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I have to go pick up some cleaning supplies sometime this week at the new local supermarket, and a funny memory popped up… Well, not so new store… They shut down for almost a year *rolls eyes* due to renovations… Passed there earlier today and the only difference to me is we now have to pay for parking! And yes… A bike shed too lol… I digress… Back to my story…

There was a time I wore my pyjamas to go shopping! Crazy, I know… With fluffy slippers and I think a hair bonnet too *covers face*. Guess I ‘got away’ with it back then because I drove to the shops. I’m pretty sure if I had to walk, I would turn up looking like a cover girl straight from the runway. Thank God not long after there was a ban on such outfits to the shops. It was pretty common during school runs to see mums in all sorts of ‘clothes’. They couldn’t be bothered really, as long as the kids got in on time… that was all that mattered... Pretty much my thing haha…

A few times straight out of bed I’d remember I didn’t have any milk or something I considered ‘urgent’ and would grab my car keys and be out the door. Yes, that’ll be perfect if I went to bed the night before looking like a Gucci model lol.

Friends and family were on my neck to stop this ‘bad habit’, but I wasn’t having any of it. Until one day, I saw the light… One thing to note, these trips were fast and I mean in and out in minutes. No long queue, just pick your item, scan, and bobs your uncle… It worked perfectly as no one would notice my outfits right? But not quite so on this particular day… I had assumed it’ll be the same as before… Fast and stress-free… How wrong was I… There was a mad queue, the self-checkout wasn’t working, and there was me standing there with no bra, food-stained top, holding a loaf of bread and milk…

Let’s just say from that day onward, I never left home not looking like something out of a fashion catalogue haha...

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First dates – Office Edition…

Hahaha… Calm down ladies… Keep your wigs on.

So… We were finally ‘let out’ yesterday and to say we missed swiping our cards and carrying shopping bags twice our weight is an understatement… The pubs??? Even in the snow, Barry wasn’t going to miss the clinking of jugs and screaming for more sauce on his chips.

Reading the papers today… I couldn’t help but think “where’d all these people come from” lol. Before lockdown, I had lunch at Leicester square… Like a bull ring haha… Heads everywhere… Then one year of lockdown all of sudden my local M&S seems overcrowded *rolls eyes* (barely anyone in there but I kind of liked it when it was just me, the guy at the door and the cashier lol). I honestly don’t know if I am ready to ‘socialise’ so soon… Or deal with this new sense of sanitising everything and everyone… It gets tiring… Not to talk of fright when someone comes 1 metre too close haha… *walks around with a mist of sanitizer*

But life must go on, right? And back to work (office four walls), we went… More like a test run to confirm we have been talking to humans and not aliens… It was my first time meeting my team in flesh… I remember when we agreed to ‘bite’ the bullet and meet (obviously, safely with all necessary precautions in place), it felt like I was going on a blind date. *covers face*. Yeah, I was crossing the dates, counting down and thinking of so many scenarios…. Then the night before… It felt like I was going to ‘big school’ the next day… You know, get your shoes polished, hair done, clothes √ ready for the big reveal… I barely slept a wink…lol. Did anyone else feel this way?

D day and there I was… A nervous wreck… Why? I have no idea lol. Everyone looked the same as on Teams… Seems I was the one cat fishing hahaha…. One of my teammates didn’t recognise me and I was sat right opposite him. He was like ‘hi everyone… Blah blah… Anyway, Nicola isn’t here’… *blank face* Excuse me??? I am sitting in front of you… Hahaha… Let’s just say at the end of the day I was ready to go back to Sharon ‘asking’ everyone to turn on their cameras lol… I’m quite selective with that… Guess that’s why I looked “different” to everyone… The picture on my profile is almost 5 years old… When I was fresh from holiday, glowing like my mext pay check haha

Here’s a virtual drink on me… I’m not ready to mingle yet hehe