I visited Amsterdam for the first time in my entire life in May. It is a less than 2 hour flight and there are even direct trains that run from London to Amsterdam but surprisingly, I had never visited. I always thought that Amsterdam was for bachelor’s parties/stag do’s. I thought it was a place that you went to get stoned. I based my view on a stereotype, which is unlike me, as I travel a lot and have learnt throughout my travels that people, cities and cultures never match their stereotype. As part of my tribute to Brexit, I decided that Amsterdam would be on my travel list for spring/summer.
During maternity leave, I found it quite difficult second time around as I did not have the same network of new mothers as I did as a first time mum. I spend a lot of my time either at home or at baby events, where it was hard to make new friends. To be fair, both my children were very manageable babies, thanks to Gina Ford’s routine (If you are a new mum, buy her book or get it from the library), but I found my days were slow and monotonous. I decided to travel into Europe with my little one to break the monotony and as a tribute to the impending Brexit.
Since buying our new house, I have been putting together a book of ideas for how I want to decorate the house, which pieces of furniture inspire me, what flowers and plants I would like to grow in my garden. I guess it is a mood board on a grand scale. Whilst looking for inspiration, I found a trend that I had been aware of over the past few years but it never interested me until now. I am not tech-savvy at all. Of course I know how to work a smartphone but if you bet money on me connecting cable to a television or a PlayStation to the internet, you would lose your money in a flash. I am clueless!
Of course leave it to me to completely forget that my cousin is getting married in less than two days. The wedding is in the countryside. It is raining. It is cold. We are in October. I’m struggling to shift some weight and I have nothing to wear. Ashamedly, I am the true definition of a procrastinator. Now that I’ve admitted it, where do I seek help? I am in true panic mode! I have trawled through the Internet looking for the perfect dress. I have to find a dress that is practical for me with toddlers who can hardly feed themselves. A classy dress but not too showy à la Kylie Jenner, who recently attended Justin and Hayley Bieber’s wedding in a loud and very proud gold gown. My first thought when I saw her look was Deborah Cox singing “No! No! No! No! No! No! No! Noooooooo! How did you get here?” because what a faux pas to turn up in a dress that could potentially out-do the bride. She looked beautiful but one must always observe correct wedding etiquette and that means all eyes should be on the bride and it is up to you as a guest to ensure that this happens on her big day.