone starts tearing up… And for some strange reason, the scene can’t be complete without a Starbucks pumpkin latte matte or whatever festive flavour they decide to gorge out haha… Well, I for one love autumn/winter… Something romantic about it… We’ll talk about that another time hehe…

So, the office Christmas party season is around the corner. Yes, some of you might think it’s a bit too early to start planning (or too late according to Selfridges- don’t they have Christmas decorations etc out sometime in April?? Lol). Thanks to my local Marks & Spencers, I mean their fantastic in house ‘Dj’, I couldn’t help but wish for a special someone to serenade me off my feet. I’m that lady swinging her hips, shaking her head and singing along to the music haha. I wonder what the guys watching the CCTV think each time they see me belting out the tunes, twirling on the shop floor…lol.

This particular day I went shopping as usual at M&S… It seemed like they had Michael Buble live in concert on replay. Boy was I excited and singing my heart out lol. There’s just something about him, the way he sings that reminds me of Christmas. All of a sudden I got this ‘great’ idea of having him come along to mesmerise us with a few tunes at the office party. And guess what? I mentioned it to my manager *covers face*. Don’t blame me, blame the Christmas feelings coming over me. Of course, she laughed it off… But in my heart, I believe my wish will come true…

there he goes… About to break a million hearts (pic-Evening Standard)

Just in case you happen to bump into Michael at the shops, the first-class lounge or the gas station… Please can you ask him to help a young lady out and make her dream come true like in the movies….?

…And another one

Yep… “Sit at home and do not mingle” directive just before Christmas… I don’t know how or what to feel about it anymore… How am I supposed to meet Prince Charming? I’m a traditional kinda girl and would prefer to meet him in person rather than over the internet (in this case zoom, teams, anything your organisation throws at you to link up with colleagues *side eye*). Hence why I was never keen on dating websites as such. I’m not knocking it down, no… It’s just not for me. There are tons of stories out there of people meeting soulmates etc online… If it rocks your boat then, by all means, dive in haha…

Yes, back to this fiasco called ‘lockdown’. It seems my support bubble at the moment are the guys down at my local Lidl lol. I mean, they get to see me much more than my family… Only thing is, I can’t invite them all over lol. Sometimes I do wonder how it’s going to be once this virus is over and done with. You know, when life gets back to ‘normal’ again (I hope we remember what normal is). We might need some kind of orientation into socialising physically, finding our way to the train station, and maybe how to use a ticket machine. Also language therapy of some sort cos we’ve become used to talking into the mic and facing the camera haha… That’s if and when you get ‘forced’ to turn on your camera *rolls eyes*…

Oh well, at least one thing is for sure… I won’t forget how my favourite McDonald’s meal tastes like hehe... #bringbackcrunchymcflurry

Cheers to all the folks keeping it together in these trying times… Believe me, it ain’t easy… I know

Out and About…

 I realized I forgot to mention one more Christmas wish in my last post, maybe the most important if I might add lol. Promise not to fall off your seat laughing (or roll out of bed with a “thump” haha)*covers face*… I wish for Justin Timberlake to sing at my engagement party and John Legend at my wedding reception *straight face* ….Hahaha…. It’s Christmas (almost) so we might as well go all out, right? Lol

Speaking of weddings and engagements, I left the house eventually after Lockdown 2.0 (yes, yes… after so much noise last week about how excited ‘we’ were to get out). I think I overdid it lol. Yep, I went everywhere and anywhere… Just that sweet taste of ‘freedom’. I’m sure you get my drift. The only ‘downside’ to the day was the cold, no… the harsh cold weather lol. I am still not used to it. Come winter and it feels like a whole new experience… like… ‘can the planet get this cold?’ How is it even possible? I spent a lot of years in tropical regions so you can understand why my mind just can’t accept the reality of 6-degree weather. Smh… But the silver lining is, in a few months it’ll be ‘summer’ and all memory of triple layers, scarfs and gloves would be gone… (depends on which side of the earth you are… down here we get sunshine minus the heat hahaha)

So, there I was ‘cat’ walking down the streets you know, feeling myself with my new hairdo (my hair or whole head needed some TLC after weeks of central heating with no conditioning lol- looked like a hornet’s nest if you ask me lol) and then this random guy smiles at me!! (not in a creepy way) O M G! It felt strange… but in a good way. Having spent so long indoors you feel almost invisible, let alone attractive… lol. No one is going to see you anyway so why bother. Apart from the zoom meetings where you can always wear a ‘mask’ with the fabulous profile picture or just not share your screen unless ‘Anabel’ insists as a way of ‘connecting’ with each other *side eye*…

Anyways, back to my story… Yes, so he smiled at me and for a few seconds I blushed… then it happened again at the local market…. The guy behind the meat counter kept ‘flirting’?? I didn’t know how to react hahaha… I found myself laughing to the till… or maybe that was his plan… to get me so ‘amused’ I pay whatever they charge without checking or bargaining lol

I guess this just goes to show we are social creatures and not hermits…. Yes, once in a while I like to take a break from the ‘humans’ around me… but not so often… Life is all about balance right?

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.

Panic Attack

This pandemic needs to end real soon. It’s almost a year… So many things have happened. Many lives lost, not forgetting the job losses, the psychological effect of this new ‘normal’. It’s hard to plan for the next day… Why? Seems each morning we wake up there’s some announcement about some change. The government are as ‘lost’ as the people, but that’s not something to dwell on. We must remember none of us has ever lived or experienced this magnitude of a global catastrophe. Yes, we are all in this together, making it each day and learning how to deal with it one step at a time. So let’s not be too critical… Let’s be kind to one another… It goes a long way believe me.

On the flip side, this could be a good answer to that ‘annoying’ question at an interview *rolls eyes*. “Tell me about your ‘greatest’ achievement”- I survived a pandemic.  

Watching the news, it’s no mystery the economy is suffering, people are anxious. Personally, each day I hope it’ll all end as quickly as it started. Can I get an ‘amen’?

Christmas is around the corner, though we have no idea what it’s going to be like. Normally at this time, we have the Christmas carols by the train stations, the buzz of Michael Buble and Mariah Carey… hahaha… The ‘Top Ten’ Christmas songs/hits of the year… O M G! I love going into my local M&S (Superdrug is a winner all year round in terms of ‘feel-good shopping’ music, in my opinion, *side eye*)… They always seem to have the best songs during the festive season. I shamelessly sing along… hahaha. Then the excitement of John Lewis ad and ‘others’ lol… But now it’s more – ‘would we be let out of our homes to meet our families for Christmas?’. Sigh…

On a lighter note, I decided to get myself an ‘early’ Christmas present (not sure anyone would be in a frame of mind to give gifts or afford it). There I was online looking at things I felt I needed plus a bit more (No harm in looking lol). You know, splash the cash a bit, after all, it’s Christmas, right? Well, the strangest thing happened. All items in the basket, ready to ‘check out’… I get a panic attack. It was crazy I tell you. How did I get here? Guess subconsciously I didn’t want to ‘waste’ money with all that’s going on. At that moment, I felt buying anything ‘extra’ was somehow a very wrong move. This is coming from someone who’d buy a pink fancy wine opener for $5 just because it’ll look nice by the microwave- even though she doesn’t drink. Yes, remember how we spent so much on ridiculous things and didn’t think twice about it? That was pre-pandemic when we all had stable incomes. Now… we live hoping… thankful that we have the basics. Life! How quickly it changes…

I got some of the items eventually, after reducing drastically… I don’t want to live in fear but at the same time, one has to be prudent right? I believe the many struggles and pain of 2020 would be a distant memory very soon… Do you?