Window seat…

Hallelujah!!! America is open to us again! Hahaha…. Don’t know why I’m excited… It’s not like I have holiday plans to New York to see the “oh so famous” Central Park or the beautiful beaches of Miami *rolls eyes*. Well, at least there’s now a possibility of that happening with the ban lifted… Hopefully, those airports stay open… 

While I contemplate when that would be, I.e. me going through all the stress of “the new normal” way to travel, let’s reminisce about the less fun part of flights… Yep, you got it! The battle for the window seat lol…

You definitely don’t want to mess with me when it comes to this!! Yes, yes… I’m quite the possessive type- “don’t touch this!” haha… but in a good way I’d like to believe…

Anyway, back to this very serious issue lol… The speed with which I log on once I get a notification that flashes “check-in now open”… my gosh you won’t believe it… *covers face*  (Well I’m not going to pay extra just for picking a seat or argue with check-in staff – more like beg lol, no thank you Bob!)… Do you know the crazy thing? If it’s a connecting flight, it’s mostly the “pickle in the middle” seat two rows from the toilet that’s automatically picked by the airline! Ok, ok… I kid, I kid lol… but their choices are hardly anything to celebrate…*side eye*

One final look to confirm window seat… Check, all looks good. From then it’s an excited count down to the flight/holiday… Then, the journey to the airport… Traffic always seems crazy on travel days right?? Or maybe I just don’t plan enough travel time… Hmmm. I digress…

Next. Overweight luggage… nothing new there lol, socks and shoes off, jacket tied around my waist… Sprint past duty-free (or I won’t have any money left for the actual trip!)… Boarding gate open… and BAM!! Your worst nightmare… Someone is all cosy on your seat… Your window seat you stayed up past midnight to pick… You double-check to make sure you got the seat, row right lol… (cos sometimes we do get too excited, just can’t wait to get away from cold London or wherever you’re ‘running away’ from)…

Yep, I got it right… that’s the right seat alright… it’s about to go down lol… but not before I hurriedly tuck my bread roll overstuffed hand luggage above… And have a quick slice of pizza… Cause I sure would need all the strength I’ve got not to “overreact” lol...

See you on the other side!

Shopping list…

Yep, that “oh so important” piece of paper we sometimes fool ourselves we don’t need when we go shopping hahaha… You know, that moment you think to yourself you have it all in your head… Then as soon as you step into the supermarket or store you find yourself in the can opener section making funny noises, excited about the many different colours you can get for $5… Or the very worst… You just ‘wing’ it and load up your shopping trolley till you hear ‘card declined’ or too heavy to carry *side-eye*

I pretty much shop the same every month… How boring I know. Maybe 95% same items or as Tesco reminds me -“favourites”…. Why are they all in my business though lol? The remaining 5% are for items I want to try after watching let’s say, Jamie Oliver throwing all sorts into the fire and miraculously a mouth-watering dish appears in 2mins *rolls eyes*. He always makes it look so easy… But to be fair to him, his meals are something you could cook with zero kitchen experience haha. They always look so gorgeous and real… Like a meal you can actually eat at your mate’s house or something your Nan makes every Sunday when you go visit her… Not like some others who just like fancy dancy looking meals…. *lips sealed* I don’t want no ‘angry chef’ putting me on blast on Instagram or anywhere else for that matter lol… How I find myself drifting amazes me honestly…

So while looking at what’s left of my shopping list – see below-

Looks like a rescue kit lol

I wondered how fantastic it’ll be to have a ‘boyfriend/girlfriend’ shopping list hehe… I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s ever thought of this… Yes, just pop into the ‘relationship/ready to be tied down’ corner shop with your list and pick your item off the shelf hahaha…

Come on, let’s give it a go… I’ll start… Number 1- must love dogs…

Mr Chocolate…

It’s a rainy day today and I had a flashback to one of my ‘love’ stories (blame it on the weather haha…) So here goes, hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed reliving it!

There are times I’d plan to just ‘pop’ in on social media but then end up spending a lot of time scrolling through Instagram stories of “friends”, celebrities, random strangers… and catching up on all the trending news… It was on one of those days it happened. My phone dropped! I was laying in bed with my phone in one hand and then BANG, DROP, CRACK lol… Felt like I dropped with it haha

You know how it is, right? You’ve dropped it so many times in the past and nothing happens… With each fall, you hold your breath hoping “it’s nothing to worry about”. (Especially if it’s one of those 4 digit costing ones *side eye*)Yep, for a while, that was the case… At least till that day! Guess like many things in life, I took it for granted for so long… I believed my phone was somewhat indestructible smh… Well, jokes on me now *rolls eyes*

So early the next morning, (thankfully it was a Saturday) I was out of the house to go get it fixed. I had no idea where exactly the repair store was.  All I knew was it wasn’t too far from home but dodgy enough for me to hide my wallet, anything worth anything lol…

En route, I stopped to ask for directions and decided to get some money from the cashpoint. I didn’t want to use my card in case I got a notification weeks later that someone on some remote island tried buying a 76″ tv with it haha. And there he was, Mr chocolate walking by… Like a knight in shining armour to the rescue! Pretty much accosted me. He said I had a frown on my face and as a good citizen, he stopped to offer some assistance. Yeah right! I didn’t believe it then and still don’t believe it now lol. We got talking and he kindly followed me to the dodgy phone shop. Yeah, he was nice which stood out, funny and quite attractive too hehe. Extra brownie points! We walked and talked… I felt something…

Weeks later, my phone now fixed and back to my online updates, I noticed Mr Chocolate had evolved into a prima donna… Nope, I wasn’t having it… Seemed he wanted a fan club and I sure wasn’t about that life! 

I guess I’m better off with some real food than chocolate. At least they stay humble no matter the appeal…lol

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Cheers to my ever faithful buffet holiday spread!! Forever looking hot and tasty haha

Canteen…

So… Boris finally let the “cat out of the bag”…or shall we say, the government finally “let us get back to mingling and tingling”? Haha…Yep, they opened the “flood gates” of “freedom” today taking off restrictions… Well, most *side-eye”. I for one am looking forward to my Saturday Cinema treats… Weird I know, another post another day lol. 

But before we lose our minds on all the things we planned to catch up on, let’s take a moment to think of lunchtime at work!!! Yep, when we all get back to being in one space (strange feeling haha). Grab your hot chocolate, cat, mimosa, as I recreate a canteen moment long forgotten lol.

Lunchtime at work and everyone’s taking out their ‘cuisines from around the world’… I remove my meal from the microwave silently praying it doesn’t stink up the office…*rolls eyes*. It’s funny in hindsight, but never funny when you’re in the middle of a packed canteen… Was I ‘ashamed’ of the food or the smell? Or maybe it was all in my head… Sure my food might smell different from everyone else’s, but doesn’t mean it tastes awful… (depends on how long I left it out of the fridge lol).

Normally, I don’t have the time for questions like ‘what’s that? It looks like spinach, can I taste it, is it spicy, how spicy is it, did you cook it?’ Nope, not having it! Just eat your food, and I’ll eat mine so we can get back to work or whatever we pretended to be doing before lunchtime…lol

With time I realized it’s an opportunity to share the many wonderful tastes and our cultures. A lot of people are curious… I mean I’m curious to have tried octopus, frog legs and other different dishes from other countries… So spark peoples interest with something as special as food It’s one thing that connects people the world over

I remember how some of my colleagues were always happy when talking about their local dishes. How their parents prepared the dishes growing up, the farm life and how they grew their fruits and vegetables. A couple of them still had farms… Awesome… How cool is that! I understood their joy… Talking about food they loved from memory… If only they knew it’s going to be cow’s foot for dinner at my place when next it’s safe to come around *insert evil grin*

What if all our work lunches looked as fabulous as this (and smelt like roses… lol)

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Do you have certain meals you’d probably think twice before eating at the office …? I do… lol

Exit stage one…

Remember long ago before Whatsapp did the ‘right thing’ by allowing us to have the power to reject or simply ignore group invites…? Yes, waking up to 398 groups pretty much not necessary… For example…. ‘Shannon added you to ‘what should I wear on my first date though I don’t have one yet but like to prepare ahead of time’ …. *confused face*. So in order not to offend anyone (at a point I didn’t care anymore cause the conversations were either rude, none edifying or just past its ‘shelf life’ lol), I’d be that silent observer popping in once in a while with the random “lol” or congratulations…

God forbid you dared to leave a group considered ‘serious or important! Your DM would be flooded more than the titanic with all sorts of questions trying to guilt-trip you or make you question if you did the right thing by leaving! At first, I put on a nice story about not having enough time to engage or family stuff… Some believed and threw in a few “awwws and ahhh” with a sprinkle of advice on how to handle life…. *rolls eyes*. Hold on Mark, I’m doing good… I just can’t stand how you gossip about people in the group chat… Rip them to pieces and then post on the main group chat how adorable they are… Pure evil if you ask me… The little cabals that form from main groups are the worst… You never know what’s going on behind those keypads… Or who’s hooking up with who…

Then seasons changed…. Or more like WhatsApp got the memo. Now, strangers can’t add you… Strangers to me are folks I don’t have saved on my phone. Yep, I Dont Know You… Lol. And the best part? You have to agree to be a part of any group… Music to my ears. Cuts down the list to about 2 now lol. And it’s pretty much family left

Well, I said all that to say… I recently exited one of those first generational group chats. Funny enough, in the beginning, I offered to join but with time it just lost its spark… People kept dropping off like flies… The group was meant to empower but I don’t think we quite hit the spot. I did my best to keep it going… (Like those dead-end relationships we refuse to accept is going nowhere….hmmm) but it just didn’t happen. So I did it… I left the group… Yep, them folks would wake up to an “xx left the group”. I had to do it late at night to avoid any backlash if you know what I mean lol. And guess what? I slept like a baby… I honestly can’t explain it… It felt like a heavy load was lifted off me. A load I didn’t know I was carrying strangely enough. Guess that’s a good sign that I did the right thing? And no one sent me a msg asking why… Lol. Unless they wanted me out of the group in the first place. We will never know, will we…? Some things are better left alone… Cheers to peace in life…

As I was able to get some good sleep… I was able to try out some recipe… Random pasta sauce. Here’s a pic of halfway before and after… Bon appetite everyone and a smashing weekend ahead (or the next day depending on where on the planet you are!)