Meeting O’Clock

Yes, yes… Thanks to Zoom and the rest lol, we can all have “meetings” at the click of a button *side eye*

But how can we ever forget how things were back in the day… Meetings that felt like you were being summoned lol. Especially the early Monday morning ones… *rolls eyes*. Those are the worst in my opinion because you spend the whole weekend (or most of it depending on your personality haha) reading the email/text/message/memo/subliminal tones over and over again… You know, picturing all kinds of possible (worst case) scenarios. And guess what? None of them happen haha…

So ‘Monday’ morning finally arrives… you’re one of the first ones in… partially because you couldn’t keep any breakfast down… Scratch that, lol… Food was the last thing on your mind when you got on the morning commute lol. Secondly, you want to get all the info from whoever has it before the “boss” walks in. Next, you look around to pick the “best” seat in the meeting room… Away from the camera, but close enough to see Michael’s screen… Susan arrives, then Peter…

Meeting over and the only thing on your mind is “I missed the last game of the season worrying about nothing!”  It was just an introduction to the new app for ordering lunch at the canteen! Or something as ridiculous *shakes head*  Arghhh…

Thursday lunchtime, I get an email. Hmnn… Well, this time I definitely won’t lose any sleep worrying about what could or couldn’t be… I’ll see you all Monday morning after thoroughly enjoying myself and having the time of my life…

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Que Sera Sera 

Excess luggage…

My favourite part of travel haha.

Now things are beginning to settle and the world is opening up, one would think I’ll be in a hurry to book a vacation somewhere hot… You know, browse through different sites looking for the best bargain… dreaming of switching on the ‘out of office’ automatic reply hahaha. I get so excited composing the message… The thrill of everyone receiving it while I’m miles away basking in the heat… Good times… Ok, let’s get back to the story… *rolls eyes*

During my early travels, I got so worked up about not taking ‘too much stuff’… It can be so awkward when you have to open up your luggage at the airport and it looks like a cross between a recycling depot and a farmhouse hehe. I have all kinds of scales and weighing devices at home just to beat the maximum ‘kg’ put in place by the various airlines *side eye*. Some of these airlines are vicious I tell you… You’d think you had the whole of Alaska in your bag with the way they go on and on… With their measuring size bucket or whatever it’s called lol… ‘Easy j’s I see you hahaha. 

To avoid any kind of embarrassment lol, I read all sorts of articles online and watch videos on how to pack more and weigh less lol. Some ideas I tried worked, others errr…not quite. From laying your clothes flat to rolling them up like sausages, I tried it all. To be fair, some airlines have a very generous allowance for international travel and I mean GENEROUS lol. Even with that, sometimes found myself trying to “smuggle” more stuff and giving them that “oh really? Overweight? That’s strange. Are you sure?” Look -haha. Didn’t get me far though, still had to repack and throw stuff out.

I remember once when I had to throw clothes away *faints*. It still hurts… They weren’t having it… Nope, nada zilch! The worst part was I thought of leaving those items at home when I packed earlier but felt I could get away with it. Never tried it again… Now once I get a “feeling” to leave something or someone behind, I flip it with so much speed lol. 

Truth be told– I packed way more than I needed on most of the trips. I could have managed with hand luggage, but somehow I imagine all kinds of scenarios and stuff finds its way in!

All that’s a distant memory… These days, I just jump on the train and keep it local till I can show up at the airport with no long ‘to do list’ and checking how many people I have come in contact with while charging me an arm, leg and torso for tests… Unless I get a call from the producers of Death in Paradise, then it’s Asta la vista Baby! Lol

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Now, where did I put my ‘bum bag’ and sunglasses

He has my heart…

“When we fall, we take God with us…” Those words hit like a lightning bolt… The past couple of months have been tough… But somehow you remember who’s you are… How far you’ve come…and how much he sacrificed to get you here… Yes, you’re finally in a good place… Free from the entanglements that looked like pearls… Chains painted in gold… Lies wrapped up in foil… Finally free from the pain.. The anger that kept you bound for years…but somehow… Your heart begins to jump…do cat wheels just thinking about “it” again… Sigh

It’s a natural feeling… Or so you tell yourself each time those lights go off… You know, those moments that trigger the desires… I wasn’t looking I promise… I always said the truth about that… A lie would complicate things… Just tell it as it is… He’ll understand… Never judge…

He has my heart…but I want someone to hold my hands… My hips and lips… Is it wrong to desire something so sweet…so powerful…yet so damaging in the “wrong” hands…? I want it…you..but I can’t do this to him… It will hurt him… Me…

Maybe it’ll happen as I’ve always imagined or notOr maybe it’ll drop in my laps when I least expected… On a hot summer day sitting under the weeping willow tree…

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

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So I finally put in my leave request at work *rolls eyes*. To be honest I am yet to decide where I’ll spend it! This wasn’t a problem in the past… Oh, no… It was more about how many I could fit into 10 days hahaha. From Morocco to Turkey to everyone’s favourite *drum roll* SPAIN… (If you’re one of the thousands of bargain loving brits hehe)

As it’s been a long while I last went on a vacation, I’m pretty much restless. I’ve never been the one to travel during the expected holiday seasons e.g. Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, etc.… Nope! Not me. I am more of a free spirit… It might sound weird but my soul at different times yearns for a different environment/experience and when that happens, my mind begins to wonder… ’Where next?’

As soon as this happens I begin to search online for the best deals. I have several faithful ‘go to’ websites (sorry no one’s sponsoring this post so ‘mums’ the word lol) that usually pack a ‘deal’- Well we know they’re not deals per se, just a better bargain than others hahaha. I do this because I don’t want to spend all my ‘trust fund’ on a getaway. It’s all about priorities! At that particular moment, I might have the funds but I would have to decide if it’s worth it or if yes, it’s time to go… Decisions, decisions, decisions lol. But these holidays do come with their ‘issues’… *side eye*

Sometimes comparing holidays somewhat satisfies the longings. Strange I know! Lol. I have several cities/countries I intend to visit over time… I start by picking one of them, check hotels, flights, FOOD and most importantly- weather!!! I follow the sun in all my adventures… I never really got the memo about ski resorts and snow! Hahaha… Not for me… But never say never… All it takes is one experience to change my mind, but hey! Till then… Winter/snow is a different kind of experience for me…

From the holiday checklist, food is way up the scale when I go abroad… I try as much as possible to keep away from fast food I normally have back home (We know them… yep, the ones at the airport or close to the hotels with ‘meal deals’ and long queues lol). Once in a while, I do crave the familiar. I mean there’s nothing wrong in munching some Kentucky fried chicken on your way to having some authentic paella right?