Tuesday, January 09, 2007

back to hell

Holiday is over. Flew back to Jozi yesterday. I’m trying to hold onto the laid-back give-a-bugger-about nothing ‘tude I’ve picked up from spending three weeks in the Western Cape. It’s really not a lie: Cape Town really does have an effect on one’s nerves.

Before the holidays I was so tightly wound, so exhausted, so manically all over the place, it’s depressing to think that in three days time I may be like that all over again. I’m back in Joburg, I have three stories waiting to be written (one about the meat industry trade – oh the joys of being a food journo), I have one broken cellphone that needs instant repair and am still without working electric windows.
Oh and I still owe SARS five grand.

But I will not let this admin affect my life. Today. Anyway. Although already have anxiety knots in stomach which feel rather uncomfortable.

One part of my holiday I haven’t managed to write about yet is my claimed date with Kyknoord. Which I won back in July.
Now that Kyk and I are seeing different people, we met for a friendly lunch at Wakame, a Japanese restaurant in Mouille Point.
It was great. He bought me a mapbook of Cape Town – delight, sheer delight. I sat gazing at suburbs like Lavender Hill and Maitland for hours (pity I didn’t pay more attention on the Ottery and Khayelitsha pages). Kyk is a chilled ‘old soul,’ if I can sum him up in few words. I say ‘old soul,’ which sounds pretty trite considering, but I suppose the man oozes a formidable amount of experience and wisdom in many cultural, familial and life facets – an interesting and rich character indeed. As we can all see in his writing, of course.

I thoroughly enjoyed myself, so much so, we spent hours doing more talking than ordering over the afternoon. My mum, waiting for me at our flat, sent me an sms: “Are you ok? Where are you? Has your drink been spiked, or have you perhaps spiked his?”
I failed to deliver my promise, as stated in my 50 word competition entry: I didn’t wear heels. But it felt hellishly Joburg, so I stuck to flats instead.

It was strange being back in the city I used to live. I haven’t been back for 18 months. Smoking Legs and I had a great holiday together, which is thankful considering we spent three weeks in each other's shadow and didn't pull each other's hair out (sometimes we came close, but the hair follicles remain).

God, so much to do. My desk is buckling under the paperwork. Not coping. Already.


Revolving Credit said...

So begins the grind for all of us :(

Cape Town's only a budget airline or a hair-raising family flight away though. People have been known to pop in for the weekend.

Too early in the day and year for smart comments, will catch up later.

PS. Good morning all (coffee still not kicked in)

Peas on Toast said...

Good morning Revvie!
I'm with you on the coffee thing...I'm off to get another cuppa.

Kevin Cadman said...


Yussie, I know exactly how you feel. We decided to fly down for New Years, ended up staying a week and had the best time ever. That place is truly amazing; it has the ability to make you feel like you're not in Africa at all, and that every problem you have really isn't a problem at all.

The big problem comes in when you return home and realise that all your problems are still there!

We did get some amazing photos of Chapman's Peak and other areas. You can check them out here: http://home.cadman.co.za/kevin/CPT/

Aaaaanyway, welcome back to the real world! :)

Peas on Toast said...

Awesome Kev, glad you had such a great time too my boy!
Will def check out your pics. Sigh, I HATE this office...

kyknoord said...

On the plus side, your toilet etiquette was exactly as promised. It was great meeting you ;-)

Peas on Toast said...

I doubled checked Kyk that my dress wasn't tucked into my doondies. :)

Such a pleasure meeting you too my dear.

Jam said...

Good morning! Pleased to hear you survived the holiday...! Thrilled to hear the results of the date Kyk competition...

Peas on Toast said...

Hello my little Jammie!

Happy New Year to you, and yes, back at work and not loving life!

Hope all is good your side. xx

Tamaryn said...

welcome back...

And good luck with the work...I'm postponing mine as long as possible...small party last night, and am still shattered.

Have a spanktabulous day.

Peas on Toast said...

Tamaryn - I dig it and good luck with the procrastination. I'm doing a fine job of it myself in the office. Paperwork hasn't been dented, and I've been fannying around for the last three hours.

Champagne Heathen said...

Peas, take my dear boss's advice for today. He also only returned today. "So let's get going on this practice run day for proper work from tomorrow"!

Excellent to see you & Dickie not only survived each other but seemed to enjoy each other's constant company! Always the big test for relationships & friendships!

Ha, I got back to a letter from SARS saying that THEY are giving ME money. That was one sweet xmas present!

Peas on Toast said...

Champs - you lucky beeyutch! :) Doncha wanna give me that money to pay them back? You know, a gift between friends? ;)

Champagne Heathen said...

Ha Peas! Nice try! If you up your pimping skills maybe I'll rather up your cut of the takings. That way, we both win!

Insano said...

good to have you back Peas.
Now, I've been back in the office since the 2nd. Doubt I ever left, actually. Its the second week of Jan and I'm already counting down the minutes to my April break.

Crack out the coffee!

Peas on Toast said...

Damn. Worth a shot I suppose. :)

I'm not sure whether Dick will approve. :)

Am still keeping my eyes peeled for a well-endowed gentleman to be at your service Champers - it's a new year, so new possibilities eh? ;)

Peas on Toast said...

Insano - it's kuck hey?
Bring on April I say, although perhaps I should start investigating my next holiday. Just to keep sane.

Insane Insomniac said...

You're telling me. I'm hoarding pence like there's no tomorrow! April is going to be THE holiday of the year. There's Splashy Fen, two 21st's which translates into a ridiculous amount of parties and a quick trip to Durbs. Bring It On!!

Carlz said...

hey ange - so brilliant to see you today! have a great week and chat soon!

Billy said...

Hello there Peas,
Happy new year.
Welcome back, i am also struggling to get back into the swing of things, feel like im walking with concrete slippers up a hill.
Bring on easter!

Peas on Toast said...

Insane - Splashy Fen! Now that's something I haven't been to you in years - you're going to have a blast! :)

Carlz - hello my lovely! LOved bumping into you today, so great to see you as well. xx

Billy - Happy New Year my dear billy! Hope youhad a fabulous one and this year isn't too much of a grind. x