Monday, February 29, 2016
Last Saturday, we had our first ever high school reunion, more than 25 years after graduation. There were some people whom I had not seen since the 1990s, a few that I had bumped in every few years in random places and a handful of close friends whom I still see regularly. Interestingly, everyone among those who came was easily recognisable, with the exception of one guy (we all agreed on that) whom age hadn't been so kind on. It was so funny to see that after all those years and - supposedly - some maturity processes having happened people essentially still acted the same. Our former school hottie, no longer model material, was his old superficial self, going on about his cool "projects" (read: hot air) while not thinking of asking the person he was talking to what they have been up to. Our drama queen who did actually become an actress still smiling a mile a minute and putting on her sensitive, caring front, while turning around mid-sentence to the next person as she found what the Mermaid was telling her not quite interesting enough. There was this awkward moment when I said goodbye to her (who also lives in Vienna, actually not far from me) that could have been filled with an "let's exchange numbers! Let's meet up!" that thankfully neither of us filled with those lines. If age has taught me one thing, it is to leave out those pleasantries and not collect pink elephant numbers in your phone directory.
Monday, February 22, 2016
Week 7: Apprehension | What's Next?
Last week was split between busy evenings - meeting friends (some of whom I had not seen for months, or years, even) and uneventful days. I first wanted to use the adjective "bored" as I really feel I was just biding my time at the office, waiting for the appropriate time to leave, but it was a strange feeling of passivity fuelled by apprehension, rather than just doing nothing, full stop. I don't want to go into too much detail, but basically, I am about to change my job and whether this will just be an internal move within the company, or not, should transpire soon. This might sound straightforward enough a project, but believe me, it is not.
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Monday, February 15, 2016
Week 6: Unexpected | An Offline "Like" from an Archangel
Sure enough, he hasn't called. Men. Even if he ended up stalking me online and found out I was considerably older than him (likely) and decided not to call for this or whatever (lost the card/was abducted by aliens/had a sudden onset of dementia) reason (just as likely) or simply and sadly is some kind of pick-up artist acting out a dare by his mates (you never know) he does get kudos for approaching me and putting a smile on my face for a day.
Monday, February 08, 2016
Week 5: Calming down | After-Party
After the emotionally taxing run-up to my birthday, I really enjoyed the calmer week with a lot of after-partying and thoughtful presents. I love birthday festivals, i.e. belated presents (as long as nobody forgets to congratulate me on the day proper, that is) and surprises. I spent a long weekend in KLU and enjoyed a great ski day on Saturday in glorious sunshine. All in all, a very good week!
Monday, February 01, 2016
Week #4: Rollercoaster | Ups and Downs
Last week started on the same emotional note as the previous one finished, but then decidedly got better and I spent a lovely "Birthday Eve" having cocktails with many of my favourite people in a lovely new bar that I had booked as Plan B originally, but that I will definitely return to. It was a good strategic move to take Friday, my actual birthday, off, as I was half dead until noon. I possibly had the first real hangover of my life and am not planning to repeat that experience. By Friday night I was revived again and fit for jumping up and down to Ellie Goulding. A great concert. Saturday was good too with a lovely unexpected gift (and one to myself, more about that soon) and 2 good exhibitions (picture above from one of Olafur Elisasson's kaleidoscopes). On Sunday the mood curve went downwards again with most of my friends off somewhere due to their kids' semester break and myself having too much time on my hands to let a certain somebody's (predictable) behaviour get to me. Here's to you, February!