Kiddie parties

Sometimes we all get stuck in situations where we have nothing to do. Waiting for an appointment or stuck in a traffic jam. The smart phone has become quite the life saver in these situations. I notice some people play games, some people just browse or like me, some people read. Few of us even take a moment to check on work emails and respond.

But once in a while we get stuck in situations where even the phone can’t save us. One such situation is the kid’s birthday party. Sure if your friend’s kid, it isn’t so bad because you have your friends around. But if it’s your kid’s friend, ughh. You get stuck trying to make small talk and seem like you’re having fun. Mostly, the music is so loud that you end up not being able to even talk. But then looking at your phone seems rude so you just sit and stare at the kids jumping up and down. Once in a while there may be a magic show or an entertainer who is fun, so that’s not to bad. But, seriously, I don’t know why I really don’t enjoy the two or three hours I have to spend attending some kid’s party. More often than not, I will just drop my kid off and pick her up at the end. Sometimes, though the parties are such that the kids either need the parents to be around or there’s no option to just drop her off. In which case, I have to stick around. I guess, I feel that I could be doing something more productive with that time, seeing as how I always have so much to do.

I know, I know, it’s just a weird thing I have.

Life Recap

An interesting thing happened to me last night. A friend I had lost contact with for over 15 years sent me a message on Facebook. He wasn’t a very close friend but, there was a time when we all hung out together quite a bit. One of those friends who happen to be there during a certain phase of your life.

We started talking and it was interesting to recap the last 15 years of my life to him. I think when we meet new friends, we do kind of tell them how our life was or things we’ve done. It’s not the same as telling someone how much your life has changed over the last 15 years. What’s more interesting is that he had an idea in his head of how I was to turn out. The reality, in some ways, is so much more different than what he expected.

I’m definitely not the same person I used to be back then, but then again, it’s not like life has turned out bad either. Interestingly he has changed so much as well. He used to be a singer. He played the guitar and even did a few small local concerts. We used love to hanging out and just listening to him sing. Seems like he’s given up music and become a slave to the corporate world. It’s not like he’s not doing well but, he is so talented. He’s probably the best singer I know in person and he could have done so much with that.

Well it seems like life doesn’t always turn out the way you think you would. A recap to a long lost friend will surely make you stop and think for a while…..

Stains on your bags?

I’ve stopped doing product reviews because I just don’t find the time. But once in a while I come across a product that works wonders and I can’t help but share them with you.

I love bags… more importantly leather bags. Although I never put my bag on the floor, I still try not to buy white / beige / light coloured bags because  I’m clumsy with my coffee or my pen. I thought about blaming my kid here for her crayons, but no, truth is, it’s me who’s the culprit.

But this time I went out on a limb and bought a beige bag. It was beautiful and I couldn’t resist. But guess what happened. I wore it with dark blue jeans an next thing I know, I’ve got these blue streaks all over. To top it off, I spilled some coffee on it too. I was mortified. I wanted to cry.

I looked through the internet and read somewhere to use a white eraser. So I tried that. Bad idea. This is not normal leather. It has a big suede-ish soft feel to it. Not sure what you call it. So anyway, the eraser just completely started spoiling the soft feel and didn’t really help with blue marks.

So I turned to Coach. I mean they’re supposed to be experts at leather, right? Turns out, it’s quite true. I used the Coach Leather Moisturiser and the marks came right off. I know I probably should have used the Leather Cleaner but the Moisturiser says that it’s a cleaner as well. Either way, it the Moisturiser worked well. It costs about AED 90 in the UAE.

You can see the results below. The small patch of leather is what the bag looked like before (I used this to try out the cleaning stuff). The bag is below. There’s still a faint shadow of the blue, but overall it looks fine. And the coffee stain came right off. So there you have it, something really worth buying.

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It’s done

So it’s finally done… the exam is over. I’m not really sure how I did, but at least I’m done with it. Now I just have to wait for the results. 6 months of studying and it all comes down to one day. I put in a lot of effort and time despite my crazy work schedule and being a single parent. I just hope it pays off…. Did I mention, I’ve been trying to do this for the last 10 years? Something always came up and I never got around to studying enough for it. I’m proud of myself for at least going through with it this time. I’m determined to see the whole course through.

I feel kind of lost not having to study every evening. Well, I guess this is a good time to get back to reading my books. Quite a few have piled up over the last six months. It’s also a good time to get down to blogging more regularly.

But before that, a small celebration is in order….