Monday, September 25, 2006

He said, she said

Overheard in a shoe store…

She Do you like these? (modelling a pair of espadrilles)

He No

She Why? What's wrong with them?

He I don't know. I just don't like them.

I wanted to tell her that they actually looked very nice.

What's more important is this:
She clearly loves and wants the shoes. What does it matter if he doesn't like it?!

Monday, September 18, 2006

New cars, holidays, cancellations, farewell parties, etc.

New car
I'm buying a new car but not properly new (if you know what I mean). It is a 2005 Opel Corsa Sport and has 12000 km on the clock.

So I've been very busy organising all the paperwork, getting valuations for my current car, and so on... Huge amount of schlep - no wonder I don't do this very often.

Also, my sister works for General Motors and gets a discount for direct family members which is really nice BUT because I'm buying directly from GM, there is service from a dealer, car papers all nicely sorted out. It's a huge schlep but I have to keep reminding myself that I'm saving thousands this way.

We're going to Thailand in 4 weeks and 3 days exactly. Woohoo.

We finally collected the tickets and travel vouchers from Flight Centre on Saturday so it feels more settled. I've started making my lists about what to take, what I have to do before we go, what we should do once we get there, and so on, and so on...

We went to look at digital cameras on Saturday and I'm nearly decided. Just want to check out a couple of other options.

I was scheduled to do an organising workshop for 3 ladies on Saturday. The one phoned me early that morning to cancel so I phoned the other 2 to cancel the whole thing. With less than 3 people, there is just no vibe (3 is already too little). So I've postponed it for two weeks - hopefully I can drum up a few more people.

Farewell parties
My colleague on the other side of my partition is emigrating to the US of A (Las Vegas actually) to marry her sweetheart. Long story about love across the ocean...

Anyway, so I'm organising her farewell party because ...well, let's just say she'd just get a "thanks very much and goodbye" if I didn't. So I'm hardly working these days - running around collecting money from people, organising venue, food, gift, etc.

Getting everyone to sign the card (I decided to get a non-traditional card so I got a die-cut notebook in the shape of a handbag) is another hassle. Why is it that everybody first needs to read the entire book before they write their two lines of inspiration - "all the best. have fun in vegas"?

That's what I've been busy with these last 10 days or so...

Thursday, September 07, 2006

What do you say to the babies questions?!

We've been married for 11 years and because we married when we were very young, there wasn't much pressure to have babies immediately.

Initially, we planned to wait 5 years and then have a child.

Life doesn't always go according to plan. When 5 years was up, I'd just started a new job and wanted to "prove myself". To who, I don't know but that's another story altogether.

The years went on and on and to be honest, we didn't have any baby urges. (I recall the gynae once telling me, my dear, if you want to have children, I'd start if I were you - it only gets more difficult after 28.

At the time, I thought she was talking rubbish. After all, all the movie stars have babies into their 40's, don't they?

Up to this point, when people asked rude questions like when are you having children?, we could honestly say we're not ready.

Anyway, something happened when I turned 30. I started having these if we don't do it now, we'll regret it thoughts. And D was definitely ready.

So we started trying. I thought that like everything else in my life, I would set a goal, plan it and things would fall into place. Ha ha ha.

People still ask the question but now the facts have changed.

Now people ask, do you want children? I firmly say yes, we do want children. And then there's the awkward pause when they decide whether they're going to go where they shouldn't.

When are you going to have them then?

When God decides the time is right.

To be fair, this is a very vague answer and not very satisfying.

What must I say? On the one hand, it would be good to say something like: listen, idiot, we've been trying for 2 years. I have endo and he has defective sperm.

That's one way to shut them all up for good.

It's nice to dream...

Monday, September 04, 2006

Baby dreams

I've been a bit quiet simply because I didn't have much to say.

Last Wed, I was crying again and D (husband) said, that's it - we're going to pray properly and start standing in faith.

Which is exactly what we did - we prayed and asked God for a healthy baby. We believe according to the Bible that when you pray, believe that you receive and you shall have it.

Of course I felt much better after that (I always do after a good cry :) ) and slept really well.

The next day I was out seeing clients, we went to lunch and there was a mother and baby boy (a few months old) near our table. He really was the cutest baby ever and I found myself drawn to him. The good thing is I didn't feel like crying!

On my way back to the office, an SMS came through on my phone from a friend, S, and this is what she said:

last night I dreamt that you were pregnant and you looked so well and happy in the dream. How are you?

Well, that SMS put me on cloud 9! I replied and told her the story and she said my dream was definitely a message from God because V & I pray for you every day.

How wonderful is that?!

[S was also battling to fall pregnant for a long time but it finally happened for her and her baby boy was born in March this year. They called him Matthew (gift from God).]


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