I was listening to a friend describe interactions she had with people this week, all of them confrontational, all ending badly. Mixed in her descriptions were places, people, cocktails and potential for laughs – none of which she had taken advantage of – because she had spent a good amount of time turning normal everyday interactions into bitter memories. No matter how hard I tried to put a positive spin on her experiences (a little bit of psychology – the reframe), she resisted seeing any good. So I gave up and got to thinking of my week. How had that gone?
My week was great – because I let it be. Because instead of worrying that I was running out of time, I took the time. Not my usual approach.
The guilty pleasure: I have coffee every morning with Dr Sheldon Cooper (acted by Jim Parsons). Possibly the most irritating human in television history (actually a close second to larry David). But also one of the funniest. He is an brilliant, autistic know-it-all professor of physics, who drives his friends insane. Yet, knows he learns a little from them every day. Check out The Big Bang Theory if you haven’t already. Especially the older episodes. Always peerless. Perfect with coffee and toast.
Inspired by new dungarees and a wooden pitchfork, channelling old art and action movies (note, no small child was hurt during the filming.)
An Alfresco Lunch
Whilst shopping for sofas and household appliances – a detour to a terrace. Rocket, tomato, fennel, parmesan salad. Crispy fried baby squid. A glass of Prosecco. Dog happy under the table. Perfetto.
My pal Nomasomi – living openly with HIV, polio warrior, single mother of two, archivist of this country’s struggles. Honoured on National TV this week. Possessor of a deep, hearty and incredibly wicked laugh. Viva Somi. Viva.
A South African Artist who’s work I love. But can’t afford. I found a poster featuring this tree – and snapped it up. It will hang in our new holiday home in McGregor. A benediction of shade.
(Image of Sheldon Cooper courtesy The Big Bang Theory, other images copyright campari&sofa)