Return from the dead

Hello readership !!

Apologies for my rude absence but I was neck deep in work and deadlines managed to get better of me ! But anyway, here I am, back again – hopefully, regular this time around !! Looking forward to catching up with you all !!

See you around !!

EV

Helping beat cancer !

Hello my lovely followership , todays post for my NaBloPoMo will be something close to my heart – beating cancer! Having seen some of my close ones battle this monstrous disease,  I have felt quite strongly about supporting the search for a cure ever since! I am lucky enough to have friends who are working on on the forefront, trying to defeat cancer on a daily basis. Currently one of my friend (and her colleagues) works on how the enemy (skin cancer) can defy,manipulate and ultimately defeat the defending soldiers of our bodily fortress (the immune system). Looking into this, they hope to be able to identify ways to reverse/inhibit that effect and eventually stop the spread of cancer ( which causes over 90% of cancer related deaths). So promising is their work, that their lab is one of the three labs selected by Cancer Research UK for their first ever crowd-funding campaign !

Here is a snippet of their work :

If you want to know about skin cancer further, see the scientists in action, life on the other side and to see how research work click here!

They have only 30 days to reach their goal. If you are interested in helping them out, here’s the link :

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-us-find-out-how-skin-cancer-spreads-and-hides

Please help spread the word – every little helps.

Together we can, together we will beat cancer !

Philosophy of life – views of a cafe owner

Considering my busy, panicked , stressful and ever-so-busy schedule, which I made so obvious in my previous post, I was rushing towards work today, my attention was heavily focussed on minimising the time of a journey which I’d taken a million times already and assessed, evaluated and practised the most efficient route of travel. In the midst of this stretching my brain to the limits of its introspective endurance for the shave of a few milliseconds, I suddenly heard a loud rumble! The growling steadily grew louder with each step and I realised it wasn’t an elusive dog trying to distract me – it was in fact my stomach!

For all the preparedness, commitment and efficiency that I vowed to practise, I had forgotten one key element – my hunger! To keep a happy me, my stomach must be fed ! My promenading came to a stop as my brain lost its speeding endeavour and my head gaped frantically from left to right in search for an energy boost – something to quench the pangs of hunger clawing away at my soul!  Suddenly, out of nowhere, popped out an Italian eatery – the mere sight a happy carnival to my famished eyesight. Like the road runner I zoomed into the eatery and panted out my order of a Mocha and a ginormous falafel and a salad ciabatta, humous dribbling from the sides ( I’m trying to eat healthy – obviously. But the giant size of the sandwich? What size?  Size is just a state of mind! Bah). As the sweet aroma of the coffee mingled with the heavenly grilled scent of the ciabatta filled the air, the cafe owner, on seeing my stress crumpled face, he took pity on me and asked me how my day was. The conversation that followed was quite unexpected and my punctuality went out of the window!

Cafe owner (CO) : “How is your day? You all right? ”

Me: “Sort of, going to work today…”

CO: “Work ? On a weekend?”

Me: *sighs heavily* “Yes, it was the same last weekend, I’ve been working 12 hour days the rest of the week too !”

CO: “Oh dear, you must be tired !”

Me: “Yeah, how is your day? Hopefully better than mine, I know you are working but… ”

CO : “It’s actually quite today, its crazy on weekends!!”

Me: “Yeah, I imagine it must be ! The queues here at lunch time are insane – I once brought a friend in this area for lunch and we ended up waiting for a whole hour !”

CO: * worried look* “Was it my shop?”

Me: “No, it was some place on the other side of the station !”

CO: * visibly relaxes* “Oh , good, because usually here we aim to serve our customers in no more than 5 minutes – my staff  and I work diligently on that ! It’s important to take care of customers.”

Me: “Oh, that’s fantastic, you seem to have good  staff, its difficult to find reliable people these days, one of my friend has a lot of trouble hiring people she can depend on for her shop!”

CO: ” Yes I agree, it has become difficult to find people reliable enough, not all hope is lost though, look at me. ” *grins* ” tell your friend that !”

Me: “Yes, I will, but I guess its important to treat your staff well too she says, otherwise no one stays!”

CO: “Well, your friend is very very true, its important to keep your staff happy, but don’t go overboard with it! You need to keep track of your business too – if you are paying more than you get, its clearly missing something! think don’t be blind.”

Me: ” Yes, especially in this lace, where you have so much competition, a cafe around every corner! ”

CO: ” Yes, you need to keep up. You need to keep your eyes and ears open, if something is not right with your business you need to correct it and if its not working out, be practical- stop it, go work for someone else – its pretty much the same.”

Me: ” You seem to have thought about things (and people) a lot! What’s your philosophy in life?”

CO: ” It’s quite simple, really. Treat your customers and your staff well – its important to treat people well in life, we live in a world of people, you cannot escape them.”

Me: ” That’s profound, thanks for the interesting talk and great coffee!”

I smiled as I walked my way towards the station, my thoughts going back to his philosophy of life – treat your customers and staff well. This can be applied to a lot of things in life, especially our relationships where our loved ones are our customers and staff at the same time – it’s important to treat them well but not to go overboard, its important to be practical in life – if something is not right, figure out what and try to fix it and if it cant be fixed, move on!

What an enlightening coffee today – who knew I’d learn something so profound?  Oh damn, I’m 30 mins late * starts running*

Missing from action

Sorry peeps for having zoomed off into the horizon without a moments notice!! Rather (un)luckily for me , I’ve been selected for giving a talk ( at this mammoth gathering of specialist people- pretty much your usual flies gathering on fruit) especially at a time when I have absolutely nothing to present. So yeah, as is so typical of me, I saunter up to my boss and calmly thank her when she congratulates me. The moment her back is turned, I walk back to by seat trying not to break my pace. As soon as my arse hits the seat bottom, wisps of vapour start to seep out of my ears and my hair stands up like a wig of needles!! Damn – I have so much work to do and in two weeks !! * stresses* As the panic level rises, I jump up and own in my seat like a fidgety tadpole.

Unable to stay put any longer, I get up; rush to the nearest cafe, grab a big bar of chocolate ( forget paying) and force feed my self all the while mentally emphasising – ” It’s going to be okay, just eat. Eat slowly now, eat  slowly!!  Chew and munch, chew and munch – slowly” Nope, not enough – pop goes in another bar, sliding down my oesophagus into the acidic depths of my infenal stomach at lighting speed ! Panic still reigning, my head starts to spin.

Coffee , coffee  – maybe it will help! So I inject my self with a double shot of espresso. With sanity-threateningly high levels of glucose and caffeine coursing through my veins I and driven to the point of activity. The energiser bunny form of mine rushes back to the office – mind set on one goal ! Get all the data that I can in two weeks ! Flashing past people, nearly invisible, I zoom finishing one work after the other – left, right, centre – I got them all !!

*pause*

Suddenly the world has come to a stand still – I realised its 10.30 p.m. and I’ve just reached home after a crazy 12 hour day – whats more – my whole week ( weekend included) has been like that !  *sudden blackout*

Slowly I open my eyes, coaxing my vision into focus. I sit up scratching my head wondering what had happened – I look around, I am in my own bedroom on my own bed in my very warm covers – then I look at the phone – My eyes pop out !!

Blimey !! 14th November already?? I had been sleeping 3 whole days ??  The PRESENTATION!!! I rocket out of the bed – getting my Flash mode on , whiz off to work …

Short life!

Daily Prompt: No Time to Waste

Fill in the blank: “Life is too short to _____.” Now, write a post telling us how you’ve come to that conclusion. (Thanks for suggesting this prompt, theempathyqueen!)

Well, since you’ve asked me (you know you are going to regret this!! ), here’s what I think:

“Life’s too short to hold your farts !! Just let go and move on(unless you want to be engulfed in a nebula of toxic fumes)! ”

“Life’s too short to remove a USB drive safely.”

“Life’s too short to charge your phone fully in one go.” ( That’s why I  always carry my charger! )

“Life’s too short to restart your computer right now ! ”

“Life’s too short – shut up and eat your waffles !!”

“Life’s too short -” *drops dead! *

* doesn’t even bother replying to the prompt – too busy eating waffles! *

*snores*

If you are not too busy gobbling up your waffles before life ends, feel free to add your own one liners. I’ll include them in this post :

Additional one liners from fellow wafflers: