I'm on a streak!
Monday, August 23, 2010
You know when you feel like you're doing no wrong?
Is it just me or is it a very rare feeling?
Well, right now, I'm right in it. My planets must be aligned, or maybe I rubbed a four leaf clover without realising, or maybe you need someone to have it going all right once in a while to keep cosmic balance, and right now it's my turn. I don't know, but who cares :)
First the job application thing last Friday, then, this morning, I was just about to give up on the job that's kept me busy lately. I couldn't find some addresses to deliver some letters (which would have meant I'd have to take them back to the office, which would have meant less money). I'd returned to where house numbers should have been, going by the numbers before and after them, 4 times, but all I could see was a wall. I rang the buzzers at a few nearby houses, asking if anyone knew of those I was looking for, but nobody did. In the end I decided to try my luck at the health centre across the street. I figured that those being addresses in their catchment area they might know where they were, but they didn't either - I was resigned to take the stuff back to the office. I walked out of the health centre and for some reason I looked up.... and there they were! Right in front of me, above the wall. You can't see them from the side of the road they're on as the wall is too high and the doors are behind it, but from across the street you can't miss them. Lucky chance :)
Then I went to the office to sign off the job. I had an address that I needed a form for as I'd run out, so I told them I would take it there on my way home, since it wasn't far. They said not to worry, they'd post the form but still pay me as if I'd done it.
As it rained on and off all day, I didn't take the bike today, I walked part of the way and then got a bus. I can't go shopping with the bike as I'm not confident enough to carry bags and heavy weights while cycling, so I took the opportunity to pop into a local Sainsbury's to top up on yogurt as I ran out the other day. I meant to walk back home but I had to jump on the bus again as I went a bit overboard and got lots of fruit and veggies too, and the shopping bags were killing my arms.
As an aside, this made me wonder how I managed to carry myself before losing weight: the shopping was maybe 20 kg, less than half what I've lost, and I couldn't even walk a km before my shoulders and arms were screaming!
But back to the lucky streak - it started raining the moment I stepped on the bus and stopped the instant I arrived at destination.
I decided to stop at a cafe' and treat myself to a cappuccino before getting home. With perfect timing, one of the waitresses went on her coffee/cigarette break while I was sipping my coffee, and sat at the table next to me. We striked up a conversation and I found that she'd only been in London for a few months and lived locally. She said when she first came she hated the place and wanted to go back home (in Lithuania), but pride made her stay (she didn't want to tell her parents she'd made a mistake). Now she's come to love it but wishes she knew it better. I didn't need any more encouragement - I pointed her in the direction of several local beauty spots, out of the tourist trail, and gave her a bit of local history.
I so love this city that some times it hurts. Only yesterday I was in the City, almost deserted it being a Sunday, and as I was crossing the river I looked in awe at the sights in front of me. Tower Bridge, St Paul's, Westminster, the Southbank with the Tate Modern and the Globe; and then a little further on the Barbican, and then Islington... it moves me to tears, and I've "only" been here 20 years! Some days it chokes me, I can't believe how lucky I am to be in what I'm sure must be one of the most beautiful cities on earth. I'm from Florence so I kind of know a thing or two about beautiful cities, but London is off the scale.
Anyway, back to the Lithuanian waitress. She was keen to find out about places to see and asked a lot of questions about those I was mentioning, really wanting to find out - and that made me incredibly happy! I love it when I manage to rub off some of the London bug on other people, I love thinking that maybe one day they'll be in a deserted City, or on Hampstead Heath, or in some lesser known spot, or even at their own window, the city at their feet (like in my case, lucky bitch that I am :) ) feeling awed and thanking they day they decided to come.
I went home a happy bunny!