I missed my Friday workout because I was working baking catching up on admin sick gallivanting!
I admit it, I was visiting and driving around and I have no good excuse for why I didn’t do my work out.
I did some shopping early, I decorated some cupcakes, and then I met an old friend for brunch!
This old friend is someone who features high on my list of important people.
I’m call her “Tarty” because it was her calling people “tart” that got me doing it!! When Tarty and her family moved into the house next door to my folks, we did the meet-the-neighbours thing and discovered some pretty cool people!
I was 19 years old in 1993, and Tarty helped me get a job with the big company she worked for which gave me a good salary, awesome job security, full medical aid and all that. She taught me to drive using her own car, and after a couple of years I could afford to buy a car and for the knucklehead and I to move out of my mother’s house and into our flat! She was my boss for a long time too, and her work ethic and attitude towards people taught me a lot about how the world works.
It was learning from her that made me an expert in my field for that same employer, and that expertise was what got me my business consultant position in 2005 with a different company entirely! And I never thought I would be able to leave that big company because it was the only real work experience and training I had and who would want me!?
I was always a little in awe of Tarty. She is the kind of person who does the things a lot of people have on their bucket list and never get to! She took an upholstery course and fixed up her own furniture. She took a welding course because she wanted to know how to do it! She painted and decorated her own house and did it beautifully too. Tarty also got me hooked in Douglas Adams!
I was uber lucky to have a mentor like Tarty, and I will be eternally grateful to her.
Then I visited Mandi Made It to finally give her the gifts left with me by Swiss Twist when she visited SA months ago. The day we arranged a get together in Joburg with Swiss Twist, it turned into the most wonderfully cool, rainy day- but it was dreadful weather for taking babies out in so several people who were going to have a Tweetup with her couldn’t make it. And Mandi and I traded several emails and such before we finally got together! And Mandi’s boys are so cute, Mic loves his little brother and he is so polite. And little Mason is just the sweetest smiley baby!
Then when I got home from visiting Mandi, it was time to pack a cooler box and shower and change in order to go and celebrate my mommy darling’s birthday! And let me tell you, not having anything to drink and dieting has turned me into such a lightweight! I had two whiskies and two glasses of red wine and I was on my ear! It was so funny! I had my Glugster and my mom and my son in fits of giggles at me!