Monday, June 30, 2008

Geez Louise!

The weekend came and went like a fart in the wind! I am still in shock that half the year has come and gone, clearly time flies and all that jazz.

Certain truths came to light over the weekend:

1) I am a bad-a*s when it comes to playing 30 Seconds. I knew my innate ability to remember the most random of random information would come handy one day. 30 Seconds becomes a waaaaaaaay more interesting game when alcohol has been consumed.Take one lively competitor for example who in trying describe a clue told us, “It’s a landmark in London”. After going through all the obvious and less obvious landmarks and time running out, it turns out the individual was actually trying to describe The Eiffel Tower….eish, nearly peed myself laughing.

2) A working cornea in your eye is worth two in the bush….okay, that doesn’t really make any sense but basically for all of you with lovely, healthy corneas don’t take them for granted.

3) I really don’t need as much sleep as I thought I did. Dossing for eight hours has more adverse effects on me than 6 or 7 hours do.

4) Mascara should really be taken off before one sleeps, the whole Crusty the Clown look in the morning is so played out.

5) No matter how pure and well-meaning an individual’s intentions, one way or the other, the messenger will invariably get shot.

6) I do not have a broody bone in my body. I am starting to freak out as to why the sight of cute babies doesn’t set me off like every other female I know. Instead, I have those reactions for cats/kittens….but not babies. The only exceptions to this rule are babies that belong to close friends and loved ones, i find myself ooohing and ahhing, unprompted-like :-)

7) My name is Vimbai and I am Retail Therapy Whore…the spending needs to stop!

8) Hip-hop does below at Glastonbury! Wish had been there to see Jay Z in person sock it to the non-believers, “Middle finger to the Law”.

9) Wearing your new, open-toed, not-yet-broken-into shoes to the club is a big No No! Right up there with accepting strange pieces of paper from a rather insistent Hungarian tourist in the club, lol.

10) And on a Hallmark, syrupy note…Great friends are few and far between, I am blessed to have a handful of them. Love you chicas :-)

Okay let me put my nose to the grindstone and get through the rest of my Monday.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Hump-Day Ruminations

This +10hour working day routine is slowly taking its toil on me. I conveniently slept through all 3 alarms this morning so feel like I am lagging 30mins behind everything today.

The whole hot chocolate routine just didn’t cut it when I got in, I needed me a Big Girl Beverage with that much-needed caffeine kick. I warily assessed the choices I had and selected a cappuccino, much to my workmates disgust. You see, he had been trying to steer me clear of the office coffee machine and had listed why it was in my best interest, healthwise, to just make up my own cup myself.

I was not having it, after all, how bad could the cappuccino be, after all it was provided by the same people who made that divine hot chocolate I had been raving about earlier. How bad could it be.

Bad. Very Bad.

Words cannot express how foul that cappuccino was. The picture on the right sums it up best. I have learnt my lesson.

Otherwise I am having a pretty chilled Hump-day.. Work is cool; I recognise more faces and more importantly, can actually put names to those faces. With the whole baptism by fire behind initiation behind me, I ready to tackle anything that’s thrown at me.

I am also quite happy to be reunited with my formal-corporate-working-wardrobe after living in jeans, sneakers and t-shirts for the better part of the year. Crisp white shirts, black sweaters, black/grey/tweed pencil skirts, high heels, *sigh*, yes, it’s great to be back in the Land of the Living.

Ooooh, nearly forgot….it’s payday today, yay!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Cry My Beloved Country: A Dream Deferred

Rule of thumb: It's never good news when you get a call/sms before the hour of 7am, never!

This morning's sms reinforced this particular rule. When i read my sms, i actually thought it was some sort of cruel joke, however, CNN & SkyNews' little information scrolly-thing at the bottom of the page confirmed the worst...that the main opposition in Zim's election had withdrawn.
I am shocked, surprised, dismayed, confused and everything else in between. I am not alone though, after a quick peek into my Facebook friend's status updates , it appears that the rest of my peers are also going through the motions.
At times like these, hopeless & helpless times, even my heathen self knows that prayer is the only answer here. A little bit of it tends to go a long way!
However, can't help but still feel somewhat distraught with the turn of events. For some reason, i am reminded of the last bit from TS Eliot's poem, "The Hollow Men";
Between the idea
And the reality
Between the motion
And the act
Falls the shadow
For Thine is the Kingdom

Between the conception
And the creation
Between the emotion
And the response
Falls the Shadow
Life is very long

Between the desire
And the spasm
Between the potency
and the existence
Between the essence
And the descent
Falls the Shadow
For Thine is the Kingdom

For thine is
Life is
For Thine is the

This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

I hope my horoscope has got it right!

I don't read my horoscope religiously but at this point, any good news is welcome mate from any source!

The move, new job...what what hasn't been as seamless as i would have hoped! Like all changes, i was hoping this would be an effortless one, but it hasn't been and there are days i want to seriously throw-up i am so stressed. Luckily for me, i do have a great support unit of family, friends and loved ones on standby...but i still want to throw-up from the sheer overwhelmingness of it all!

So the following is hopefully true :-)

Your Week Ahead:

It looks as if it is going to be a good week. You are not exactly ecstatic about the situation you find yourself in, yet you have to admit that it seems somehow 'right'.

Deep down, you always knew that, one day, you would find yourself dealing with what you're now dealing with. You didn't much like that idea. In theory, it sounded awful. But in practice?

You already are, or soon will be, starting, to see the absolute perfection of the situation you face. It's necessary if the future you have so long dreamed of and desired is to come about.

What's happening is not bad; it is brilliant.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

On the other side of the long weekend

Being at work today is PAINFUL! I swear The Man is kidding himself if he thinks anyone is going to be productive this week, given there are only 4 days left in it anyway.

The long weekend was lovely, i didnt get to sleep half as much as i wanted but as the expression goes, "Sleep when you're dead." Copious amounts of alcohol were consumed...well by my standards, and being a cheap-date and all, thats probably like 2 glasses of gin & tonic and i am ready to call it a day mate, sad but true.

Money was spent, i suffer from acute shopper's remorse! It needs to stop, it really does, now i know why everyone is cash-strapped in this town. The temptation is great and the retail-offerings much too diverse and pretty, hehehe.

Reunions where had! Nothing like relinking with friends, even if you did see them less than two months ago! I especially like meeting up with highschool friends, its like i morph back to being 16 again, slang and all!

My greatest achievement this weekend, other than nursing more than 2 glasses of alcohol, dancing like a mad woman and finding the perfect pair of shoes was by far getting my eyebrows waxed. Yes, it's the little things that make me very, very happy! My eyebrows had morphed into a pair of hairy caterpillars who were on the verge of merging into a monobrow...okay, not quite but given another 3 months, they would have!

On that note, let me suck it up and face the day! Meetings must be had and work must be done *sigh*, i am gonna start playing the lottery :-)

Monday, June 09, 2008

FOMO = Fear of Missing Out

I suffered from a serious case of FOMO this weekend, a condition prevalent amongst all inhabitants of the state of Gauteng (guess that means I am fitting in quite well then).

It seemed everyone I know had gone to see Chris Rock at some point over the weekend whilst I was at home twiddling my fingers! Yes, I know that they all got their tickets in advance like 3 months ago, long before I knew when I was moving to town. But it sucks, big time! I am a huuuuuuuuuuuuuge fan of Chris Rock, I think I have watched and heard everything that man has ever said on dvd/cd/mp3. Ah well, another time I guess *big sight*

Otherwise, the wicked wasn’t a complete failure.

Saturday night was spent catching up with the girls at some swanky bar, unfortunately said-swanky bar also turned out to be a hot-spot for pudgy-balding old men clearly in the throes of some mid-life crisis of sorts. After two failed attempts at trying to get the attention of me and my girls through our clearly apathetic waiter, they got the hint.

The rest of the night was spent trying to dance to the crap a DJ insisted on churning out as music. What kind of DJ doesn’t take requests, I was so peeved when he told me that, I had a good mind to tell him to go and DJ in his bedroom, coz that’s the only captive audience he was ever going to hold.

Saturday and Sunday were spent fermenting and catching up on lots of sleep! I did manage to score, not one but two amazingly, very decently priced handbags. It seemed in the flurry of packing to move here, my shoes took precedence because I overlooked packing any handbags, and what is a woman without a decent handbag, mmmh?

Hope this week goes by quickly, the long weekend ahead beckons

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Table for One: Dining Alone

“I hate dining/eating alone”

Right, I said it.

Yes, I am one of those people.

Generally, I am pretty good at going off on my own tangent, far from the madding crowd. From time to time, I’ve been know to prefer my own company to that of others, although most people find that hard to believe given my sanguine/extrovert nature. But would you believe it, there’s a closet introvert in me somewhere.

I love watching movies alone, I especially love shopping alone (nobody whining as to why you have to try the whole store on!).

However, when it comes to eating alone…in a restaurant/cafĂ©, that’s when I have to draw the line on me-time. The act of consuming food should never be committed alone, good conversation and company should always follow. Eating in front of the tv doesn’t constitute as eating alone ‘cause even that is interactive, well for me anyway, talking back to the tv and hurling insults is the norm in my world.

Sitting alone on a table for four, surrounded by couples and groups sitting on adjacent tables, makes me feel so awkward and uncomfortable.
So awkward and uncomfortable in fact, that I have to scribble down something, like the idea for this blog post, just so I look like have something to do


On the Side: Wow, i am well chuffed that Obama got the Democrat nomination, Yes He Can!