If you ever get the change to go anywhere and immerse yourself in another culture, for any reason, take it! Especially if it’s on the company dime! That’s what I did! An extended stay in Africa has been one of the truly most wonderful blessings I’ve ever had. One of the best parts was living with and learning from my wonderful hosts…
That being said, I’m back! I’ve missed many things… Hot showers and cold beer amongst them… I also missed my shoes… Oh my how I missed them… Almost six months in sketchers, I almost lost my mind! I went without Internet, shaving my legs, makeup, stockings (ouch! that one really hurt too!!!), a regular supply of toilet paper, my motorcycles, shopping of any mention, and so many other unimportant “essentials“… Okay, the heels are essentials! The stockings too! But I wouldn’t trade my time there for anything the world.
I missed this too so I’ve got a lot of catching up to do. So, without wasting time, read on and see how I’ve been spending my hard earned salary (which I basically banked the entire time!) during the last few weeks since I’ve returned. Didn’t I mention I’ve been on “vacation” for a few weeks picking up the pieces of my life and breaking in my credit cards… Alas, here we go!
Wanna hear some BS? Last year on Jan 3rd I was getting dressed, thinking about my resolutions, and I snagged a stocking. After the profanity, I threw it in the hamper and scuttled away, slipping into a spare on the way out the door. I thought to myself, “I wonder just how much hosiery I shredded last year?” Alas, I had a plan… I would save all my runners (just the word makes me angry!) and at the end of the year I would know! Well, ladies and gentlemen, the fruits of my labor – the genesis of my idea realized at last. Isn’t it depressing. There must be over 50 pair there, plus odds and ends… Just remember, each of these represents a spike in my blood pressure. And, to boot, I ripped my left leg this morning. It must be Karma?… The final question is, of course, what to do with them now?… Oh, and you figure, at least, $20 per pair, you do the math. My legs are worth it.
As I’ve said repeatedly, I don’t do selfies! First, I’m not a 16-year-old megalomaniac filled with millennial narcissism. Second, I’m a professional girl and as a professional, I have no need to have my face (or anything else for that matter) scattered all over the internet. That’s just bad for business. So, no selfies!
However, to make a very important point I am willing to make a small (kinda-sorta) exception in just this one case. My business mate and I were traveling recently. He of course travels in his usual “dress for comfort with no regard to how you look” mode. Me, I always travel first class! (what I wear, not where I sit!) He was jabbing me about how it was a waste to travel in formal business attire and how crazy I was to be walking all over the airport in my shoes and how nobody else does that so I’m just plain crazy. I then explained to him the three most important reasons why I fly the way I do:
1) Dressing formally allows me an extra outfit (& pair) I couldn’t fit in my luggage,
2) I’m a professional and that’s just how I roll, and
3) He may not understand why I dress like a pro, but I’m the boss so go figure that one out!
Playing on my “ridiculous” travel shoes, he snapped this and tweeted something about how insane they were for an airport hoping his “army” of followers would comment on his post and make his point. They didn’t! Anyhow, I asked him to send me the shot and hence… the selfie… Enjoy it, it’s the only one you’re gonna get… You’ll just have to enjoy me vicariously through my wonderful words and magnificent taste in clothes, shoes and everything else!…
Go to Paris, eat croissants, walk around the Champs-Élysées, talk to the beautiful people, soak it all in… Oh, don’t forget to stop in your favorite petite boutique to snag some “Le Bourget”… Just don’t “snag” anything wrapped around your lovely legs!
Yes, it’s true, I dropped off the map for a time. Last year it was for mom, this year it was for work. My company bought a company and I’ve spent the better part of the last four months living in hotels and meeting with a lot of different people in a lot of different places.
You may think I’m crazy but I promised myself no fun until the job was done! No posting, no shopping (I’m dead serious!), no concerts, no dating, nada… just a lot of 70 hour work weeks! I’m a goal oriented girl and this was a very important thing so I just had to bear down and push through it with no distractions.
HOWEVER, now that it’s finally done, I’m back! I’ll be posting regularly and opening back up the American Express! Amazon has really missed me… And I’ve really missed you!…
|Compliments of Nori…|